Archives for the month of: May, 2008

good love songs are hard to come by. if i owned any of these tracks, they’d be on my “Amy means Beloved” mix, but they’re available online, so i haven’t bought them. the good thing is that you can listen to all 3 streaming by clicking on the titles.

Dustin Kensrue: Pistol

Love how you curse when I wake you up
Sweetly demand that I fill your cup
With the smile of your cool gun powder glare
Honey, you lay me bare

You’re the girl of my dreams
And a pistol it seems, but you shoot me straight and true
Time to lay down my bets
Oh, I put all my money on you

When I’m in the dark, girl, you bring me light
Seems like you’re almost always right
So keep boxing my ears when I sew them shut
Baby, you sure are tough

You’re the girl of my dreams
And a pistol it seems, but you shoot me straight and true
Time to lay down my fears
Honey, I feel so safe around you

Tiller man taught me anything
It’s that a hard-headed woman is what I need
To help me to always do my best
Baby, my life is blessed

You’re the girl of my dreams
Darling, please wear this ring
You’re an angel through and through
Time to lay down my life
Honey, I’d do it gladly for you

Time to lay down my life
Honey, I’d do it gladly for you

Derek Webb: I Wanna Marry You Again

I wanna marry you all over again,
I wanna meet you and I wanna be friends.

I wanna chase you all the way to Tennessee.

I’ll meet your parents at the airport bar,
I’ll take you out in my rental car.
I wanna court you on the record label’s dime.

Come on baby, let’s go back to the start.
Take it back, sugar, then gimme your heart
Don’t you know, baby, I would do it all over again

I wanna buy you an old upright.
I wanna accidentally stay all night.
I wanna read the Bible, and I wanna make out.

I wanna marry you all over again.
I wanna fall in love and say we’re just friends,
I wanna race you all the way to Kansas City.

Come on baby, let’s go back to the start.
Take it back, sugar, then gimme your heart.
Don’t you know, baby, I would do it all over again

I wanna give you a diamond ring, and then we’ll run into m ex-girlfriend.
Oh, I wanna sing songs while the sun’s going down.

Come on baby, let’s go back to the start.
Take it back, sugar, then gimme your heart.
Don’t you know, baby, I would do it all over again

And, lastly, a bit of a twist from OtR. It’s a song about being in love with love, not with a particular person. intriguing and hot, like we’ve come to expect from Karin.

Over the Rhine: Desperate for Love

Are you feelin’ A little desperate
Get on your knees And confess it
Honey please Don’t second guess it
You’re desperate For love

Is this just A little fling
Or is it about A little bling bling
Either way You feel the sting sting
You’re desperate For love

It might only take a kiss
For the plot to take a twist
That you hadn’t counted on

Just a tiny little minute
But eternity will be in it
If you turn me on

Red wine on my lips
Got this black silk slip on my hips
The kitchen faucet just drips and drips
You’re desperate for love

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a few years ago, i took a class in college on aesthetics. we struggled all semester to define art. that project was dismissed after several weeks of getting nowhere. i asked that perhaps we could instead come up with a spectrum from good art to bad art–maybe some sort of simple criteria for evaluating our expressive creations.

we didn’t get anywhere with that, either, but i wrote my finial paper on the hagia sophia and how the most transcendent art somehow expresses creation, fall, and redemption.

i went to the l’abri conference in rochester, mn last year and there i heard dennis haack talk about how the best stories embody one or more of the four parts of the gospel: creation, fall, redemption and restoration or consummation.

now i’ve landed in DC and in an amazing discipleship program and the last few weeks we’ve been talking about art with our professor. He read us an excerpt from Walker Percy who says, “Bad books always lie. They lie most of all about the human condition”

this concept is so intriguing to me. the idea that books or films or paintings are good or bad as far as they reflect the human condition accurately. we talked about how an R-rated movie (like SE7EN) can really truly portray the depravity of man better than a G-rated movie that makes life look too rosy.

i feel like i finally have a good way to evaluate art. i’d love to continue this discussion with any of you.

blossomso, it’s been a long time. here’s a little update:

– i love spring in northern Virginia. it’s beautiful and blossomy and green.
– my health is awesome. i have almost no neurological symptoms and have almost a “normal” level of energy.
– i’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to have a coherent sustainable life.
– i’m working on getting a job as a designer in the area. so far, i’m intrigued by two company: a funny investment company and a human rights nonprofit.
– debby and i planted and painted last week and she said to me, “If you learn nothing else from me, remember this: you can never have too many flowers”
– life is good.