Absorbing the Mind and Music of Sam Rocha

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One of the great charms of Sam Rocha is that he hasn't much interest in thinking along easy or comfortable lines. Whether writing on education, or poverty or art, he is always just a little bit jarring. Sometimes you have to read a piece of his twice, or even go back to it a third time, to fully appreciate the depths and nuance of his arguments.This originality informs his musical ideas, as well. Not too many people, for instance, consider Saint Augustine's thoughts on love, humility, … [Read more...]

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Augustine’s Confessions Set to Music? Let’s Bring This Baby Home! – UPDATE: GOAL REACHED!

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:::UPDATE:::: GOAL REACHED! Applaud yourselves for the hand you've had in a creative endeavor! :::END UPDATE:::Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved you! You were within me, but I was outside, and it was there that I searched for you. In my unloveliness I plunged into the lovely things which you created. You were with me, but I was not with you. Created things kept me from you; yet if they had not been in you they would not have been at all. You … [Read more...]

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Great ’70′s Sitcom Theme Songs and Scenes

My son and I were enjoying the sunset on the porch and talking about many aspects of many things. Somehow we got to discussing commercial jingles and I related how easily I can remember old beer and cigarette jingles -- and McDonalds and Breakstone Yogurt. And Tang Breakfast Drink, too:"Do the Moonwalk like the astronauts! (Tang!) Join the space gang, drink your energy Tang! (Taaang!)...So if you want to do like the astronauts do, join the space gang, and do the Moonwalk, to, come on and … [Read more...]

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Advent: Bailey, Roarke and Us

One of the best things about this season is that, invariably, someone writes about It's A Wonderful Life, and muses on the complex, sometimes dark character of George Bailey.Portrayed so perfectly by the perpetually likable James Stewart, it is easy to miss the fact that George Bailey is not a simple and good-natured cornpone from upstate New York; he is a man whose heart and faith are essential to him, because they balance out a real bitterness that shows itself in little ways. A man … [Read more...]

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Brilliant Artists are Privileged

Now, this is a curious thing. The Rhetoritician makes the valid point that Hollywood wishes to excuse men like Roman Polanski from their wrongdoing, but will work to destroy men like Mark Foley for theirs.Recalling Orwell's Animal Farm The Rhetoritician entitles his piece Some are more Equal than Others.Looking at pictures from U2's big concert in DC last night, I am seeing a pattern emerge.I am a fan -a big fan- of U2's music. I still think Achtung Baby and Zooropa are two of the best … [Read more...]

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Wild Horses couldn't take me away…

Actually it didn't need wild horses to drag me away from the blog, this weekend. The usual family obligations managed that, but Wild Horses can't drag me away from this terrific recording of Susan Boyle singing the Rolling Stone's classic. It's goose-bump-inducingly lovely. Color me impressed.Deacon Greg says it's the first cut from Susan Boyle's new album. Can't wait to hear more. Outside of Chris Daughtry's first album, I haven't purchased anything from artists discovered on these … [Read more...]

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Genesis, Evolution the Sistine Chapel

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"There are two forms of excess; to exclude reason and to admit nothing but reason." - Blaise Pascal"I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "Plans of fullness, not of harm. To give you a future, and a hope." - Jeremiah 29:11"Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof." - Matthew 6:34A couple of years ago, in pondering the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, I wrote:If one goes back to the first lines of Genesis and to the first lines of John’s Gospel we see t … [Read more...]

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Prejean; cautionary tale for Christians – UPDATED

Good for her. In America, we should not be watching a person endure character assassination and the possible loss of livelihood because she has committed the sin of daring to hold a "politically incorrect" position. Carrie Prejean was asked a question and she answered it. In America, once upon a time, the people who referred to themselves as "liberal" believed that one was entitled to one's opinion and to full respect for it. Currently in America, every diversity is celebrated except the … [Read more...]

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Jerry Lewis – Magnificent Bastard

Lewis is not getting an honorary Oscar for his film work - some of his stuff I love, some I can't watch, but he certainly was prolific and innovative - but at tomorrow night's Oscar festivities he'll be given the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for his years and years of work for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.It's certainly well-deserved, and perhaps long overdue. Lewis has worked tirelessly - and often very quietly - for the MDA and for those afflicted with muscular dystrophy for … [Read more...]

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Go ahead, impeach Bush; try him

So, Dennis Kucinich has introduced articles of Impeachment against President Bush.I think he tried this once before, didn't he? (Ah, I see that was about Cheney.)The blogs are ablaze with it, of course, Fausta may have been first out of the gate, and both Thomas Lifson and Rick Moran are looking closely at Obama's remarks about trying people for "war crimes."I sort of knew this was where it was all heading two weeks ago when Couric, Gibson and Williams got together for an early … [Read more...]

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