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The Things We Think And Do Not Say

I operated as if there’d be a verdict. An easy answer. A story. I operated as if we were setting the tone for the rest of our lives. It did not occur to me that we could simply muddle through. Change things later. Forgive ourselves. I was a freshman in college when Jerry Maguire came […]

Tom Petty, Three Chords, and the Church of Free Falling

This piece was written by Andrew Johnson.  My mom texts me Monday morning to let me know that Tom Petty had been hospitalized after a cardiac arrest. I follow the news off and on the rest of the day, seeing conflicting reports over whether or not he had died. This confusion over Petty’s death, especially […]

Lifting Up Jeff Lynne, ELO and the Wilbury Sound

There haven’t been any books written about Jeff Lynne yet, but there will be. Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) was sublime and would certainly be enough to qualify him as hagiography-worthy. What separates Jeff from many of the pop musicians of his generation, however, is the extremely potent second wind he caught in the late 1980s. […]

January Playlist

After a few months off, there’s a lot of ground to cover, and this is only a start. A few belated “best of 2010” tracks mixed in:  1. This Will Be Our Year – The Zombies 2. Radio Tokyo – Puffy AmiYumi 3. Pretty Melody – Butch Walker 4. Too Blue – 7 Worlds Collide  feat. […]

Rick Rubin and Tom Petty on Inspiration and Creativity

Rounding out our music-centered day, a few soundbites from Peter Bogdanovich’s excellent documentary about Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Runnin’ Down a Dream. Having never been much of a Petty fan (outside of The Wilburys, of course), I was floored by how good the film is; it’s as well-crafted as any of Petty’s best songs, […]

"Soap and Water, My Closest Friends": The Gospel According to Chuck Prophet

“Soap and water are my closest friends, No one quite knows just where we’ve been.” He looks and sounds a lot like an acid-washed Tom Petty. He is a seasoned rock’n’roller, who ran 10 years with his country rock band, Green on Red, and has for 20 years run a fairly successful solo career. He’s […]

July Playlist

A bit more current than I prefer, but nonetheless pretty darn summer-lovin’: 1. Flipside – The Sountrack Of Our Lives2. Ain’t That Enough – Teenage Fanclub3. Baby You’re Blind – God Help The Girl4. Good Ol’ Fashion Nightmare – Matt & Kim5. Doctor My Eyes – Jackson 56. How Long – Honeybus7. Walls (Circus) – […]

Don Henley and The Heart of the Matter

I’ve hear this song a million times (mostly in department stores and elevators), but when I heard it again yesterday, I was struck by its Christian understanding of forgiveness. It may be from the 80’s and it may sound a little too much like Tom Petty, John Mellencamp, Bruce Springsteen, etc. but it’s an underrated […]

August Playlist

Can’t seem to shake this britpop/MJ/Mott the Hoople kick… Enjoy: 1. Eliza – The Color Bars 2. I Wish I Was Your Mother – Mott The Hoople 3. Safe In My Garden – The Mamas & The Papas 4. All The King’s Men – Wild Beasts 5. Your Control – Crooked Fingers 6. Hot Patootie […]

God Does His Part and I Do Mine: The Falsehood of Semi-Pelagianism

Hey there glossary fans! This week I wanted to look at a term that sums up what may be the prevailing perspective on the human relationship with God in the world today. A term that we throw around a lot on here, and one that, at least in practice, spans almost all religions. I’m talking […]

Grace, Spontaneity, and The Traveling Wilburys

In the late 1980s, a rock n roll miracle occurred. George Harrison was asked by his label to record a b-side for one of the singles from his big comeback album, Cloud Nine. Through an incredible set of circumstances, he and his producer, Jeff Lynne (of ELO fame), found themselves in the studio with Bob […]