Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

Respond and Change in Jackson

July 24, 2008

Here’s a good story about my former colleagues at Operation Understanding DC in Jackson, Mississippi.

Samuel Spires, 17, a student at my former high school, superbly sums up what’s at stake in intercultural dialogue.  “You just have to do it,” he said. “Be willing to face contradictory ideas. And if you find yourself changing your mind and your ideas, be open to it.”

Respondeo etsi mutabor, I respond although I must change, is the motto of our age according to my teacher Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy.



The Alarm Calling

July 21, 2008

I saw my hero Mike Peters and The Alarm twice last week (DC and NY). It was the first time the Alarm has played many of their brilliant new songs. See the review below. For those of us interested in Girardian analysis, Mike’s recent lyrics demonstrate a wrestling with many of the major themes: religion, violence, contemporary chaos and insufficient solutions, love that frees us from defective models, chivalrous defense.

Mike was very affected by the 7/7/05 London Bombings and he penned subsequent albums entitled Under Attack and Counterattack. After the second chorus in “Fightback” a short rap/spoken word declares, “You gotta fight back, keep it under control/ fight back, use intelligent force/We’ve got to channel the aggression in the right way/ Channel the aggression there’s no other way.”


Passionate Students

May 21, 2008

The parent of a first-year St. John’s College student reflects on a breakfast with friends and gives great praise to the students and method.

Wave of Sorrow

January 7, 2008

Bono recently finishes a song from the Joshua Tree sessions. It reflects his effort to comprehend his 1984 visit to Ethiopia during the famine in the context of Biblical history and Ethiopia’s majestic past.  Appreciate the reworking of the Beatitudes (Blessed Are…) at the end.

Lyrics below the fold.  Hat tip: Nothing New Under the Sun


Rolling Stone Top 10 Albums of 2007

January 3, 2008

Worth checking out as much for specific albums as for description of trends.

In The Meantime

December 18, 2007

In naming this blog I reflected the current status of my life — hopeful but woefully connected. When I wrote the phrase I was immediately reminded of this book of the same title. A friend shared moving passages she’d underlined while we dined at Kramerbooks & Afterwords. My sister mentioned a few weeks ago this blog’s title is also the name of a popular 1990s song by Spacehog. I was reminded of the song when I saw a few of the 100 Greatest Videos of the 1990s.

(Lyrics below the fold)


Lists Order Reality

December 15, 2007

Ok, perhaps I should just do a top lists of the week entry, but it’s too late. Here’s one from Cracked Magazine, the ugly step-sister to Mad Magazine. Both often accompanied me on long family car trips as a child. is the ruler of lists and this one will warm the hearts of my fellow Gen Xers.

The 10 Most Terrifyingly Inspirational ’80s Songs


December 14, 2007

Bumped into an unnamed old friend in Adams Morgan Tuesday night. Good, long conversation over food and drinks touching on the strongest characters in TV’s THE WIRE and HEROES. He’s helped me join the world of online down-loads. If interested in also joining, send a note (go to “about me”).

Call to Action: MIKE PETERS

December 5, 2007

“Original folk-punk icon with anthems that challenge and rouse.”         — Scott D, December 2007

Here’s the text for the voiceover of a 3-minute video honoring Mike Peters in Wales last Sunday. He’s inspired me since I was 12 years old. Check out the new music at the website, too.

Daily Dish Readers on 80s Videos

November 27, 2007

Andrew Sullivan’s popular website decided best, worst, and best-worst 80s Video.