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  • Phill O

    Great music! Great talent! Poor theology! How many people have been milked by this philosophy; especially blacks? I remember “The Hiding Place”. Sometimes our faith is put to the test by persecution. The idea of personal peace and prosperity has downfalls in reality.

    Just my observations, regardless how much I like the music!

  • John: What do you mean? The video is definitely there and available to watch.

  • John

    I see it now. Before I saw the blank youtube screen that you get when they delete something they don’t like.

  • eddie willers

    I just finished watching a five minute snippet of Peter Jackson’s upcoming movie of the “Get Back” Beatle sessions (where Let It Be came from) that he is pulling out of the archives and cleaning up. Billy is, of course, all over it. His electric piano playing during the famous rooftop concert is legendary. There was even talk of him becoming an official Beatle and is the only musician other themselves to be credited on a record.

  • janyuary

    I observe and enjoy a cultural thing mistaken for a racial thing — but black folks generally approach music so differently than any other color folks in church, same with live jazz. White people listen, tap their feet, and smile. Black folks participate like it was a ball game. This is healing music, restorative. I think as long as man breathes, he will probably make music. Sad, though, that many digital “advantages” of the 21st century only distance humans from their own abilities. Prohibit live music-making by frustrating gatherings, so acoustic players must sit six feet away from each other (workable if you’re in an acoustically resonant spot, colossally stupid if you’re in a flat open place) destroys music for now in communities. Players must hear each other, and to do that they must gather closely.

    Lyrics to songs are separate from the sound, and such a joy when they perfectly match, which is fairly rare in my opinion …!. Music is even more powerful than language because it transcends language. But I agree that it’s disheartening to hear “wrong” lyrics with such right music! I suppose we all sing our own lyrics with our own interpretations. The music for me overpowers the lyrics, it is wonderful, wonderful, wonderful.

  • wayne


    Bluegrass Clog Dancing
    David Hoffman 1965

    “I was a 23-year-old filmmaker making my first documentary… I have never been to the Appalachian Mountains. Old man Bascom Lamar Lunsford took me around those mountains and introduced me… This scene was filmed at his home in South Turkey Creek, North Carolina.”

  • janyuary

    wayne: that video lived up to its title! Man o manichevitz … the two boys in the dark shirts with the white trim at the collars were having too much fun along with some of the girls. What a great watch.

    Cluck old hen, my old hen, she lays eggs for the railroad men. Sometimes one, sometimes two, sometimes enough for the whole damned crew … (a little sip of whiskey wouldn’t do me any harm) … Rebecca Stout, flatfooting … enjoy, don’t know how to link …

    It’s Christmas Eve now.

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