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by Steven
Sat Jan 21, 2017 3:30 am
Forum: Other Writers and Writing
Topic: Pat Conroy
Replies: 2
Views: 3134

Re: Pat Conroy

Hi,

Just finished A Lowcountry Heart: Reflections on a Writing Life.
The book is Copyright 2016 by Pat Conroy. I like it a lot.
by Steven
Sun Jan 01, 2017 10:10 pm
Forum: Other music
Topic: Pete Seeger - A Hard Rain's A Gonna Fall
Replies: 6
Views: 315

Re: Pete Seeger - A Hard Rain's A Gonna Fall

Hi Kush, Whitman and Seeger had an "everyman" quality that was part of their personas and creative expression. I believe that each truly cared for others. Whitman stepped away from poetry to care for injured Civil War soldiers. Caring wasn't second fiddle to artistic passion. Same can be s...
by Steven
Mon Dec 26, 2016 5:28 am
Forum: Other music
Topic: Pete Seeger - A Hard Rain's A Gonna Fall
Replies: 6
Views: 315

Re: Pete Seeger - A Hard Rain's A Gonna Fall

Hi Kush, Ingredients: a prescient and galvanizing Dylan song, with a remarkable delivery/interpretation by someone who very much knew what the song meant and had a personal history that gave him credibility with his fans to sing it out. (Folk musicologists will recognize an unintentional pun.) That ...
by Steven
Thu Dec 22, 2016 9:49 pm
Forum: Tribute concerts, Cover versions & Soundtracks
Topic: "Hallelujah": 10 year old special needs student
Replies: 1
Views: 286

"Hallelujah": 10 year old special needs student

Hi,

There wasn't room in the heading space to include "& choir."

This is better than very nice.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvUMDp-snTI .
by Steven
Mon Dec 19, 2016 7:47 am
Forum: News
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 257
Views: 27149

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

Hi Violet, The holding of the tongue, I take to be a repression of anger that's emerged. Evidence of that anger is the not turning of the cheek. Good reason for someone to be angry, here. (Elsewhere on the album are the words: "I'm angry and I'm tired all the time.") Directing anger to God...
by Steven
Sun Dec 18, 2016 8:31 pm
Forum: Other Writers and Writing
Topic: Pat Conroy
Replies: 2
Views: 3134

Re: Pat Conroy

Hi,

Found this book to be of interest: Conversations with the Conroy's: Interviews with Pat Conroy
and
His Family, published by the University of South Carolina Press.
by Steven
Sun Dec 18, 2016 6:03 am
Forum: News
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 257
Views: 27149

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

Hi Violet, You wrote: "What lingers on for me concerning the song is its sense of lament. As to the exact nature of that lament it's difficult to grasp. He's going over it again and again in his mind, which is how the song progresses. Something is not how it might have been. Forgiveness may be ...
by Steven
Sun Dec 18, 2016 5:34 am
Forum: News
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 257
Views: 27149

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

Hi, Acknowledging with thanks the posts in this thread. Not sure if anyone noticed that the song doesn't explicitly mention a Communion prayer, rather it uses the word "grace." Grace, in various religions, refers to prayers of thanks before and/or after meals. The lifting of the glass of b...
by Steven
Sat Dec 17, 2016 6:59 pm
Forum: News
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 257
Views: 27149

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

Hi Vickiwoodyard,

Thank you for expressing what you did, so well. May we all have better days and nights ahead.
by Steven
Sat Dec 17, 2016 6:43 pm
Forum: News
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 257
Views: 27149

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

Hi, Just a comment about "It Seemed The Better Way." Jesus (or God without him) is what I hear as the "him." My take is that the song is about the variances of degree of surety of faith that commonly occur when the most challenging of situations arise, including life-death transi...
by Steven
Tue Dec 13, 2016 3:20 am
Forum: News
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 257
Views: 27149

"Pledging My Love" and "Leaving The Table"

I don't know if others here have noted some evocation of "Pledging My Love" in "Leaving The Table." It's a classic, established by Johnny Ace and then cemented by others. Johnny Ace's recording went to number 1 on the R&B charts for weeks, after his death from a self-inflicte...
by Steven
Mon Dec 12, 2016 8:39 pm
Forum: Other music
Topic: "Mr. Misunderstood"
Replies: 13
Views: 3406

Re: "Mr. Misunderstood"

Hi,

Eric Church covered L.C.'s "Hallelujah" live on stage. There are videos of the performance (or performances?) on YouTube.
by Steven
Mon Dec 12, 2016 1:05 am
Forum: Other music
Topic: The Trishas
Replies: 9
Views: 2751

Re: The Trishas

Hi Kush,

This is sad news. I join you in wishing her a speedy recovery.
by Steven
Tue Dec 06, 2016 11:17 pm
Forum: Other music
Topic: "Mr. Misunderstood"
Replies: 13
Views: 3406

Re: "Mr. Misunderstood"

Hi Kush,

Apparently, there's a Billy Joel connection to the motorcycle. A search of "Springsteen, Billy Joel and motorcycle"
will bring up stories about this.
by Steven
Sat Nov 26, 2016 4:05 am
Forum: Comments & Questions
Topic: Leonard As Humble Conduit
Replies: 2
Views: 1288

Leonard As Humble Conduit

Hi, I believe that Leonard likely indicated a belief, on his part, that as a songwriter he was a conduit for material that was sourced from God. "Going Home" contains these words: "He will speak these words of wisdom / Like a sage, a man of vision / Though he knows he's really nothing...

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