Weekend Music: Hurt


I have been saving this for video for a special occasion, and it seems right for #1000Speak day. It is about mortality, and failings, is how I read it.

My post is over at the personal blog. If you have a compassion post to add to the linky and you don’t want to scroll to the bottom of of an 1800-word post about nonviolence, you can add your link below. Here are the Linky hosts I know about, and I have not checked them all to see if they have the linky up or what else they have posted since the linky went live.


A serious question for all you readers . . .

We’re maxed out on features at the moment, but I have a couple of ideas for occasional posts I want to run by you. I haven’t put my history and international law geekery on display up to this point. I could do that if people showed an interest in reading such posts, though. So here are two ideas:

1. Historical moments as campfire stories. I’ve not studied history, but I’ve read tons of it. I know about lots of historical incidents. The idea of this post would be to write a short post straight out of my head that tells a story, and try to make it  either suspenseful or funny. I’d publish with the disclaimer that you might want to verify the facts, because I’m telling a campfire story. I’m thinking about things like The Second Defenestration of Prague, a brief history of Rock and Roll, and Andrew Jackson’s hi-jinks in New Orleans in 1814.

2.  I have studied international law. I’ve briefed famous cases and written a master’s thesis on the development of international human rights treaties. I have a thick notebook that explains the history of international organization from 1648 to 2005. I’ve got so much international law stuff, I discussed building a twice-a-month international law blog with a friend when I first started blogging just to put it out there. Sadly, we both ended up having too much to do, and never got back to that conversation. I could write all kind of short, plain-language international law posts. I could explain things like just war theory, preemptive military action, how international treaties work, etc. in non-academic language.

If either of those interests you, let me know. Neither will ever turn into a weekly feature unless they become insanely popular, but both are things I’d enjoy writing about once or twice a month.

From the Blogroll: #Music #Blogs You’ll Want to Read

I keep seeing #socialsaturday on various social media. I have no idea what it means, but I decided to spend a little while being social today by spending a little time on a few of the blogs I have on my blogroll. I’m glad I did, because, that half an hour got me three posts I liked enough to comment on, and every one of them includes music videos.

Pieces with substantial word counts and music videos are one of my favorite types of blog post. I like to listen to the music while I read the post. So here are three of those, and you’ll have to check them out to see what musical goodies they offer.

Peace, Love, & Great Country Music has a few words to say about the philosophy of country music and current state of that genre. It’s a though-provoking post, and since it connects with some things I’ve been thinking about, I was happy to find it.

Marie has another awesome memoir at Wildly Surmising. This one is the tale of a college trip to Europe, and how the throwing away of bras allowed two groups of girls from different parts of the U.S. to get to know one another and become friends. If you’re looking for a post reads like a story and is made of awesome, this one is for you.

Vinyl Connection delves into the history of double and triple live albums. It’s a very nice post if you’re interested in the history of music recording, and I learned something I did not know by reading it.

Now for some music of my own. “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” might just be my all-time favorite song. It speaks to my cultural roots and my humanity at the same time, and that is something I do not say of many songs. It’s about mortality and loss, but it’s also about faith and hope and solidarity. It reminds me that life is brief, and we’re all in this together. So we’d be wise to look out for one another and make the most of our time.

The lyrics evolved from a turn-of-the-century Christian hymn. I’ve always heard that the contemporary musical arrangement is the work of A.P. Carter. Here are three very different versions; I hope you find one you like.

Richie Havens solo which includes a verse I’d never heard until today. The video is a memorial to people who were killed during the Civil Rights Era, and it is quite powerful.

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band from the late 80s with Johnny Cash and two dozen other country and bluegrass luminaries. The album of the same name is on my all-time top five list, and I listen to volume 2 more than any other CD I own.

Ganstagrass. I’m including this one because they’re one of my favorite current bands, and because it’s so different yet still so good.

Weekend best wishes to all.