Take your pick:
A new single from Sandra McCracken. Her music lifts my heart.
My brother sent along this cover of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s “Carry On.” It’s great.
Buddy Greene, Jeff Taylor, Andy Gullahorn, and Andrew Peterson at Laity Lodge.
The above is so good I had to share. This composition was brought to my attention by Alan Jacobs. His comments are worth reading. I didn’t know about this quartet’s Goat Rodeo Sessions (2011) until today. I have, however, been to Rodeo Goat for a burger. You can listen to the full compilation on Spotify.
I grew up in Tyler, Texas, home of the Texas Rose Festival. I was in the Rose Festival twice. I grew up going to a country club with diamond chandeliers, which I’m guessing is a reference to Willow Brook. This song by William Clark Green names things that are familiar to me.
Credit to an old neighbor, Mark Pool, for bringing this to my attention.
Father John Misty’s “Total Entertainment Forever” is prophetic.
Imagine a world where people prefer virtual reality over embodied, physical experience. Having trouble? Just revisit the major plot line of Ready Player One, or Tron, where virtual and physical realities intersect, merge, and somehow overlap.
I don’t care much for the “Total Entertainment Forever” video. The lyrics are the juice. Father John Misty describes the world emerging before us today, a place where we date the celebrity of our choice in a virtual environment, where we are “free” to live however we want (in prisons of virtual illusion), where rich and poor are equally “entertained,” distracted by fantasy. The “nightmare” we’re invited to awaken from is our lives, preferring instead our dreams being beamed straight into our eyeballs in marvelous hi-def.
No gods to rule us
No drugs to soothe us
No myths to prove stuff
No love to confuse usNot bad for a race of demented monkeys
From a cave to a city to a permanent party
Truett Seminary held a convocation service yesterday at the First Baptist Church of Waco, marking the beginning of our twenty-fifth year of ministry.
Supporters of Truett, faculty and staff, leaders at Baylor, members of the community, many students, and members of the inaugural class gathered to dedicate the year ahead to God. This silver anniversary, as it is, presents the opportunity to look back and give thanks, to look around and take stock, and to look ahead and dream of what might be. The service and the luncheon that followed were wonderful from gathering to goodbye.
One particular moment of our time together, however, left a great impression upon me. Prior to hearing from Dr. William D. Shiell, President of Northern Seminary, who would offer our convocation address, we listened to the Truett Chapel Worship Ensemble present “Is He Worthy?” by Andrew Peterson.
I revisited the song today, paying particular attention to the lyrics, thinking carefully about the words themselves. My cheeks became damp with tears. The music is beautiful. The visuals are quite good. But the song’s power comes from the words. They are powerful because they are the truth about the deepest realities of existence, expressing not only the promises of God as they are found in Scripture that inspire hope in the deepest recesses of the human heart, but also by pointing us to the person who has fulfilled them all.
Jesus, indeed, is worthy.
This is a great video (how romantic!), a gripping lyrical story, excellent ring walk music (Fernando Vargas!), and a powerful message (“I don’t know how to quit;” “Only God can take my life away;” “I’m not afraid of those ‘lengua larga’ guys.”).
As goofy as it sounds, I’ve been listening to the song excessively since I figured out who it was and what it was about after hearing it for many years on a sports talk radio show during a regular boxing segment (Thanks, Steven St. John!). I love it. Molly thinks I’m a goof. She’s right.
But I’m not gonna quit. I don’t know how.