Music is a piece of my life, a part of my puzzle. Once upon a time I thought I would become a “singer-songwriter,” but the “singer” part eventually un-hyphenated itself. Now it’s enough to be a songwriter. Just a songwriter.
[From 2015] Music anchors memories for me. While a few songs are forever tied to a specific event or place in my mind, I think almost every song that I’ve ever enjoyed is tied to a particular season or time in my life. They’re like the soundtrack of the mental movie of that part of my life. When I hear the song, I see that part of my story.
[From 2015] I have called myself an evangelical since 1974. Back then, we knew what the word meant. Now, it’s a challenge to reconcile what that word means to me with what the word has come to mean in culture.
[From 2015] The Civil War ended 150 years ago, but we’re still fighting over its most visible artifact. The racially-motivated murder of nine African American Christians in a church in Charleston, South Carolina, has only underscored and elevated a long-simmering charge that the Confederate flag has become a divisive symbol of oppression, racism, and discrimination.