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My August Music Musings
Excerpted from my August 2005 Cancer Update, a few thoughts on music, starting with a short, heartfelt look at John (Cougar) Mellencamp.
OUTDULGENCE in Action: A weekend in review: generosity in NYC
New Yorkers are mythicly rude, right?
And yet everywhere we went we were met with kindness.
Buddy Miller & Lovett, Hiatt, Ely and Clark Bring Higher Education to Philly & Princeton
Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt, Joe Ely and Guy Clark converged on the lovely McCarter Theatre in Princeton on Friday night (2/18/05), and turned it into a Nashville--or maybe Texas--front porch, taking turns singing intimate, moving songs.
Music Notes (from January PRISM)
PRISM's final OZARD MusicNotes--Jan/2005. Dwight became PRISM's Music/Culture editor in it's premiere issue, & originated MusicNotes in the second issue. He has written in all but 4 5 issues of the magazine.
CJ Keddy on the Best Films of 2004
Canadian film maker and musician CJ Keddy surveys his picks for the best movies of last year.
Twenty Years of Green Pastures
Charlie Peacock's seminal Lie Down in the Grass remains, after 20 years, a high point in the history and evolution of "Contemporary Christian music."
Bruce Cockburn, You've Never Seen Everything
Bruce Cockburn's 25th release finds the Canadian songwriter/activist at his integrative peak, musically, philosophically, and theologically.
Dance, White Boy, Dance (On permissiveness, James Brown and spiritual freedom)
Honestly, is there a better job in the world than to be the guy who gets to repeat "Get on up" over and over again in James Brown's "Sex Machine"?
Remembering Ray Charles
Remembering America's greatest "pop" singer.
This past Sunday I attended the Toronto International Film Festival's Gala World Premiere of Taylor Hackford's new movie RAY. The film is a triumph, beginning to end, especially Jamie Foxx's sensational performance as Charles.
GQ on "Christian Rock"
Courtesy of the wonderful Anthony Barr-Jeffrey comes this link to John Jeremiah Sullivan's piece "Upon This Rock" in the most recent GQ, which provides one of the best and most succinct (and comi-tragic) descriptions of "Christian Rock"
In Defense of Silly Pop Songs
Nothing matters to a 16 year-old quite like a great pop song. Or a bad pop song for that matter. So why do they still matter to a 41 year-old?
You Can Take It With You
Dwight Ozard Discusses His “Essential Discs”--but be fore-warned: this was written from his hospital bed during his first round of "chemo" (back in April 2001), a fact which explains the glaring omission of any Adam Again or Bruce Springsteen.
Two Prophets: Pettis Challenges the Heart & Home, Miller Challenges a Nation
The Village Voice finds Buddy Miller's Jesus....
Brian Quincy Newcomb's Best of '04
Warren Zevon, The Wind
Sam's Boot, Patty's Dream, and Lynn's Rose
Sweet Harmony Review Review
No Greater Darkness
When The Boss serves the Nation: Vote For Change Tour
Carman's R.I.O.T.: The Legendary Review Emerges
Bree Sharp's More B.S.
Stephen Fearing: That's How I Walk
Bruce Springsteen The Rising
A Rolling Stone Finds Satisfaction?
Bill Mallonee, Perfumed Letter
Marvin Gaye, Let's Get It On!
Johnny Cash, American IV: The Man Comes Around
Teasers: A few short reviews from 2003
Johnny Cash - American IV: The Man Comes Around
Demonstrations of Love: An Album to Benefit PRISM Magazine
Johnny Cash Was My Hero
The Seven Deadly Sins of Christian Contemporary Music