The Contemplative Fantasia

Last night I posted a video to one of my favorite Contemporary Christian songs, "Speak to Me" by Rebecca St. James. But you know, if you want contemplative music, it doesn't get much better than this:In 1986 I saw the National Symphony perform Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis at the Wolftrap Performing Arts Center, a gorgeous outdoor amphitheater located in the rolling hills of Virginia not far from Washington DC. It was 16 of the loveliest minutes of my life. While … [Read more...]

Come Alive! (Howard Thurman meets Michael Noyes & Fran McColman)

I'm delighted to announce that my good friend Michael Noyes has created a new work of calligraphy that features a photograph by my wife, Fran.The piece includes a wonderful quotation by the African-American mystic and theologian Howard Thurman, who was a mentor to Martin Luther King Jr., among others: Do not ask what the world needs.Ask what makes you come alive and do that.Because what the world needs is more people who have come alive! At the bottom of the print is a photograph of a … [Read more...]

Peace Through Music

Take an 11 minute break and watch this video. It's got a gentle but inspirational message.Here's a note from my friend CeCe Miles, whom I met through the Atlanta Chapter of the Ulster Project and who alerted me to this video: Included in this 10 minute video is a 4 minute segment on the Omagh Community Youth Choir which was formed in 1998 by a young musician in Omagh named Daryl Simpson to unite Catholic and Protestant youth after the atrocity of the Omagh bomb which killed 29 people and 2 … [Read more...]

He Met the Walrus

In 1969, a young teenager named Jerry Levitan sneaked into John Lennon's hotel room, with a reel-to-reel tape recorder. He interviewed Lennon for about five minutes, and now that recording has been set to a most Beatle-esque animation. It's way cool, and what's probably most wonderful of all are Lennon's insightful comments about the meaning of music, peace and nonviolence, why violent revolutions always fail, the truth about human nature, and why he was having a hard time gaining entry into the … [Read more...]

Secretary of the Arts

This arrived in my email inbox this morning...While I could see some problems with this, my guess is that it would be more good than bad. Quincy Jones has started a petition to ask President-Elect Obama to appoint a Secretary of the  Arts. While many other countries have had Ministers of Art or Culture for centuries, The United States has never created such a position. Those in the arts need this and our country needs the arts now more than ever. Please take a moment to sign this important … [Read more...]

Not in there!

Becky Garrison sent me a link to this wonderful drawing, from a blogger who calls himself Naked Pastor: … [Read more...]

Why Elephants Paint

Here's a fascinating website: of Asian elephants that are trained to paint. … [Read more...]