Desert Island Records

You’re stranded on a desert island like Tom Hanks in Castaway. A box washes up on shore. It contains ten records (and some miraculous way to listen to them). What would you want those albums to be?


gone, gone, gone

Another fine mess I’ve gotten myself into. Another bit of trouble I need to get out of. I don’t really know what to do, but this just isn’t love. I’ve never been good at confrontation, and I don’t want a knock down drag out. Still, something has to be done, and you know what I’m talking about. It’s time to end everything. To put a stop to this thing. I know I did a lot of things wrong, but as of today I’m gone, gone, gone. This all just started too fast and slid under the sheets. You even said you loved me but we only just met. Now I’m starting to feel the heat of an unwise relationship I’d like to forget. Now it’s time to end everything. To put a stop to this thing. I can’t believe all the things I did wrong, but as of today I’ve got to be gone. I’m sorry for any pain I caused you. It’s not something I wanted to do. But bad things happen in this imperfect place, and if we go any further it’s just a waste. So, it’s time to end everything. Stop this whole thing. It’s obvious I did everything wrong, but as of today I’m gone, gone, gone.

My Playlist 21116

Part of my perception of the rock music I like was that to make the pantheon of greatness there had to be hard core drinking and drugs involved and at least the hint promiscuity. The stories of John Bonham’s binge drinking and choking to death on his own vomit or Jimi Hendrix overdosing on heroin or the partner swapping during the height of Fleetwood Mac’s popularity were all part of the muse that made rock music. That’s sad, really, and not true. Most of the songs on this list are either from professed Christian musicians or popular musicians who turned from sex and drugs and still made rock and roll. Sometimes in these songs a bit of the bite is gone, but the beauty blossoms. As I get older, I prefer more and more the beauty to the bite.
Song Time Artist Album
You Are More 3:37 Tenth Avenue North The Light Meets the Dark
Fade Into You 4:54 Mazzy Star So Tonight That I Might See
Rescue 5:35 Lucinda Williams West
In the Sun 5:36 Joseph Arthur Come to Where I’m From
Morning Has Broken 3:20 Cat Stevens Teaser and the Firecat
Slow Train 5:59 Bob Dylan Slow Train Coming
Close Enough for Jazz 3:46 Van Morrison Born to Sing: No Plan B
Finally Home 3:30 MercyMe All That is Inside Me
Go, Love 4:52 Mark Knopfler Privateering
Hard Bargain 3:23 Emmylou Harris Hard Bargain
Hallelujah 3:26 Allison Moorer Getting Somewhere
Devel’s Been Talkin’ 3:35 NEEDTOBREATHE The Reckoning
Don’t Give Up Hope 4:07 Third Day Move
Smoke Signals 8:26 Marc Ford Weary and Wired
Dark Horses 3:54 Switchfoot Vice Verses
Live 5:10 Lenny Kravitz 5
Higher Ground 3:43 Stevie Wonder Innervisions
17 Songs/1.2 Hours

And still.

It is lost. Drifted away on the wind of what will be. Through the tears of knowledge we see the time when destiny began. The pain of loss is settled now in the soul of a nation. Winding across the clear cut forest of our belief to the absence foretold. And still. And still. There is the flicker of a sunrise through the smoke of a battle began at the dawn of man. It is the hope of a life that lasts. It is the answer for the one and for the many. And it is rising, rising into the full day, filling the chasm of what must pass. And still. And still. There is the flicker of a sunrise rising, rising into the full day. Bursting forth out of a raging ocean to reveal what was always beyond. The flicker of a sunrise rising, rising into eternity.

© 2012 Wasted Space Publishing


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