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Re: “How Estonian guitarist Laur Joamets became Sturgill Simpson's Danny Gatton

Darrin Bradbury is hands down the best songwriter in Nashville. #RealTalk

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Posted by Terry Robert Rickards on 06/23/2016 at 7:45 PM

Re: “Warren Haynes and the Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration come to melt the Schermerhorn walls

"It's probably safe to say that, in 1968, when the Grateful Dead would venture into the musical stratosphere with their most revered improvisational vehicle, "Dark Star," it never occurred to them that nearly 50 years later, a symphony orchestra would be performing portions of their spontaneous creation note for note."

Actually, the Grateful Dead played "Dark Star" with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra at Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo, NY back on 03-17-1970.

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Posted by Buffalove on 06/23/2016 at 8:45 AM

Re: “How a terrible worship song drove me from Christianity

It is a very sad story indeed because if our faith is in man and his ability to be without error in what he writes or sings or does, it is sorely misplaced. Jesus Christ is the author and the finisher of real biblical faith and without first trusting Christ as your Lord and Saviour all else is meaningless. Without knowing Him personally you can know nothing of true faith and true worship.

Posted by Marlin on 06/17/2016 at 10:20 PM

Re: “As Bully leads this year's pack of Nashvillian Bonnaroo artists, we talk to frontwoman Alicia Bognanno

This was an amazing show and the highlight of our Bonnaroo. We found Bully scanning the lineup and bought Feels Like and loved it. We screamed along with the huge crowd at This Tent but did not engage in any moshing because we needed to study. We are still learning the words. (Is it, "I remember the way your sheets smelt" or "your street smelt"?) We look forward to hearing Bully again at Voodoo Fest.

Posted by brent on 06/15/2016 at 2:06 PM
Posted by livefromnashville on 06/10/2016 at 9:27 AM

Re: “How a terrible worship song drove me from Christianity

Christianity is not a religion but a relationship with God that you know HIM and who HE is.
Prayer is not simply getting things from God - that is only the most elementary kind of prayer.
WORSHIP is to praise GOD. You can just sing your own songs to praise GOD.
Do you really experience JESUS personally?
There is no one or no way you will be separate from GOD except yourself. Why don't you ask JESUS personally.

John 10:27
My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.

Romans 8:38
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,

I pray in JESUS name that you will be set free by GOD's truth and you may experience HIM personally and being convicted because the LORD my GOD is a LIVING GOD who speaks as you ask, you seek and you can find and knock the door will open to you. Amen.

Posted by Jehovah Princess on 06/07/2016 at 6:26 PM

Re: “How a terrible worship song drove me from Christianity

Hey man,

I agree with ya. I was, or am, a born again christian. At least thats what i first knew to call myself. I believe in God for sure. I havent always, but I always felt there was a higher power that looks out for me and cares for my every moment of existence. Even as a kid i felt a reverence for a God i didnt personally know but I believe deep down, my soul knew something I hadnt quite reconciled with.. yet.
All my life I was detached from my peers. I was an outsider. Ive come to learn this was because my adhd makes me think much seperatelt and uniquely to the world. This includes some depression. So i searched. And searched long and hard for the truth in life. Growing up I was not taught anything deep. I was not taught anything spiritual. I was hungry though. A yearning has always been in me. For more. For deeper. For truth. For realism. Always inquisitive to the matter for which makes people so surfacey. At 18 i could nlt take any of it any mlre and i no longer wanted to reside with these people. I wanted to be alive spiritually. I wanted to be alive in truth. I wanted to be alive in that parallel universe. I wanted to be natural and congruent. I remember seeing myself as an embryo and I wanted to be that. For whatever reason, I felt it waa time. I wanted to leave the earth. So i took matters into my own hands. Plan failed. Im still here. Why? I dont know. How? God, at least thats what it felt like, i found my creator. Did he tell me his name? No. Have i heard him speak audibly? Once. And my body was paralyzed for that brief moment with vibrations ive never once experienced before. Am i alive now? Yes. Theres a spirit in me. Is it mine? I guess so? Is it holy, probably, ive never felt a drive to be more righteous than after this occurrence.
Speaking of righteous. After all this i was the happiest person ever. And i give that honor to God. It is not my own joy that is in me. Without the presence of God I would continue to be self loathing. I started avidly going to mu friends chirch with him. I was skeptical at first. All of a sudden i remember walking through the parking lot of the chirch towards the front double glass doors where fancy people dressed up wondering if anybody else felt the joy slightly dimmed as they got closer. In the building i felt a darkness that sprung on my jolly spirit. I felt jidgement towards myself again. The same kind of judgement i was just set free from.

After almost 3 years of attending that church I finally had enough.
I no longer learned new things. I didnt feel loved, i thought the newcomer thing would pass. I met a handful of good people. But the church, just isnt vibing for me.i still dont feelthat I belong there. Once i finally over came the also very harsh voice in my head telling me "i have to go to church or im not a real believer" passed i officially, and happily, ceased attending church.

2 years later ive popped into an lcbc church, still wasnt feeling it. My bible study has immensely diminished. I do feel that God uses bible scriptures to speak to me. At times, theyre everything I need.

I believe in love now. I believe that he is the maker of love. I dont believe this life is an accident or that everything just conveniently comes together by evolution.
I believe life is tendered to by a larger being that i should be fearful of His power.

In Sept 2015, my very very good friend, who actually was with me in the said moments above died unexpectedly to a heroin overdose. My heart was torn. It was a drop to my knees moment. Ive never lost somebody like this. He was 23. He was a wonderful, unique peaceful person, lots of love and light he radiated. He would serve anybody. Je was raised cathlic, bit nobody knew it. He was fascinated with spirituality. He and i shared many artistic and creative moments together. Him and i had a different love. But nonetheless as meaningful as any relationship. We created together. We imagined together. We went deeper together. Amd that held its value. He tried teaching me things back then. I thought i understood. But in reality, i had no idea bc of my self blindedness. The seeds he sowed in me were planted dormantly in my soul for years. After he died, i saw them blossom very rapidly. I recognized those things again he taught me and shared with me. I felt these things stronger than my control, bigger than will power. I felt love grow. I felt peace grow. I questioned a lot that i knew and believed. His departure showed me that judgement is not mine to place on any created thing.
These kinds of things i had begun learning through bible scripture, but learning from the planted and now blossomed seeds my friend faithfully sewed in my spirit went deeper than the church.
I stopped reading my bible when my friend died. I didnt care. I could find the strength. Or the drive. My motivation was shifted. I saw purpose in serving others through peace and love and beauty. Not through good deeds or good works.
I guess God has brought me here. Im no longer that superficial christian the church helped form in me.
I stopped seeking God this way. Ive purged my entire being of religion that i didnt think i fell into, but intrinsictly i was the epitome of. Ive stripped myself of falsehood. Once again. Yes,this was my choice, was it God-lead? Possibly. Ive rediverted my attention to God in His natural being from my natural being. Ive removed the fascade. I broke the glass ball around me. In my hurt and anger, i shattered that s.o.b. to pieces and let time and experiential restoration ground it to dust. Now I feel that this was Gods plan. And if so, then certainly I am amazed because God used my friend twice as life altering eye openers. This lead me to some questions. One being, wow, what kind of person was my friend to be that influential? Another, what kind of being is God? And what can I do to change accordingly without misusing or wasting anytime?
I struggled with knowing non believers or un saved people go to hell. I struggle deeply with knowing that my good friend who struggled so deely with identity and fitting in yet loving and serving people could die that fiery death. And maybe he did go to hell. Do i just move on like i usually do? Whats the big idea here. What do i do? Wha do i believe? Is God possibly more merciful than this going straight to hell for not following him? Does God truly go based off man's heart?
I remember seeing many of dark entities or demonic like prescences sounding deep moans and groans in the 68 hours leading up to my attempt to finalize my life. I believe I was going to hell also. But I did't ask for forgiveness of my sins back then. I struggle still with this. I know what the bible says, I also knkw what The Church taught me. I also know the church has conflicting ideas of heaven and hell, and for whatever seasoning of pride one contains, everybody thinks they're right. Why was I so comfortable just beleiving such large teachings so quickly without question?
What is going on? My heart still feels a tug towards the Creator of us all. But I finally faved everybody else's same question, if this is all true, how does God let people, good people, die and suffer eternity in torture?

Sure I believe God is holy and we are rags only in comparison to Hiim. But life is very difficult to translate.

Either way, I know God is intelligence manifested. He's brilliant. I know he also is a teacher. Hes a guidance counselor. So whatever He is teaching me or guiding me through or to, its divine.


Posted by Cheyenne on 06/06/2016 at 7:11 AM

Re: “The strange but true story of Leon Payne's classic country killer, 'Psycho'

Andre Williams does a killer (pardon the pun) version with the The Sadies on the record RED DIRT, too.

Posted by BigShemp on 06/03/2016 at 7:41 PM

Re: “How a terrible worship song drove me from Christianity

Feelings based on truth are always valid. Feelings based on lies (falsehood) are also real to the person that is experiencing them but feelings based on truth are always the best kind.

For example, as a young teenage girl I read both DC and Marvel comics. My favorite 2 male comic book characters were Nightcrawler and Wolverine. Would you believe I developed romantic feelings of love for both fictional characters? HUH?!

Posted by E, Joo-Mi on 06/02/2016 at 1:20 PM

Re: “How a terrible worship song drove me from Christianity

God IS love but he is also the God of light and truth and every other good thing. Most of the book of Psalms in the Old Testament are worship songs, many written by David, yet God only preserved the lyrics, not the melodies.

Even though I've known this for a long time, I still will listen to music that contain bad lyrics or lyrics I don't identify with if the melody catches my attention (ears) enough.

The song "Change a Gonna Come" by the father of soul music, Sam Cooke (not his real name but his moniker), is one example. I still love the melody of this song but only identified with part of the lyrics when I was younger. I deleted this song off my playlist after I realized I no longer identify with any of the lyrics in this song.

The best (most truthful, healing, creative) worship songs to listen to (for me) now are nature songs such as water sounds (raindrops, waterfalls, etc.) and other sounds that occur in nature.

I discovered a free app called "Sleep Pillow Lite" which has 9 free sound tracks on it. I pretty much only listen to the 1st sound track (raindrops), sometimes only on one Apple device or more than one Apple device(s).

Once I even listened to this app while playing Natalia Lafourcade's "Hasta la Raiz". You can try other variations.

It is VERY hard to write a truly NEW song. I would say that actually over 99% of modern secular music (Christian or not) is DRIVEL!

Posted by Joo-Mi E on 06/02/2016 at 1:15 PM

Re: “The strange but true story of Leon Payne's classic country killer, 'Psycho'

I would like to find sheet music for this song.
Dr. Demento has played it on his radio show, usually around Halloween; once he commented, "Can you BELIEVE that song?"

Posted by Doug Montgomery on 06/01/2016 at 5:24 PM

Re: “The strange but true story of Leon Payne's classic country killer, 'Psycho'

I would like to find sheet music for this song.
Dr. Demento has played it on his radio show, usually around Halloween; once he commented, "Can you BELIEVE that song?"

Posted by Doug Montgomery on 06/01/2016 at 5:24 PM

Re: “The strange but true story of Leon Payne's classic country killer, 'Psycho'

Myrtie, off topic, I was wondering how your Brother Rene is? We were good friends when we went to Mark Twain Jr. High back in 1955. -Norm Johnson

Posted by Norm Johnson on 05/31/2016 at 3:32 PM

Re: “How a terrible worship song drove me from Christianity

Don't know if you'll read this. I'm Catholic, but also got into Protestant churches in the past.
For me there are some songs that resonante and some that don't.Most of the music in Catholic churches leave me, well, untouched. But it's not about me, it's about Jesus. It's about facilitating my heart and mind to meditate about Him. Such as "O Sacred Head Surrounded" which is song during Lent, or how about "Morning has broken " which is sung for Morning Prayer ",
For me as St. AUGUSTINE said, singing is like praying twice. Or something to that affect
I would sing snippets of a song, like when one does in the shower, or doing a chore.
To sing to Jesus, is like a serenade.
He loves you in a special way, because your created special.
I hope someday you will know Him and discover the richness of our Catholic Church which He founded.
The Lord be with you .

Posted by Rick Wong on 05/29/2016 at 11:53 PM

Re: “Bonnie Bishop downshifts from heartfelt country to smoldering R&B

it makes my heart sad that people who create such great art settle for Noshville.

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Posted by theanony on 05/27/2016 at 7:15 PM

Re: “NPR's Bob Boilen talks songs, new book

Firstly I think the overall idea of a book based around attempting to identify the musical influences and inspirations of different musical artists is really cool. Doing this through personal interviews is a great approach in that it allows the journalist to understand the connection between artists and influences on a level that is more personal and detailed than the conceptual understanding that comes from just comparing their music with others. As Boilen explains, the tendency of most musicians to enjoy talking about the music they like also aids this approach. The interviews also allow the inclusions of personal anecdotes such as the stories from Jimmy Page and St. Vincent.

It is also interesting to read about the cases in which the interview process presented Boilen with results that challenged his expectations or plans. The idea of an artist he admires liking “bubblgum” music is an interesting example of this in that it shows a discrepancy between the opinions of the community of critics and intellectuals who study music and the musicians themselves. The difficulty of pinning down the influences of someone like David Byrne perhaps reflects the uniqueness of those artists; those who are affected by an eclectic, wide range of sources tend to produce music that sounds very little like any other one artist.

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Posted by HDH_MTSU16 on 05/27/2016 at 6:42 PM

Re: “Dick Dale brings the sound and fury to Nashville

I have read several disturbing reports and interviews that Dick is only touring to pay his $3K per month medical expenses to stay alive. Very sad. This legend should have been able to retire w insurance coverage.

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Posted by elegantelk on 05/26/2016 at 11:14 AM

Re: “How '90s hip-hop took me out of Alabama

I have been living in the Nashville area for close to 4 ½ years now and have run across several Nashville song writers and producers that work in the Nashville Country music scene with this same background when it comes to musical presence and influences. I think this creates a beautiful melting pot for different techniques and styles of playing to be influenced into Country music, which to be honest is not my personal favorite genre of music or even music that I will let play for more than fifteen seconds on the car stereo; that being said I do understand the importance of the genre itself, because it does provide loyal Nashvillians with work even if they come from drastically different musical tastes and backgrounds and 90’s Hip Hop and modern Country are about as far on opposite sides of the spectrum that you can get. It does make sense that people who are used to hearing different ways of recording music are now working in the “honkey tonk” studios here in Nashville, because just in the last 4 years I have heard country bands transition into fatter bass drums, heavier bass frequency to meet our thirst for “bangers” to rumble our car speakers and more pop influenced way of recording vocal parts. Not speaking as a country fan, but it seems a lot more different than “She Thinks My Tractors Sexy” was in the 90’s and I believe for good reason.

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Posted by Allen Brock Keel on 05/26/2016 at 10:07 AM

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