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September Playlist

Click here to listen (to most of it) on Spotify. Oh, and a new episode of The Well of Sound dropped over the weekend, this one covering The Beach Boys in the 1970s. Catch a wave!

Singing Along with Annie Lennox on Bad Days

This one comes to us from Bo White. A few months ago, The New York Times covered an art exhibition put together by Annie Lennox. I was immediately intrigued because the piece dealt with death but was still being touted as life-giving. In the installation, Lennox buried some personal artifacts beneath a mound of dirt, to […]

I’ll Go With You

This one comes to us from Juliette Alvey. Moving through life can feel like a series of battles. You get through one just to face another. You win some, you lose some. We use battle language with all sorts of issues: cancer, depression, or just getting the kids dressed and in the car. Some battles last […]

A Song of Forgiveness

This one comes to us from Will Ryan. I have an hour-long one-way commute. I can drive that path without much thought anymore, so I get a little bored. I now have an Audible subscription, and that helps. I subscribe to any number of podcasts. Sometimes I even listen to a baseball game. Recently, though, […]

To Be Honest: Why It’s Hard (but Helpful) to Tell the Truth

“Before you print a poem, you should reflect on whether this verse could be of use to at least one person in the struggle with himself and with the world.” – Czeslaw Milosz Being honest is often a hard thing for me to do. I don’t actually mind it when someone prefaces their opinion with, […]

August Playlist

You can listen on Spotify here. And to get even more dialed into this stuff, check out The Well of Sound podcast.

The Next Two Hours

This one was written by Jeremy Park. My times are in your hand Psalm 31:15 Back in May, I went with some friends to see Kings Kaleidoscope on their “Adventures of Zeal” tour. I bought a VIP ticket, so I was able to sit in on the Q&A session with Chad (lead singer) and Daniel […]

All Suffering Great and Small: What Jeff Tweedy Learned in Rehab

Several of the people I know who are thinking about seeing a therapist seem to be hung up on the idea that they haven’t suffered enough compared to other people. There’s the notion that, somehow, the depression they’re experiencing is discrediting someone else’s more legitimate depression. Meanwhile, it seems whenever people vent about some universal struggle […]

Crafting the Soundtracks of Our Lives

The world’s jaw dropped when Apple announced the end of iTunes as we have known it these past eighteen years. For some it was simply a surprising move — splitting up Music, TV, and Podcasts across three app services was unexpected but sensible enough — but for a noisome contingent (and who can know the […]

July Playlist

Some big news on the playlist front. While you can still find the song lists for 2008-2018, we’ve taken down the mp3s themselves. BUT, thanks to the hard work of intern extraordinaire Charlie Meyer, there is now a Mockingbird Masterlist on Spotify, which contains all those songs, plus this year’s additions (about 2100 total)–basically a Mockingbird radio station! Click here to follow that list.

You can find (most of) the above on Spotify as well.

June Playlist

Click here to listen (to most of it) on Spotify. Likely going to be moving these there exclusively in the next couple months, fyi.

Son of Cloud and Being Not-Alone

Musicians use funny names, sometimes with little rationale. Jonathan Seale has a story for his. When his parents were missionaries in Venezuela, members of the Yukpa tribe gave him the name “Son of Cloud.” Now as an adult, he’s embraced it in his self-titled first album. Seale has been producing for a number of years, […]