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Music News: August 2020

Hi Friends,
It’s been quite a while since I’ve written a music update. In this time of pandemic, there’s not a lot of live music happening out there. A few reminders of things I’m doing in the online world, to…

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White Privilege Illustrated: The HOLC Maps

Far too  many times, I hear White people say White Privilege is a myth or a creation of the Left. But there are ways to VISUALIZE it…to illustrate it…show show its pernicious effects beyond shadow of dout.
Exhibit A: The…

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Juneteenth and the “Power of Power”

Two thousand Federal troops.
I keep coming back to that number.

That’s the number of Union soldiers that accompanied General Gordon Granger into Galveston on the day Juneteenth was proclaimed in 1865.

We White people barely understand Juneteenth to begin…

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$20 Bill (For George Floyd)

On this day of George Floyd’s memorial service in Houston, a repost of my version of Tom Prasada-Rao’s powerful tribute song.

Tom’s song has now been covered 20-30 times by a beautiful assortment of musicians.

This version was…

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Don’t Look Away

White Siblings,
Don’t look away.
Don’t avert your eyes.

Yes, there is a danger even in reposting these because of the moral license they may give other racists who see them.

But you….dear White sibling…

You who are still more…

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Jesus Is Lord, Caesar Is Not (Part II)

“I don’t know about that…”

Do you even remember when Donald Trump said this?

I know. It’s a big ask to recall one line.
He says so many things, and one day’s horror is “trumped” by the next.

But it’s…

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White Privilege

My struggle to adequately describe the murder of George Floyd ended when I saw this picture late last night.

Take a hard look at this picture, because if you let it sink in deeply it will help you see much…

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A Time to Refrain

Here’s a new song I wrote last night, about our collective “sheltering in place.”
Debuted it this morning on “Coffee on the Porch,” and spent later afternoon recording a better version.
Hope you enjoy it….feel free to share.

A TIME…

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Faith, Not Fear, Is Calling us to Close

I’m gonna push back against churches boldly proclaiming that they intend to meet tomorrow and, by insinuation, calling the rest of us chicken or “afraid.” Because of the lack of wide-spread testing, because we don’t *scientifically* know just how widespread…
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Eminence Front

For reasons that are not entirely clear to me, the Muse compelled me to record a acoustic cover of The Who’s great song, “Eminence Front.” Somehow, I got it in my head that it’d be fun to try and mimic…

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Democratic Identities and Super Tuesday

“All politics is identity politics.”

I keep mulling over this key learning from Ezra Klein’s new book, “Why We’re Polarized.”

The classic formation of “identity politics” is used as a slam against liberals. But Klein’s book turns that…

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Mayor Pete

Early in the campaign season, Pete Buttigieg made a stop here in Dallas for a big Democratic event. I was asked to deliver an invocation for the evening, which I was honored to do.

During Mayor Pete’s keynote speech, he…