On my way to the promised land

Even by the loony, loopy standards of the anti-rock-preacher circuit, Sketch Erickson stood out. He was obsessed with Elvis — tracing all the evils in pop music, pop culture, and the entire world back to “Elvis. Aron. Presley.” He always said the name like that — first, middle, last, emphasizing each one. That serpent in the Garden of Eden with its sinuous hips? Elvis. Aron. Presley. [Read more…]

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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…]

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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…]

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Everything I’ve had but couldn’t keep

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

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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