Saturday, March 29, 2008

Blind Willie Johnson- The Complete

This is beautiful hair-raising music by one of the most influential roots musicians of the 20th century. He has indelibly changed many musicians (such as John Fahey, Bob Brozman, and Blind Willie McTell), who were floored upon first hearing him and forever tried to approach the haunting quality, rapturous power, and effortless virtuosity of Blind Willie Johnson's music. If you liked Washington Phillips (see archives), you'll like Blind Willie Johnson, and vice versa, methinks. CLICK HERE to read more

Friday, March 28, 2008

Rock 'n' Roll All the Way Down to the Pit!

IN 1979, BOB DYLAN regaled a Tempe, Arizona, audience with a show consisting entirely of songs from his two most recent records—the ill-received Christian albums Slow Train Coming and Saved. CLICK HERE to read more

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Music On My Mind

The song stands, from the beginning, as a Civil Rights anthem. By 1964, Cooke had been listening to writers such as Bob Dylan, and was so impressed by Dylan’s “Blowing in the Wind” he felt compelled to write a song with a message that would touch people in the same way he had been touched by Dylan’s anthem. CLICK HERE to read more

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Lipa, Lead Belly, and Adar

Huddie William Ledbetter, popularly known as folk and blues sensation Lead Belly, was and remains an important influence on contemporary music. His repertoire was diverse. The five hundred songs he composed can’t be pigeonholed into a single category, but touched on many styles and contexts. He was regarded as the master of the twelve-string guitar, but he played several other instruments as well.

He is also, it turns out, the probable source of the tune most of us will be singing come Shabbos: Mishenichnas Adar marbim besimcha. (The tune itself is an old slave song, but Lead Belly put it on the performance map.) CLICK HERE to read more

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Rock and Roll and Jesus

Larry Norman was, by all accounts, an amazing and powerful force. According to an obituary in the Guardian, he claimed to have had the idea of Jesus Rock in 1956 when he was just nine years old, “when he was as excited by the sound of Elvis Presley as he was by the words of Jesus Christ.” CLICK HERE to read more

Tuesday, March 11, 2008


The singer/songwriter Bob Dylan once said, “People seldom do what they believe in, they do what’s convenient, then repent.” The world has seen more than it’s fair share of people who can scream what they claim to believe, but most of the world is still waiting to see it. CLICK HERE to read more

Monday, March 10, 2008


In 1978, singer / song writer / poet / philosopher and guru of all things hip, Bob Dylan experienced a personal and musical transformation which he attributed to coming to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. CLICK HERE to read more

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Dylan: Jokerman or Property of Jesus? (2002)

Are Bob Dylan’s spirit and musical soul still the property of Jesus? Or has the singer/songwriter once again assumed the role of the Jokerman—mockingly reversing yet another stance to which he has been committed? CLICK HERE to read more

Sinéad O'Connor's Theology and 'Theology' (2007)

Why you shouldn't be surprised that her new album is mostly passages from the Old Testament. CLICK HERE to read more
“The highest form of song is prayer.”
-Bob Dylan

STOCKHOLM 04.05.2002

Just a few days after performing at the 2002 Grammy's, Bob Dylan recorded a new re-write of "Gonna Change My Way of Thinking" for "Gotta Serve Somebody: The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan" with longtime friend Mavis Staples. One month later he would kick off a new tour in Stockholm Sweden and perform Solid Rock (what many consider the theme song to his gospel era concerts) for the first time in 20 years. Dylan would continue to perform this rousing song as well as other gospel era songs at numerous concerts across Europe and beyond. The two-time Grammy nominated compilation would be released on Sony/Columbia one year later on April 1, 2003.

Sinead O'Connor - Property Of Jesus