Archive for November, 2008

The Commitments was on the other day. I like this scene.


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I meant to squeeze this in for Veterans Day, but didn’t make it.

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I’ve been looking for this. Bless youtube.

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So Stories

I heard “Red Rain” on KTXT one night soon after So was released. I knew a little Peter Gabriel before then, but I loved that aural space. Eno and Lanois would follow the next year with The Joshua Tree‘s big landscapes, but So was something comprehensive to me; there was something inside the bass and percussion of that music that you could get in and walk around. Gabriel filled that space with a rich blend of sounds and artists and melodies that were more sculpted than scripted.

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New Waterdeep album on pre-order. Last year’s Heart Attack Time Machine topped my best of 2007. Brandon Groves will be back on drums, and that’s a very good thing.

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Four more years?

A collection of some of my favorite moments in the 05-08 campaigns (UPDATED):

Over the Rhine, “If a Song Could Be President.”

I was stunned when Ron Paul invoked the “thousand year Christian tradition of Just War theory” in an early Republican nominees’ debate. I am not exactly a Just War proponent, but he’s the only candidate that I heard suggest that a Christian theological tradition might serve policy, rather than just pursuing an evangelical stamp that gets you some votes. I really enjoyed Ron Paul. Here’s a clip of him giving McCain another grimace wrinkle.

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Passive Subversive

Ooops. I really thought I might make a run for NaBloPoMo. But it hit me this morning that I’d plumb forgot to. Maybe I’ll make a run for Honorable Mention.

Had an unexpected opportunity to offer the invocation at a meeting of local officials last week. My ambivalence about the powers that be aside, I figured, why deny our leaders my prayers? In considering what to say, the hymn “O God, Our Help in Ages Past” came to mind. When I looked up the text, I knew I’d picked well. But, to be honest, I did leave out a few more threatening stanzas:

Our God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast,
And our eternal home.

Under the shadow of Thy throne
Thy saints have dwelt secure;
Sufficient is Thine arm alone,
And our defense is sure.

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