CM: Lent with Mary Chapin Carpenter (2)

Lent with Mary Chapin Carpenter (2) Each year, on Ash Wednesday and during Lent, I focus attention on a singer-songwriter or album from the popular culture of my lifetime in which I find echoes of the Lenten journey. This year, we devote ourselves to listening to Mary Chapin Carpenter’s superb intensely personal album from 2012,Continue reading “CM: Lent with Mary Chapin Carpenter (2)”

CM: Ash Wednesday with Mary Chapin Carpenter

Ash Wednesday with Mary Chapin Carpenter Each year, on Ash Wednesday and during Lent, I focus attention on a singer-songwriter or album from the popular culture of my lifetime in which I find echoes of the Lenten journey. In past years we’ve considered the music of Townes Van Zandt, Bob Dylan’s John Wesley Harding, Wilco’s Yankee HotelContinue reading “CM: Ash Wednesday with Mary Chapin Carpenter”

CM – Music Monday: Hymn for the 81%

Hymn for the 81% By Daniel Deitrich • About this song, Daniel Deitrich writes: In 2016, 81% of white evangelical Christians voted for Donald Trump after (among other things) hearing an audio recording of him bragging about sexually assaulting women. Maya Angelou famously said, “when someone shows you who they are, believe them the firstContinue reading “CM – Music Monday: Hymn for the 81%”

CM – On My Winter Playlist…

For all with cabin fever — seasonal or otherwise. Sometimes the best map will not guide you You can’t see what’s round the bend Sometimes the road leads through dark places Sometimes the darkness is your friend Today these eyes scan bleached-out lands For the coming of the outbound stage Pacing the cage… • Songwriter:Continue reading “CM – On My Winter Playlist…”

Decade’s End: My Favorite Albums — 2010-2019 — PLUS Song of the Year 2019

DECADE’S END My Favorite Albums Each Year from 2010-2019 • 2010: Harlem River Blues, Justin Townes Earle Runner-up: American VI: Ain’t No Grave, Johnny Cash 2011: Barton Hollow, The Civil Wars Runner-up: So Beautiful or So What, Paul Simon 2012: Ashes & Roses, Mary Chapin Carpenter Runner-up: That’s Why God Made the Radio, The Beach Boys 2013: LinesContinue reading “Decade’s End: My Favorite Albums — 2010-2019 — PLUS Song of the Year 2019”

Enjoying Handel’s Sublime Gift

Pastor Dan and his wife graciously treated us by inviting us to join them last night for a performance of Handel’s Messiah at the Center for the Performing Arts here in Indianapolis. It was magnificent. The Palladium is a state of the art concert venue, and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Choir, directed byContinue reading “Enjoying Handel’s Sublime Gift”

Advent Music: An Advent Invitation from Peter Mayer

The promise that comes to us in the darkness… Maybe peace hides in a storm Maybe winter’s heart is warm Maybe Light itself is born In the longest night… • Light a candle, sing a song Say that the shadows shall not cross Make an oblation out of all you’ve lost In the longest nightContinue reading “Advent Music: An Advent Invitation from Peter Mayer”

Greatest Songs of My Lifetime: All Borders Vanish Here

Greatest Songs of My Lifetime: All Borders Vanish Here Our recent travels brought to mind one of my favorite songs of all time, from one of the best singer-songwriters around. Mary Chapin Carpenter’s 2012 album Ashes And Roses is a masterpiece I return to time and time again. She released this album after a timeContinue reading “Greatest Songs of My Lifetime: All Borders Vanish Here”

Greatest Songs of My Lifetime: Special Friday Edition

Greatest Songs of My Lifetime: Special Friday Edition The Greatest Folk Singer You’ve Never Heard Of It’s a special Friday edition of “Greatest Songs of My Lifetime,” which we began during last Saturday’s Brunch. Pastor Dan will be hosting tomorrow’s weekly feast, so I thought I’d move the “Greatest Songs” piece to today. My lifeContinue reading “Greatest Songs of My Lifetime: Special Friday Edition”