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 … [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 … [Read more...]


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