Once in Royal Jethro’s City.

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There was a nugget of a find at the local Thrift Shop today, “The Jethro Tull Christmas Album.”  Yes, it is true; the same band that gave us "Aqualung" released a Christmas album in 2003.  I have just started listening to it but I am already impressed by the Social Justice message of a song titled, “A Christmas Song.”   “A Christmas Song” starts with familiar cords and the words form the first line of the classic hymn “Once I Royal David’s City.”  But then, one line into the song, it starts tak … [Read more...]

“Asking peace of all the world And good will to man”

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Calling the song that is the subject of this post a "Hymn of Social Justice" may be stretching definitions a wee bit, but in the Spirit of Christmas I am going to stretch.   One of my family's favorite traditions for celebrating the Advent  season is to share our favorite Christmas stories each night from December 1st to the 24th.  One of the stories that I love the most is the story of the Christmas Truce of 1914 that took place between German and British troops along the Western Front during th … [Read more...]

“Look in their eyes ma, You’ll see me” #hymnsofsocialjustice

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Bruce Springsteen is teaming up with Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello to release a new album called "High Hopes," it will be out in January of 2014. The new album will include some classic rock and roll numbers and covers of some of Springsteen's previously recorded songs with he and Morello performing them together. The idea for the album came when Morello was standing in for regular Springsteen guitarist Steve Van Zandt on a recent tour.One of the songs that will be on the … [Read more...]


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