# Monday, September 15, 2008

Ben Harper and the Blind Boys of Alabama, There Will Be A Light (amazon.com).

I subscribe to Rhapsody; this one has been off-limits for the past few years (after its initial release). On a whim I checked today, and it's available. Yee-Haw!

Track List:

1. Take My Hand
2. Wicked Man
3. Where Could I Go
4. Church House Steps
5. 11th Commandment
6. Well Well Well
7. Picture of Jesus
8. Satisfied Mind
9. Mother Pray
10. There Will Be A Light
11. Church On Time

Of the album, one Amazon reviewer says, "Is this gospel music? If it is, then I love gospel music."

Post Author: rico
Monday, September 15, 2008 12:00:14 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00) 

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# Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Lyle Lovett, from his song "This Old Porch". I'm listening to his "Anthology Vol. 1: Cowboy Man (amazon.com)", though it was originally on his 1986 self-titled release (amazon.com). Here's the verse:

This old porch is like a steamin', greasy plate of enchiladas
With lots of cheese and onions, and guacamole salad
And you can get 'em down at the La Salle Hotel in old downtown
With iced tea and a waitress, and she will smile every time

I can't tell you why I like this, but I'll try. Each verse of the song uses scenes like this to describe the comfort of sitting on an old porch. In this verse, can't you just taste the stuff he's describing, and picture the setting?

Each verse is great, but for some reason — perhaps because I think I can actually smell the "steamin', greasy plate of enchiladas" every time he sings the line — I like this verse the best.

Post Author: rico
Wednesday, July 18, 2007 11:25:25 AM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00) 

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# Friday, June 22, 2007

I’d rather have Jesus than silver or gold;
I’d rather be His than have riches untold;
I’d rather have Jesus than houses or lands;
I’d rather be led by His nail-pierced hand

Refrain:
Than to be the king of a vast domain,
Or be held in sin’s dread sway;
I’d rather have Jesus than anything
This world affords today.

I’d rather have Jesus than men’s applause;
I’d rather be faithful to His dear cause;
I’d rather have Jesus than worldwide fame;
I’d rather be true to His holy name

(Refrain)

He’s fairer than lilies of rarest bloom;
He’s sweeter than honey from out the comb;
He’s all that my hungering spirit needs;
I’d rather have Jesus and let Him lead

(Refrain)

The best version of the song is that done by Jacob's Trouble on their "... let the truth run wild" album, which you may have to hunt around to find (unless it's been re-released recently).

Post Author: rico
Friday, June 22, 2007 5:14:53 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00) 

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# Wednesday, December 27, 2006

It's true. Soul Brother #1, a.k.a. The hardest working man in show business, a.k.a. The godfather of soul, the one and only James Brown has passed away.

The obituary on Slate is a decent read, complete with links to YouTube for some of Brown's best work. The best paragraph?

Brown's showmanship merged the fervent emotionalism of the black church with pure showbiz—flashy clothes, vaudevillian theatrics, sweat-drenched movement, and a pompadour flamboyant enough to inspire Al Sharpton (and countless pimps). He was the model for all pop performers who followed him. After Brown, even the whitest white boy felt compelled to shake it a little onstage.

I've blogged twice about JB so it is only appropriate to point to those entries today.

Post Author: rico
Wednesday, December 27, 2006 9:24:15 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) 

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# Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Below are the lyrics to a song called My Savior, My God by Aaron Shust that have been running through my head with some frequency over the past month. The below are the verses, they are taken from an older hymn. Shust's chorus (which I've not reproduced here) is his own. Me? I like the verses, so that's what I reproduce. Read, think and meditate on them.

I am not skilled to understand
What God has willed, what God has planned
I only know at his right hand
Stands one who is my savior

I take him at his word and deed
Christ died to save me, this I read
And in my heart I find a need
For him to be my savior

That he would leave his place on high
And come for sinful man to die
You count it strange, so once did I
Before I knew my savior

Yes, living, dying; let me bring
My strength, my solace from this spring
That he who lives to be my king
Once died to be my savior

That he would leave his place on high
And come for sinful man to die
You count it strange, so once did I
Before I knew my savior

I believe you can listen to the song on Rhapsody, whether you're a subscriber or not Rhapsody provides 25 free plays per month per IP, I think.

(Thanks, Bob, for mentioning the song a few months ago)

Post Author: rico
Wednesday, November 01, 2006 12:34:09 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) 

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# Thursday, October 19, 2006

So much of so-called "Christian" music today is piffle. A pastor-friend of mine calls them "Jesus is my girlfriend" songs.

But some of it isn't. I'm listening to a guy called Andrew Peterson. He has a song called "No More Faith". Here are the lyrics to the bridge of the song, into the last chorus:

So I will drive these roads in thunder and in rain
And I will sing your song at the top of my lungs
And I will praise you, Lord, in glory and in pain
And I will follow you till this race is won
And I will drive these roads till this motor won't run
And I will sing your song from sea to shining sea
And I will praise you Lord, till your kingdom comes
And I will follow where you lead

Till there's no more faith
No more hope
I'll see your face and Lord, I'll know
When there's no more faith
And no more hope
I'll sing your praise and let them go
'cause only love
Only love remains

The song is called "No More Faith" based on 1Co 13. It's looking forward to the time when only love remains; when our hope has been fulfilled and our faith is no longer necessary because we are with God. μαράνα θά!

Side note: I've got a three-part series on "the love chapter":

 

Post Author: rico
Thursday, October 19, 2006 1:37:44 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00) 

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# Tuesday, December 20, 2005

I've been listening to a version of the song What Child is This by the band Carbon Leaf.* They offered it as a download in the past, but it appears to be unavailable now.

I'm familiar with the version sung in my church growing up, where the chorus is the same for all three verses of the song. However, this version (and other versions) don't repeat the same chorus apart from the closing line "The babe, the son of Mary".

Take a minute and read (don't skim, don't glance through, but read) these lyrics. The second verse "chorus" stops me in my tracks every time I hear it.

What child is this who laid to rest
On Mary's lap is sleeping
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet
While shepherds watch are keeping
This, this is Christ the King
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing
Haste, haste to bring Him laud
The Babe, the Son of Mary

Why lies He in such mean estate
Where ox and ass are feeding
Good Christian fear for sinners here
The silent word is pleading
Nails, spears shall pierce Him through
The Cross be borne for me, for you
Hail, hail, the Word made flesh
The Babe, the Son of Mary

So bring Him incense, gold and myrrh
Come peasant, King, to own Him
The King of Kings, salvation brings
Let loving hearts enthrone Him
Raise, raise the song on high
The Virgin sings her lullaby
Joy, joy for Christ is born
The Babe, the Son of Mary


* Carbon Leaf have several MP3 Downloads available on their web site. Hit the 'Media' option in the left sidebar/menu, then look for the downloads link.

Post Author: rico
Tuesday, December 20, 2005 8:39:41 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) 

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# Saturday, December 10, 2005

I stumbled upon a singer/songwriter called Andrew Peterson. He has three albums available in Rhapsody. I've been listenting to his album Clear to Venus with regularity for the past few weeks. His song Let Me Sing has been on frequent repeat. Here are the lyrics. The song is pretty much just Peterson and a piano.

I want to open up my eyes
and see a more beautiful world
Let the hand of God Almighty
sweep his colors through my life

I want to hold tight to the laughter
ride it like a child
on the winds that billow joyful
through the sky

I want to open up my heart
but you know sometimes it's hard to find
because I've buried it beneath the selfishness
that I've hidden behind

I want to stand my ground unshaken
I want to tremble when I kneel
and let my song remain unbroken
through the tears

[chorus]
So let me sing for the love
Let me love for the lost
Let me lose all I have
For what I found on the cross
Let me trust you with my life
Let me live to give you praise
Let me praise you for the grace by which I'm saved
Lord, let me sing

I want to open up your word
and let the thirsty enter in
So they can drink deep of the water
that you've given to them

I want to run the race with vigor
I want to fight the fight with strength
and let my song rise from a whisper to a scream

I want to open up my arms
and embrace that old rugged cross
I want to take pride in the reason
and be humbled by the cost

And when this lisping, stammering tongue
lies silent in the grave
And in a nobler, sweeter song I'll sing your praise
I'll sing your praise

[chorus]
So let me sing for the love
Let me love for the lost
Let me lose all I have
For what I found on the cross
Let me trust you with my life
Let me live to give you praise
Let me praise you for the grace by which I'm saved
Lord, let me sing
Lord, let me sing
Lord, let me sing

I'm imagining the song is Copyright 2001 by Andrew Peterson.

 

Post Author: rico
Saturday, December 10, 2005 12:22:13 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) 

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# Friday, December 09, 2005

Last year, I threw down a challenge to find the most horrible, awful Christmas music one could find in RealRhapsody's database of music.

Eli of the Big Slow Eel was the clear, hands-down winner. He obliterated me.

Well, Eli started early this year. I have no hope of locating musical crapulence that delves deeper into depravity than he has already descended. "Flatulina"?

I give. Eli wins. Forever.

Instead, I offer you a link to my own Groovin' Christmas playlist from last year. You know, the good stuff. You'll need it in order to recover from the craptastic dissonance Eli has foisted upon us.

Post Author: rico
Friday, December 09, 2005 12:54:35 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) 

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# Thursday, August 04, 2005

This song is on an Pakaderm Records (remember the Elefante brothers?) sampler from 1991 called "Portrait of a spirit". Good luck finding it. The song is based on Rev 15.3-4:

And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying,

“Great and amazing are your deeds,
O Lord God the Almighty!
Just and true are your ways,
O King of the nations!

Who will not fear, O Lord,
and glorify your name?
For you alone are holy.
All nations will come
and worship you,
for your righteous acts have been revealed.”

Here are the words to the song, as composed by Scott Sellen ((c) 1992 Always an Adventure Music ASCAP):

[Verses 1, 2, 4]
Oh God, Your works are marvelous
Your ways are just and true
Oh King of saints, who'll not fear you?
And glorify, come glorify
Jesus, glorify in you.

[Verses 3, 5]
You are the only Holy One
Nations come and worship You ...
You are the only Holy One
Nations come and worship You

The line "Oh King of saints, who'll not fear you?" has been playing in my head for the past few days. It's a good lyric.

Now, I understand you can't get the full sense without listening to the music. The tune is simple. Instrumentation is sparse with just an acoustic guitar, accordion and harmonica (played by Darrell Mansfield). The primary instrument is Furay's voice. And every time I hear it, I think, "whoa ... "

Post Author: Rico
Thursday, August 04, 2005 11:53:38 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00) 

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# Monday, May 23, 2005

Yes, it's time for a "various thoughts" post. Just a few small notes that don't make sense to turn into larger posts.

First, welcome to the blogosphere, Biblaridion! (via Stephen C. Carlson's Hypotyposeis). I don't know Bryan Cox, but his profile says he's a programmer who's into Greek stuff. I sense synergy. Too bad he's in Plano, or maybe he, Zack Hubert and I could get together for coffee somewhere and really "geek out".

Second, I finished Nancy Pearcey's Total Truth last night (late last night). It's been awhile since I've burned through a book like that, and it was good. If you're looking for a book that explores development of a Christian worldview, surveying the philosophical development of worldview and where we are today and why it's so messed up along with suggestions on how to fix it, then Pearcey's book is one you should check out.

Third, it's time for a Rhapsody Playlist. Here's what's playing in my car for the next few weeks: Subie Sounds (June 2005). The artists are: Third Day (live stuff), Burlap to Cashmere, The David Crowder Band and Pierce Pettis. And a Charlie Peacock tune thrown in for good measure. And probably the best version of I'll Fly Away that I've ever heard (no, it's not the recent Jars of Clay version).

Fourth, today is my kayak's one-year birthday! Some ricoblog readers may not know, but in the past (from, say 2001-2004) I had an on-again/off-again project building my own 18-foot sea kayak. I photo-blogged the building of the kayak before blogging was cool (and I did it with hand-hacked HTML in TextPad ... eeeeiiiuuuwww!). One year ago today, it hit the water for the first time. Here's a photo to commemorate the occasion.

Rick's kayak on top of the Subie after its inaugural paddle!

 

Post Author: Rico
Monday, May 23, 2005 8:19:55 AM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00) 

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# Friday, May 13, 2005

I remember back in 1996 when Third Day released their self-titled debut album. That disc rocked.

It wasn't in Rhapsody last time I looked, but it's there now. And I've been listening to it for most of the day. I'd forgotten how good it is (better than the two albums that followed it).

Here's the link to an album playlist in Rhapsody: Third Day.

Post Author: Rico
Friday, May 13, 2005 4:54:31 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00) 

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# Thursday, April 28, 2005

I noticed a mention-in-passing of the "new Rhapsody 3.0" over on the Rhapsody Radish.

I thought, "huh? Why didn't I know about it? I'm a subscriber who actually gives them money, after all." So I hit Help->Check For Updates, and it was true.

The interface is completely different. This will take some getting used to (but that's good, I thought their old interface blew chunks).

There are two massive improvements that I can see. First, you can now incorporate the music you have on your hard drive (i.e., MP3s you've legally ripped from your own private collection) and the stuff you have access to via Rhapsody. The player plays all types of files, and the integration seems pretty seamless. That is, I've got a playlist of both Rhapsody subscription-based content and my own local MP3s playing on random.

The second improvement has to do with transferring content to portable devices. This is now supported. The basic support (I think) is to enable this for your own media, but there is an additional subscription level that allows subscription-based content to be transferred to portable players. Watch out, though, the list of players that support adding subscription-based content is small. Chances are if you have a player it probably won't work with Rhapsody. But I'd read this support was being added, so I've held off on purchasing a portable MP3 player. Now that I have a target, I'll consider it a little more.

Enjoy!

Post Author: Rico
Thursday, April 28, 2005 8:48:09 AM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00) 

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# Monday, April 11, 2005

Folks --

Just a few notes on things I've come across over the past few days.

1. zhubert.com's "Book Detail" page, with cool graphs and a new "Improbable Phrases" feature. The improbable phrases are three-word combos that are statistically improbable based on Zack's number-crunching prowess. It would be nice to have chapter/verse links next to the phrases generated to head to the full context of the phrase, but it's cool that Zack is doing stuff like this. Thanks, Zack! (Disclaimer: I've been doing some stuff with three-word phrases too, as most of you no doubt know, so my opinion toward the coolness of this type of thing is a little biased.)

2. I stumbled across some cool music on Rhapsody. The band is the Fareed Haque Group, and they simply jam. Fareed can play the guitar (several styles -- jazz, classical, etc.) and everyone else just seems to follow along. These aren't studio recordings, they're recordings of live events. The only one I've listened to in full is the 02-22-02 Tommy Nevin's - Evanston IL [Rhapsody link]. If you need some background stuff with no lyrics but a good guitar groove (and some organ too), this is your stuff.

3. At long last, Tischendorf's full apparatus is now shipping in LDLS format. This is T-dog's eighth major edition. ("Tischendorf" is too much to type, so as Logos was working on this edition, I started using the label 'T-dog' for "Tischendorf"). His full Greek NT, with Eusebian Canon references embedded in the text. The apparatus is the full three-volume edition. The apparatus will scroll with any Greek New Testament. Rather than use cryptic sigla like the NA27, T-dog simply listed the word from his text first, then the support for/against the reading. The LDLS uses bold text to distinguish that first word, so you know the word/phrase under discussion. Associated text is mostly in Latin (apart from MS numbers/sigla) but it is quite usable (though the prolegomena volume takes some work to get through, especially if you don't know Latin). Scroll along and check for variants. Very cool. Check out the screen shot at the bottom of the Logos product detail web page.

Post Author: Rico
Monday, April 11, 2005 11:15:22 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00) 

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# Monday, April 04, 2005

Ever since I owned a Jeep Wrangler soft-top that was easy for theif-types to break into, I haven't been too concerned about the audio capabilities of my vehicles. I now own a Subaru Forester (affectionately dubbed "Subie") and the audio capabilities are decidely low-tech: the factory AM/FM/Tape deck.

But this is cool; I can easily plug my laptop into my home stereo and, over the local network hooked up to a broadband connection, make tapes for the Subie from Rhapsody playlists. I've fallen into the habit of doing this about once a month. Here's what's in the player (tape was made with "shuffle" on, so this isn't the order I listen to them in) for April 2005 [links are to Rhapsody]:

Here's the whole playlist: Subie Sounds (April 2005). I'm particularly fond of On Jordan's Stormy Banks I Stand and the Justin Rosolino tunes along with 2 Frogs by Five for Fighting.

Enjoy! If you don't know about the streaming music service RealRhapsody, by all means check it out.

Post Author: Rico
Monday, April 04, 2005 10:39:29 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00) 

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# Thursday, March 24, 2005

The Rhapsody Radish had a link to an artist I'd never heard of before — Justin Rosolino.

I've been listening to his album Wonderlust since I read about it. The description at the Radish is pretty much spot-on. Also, check out lyrics like these (complete album lyrics available online), from a song titled "Oprah" (audio sample available here):

VERSE I
Me and Oprah Winfrey met for coffee with St. Augustine in Amsterdam last Thursday afternoon
She made conversation with such perfect calculation while quietly I scribbled down this tune

PreChorus:
She tried her best to have the best intentions,
In as much as intentions can be
she asked us, “why do bad things have to happen
to good people like Stedman and me?”

CHORUS:
It’s the same conversation we’ve had so long
But I’m still waiting, and I’m still waiting
the radio stations play the same old song
But I’m still waiting I’m still waiting

Verse II
we began to psychoanalyze our opinions as they came to mind,
and she said she’d like to hear our point of view
She said “I just do what my heart tells me to, cause if it feels right, then it must be true. But wicked things are what wicked people do.”

PreChorus II
Now Augustine grew visibly uncomfortable
So she asked him if he disagreed
He said that no one ever thinks that they’re the wicked ones,
so just how honest do you think we can be?

CHORUS

BRIDGE:
I can tell myself it’s alright, it’s OK
And imagine some self-centered secrets away,
“It’s a cruel, cruel world”, I hear everyone say
But ain’t you and I who made it that way?

CHORUS

(Words and music by Justin Rosolino)

And if that isn't enough, the last track (an instrumental simply titled "29") is incredible. Check this guy out, even if it is just listening to the samples on the artist's web page.

I'll get back to bibliobloggin' at some point soon, but when I run across stuff like this I just have to mention it.

Update: Searching around for more info brought me to Paste Music's site, where two full tracks are available for download. I'd recommend "Legacy" above "Again", personally.

links | music
Post Author: Rico
Thursday, March 24, 2005 5:36:53 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) 

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# Wednesday, March 23, 2005

[all track links require RealRhapsody]

The Blind Boys of Alabama have released a new album, and it is available on Rhapsody. Here's a link to the Rhapsody Radish, a Rhapsody link blog, with a link to the album page on Rhapsody.

The album's title song, (Jesus Hits Like The) Atom Bomb, is a remake of the version originally sung by a group called The Pilgrim Travelers. The Soul Stirrers. A group called The Pilgrim Travelers has also done a version of the song. I only know about the song because awhile back Bob mentioned it to me (I don't recall where he heard it from), and another colleague at Logos dutifully looked it up in Rhapsody so we could all hear it. The song was originally written in the early 1950's 1949 — quite timely (perhaps a bit too timely) for a song about an atom bomb. Here's the chorus:

Everybody's worried
About that atom bomb
No one seems worried
About the day my Lord shall come

(You'd better) set your house in order
He may be comin' soon
And then he'll hit like an atom bomb
When he comes, when he comes.

More info on the album and the song is available at Christianity Today.

If you dig gospel, the The Blind Boys of Alabama are highly recommended.

Post Author: Rico
Wednesday, March 23, 2005 9:19:38 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) 

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# Friday, March 11, 2005

I can't believe I'm blogging this, but it's Friday so I guess it's OK.

A colleague at Logos is doing some work on the Semeia series. He came across the following and he knew he had to send it my way:

In James Brown double-voiced theological discourse, Jesus' cleansing of the Temple becomes “Papa Come Here Quick and Bring Me that Lickin' Stick.” His recounting of Peter's rebuke to Jesus' prediction of his own crucifixion was J.B.'s first big hit: “Please, Please, Please (Don't Go — I Love You So.)” In James' double-voiced discourse he sang of the New Covenant and grooved us at the same time with “Papa's Got a Brand New Bag.” Of course, Gethsemane's anguish in J.B. deuce-discourse can be none other than “I Break Out (In a Cold Sweat).” And “It's Too Funky in Here (Open up the Windows)” most certainly is about Lazarus locked up in the tomb for four long days.

(Osayande Obery Hendricks, Guerrilla Exegesis: "Struggle" As A Scholarly Vocation. A Postmodern Approach to African-American Biblical Interpretation. Semeia vol. 72, p. 78.)

I don't have any more context, and unfortunately vol. 72 is not archived at the SBL site, but this was too good to let sit. I immediately set about creating a Rhapsody Playlist. Here you go:

  • "Licking Stick" - James Brown
  • "Please, Please, Please" - James Brown And His Famous Flames
  • "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag, Pt. 1" - James Brown
  • "Cold Sweat, Pt. 1" - James Brown
  • "It's Too Funky In Here" - James Brown

If you want to listen to the playlist, here's the link (requires Rhapsody, of course).

This only started the ball rolling. Here are some further funktastic suggestions (from various similarly funk-minded folk at the office) to fill out the "James Brown - Semeia Funkadelic Discourse" playlist:

  • "Get on the Good Foot" - Healing the lame.
  • "Get Up Offa That Thing" - Jesus healing the paralytic. 
  • "Papa Don't Take No Mess" - Jesus' rebuke of the Pharisees
  • "The Payback" - Pretty much the whole book of Revelation, as well as other apocalyptic literature.

These are not a part of the above-linked playlist. If you think you can handle the funk, go ahead and add them to the playlist after you load it up.

Be careful out there, funky people. The groove you save may be your own.

Post Author: Rico
Friday, March 11, 2005 4:59:23 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) 

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# Wednesday, March 09, 2005

I've been feeling nostalgic recently. Dad, you'll appreciate this.

Within the past week, I remembered how my Dad always used to listen to Willie Nelson in the car. Specifically, I remember the album Stardust (link requires Rhapsody).

I vividly remember driving in the car, just me and my Dad, from our house to the Navy Exchange for something or other. I remember the car -- a 1977 [or 1976?] silver Ford Granada with maroon interior. Willie Nelson was playing on the cassette deck. And my Dad and I were singing Georgia On My Mind and Blue Skies, along with Willie, as we were headed to the store.

Why do I remember this? I'm not sure. I was looking for a good edition of Ray Charles singing Georgia On My Mind, but Rhapsody's only edition (that I can find) is Ray singing live, and the recording isn't the best. Then I saw Willie's version and had to check it out again. I'd recently mentioned to a friend how my Dad used to listen to Willie in the car, and how we'd occasionally sing along. I guess actually seeing the link in Rhapsody put me over the edge.

And when I listened to the album, I was right back in the silver Ford Granada, sitting in the front seat with Dad, singing right along.

Ahhhhhh, nostalgia.


While I'm here, I'll offer a short side note. I haven't been blogging much lately, either here or over at PastoralEpistles.com. I've been trying to spend my spare time a bit more focused on my writing project on the Pastoral Epistles, which means less outside reading. In addition to this, I've had something else come up that I'm not prepared to blog about (don't worry, it's all good) that has caused me to focus my attention elsewhere. I'm still here, I'll just be blogging less frequently than in the past.
Post Author: Rico
Wednesday, March 09, 2005 10:51:07 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) 

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# Monday, March 07, 2005

Clicking a link from the home page in Real Rhapsody today, I stumbled upon James Carr. The album is The Essential James Carr.

This man's voice exudes soul. The Rhapsody "mini-review" says it all:

Simply put: Carr has one of the most devastating deep soul voices of all time. He makes the line "just like the fish needs the ocean/just like rough hands need a little lotion" on "A Man Needs a Woman" sound like scripture, and his take on "Dark End of the Street" will turn you into dust. His music is totally essential.

You need to listen to this album if you have Real Rhapsody. If you look back fondly on the tune "Stand By Me" by Ben  E. King (before its horrible radio over-play when the movie of the same name was released), then you will enjoy this album.

Here's a short bio on James Carr. Sounds like a sad story. If you have Rhapsody, take some time and give the album a good listen.

Post Author: Rico
Monday, March 07, 2005 7:25:54 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) 

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