Shot Of Rhythm

[ Saturday, April 10, 2004 ]


Jesus is not having a good weekend

Happy Easter, y'all. I'm always reminded of a great quote from Martin Luther King, Jr. around times when Christ is at the center of our cultural attention...

"You don't need to follow Marx to be a revolutionary. I learned it from a man named Jesus."

I agree with this sentiment wholeheartedly. I'll be back next week, with some brand-new thoughts (I hope...).

On the box right now: Toots and the Maytals, TRUE LOVE


Dove With Claws [5:59 PM]

[ Wednesday, April 07, 2004 ]


Speaking With The Angel

For those of y'all who have never heard Ron Sexsmith, let me take this opportunity to put in as large a plug as possible for this incredibly gifted singer/songwriter, whose stellar new album RETRIEVER was released today. This man's records are like little pieces of heaven, for two reasons: 1)his angelic voice, which quivers tremulously above any of the many arrangements his producers - including Mitchell Froom and Steve Earle - have foist upon him, and 2)his songcraft, which is unparalleled. (Songs like his "Secret Heart," "Speaking With The Angel," "Thinking Out Loud," "This Song," or the beautiful "God Loves Everyone" are my favorite examples from his previous records, and there's probably five or six on the new one that match them.) Simultaneously childlike and utterly sophisticated, this is rich pop music that is also blindingly simple. Great lyrics, great melodies, great arrangements. God, I wish I could write music like this.

I've written 20 more pages since last I posted. More pages, and updates, to come...

On the box right now: Ron Sexsmith, RETRIEVER


Dove With Claws [8:48 PM]

[ Monday, April 05, 2004 ]


Put me in, coach

It's OPENING DAY! Baseball is back, to remind us all of the promise of summer, renewal and the human spirit. This most poetic of games has a sense of rebirth and energy at its core that makes it exceptional, and I - for one - always welcome its return.

Pittsburgh Pirates win today, starting their assured 162-game winning streak. Milwaukee Brewers were ahead by 2 runs (always a tenuous lead for the boys in blue) in the 8th inning. My other favorite team, the Oakland As, play tonight in a late game that I hope to catch some of.

On the box right now: Rolling Stones, BRIDGES TO BABYLON. (Okay, I did play John Fogerty's "Centerfield" earlier, but that's just the sentamentalist in me. And it's a great track.)


Dove With Claws [4:26 PM]