23 March 2015

Jesus is Coming: A few songs about an old friend.



I take a very long time putting together song lists of this sort. I began with the idea that Easter is coming and that Jesus is Love. And so I proceed through songs that explicitly mention the Lord but also love songs, with all of Love's disappointments, excitements, false leads, re-routs, blind faith, and Faith. This list leads through reversals, achievements, passions, angers, understandings, misunderstandings, word-associations, and deeply-felt connections.

To love Jesus is its own love affair, and we would do a lot better than to stop denying that that is the case. It's a long story, and it deserves all the backtracking, backsliding, intuition, and insight that comes with any long relationship. This is a very personal, perverse, and real grouping of songs on a theme. I hope you are able to enjoy it and understand it. Jesus is just alright with me, as long as he looks just like you.

And Jesus was a sailor 
when he walked upon the water
And he spent a long time watching
From a lonely wooden tower
And when he knew for certain
Only drowning men could see him
He said all men shall be sailors then
Until the sea shall free them

But he, himself, was broken
Long before the sky would open
Forsaken, almost human,
He sank beneath your wisdom,
Like a stone.

12 March 2015

On Watching "The Walking Dead"



A few years ago, my ex used to be annoyed at how the culture--its films, television, and narratives--had become overrun with vampires and zombies. I don't know what he thinks about it now, because I haven't asked him, but it seems clear that the futile fantasy of beauty, glamour, boredom, and power that is the undead vampire is on the wane (reality television, among other things) and zombies, the mindlessly persistent idea of us, as dead, as relentless consumers of everything, is ascendant--that and the sense of outlaw survivalism against the worst odds that we see in Sons of Anarchy, The Hunger Games, and Divergent, and, of course, The Walking Dead.

Our books, our comic books, our movies, and our television shows are our dreams, as a culture. Read them awake. Awaken.