Joe Cocker RIP (Watch the CLIP)

Joe Cocker 20 May 1944 – 22 December 2014 thanks for the voice, the memories and the tunes. I'll miss you. Here's the classic Woodstock clip, please watch and remember. Frank Schaeffer is a writer. His latest book --WHY I AM AN ATHEIST WHO BELIEVES IN GOD: How to give love, create beauty and find peaceAvailable now on Amazon Follow Frank on Twitter www.twitter.com/frank_schaeffer See Frank’s paintings http://www.frankschaefferart.com/ Follow Frank on Facebook http … [Read more...]

So if you ever write about Delta Spirit again, keep that in mind, they are not only an amazing band– but they are hands down the friendliest band I’ve ever met

Nick BlazisOct 11th, 5:39amMr. Schaeffer,I just read your recent article about the Delta Spirit show at the paradise, great read, and you are absolutely right about the band being incredible.....That was an awesome show, one of the best live performances I've seen in my life.... And looking at the picture of all you guys back stage, I just realized I was in the room with you all when you took it!.... in total shock that I was back stage with Delta Spirit!So! I asked to have my … [Read more...]

Delta Spirit Rock Band Meets J.S. Bach in my Head

(Frank S hanging out back stage with the band Delta Spirit, and with my pals Jesse and Dan Russell.)I was tired, so fucking tired! The night before last I’d been at The Paradise Club in Boston at a rock concert by Delta Spirit. Now I was in New York listening to the St. Matthew Passion by J.S. Bach at the most coveted “two-performances-only” concert in town. No one could get tickets. I could because the lyric soprano Camilla Tilling is my friend.The night before I’d had a back stage pass … [Read more...]

U2 Surprise Release New Album “Songs of Innocence”

U2 Surprise Release New Album Songs of Innocence for Free on iTunes By Jeremy Gordon (First published in Pitchfork)At an Apple event held today in Cupertino, California, U2 both announced and released their new album, Songs of Innocence. (That's the cover, above.) The follow up to 2009's No Line on the Horizon is available for free, right now, for anyone who uses iTunes, iTunes Radio, or Beats Music. It will be an Apple exclusive until October 13, when it will receive a physical release … [Read more...]

Switchfoot’s Album & Movie “Fading West” — It’s Grace in Action, Hope Crystallized, Damnation Canceled in Favor of Love…

I was just speaking at SoulFest (August 7-9). It's a music festival with evangelical roots. The band Switchfoot played. I'm several things but not evangelical. Could you imagine a more uncomfortable fit for me? I was expecting the worst. What I got was two gifts: One of pure art and the other pure grace. I also got a good and necessary humbling.FIRST GIFT: Switchfoot’s new album that they played from at the festival -- “Fading West” -- is the best rock and roll I’ve heard in years. I haven’t … [Read more...]

Join me I’ll be speaking 4 times at SoulFest. Aug 7-9. This is the first evangelical type event I’ve been to for years… But Dan Russell (former U2 manager) who organizes SF is a pal…

Join me where I'll be speaking 4 times (!) at SoulFest. Aug 7-9. This is the first evangelical type event I've been to for years... let alone spoken at.But Dan Russell (former U2 manager) who organizes SF is a pal...So even though I'll be the proverbial "fish out of water..." I'm driving up today and doing multiple workshops on my new book "Why I Am an Atheist Who Believes in God."Come along and keep me company-- if you're in these New England parts. There will be about 12,000 … [Read more...]

U2’s art is many things but never a prank

With each album and concert, the Irish quartet U2 has made tonal craft-rich music of lasting substance that has enjoyed massive popular acclaim. Their work is meaning-saturated and produced hands-on as un-fooled-around-with straight up rock! It is rife with overt spiritual content.U2 have, at times, been the most popular band in the world and also, arguably, one of the most important musically. And they place a premium on high artistic craft as if the likes of Damian Hirst and company never … [Read more...]

WATCH THIS! Yes, Smoukahontas is a Genius–Sid Caesar Liv Tyler & Scarlett Johansson Move Over

WATCH THIS! Sara Marié a.k.a. smoukahontas, is an extremely talented young woman from Finland. Like the late great Sid Caesar,  "smoukahontas" does killer imitations of FAKE language while speaking made up nonsense. Remember Caeser's fake German on his pioneering 1950s live television series Your Show of Shows?Well, in the videos below Sara Marié a.k.a. smoukahontas, has the sound and inflections of languages DOWN, same for her music genres-- no real words, just the accents and inflections. A … [Read more...]


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