People Get Ready: St. Paul at the Grammys


Proven liar Todd Starnes tweeted that “The Grammys mock God, marginalize the Bible” at the very moment that Mary Lambert was belting words written by the Apostle Paul. “Macklemore launches a hate-filled, bigoted, intolerant diatribe against Christians,” Starnes tweeted. “Love is patient, love is kind,” Lambert sang. It doesn’t get much more traditional than having someone read 1 Corinthians 13 at a wedding. [Read more...]

A song for Epiphany: ‘So why love anything?’

I like the original from Vampire Weekend, but Phosphorescent’s take on the song “Ya Hey” finds something sad and beautiful and heartbreaking in there. Stripped down like this, it becomes a love song about an unrequited love that never gives up. That’s Epiphany in a nutshell. Through the fire and through the flames You won’t [Read More...]

Everything I’ve had but couldn’t keep

Lou Reed (right) with Vaclav Havel, after the revolution.

“Lou Reed, a massively influential songwriter and guitarist who helped shape nearly fifty years of rock music, died today on Long Island. …” [Read more...]

Tune That Name: W-Z


It’s the Friday music game — I’ll show you mine and you show me yours. This week we wrap up the failed experiment of Songs with Names in the Title — including Walt, Wendell, William, Willie, Winona, Woody and Ziggy. [Read more...]

Tune That Name: T-V


It’s the Friday Music Game — I’ll show you mine and you show me yours. Here’s all the songs-with-a-name-in-the-title I’ve got for T and V (I haven’t got any with names that begin with U), including Tangie, TC, Teddy, Terry, Tom, Veronica and Virginia. [Read more...]

Tune That Name: Shaft to Suzie


It’s the Friday music game — I’ll show you mine, you show me yours. Got any more songs with ‘S’ names in the title? I’ve got Shaft, Sharky, Sharon, Sheena, Sonny, Stacy, Stalin, Stella, Stephanie, Susan, Susie and Suzie. [Read more...]

Tune That Name: Sadie to Sean


It’s the Friday music game — I’ll show you mine and you show me yours. Looks like we’ve gotten as far as the letter “S,” so here’s a bunch more songs with names in the title, including Sadie, Sally, Sam, Sandy, Sara and Sean. [Read more...]

It gets harder and harder, Lorraine, to believe in magic


David McFarlane offers his heartbreaking, yet hopeful reflections on a heartbreaking, yet hopeful song by Patty Griffin. And I try to verify some unrecorded lyrics from Griffin’s unreleased album. [Read more...]