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Third Sunday of Advent Music – “Ready the Way”, by Curtis Stephan

In this video, the artist/composer talks about the meaning behind the song for a few minutes. If you just would like to hear the song, skip to 5:26 in the video. I’m liking this one because of its simplicity… I can just sing it as I go through my day.

I’m a guest at the WINE blog today… talking about wine and music and wisdom

I’m a guest at the WINE blog today… talking about wine and music and wisdom

A little proverb in the book of Sirach gets me started…

“Wine and music gladden the heart, but the love of wisdom is better than both.”
—Sirach 40:20

Ah, wine and music! Two of my favorite things! Yet the proverb from Sirach offers much to consider as we examine the love of wisdom.

The sound of a cork pop remains a signal to my heart that life is good. The influence from the French side of my family taught me the beauty of wine on the table. I grew up a wine drinker and to this day, it is a joy to shop for wine, to taste new labels, to pair a special vintage with a good meal. Even the delicate nature of wine glasses signals to us that we must handle wine with care, savor its bouquet, and drink temperately. Every glass of wine was years in the making. It ought be respected and consumed with gratitude.

Wine is an occasion waiting to happen; through it we toast the gift of family, we honor friends, and celebrate milestones. For Catholics, we intuit the wisdom of Jesus in bringing us together for the Eucharistic meal whereby he shares his very self under the guise of bread and wine. That knowledge alone elevates our notion of wine as a gift that must be shared with love.

I also grew up a music lover and a musician. For me, music is a way to sing, to dance, and to pray. Music moves us, not only to sing and dance, but it moves the heart.

I’ve seen the right choice of music change someone’s day. I’ve been privileged to choose and sing music at weddings where the memories of those songs will last a lifetime. Music offers a soundtrack to some of the most important moments of our lives. Music is the language of the heart.

Wine plus music equals a celebration! From simplest gathering to the more elaborate events—whether an intimate gathering for two, a party with friends, or a wedding reception—wine and music are complementary sensory gifts that make life better, joyous even!

Yet, Sirach reminds us, even as we find the gifts of wine and music enjoyable and inspiring … “the love of wisdom is better than both.” Why might this be?

Read the rest at the WINE blog.

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(WINE = Women In the New Evangelization)

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The F.U.N. Quotient… music to write by…

Years after this album came out… I still love tapping my keypad to this invigorating music. Thanks guys!

Buy The Goat Rodeo Sessions here.

Give yourself 45 minutes of peace: Christmas caroling with Kings College College

Baking? Wrapping? Cleaning the house for your celebrations? Bookmark this page and prepare your heart for Christmas with this amazing choir’s hymns.

That ain’t no way to treat a lady — Maddie and Tae’s “Girl In A Country Song”

Music lyrics degrading to both women and men have long been present in the music industry at large. I’m happy to see a few inside-the-industry professionals call their fellow songwriters out on the subject… and using humor to get their point across. Maddie and Tae’s breakout country music hit and video “Girl in a Country Song” captures-by-parody a few of country’s hottest tune lyrics that dehumanize and objectify women. Meanwhile “Girl in a Country Song” points to the essence of the feminine genius — how woman is unique and of inestimable value.

What I like most about the song is that the singers are calling on men to shape up and pay attention to the whole person of a woman. As I wrote recently concerning gentlemen, respecting the dignity of women — and men — is the real glue between the sexes.

From  Maddie and Tae’s  website:

“Girl in a Country Song” is the pair’s take on the reality of what men say they’re expecting from the fairer sex. “Boys we love you, we want to look good, but it’s not all we’re good for,” MADDIE says.

The tune pokes fun at a few songs you may know, but the girls – who Rolling Stone named one of the 10 New Artists You Need to Know – assure you, it’s all in good fun. “We love every single one of these guys,” TAE adds. “We don’t want to bring them down, we just want to lift the ladies up as well.”

“We are girls with something to say,” MADDIE says. “We were brought up to know how we should be treated. We’ve got a new perspective that we think is relatable. We also have a vulnerable side that you hear in the music. We’re not saying, ‘we’re girls and we’re taking over the world!’ We’re just saying a little something different that hasn’t really been said.”

These women make a good point in denouncing song lyrics that thing-a-fies them and reduces them to sex objects. Yet, in a blatant comedic role-reversal on the single’s video, these gals do the same “thing” to men to make their point. I’m not pleased they stooped to committing a similar faux pas in their video’s content, since the lyrics alone — what caught my ear in the first place on country radio — generally state the case against derogatory lyrics.

“Girl In A Country Song”

(“No country music was harmed in the making of this song, this is only a test-t-t”)

Well I wish I had some shoes on my two bare feet
And it’s gettin’ kinda cold in these painted on cut off jeans
I hate the way this bikini top chafes
Do I really have to wear it all day? (Yeah baby)

I hear you over there on your tailgate whistlin’ [*whistle*]
Sayin’, “Hey girl”
But you know I ain’t listenin’
Cause I got a name
And to you it ain’t “pretty little thing”, “honey” or “baby”
Yeah it’s drivin’ me red-red-red-red-red-red-red neck crazy

[Chorus:]
Bein’ the girl in a country song
How in the world did it go so wrong?
Like all we’re good for
Is looking good for you and your friends on the weekend
Nothing more
We used to get a little respect
Now we’re lucky if we even get
To climb up in your truck, keep my mouth shut and ride along
And be the girl in a country song

Well shakin’ my moneymaker ain’t ever made me a dime
And there ain’t no sugar for you in this shaker of mine
Tell me one more time, “you gotta get you some of that”
Sure I’ll slide on over, but you’re gonna get slapped (Hah!)
These days it ain’t easy being that

[Chorus:]
Girl in a country song
How in the world did it go so wrong?
Like all we’re good for
Is looking good for you and your friends on the weekend
Nothing more
We used to get a little respect
Now we’re lucky if we even get
To climb up in your truck, keep my mouth shut and ride along
And be the girl in a country song (Yeah, yeah baby)

Aww no, Conway and George Strait
Never did it this way
Back in the old days
Aww y’all, we ain’t a cliché
That ain’t no way
To treat a lady

[Chorus:]
Like a girl in a country song
How in the world did it go so wrong?
Like all we’re good for
Is looking good for you and your friends on the weekend
Nothing more
We used to get a little respect
Now we’re lucky if we even get
To climb up in your truck, keep my mouth shut and ride along
Down some old dirt road we don’t even wanna be on
And be the girl in a country song

(“Yeah baby, I ain’t your tan legged Juliet. Can I put on some real clothes now?”)

Aww, no

 

 

 

Summer listening from Among Women’s “Best of” archives — Kitty Cleveland, Sarah Hart, Daughters of St Paul

Summer listening from Among Women’s “Best of” archives — Kitty Cleveland, Sarah Hart, Daughters of St Paul

From the Among Women archive vault: Here’s some great music-laden podcasts featuring a variety of Catholic artists!

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AW 177 with Kitty Cleveland – I love this podcast because I’m a jazz lover and because I’ve been blessed by this “musical missionary.” We’ll sample some of Kitty Cleveland’s earlier religious-themed albums, as I happily feature this breezy new jazz album. Listen for Kitty’s cover of “Summertime” and “Blue Skies”! Listen!

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AW 134 with Sarah Hart – Sarah’s music is perennial in my house – I’m always listening to it! Listen as Sarah opens up about some of my favorite songs, including her Grammy-nominated “Better Than a Hallelujah”, and the song I love to play at BBB retreats: “Wonderfully Made”. Listen!

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AW 96 with the Daughters of St Paul – Listen to the making of a recording as I go behind the scenes with the sisters in the only convent I know with a recording studio in the basement! Listen!

 

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