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Easter Mix: The Best of Yolks and Folks

Our friends, The Straights, had a wonderful open house/fair at their farm last weekend. The event was called Yolks and Folks.

Yolks and Folks

Yolks and Folks

I was asked to DJ, along the lines of:

I love the idea of a bluegrass backbone. I am also hoping to add some elements to that musically to tie in with the theme. The event is called Yolks & Folks and is an Easter Open Barn. Therefore, I am thinking some songs with 1. The color yellow in the name, 2. Sunshine themed songs (to tie in with the yellow), 3. Easter classics – maybe Ella Fitzgerald-style Easter tunes. Other things to toss in sparingly might be classic country, or chicken or egg songs – just for fun. Jesse assured me you were a music guru and could run with it.

Aw shucks. Ran with it I did, and presented here are my favorite tracks as an Easter mix for your enjoyment.

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  1. Were You There (When They Crucified My Lord) — Johnny Cash [download]
  2. There Ain’t No Grave Gonna Hold My Body Down — Brother Claude Ely [download]
  3. Hallelujah It Is Done — Elizabeth Cotten [download]
  4. Redeemed — Clara Ward [download]
  5. At the Cross — Sonny Treadway [download]
  6. I Am the Man Thomas — Ralph Stanley  [download]
  7. People Get Ready — Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions [download]
  8. Near the Cross — The Campbell Brothers & Willie Eason [download]
  9. Crucifixion — Rev. Gary Davis [download]
  10. Calvary — Alabama Sacred Harp Singers [download]
  11. I Know His Blood Can Make Me Whole — Blind Willie Johnson [download]
  12. The Lord’s Last Supper — Reno & Smiley [download]
  13. How Jesus Died — The Pilgrim Travelers [download]
  14. I Shall Know Him — Dorothy Love Coates & The Original Gospel Harmonettes [download]
  15. Never Said a Word — The Sensational Nightingales [download]
  16. I’m Glad Salvation Is Free — Mahalia Jackson [download]
  17. Can’t No Grave Hold My Body Down — Sister Rosetta Tharpe [download]
  18. Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone — The Caravans [download]
  19. The Old Rugged Cross — Herb Ellis [download]
  20. One Day — The Angelic Gospel Singers & The Dixie Hummingbirds [download]
  21. Out On a Hill (Take 1) — The Soul Stirrers [download]
  22. He Arose from the Dead — Blind Lemon Jefferson [download]
  23. Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring — Leo Kottke  [download]
  24. Great Speckled Bird — Lucinda Williams [download]
  25. Easter Parade — Billy Eckstine & Sarah Vaughan [download]
  26. You Brought the Sunshine — Al Green  [download]

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Bonus for the kiddies:

A Prayer for Holy Week

Lord, we do what we can do.
How do we stretch out our arms so, as you?
Help us in our remembrance:
Love is something that we show,
not word of speech nor thought,
nor feeling nor mood.
What love is: action and opportunity.
Lord, we say that we do what we can do.
Lord, make it true.

The Fourth Sunday in Lent

by John Donne

WILT Thou forgive that sin where I begun,
Which was my sin, though it were done before?
Wilt Thou forgive that sin, through which I run,
And do run still, though still I do deplore?
When Thou hast done, Thou hast not done,
For I have more.

Wilt Thou forgive that sin which I have won
Others to sin, and made my sin their door?
Wilt Thou forgive that sin which I did shun
A year or two, but wallowed in a score?
When Thou hast done, Thou hast not done,
For I have more.

I have a sin of fear, that when I have spun
My last thread, I shall perish on the shore ;
But swear by Thyself, that at my death Thy Son
Shall shine as he shines now, and heretofore ;
And having done that, Thou hast done ;
I fear no more.

Albrecht Dürer - The Prodigal Son among the Swine

Albrecht Dürer – The Prodigal Son among the Swine

LUKE 25-32:

25 ‘Now his elder son was in the field; and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing. 26He called one of the slaves and asked what was going on. 27He replied, “Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has got him back safe and sound.” 28Then he became angry and refused to go in. His father came out and began to plead with him. 29But he answered his father, “Listen! For all these years I have been working like a slave for you, and I have never disobeyed your command; yet you have never given me even a young goat so that I might celebrate with my friends. 30But when this son of yours came back, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fatted calf for him!” 31Then the father* said to him, “Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. 32But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found.”

Christian Wiman

I read this poem today by Christian Wiman, and wept. Its really a fine thing.

Every Riven Thing

God goes, belonging to every riven thing he’s made
sing his being simply by being
the thing it is:
stone and tree and sky,
man who sees and sings and wonders why

God goes. Belonging, to every riven thing he’s made,
means a storm of peace.
Think of the atoms inside the stone.
Think of the man who sits alone
trying to will himself into a stillness where

God goes belonging. To every riven thing he’s made
there is given one shade
shaped exactly to the thing itself:
under the tree a darker tree;
under the man the only man to see

God goes belonging to every riven thing. He’s made
the things that bring him near,
made the mind that makes him go.
A part of what man knows,
apart from what man knows,

God goes belonging to every riven thing he’s made.

He’s got a lot of great things to say about stillness and anxiety and modern faith. From his equally fine essay “Hive of Nerves“:

“If that’s what he means,” says the student to the poetry teacher, “why doesn’t he just say it?” “If God is real,” says the parishioner to the preacher, “why doesn’t he simply storm into our lives and convince us?” The questions are vastly different in scale and relative importance, but their answers are similar. A poem, if it’s a real one, in some fundamental sense means no more and no less than the moment of its singular music and lightning insight; it is its own code to its own absolute and irreducible clarity. A god, if it’s a living one, is not outside of reality but in it, of it (though in ways it takes patience and imagination to perceive). Thus the uses and necessities of metaphor, which can flash us past our plodding resistance and habits into strange new truths. Thus the very practical effects of music, myth, image, which tease us not out of reality but deeper and more completely into it.

I highly doubt this humble blog will drive any traffic his way, but he is giving a reading at Christ Episcopal Church this Wednesday at 7pm. You should go.

Cancelled until may due to snow and such.