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Penny & Sparrow on Fleeing a Lover

There is, in fact, no BuzzFeed quiz for “Which Son in the Parable of the Prodigal Son Are You?”—and if there were, I’m not sure people would take it. As the story goes, a decently well-off man has two not-that-decent sons. The younger, wild and fugitive, asks his father for an advance on his inheritance. […]

Nick Cave on Why Most Love Songs Are Hate Songs

Dr. Cave, again, in vivid form, tells us about love. This time he delves into literary philosophy of Lorca, and the term “duende,” which means the power of spontaneity, the language of the heart, and also the Portuguese term “saudade,” which is a deep, rooted longing for something/someone that is absent. In thinking of rock’n’roll […]

Nick Cave on Why the Love Song Must Be Sad

I’m finally converted to Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. I don’t think it was this 1999 Vienna lecture that did it, though it certainly helped. It was The Boatman’s Call, which a friend lent me, that then opened the door to the man’s darkness, and allowed me then to enjoy Abbatoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus, […]

Love Songs, the Gospel, and Uncle Kracker

I was driving back to Atlanta tonight and I heard a song that has just inched its way into the charts. It’s called “Smile” by Uncle Kracker (yes, he’s country and to the right). Love songs, in my view, are one of the ways God speaks, a kind of Radio Free Europe broadcast to a […]