The New World Good Music Brings

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“The music, while it lasted, brought a new world into being.”– Wendell Berry in Jayber Crow My seven-year old daughter, Claire, is always squirmy. Except when she’s on my lap at a concert listening to Sara Groves sing Fireflies and Songs. In that moment, and that moment alone, she’s entranced and deeply contented in a way that reveals itself in a few motionless moments. As the song began, she leaned over and whispered into my ear, “Dad, I know this one.” Then she kissed me on the cheek, sett … [Read more...]

Charlie Peacock’s New Song Reminds Me of Van

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This will be a bit like a child who never mastered finger painting trying to describe Claude Monet, but humor me for a moment.I grew up listening to Van Morrison. And I mean ALL of Van Morrison—every album he’s made since 1967 (“The Bang Masters”). My vinyl copy of “Wavelength” wore out at least a dozen diamonds on my turntable between junior high and college.Van still defines musicianship and vocal mastery for me. He understands music so well that he can bend it, warp it, and get awa … [Read more...]


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