The other night I watched Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man. It's a documentary about this poet-singer-songwriter's life and work that interweaves clips of Cohen reflecting on his life with great performances by a variety of musicians who've been influenced by his work. I've seen it three times, and that night, as always, I was moved by almost every song. This time around, the song "Anthem" spoke to me with special power:
"Absolutely unmixed attention is prayer.”
This Simone Weil quotation mentioned by Krista during her conversation with Ann Hamilton has been bouncing around in my mind. I was reminded of it as I watched the Minnesota Youth Symphonies perform recently. It wasn’t your regular orchestra concert.
For a good chunk of my life, particularly in the past year and a half since I dropped out of seminary, I have been working, strategizing, yearning, trying so hard to get my music out into the world. I released a new EP, hired a great PR company, went out on tour, wrote blogs, and took interviews with any media outlet that would give me the time of day. Then I got pregnant again, and I had to shift gears.
CocoRosie’s childhood, in part, was what shaped the charismatic freaky folk group they are today. Sisters Bianca "Coco" and Sierra "Rosie" Casady went on vision quests with their father, a Native American shaman, and created beyond studio walls with their mother as an artist and musician. Experiencing CocoRosie's music is reminiscent of growing up reading R.L Stine’s Goosebumps novels under the covers while your beloved Furby sings you a sweet lullabye. It is both unnerving and comforting.
Pop culture matters. Pop culture makes meaning.
Amy Ray and Emily Saliers — the Indigo Girls — on finding God in church and in smoky bars. And on music as a continuum of human existence.
While searching for a lead photo for this week's show, I chanced upon this awesome scene of the Prince of Wales Hotel, nestled in the Canadian Rockies in Waterton National Park in Alberta. A must-visit someday!