The creek of life goes winding on
And bears forever its course upon
A song and the sigh
– Henry Lawson
I’ve always loved Henry Lawson’s poem. Somehow it brings together song and spirit, art and ordinary life. That’s what I try to do as a musician, and it’s part of what I try to do in ministry.
Spirit, after all, is far more broad than religion. Listen to a 1929 blues recording of Henry Spaulding or a Fred Cockerham banjo solo, and you’ll know what I mean. Open a book of poetry, or the sacred writings of just about any religion, and you will find unique and precious revelations of humanity.
These musings are my small attempt to bring these things together, honoring life, song, justice and the human experience. Some posts may be writings I’ve used elsewhere, others will be wholly new. It’s all a grand experiment, and I don’t know how things will evolve, but I’m excited by the possibilities. I invite you into conversation and community.