A little vlog I did to explain my new project.
It is the one year anniversary of my instrumental album! In celebration, here is a video that I forgot to post!
I shot this while at Fallsington Friends Meeting, whose members were incredibly kind to host my studio while I prepared to record “Clothe Yourself in Righteousness”. Many thanks to them for opening up their beautiful space.
Ever since I can remember, I’ve been singing this song about George Fox, a man who is widely regarded as the founder of The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).
When I became a singer-songwriter and started sharing some of my music with Quakers, I started getting a lot of requests for it. Though I was never a “singalong” musician (I have my own song that I wrote about Fox), I loosened up and learned the chords. If you’re looking to learn how to play the George Fox Song, I’ll post the chords and lyrics just below this video.
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I recently said in an interview with Friends Journal that I would like to challenge Friends to get clear about our relationship with the internet.
Getting clear would look like one of these two things:
We are at a mighty crossroads in history. There is no excuse for us to be doing this half-in/half-out thing.
A few months ago Martin Kelley invited me into the Friends Journal offices to talk about Quakerism and the arts, though as usual the Spirit called the conversation to the most direct and crucial elements of our faith journey.
Read the full interview here.
This is my most ambitious song. I don’t say that lightly… my last full length contained some pretty epic stuff (see: this). But this one has more tongue twisters than that lady on the seashore. And the music cuts out. Twice. And the whole song shifts halfway through. Not to mention the cello work by Jake Thro
But why keep talking about it? Listen:
Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) is doing a week of action to bring the national conversation around to our bloated military budget. No self-described peace loving nation would ever (in its right mind) spend this much on war!
You can get involved!
In the year 2000, when I was first getting into underground hip hop, I came across this rapper from Minneapolis who blew my mind.
I have a confession to make: sometimes when I look at the state of our religious society today, what I see is bleak.
I see a lot of white, middle class Americans passing off white, middle class culture as essentially Quaker.
I see us catering heavily to Friends in their twilight years and losing the interest of young people who are excited and ready for transformation.
I am very excited to announce the final video in the Clothe Yourself in Righteousness series. Please take a look:
It’s that time of year again! After all of my ranting about the dangers of consumerism, I’m going to contradict all of that by encouraging you to buy my stuff!
As Quakers, we traditionally do not honor traditions such as Christmas, Halloween, the naming of weeks and months, swearing on the Bible.
Wait… what? Does anybody actually do this anymore? Continue reading