The Kinks and the Confession of Mr. Flash

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I always loved The Kinks non-critically acclaimed “Preservation” albums, acts 1 and 2. The two songs “Flash’s Dream (The Final Elbow)” and “Flash’s Confession,” toward the end of “Act 2” were thematically and musically a high point. Ray’s singing is amazing as usual, and I believe he is not given the credit of being one of the greatest rock singers of all time. Brother Dave’s guitar is also wonderfully prominent in the “Confession.”

The video posted below by Gerard van Calcar was well done with some appropriate images, and thankfully he combined both songs parts together. Continue reading

Bob Dylan’s “deconstruction” of the “American Dream Machine”

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It seems appropriate to close out the “old” year with some deconstruction! After all, out with the old and in with the new, right? So what kind of “deconstruction” do I have in mind? Continue reading

“Normal Person” by Arcade Fire and the “status” of normalhood

First things first: Another great song by Arcade Fire. I think it is one of their best more “traditional” type rock songs, vocally and musically.

Lyrically, I think it is, along with many of the songs on Reflektor, a song dealing with “collisions” happening in our society. I think the collision in this song is of people groups engaged in “culture war” battles that occur regarding who is entitled to the “status” of being considered “normal.” Continue reading

“Straw Foot” by David Eugene Edwards – “It ain’t no sin boy, to be forgiven”

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I like this song because it is in a musical style I really like, has interesting lyrics, and because it is about the forgiveness of sin. Many of us have heard or read the late Christopher Hitchens promote his view that substitutionary redemption, on which Christian salvation is based, is “morally repugnant.” I don’t wish to present a critique of Hitchens here, or a defense of substitutionary redemption, although I have found a very excellent blog post that presents a fairly comprehensive response to Hitchens. My own purpose here is simply to share this great song by David Eugene Edwards, which includes the verse,
Tell me how it is that
You don't want what he's given
It ain't no sin boy
To be forgiven

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“Night Train” by Bruce Cockburn

Lyrics:

Not a knife throw from here you can hear the night train passing
That’s the sound somebody makes when they’re getting away
Leaving next week’s hanging jury far behind them
Prisoner only of the choices they’ve made Continue reading