Desperation

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How desperate am I for live sports? I’m watching NASCAR. And hard pressed to turn it off when they went into a rain delay. As Groucho Marx toasted the stuffy society lady in Animal Crackers: “A toast: to your charm, your beauty, and your brains. Which should give you a general idea of how hard […]

10 Albums, 10 Days: Also-Rans

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Culling my list down to 10 albums was a challenge. Here are a few also-rans that just didn’t quite make the cut: The Morning – Andrew OsengaThis one got a lot of play time from me, and I spent a lot of time playing its songs. Andy O’s solo stuff continues to be meaningful to […]

Kermit does Jazz?

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I’m playing keys for the church livestream this morning, which in the end results in me having a bunch of time to mess around with a keyboard between rehearsal and the stream itself. Put a few of us musicians together and you never know what you’re gonna get. So here’s the musical idea I came […]

Bullet Points for a Saturday Morning

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Since I started working from home 8 weeks ago, my morning routine has changed. No more gym, reading and writing in the morning instead. Also, WordPress is impressed with my 10-day posting streak. It’s easy to write about music. But a lazy bullet points post will get me to 11. (Insert Spinal Tap reference here.) […]

10 Albums, 10 Days: A Liturgy, A Legacy, and a Ragamuffin Band

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Maybe this one should’ve been first on my list, but I decided to leave the best for last. Rich Mullins was a formative artist – perhaps the formative artist – of my musical life. I spent more time learning his piano licks (well, Reed Arvin’s piano licks) and sitting at the piano singing his songs […]

10 Albums, 10 Days: Rachmaninov’s Vespers (All Night Vigil)

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I’ve really been wrestling with what album to post for day #9. But I’m gonna go with one that chronologically belongs back near the beginning of this series somewhere: Rachmaninov’s Vespers (All Night Vigil). An a capella choral composition of settings from the Russian Orthodox’s All-night vigil service, it was reportedly one of Rachmaninov’s favorites […]

10 Albums, 10 Days: Bride of the Noisemakers

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I got tagged on Facebook to do this project – share ten albums that greatly influenced my taste in music. One album per day for ten consecutive days. In theory for the Facebook version this is supposed to be without explanation… but I want to explain! So I’m going to blog the explanations here. Now […]

10 Albums, 10 Days: The Suburbs

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I got tagged on Facebook to do this project – share ten albums that greatly influenced my taste in music. One album per day for ten consecutive days. In theory for the Facebook version this is supposed to be without explanation… but I want to explain! So I’m going to blog the explanations here. Once […]

Recommended daily reading: Heather Cox Richardson’s Letters from an American

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In these turbulent days the news can quickly become overwhelming, and the social media noise can quickly drown out the worthwhile signal. One bit of regular news writing I’ve found very helpful, though is a daily email newsletter from historian Heather Cox Richardson. Dr. Richardson has a Ph.D. from Harvard and is currently a professor […]