Memorial day weekend is over and everyone has gone back to work (or for us slackers, not). I had a good weekend that included eating way too much and playing a brutal couple of games of volleyball. We also had our first “combined” service at church for the summer. Basically, we’re combining our traditional and contemporary services together… which should prove to be interesting. It was a good service though and it was nice to look around and see a lot of folks that I don’t usually get to see.
I also picked up a cool little cd the other day, Loretta Lynn’s Van Lear Rose. Man, this is one great album! It’s produced by Jack White (?!) (from the band The White Stripes) and it hasn’t left my cd player all weekend. It’s very organic and very raw… it reminds me of Emmylou Harris’ cd Wrecking Ball (which I HIGHLY recommend) in that it takes what she’s known for and add’s something completely different. Loretta Lynn is 70 some years old and has probably made the best album of her career… absolutely amazing. I saw her on some country awards show the other day (I think it was the American Country Music Awards… but I’m not sure)… after one lousy band after another, she came on stage (with Vince Gill on acoustic) and sang the song “I miss being Mrs” off of the new album and she just blew me away. It was so heartbreaking and beautiful. Just her voice and the acoustic… so simple and yet it was better than anything else that night (what is up with country music these days? yeesh!). In a sea of Rascal Flats and Toby Keiths she was the one shining lighthouse. Amazing.
I also got the new cd from my friend Derek Webb called The House Show. A very cool cd, it’s a recording of one of his house shows that he’s been doing. Derek has been playing these shows as a way of talking about the issues brought up by his cd She must and shall go free (as well as playing the music on it). It’s well worth it and I hope y’all check it out… plus it has his version of Bob Dylan’s Every grain of sand which is one of my favorite cover songs right now. Please pick up a copy, you can buy it on his website right now and it’s definitely something worth listening to.
So there you go, some homework for you all to do… go buy some cd’s! Well, that’s about it for now… I hope you guys had a great and safe weekend and I’ll talk to you real soon.
grace and peace