Monday Morning Confessional: Godspeed John Hampton

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I was at a party Friday night when I heard John Hampton had died. I was taken aback by how sad the news made me. I’ve been thinking of John and the whole Ardent family ever since. When we were making records at Ardent Studios in Memphis, John Hampton would usually be mixing or producing some big [Read More...]

Performance Riders, Doomsday Preppers, & Advent: Isaiah 40:1-11 (Advent 2B)

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In the entertainment business there’s this thing called a performance rider, a written list of the artist’s demands. The promoter agrees to prepare the venue exactly the way the artist likes it. The instructions for this are all in the rider. Given the prevalence of artistic eccentricity, some of the demands can be absurd. Beyonce’s Rider asks [Read More...]

In a Former Life, This Was My Living – Satellite Soul: Always the Same

It’s seems like forever ago that that very nearly every waking moment, for me, was consumed with music, songwriting, producing records, and touring. So many hours, so much of my heart and soul were invested in these songs, and it all feels so fleeting now. About a decade, somewhere upwards of a thousand shows, and [Read More...]

Brennan Manning, April 27, 1934 – April 12, 2013: Death of a Ragamuffin

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I first heard about Brennan Manning  when I heard about his book Ragamuffin Gospel from Rich Mullins. I read it all the way through in about two sittings – I think that was about 1993? I was a ragamuffin and I knew it. Manning was a constant reminder to all of us that the love [Read More...]


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