Most Americana duos don’t sound as much like Gillian Welch and David Rawlings as people say they do. But the Milk Carton Kids’ resemblance is uncanny.
Another day, another talented Americana songwriter immersed in the language of a faith he doesn’t profess.
A week from Sunday, on the Feast of the Reign of Christ, Holy Covenant UMC in Chicago—where I work part time as a musician—is holding its second annual service spotlighting the music of Bob Dylan. (Not calling it a Dylancharist.) If you're in Chicago the evening of 11/24, come out and join us.
Below is the piece I wrote for the church newsletter.
Malian singer, songwriter, and guitarist Rokia Traoré has long blended West African music with occidental influences. Her fifth album, produced by P. J. Harvey collaborator John Parish, features the strongest rock element yet.
In my article on alternatives to the Revised Common Lectionary, I praised the African American Lectionary's extensive resources, but I didn't really describe them in any detail. There is a wealth of good stuff on the AAL website.
The AAL is based on weekly themes, many of which do not correspond to the liturgical calendar the RCL follows. This Sunday is Caregivers Day, one of several new AAL observances this year.
That there will be one or two waitingwith hands to hold you through floodsof crowds and reaching for you in riversof sports fans rushing past your head;to lay on blessings of evening explorations,fidget through long hours awaitingthe door latch and the fridge slam youtucked into a familiar corner at home;to give up reaching and fall at the bedside,fold and submit you and your youthbeyond the touch of helping handsto a kinder embrace, not here but not far.
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