Archive for January, 2008

The jams

Got to hear Marc Ford at the Inn Saturday.

Marc Ford, Steady Rollin’ Man (Johnson)

Ford headed Burning Tree before becoming lead guitarist for the Black Crowes (depending on who you ask) during their best years. He’s more recently worked with Ben Harper (and the Blind Boys of Alabama), and produced Ryan Bingham‘s Texas-blues influenced record (Bingham joined him at the inn for a song). Great stuff. His son Elijah is touring with him, playing guitar on the left. It was cool to watch their interaction, with Marc giving Elijah the nod for solos, and a birthday gift of performing his own song. Just turned 19. He’s good. Strong start on my quest for a year of screaming whiddla whiddla guitar.


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Despite what I believed as a child in West Texas, there are more than one kind of Baptist. I’m very interested in this story about non-Southern Baptist Baptists being called together to form connections along a different social agenda than that which defined their more “fundamentalist” brethren and sistren. It’s hard to tell yet where to file this one, though.

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Jim Wallis on the Daily Show.

*name that reference (without asking the internets), and I’ll buy you a soda.

P.S. For any interested, I updated my Best of 2007 post with a playlist.com set of samples. I’m working on user-friendly obscurity.

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Getting back to 11

I”ve been listening to my best of 2007 for a few weeks now, and finding that I’m moving more slowly, mumbling more, and generally wispy and sluggish. I think in 2008, I’m going to try to have more kicking out of the jams. When I’m not sure where to start, there’s always the MC5. Any other suggestions?

MC5 – Ramblin’ Rose

P.S.: A.J. Weberman, world’s leading Dylanologist.

Listening to: The Little Killers – Fly Away
via FoxyTunes

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Martin Luther King, August 28, 1963

If you have never watched the entire speech, here is a longer version. MLK’s vision was more than just a dream he imagined we could accomplish, and more than what the “American Dream” can provide. Here he stands in the prophetic tradition of announcing the coming of justice, whether we are ready or not. Kings, and nations, and churches, take notice. Our freedom, our destiny, is inextricably bound to those who are denied it.

Also, let me recommend Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rappaport and Brian Collier. It’s for kids a little older than mine, although we’ve read it to the young’un and he stays interested.


*The Dream of God is one of Brian McClaren’s suggested translations for “Kingdom” for cultures that don’t have any true context to interpret the idea of monarchy. That would be us. Or, you can just keep talking about it until people figure out what you mean. What is a “medium” at Starbucks again?

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Martin Luther King, Jr., “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” April 3, 1968
(Closing only)

If you didn’t get a good enough sermon already today, the links below are the entire Memphis speech, for the cause of sanitation workers, given the evening before King’s assassination. Some of the accompanying slides are a little distracting, but the audio is worth the listen.

Part One

Part Two

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Martin Luther King, “Why I Am Opposed to the War in Vietnam”

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