Friday, September 01, 2006

Couple Things

There's a new-ish article to the right. "Everybody to the Limit," we call it. We'd be glad to hear tell if'n t makes you smile.
AND Tom Waits at the Ryman was just plain wonderful. He opened with a stomping, Come-on-down-Lord rendition of "Make It Rain." Each song seemed to require a different, rhythmic breathing exercise to get his body and voice exactly where it needed to be...just the right level of growl or howl or plaintive death-pleading.
When he got to that bit on "House Where Nobody Lives":
So if you find someone, someone to have, someone to hold 
Don't trade it for silver, don't trade it for gold
Cos I have all of life's treasures, and they're fine
and they're good

They remind me that houses are just made of wood
What makes a house grand oh it aint the roof or the doors
If there's love in a house, it's a palace for sure
The place erupted in applause, and it was like "Oh Man, Everybody Here Gets It."
Anyway...Waits. Very much the blessing.
That's us for now....


Mike said...

"When we go public with our convictions, our opinions, and our testimonies, are we up for a counter-testimony? Do we want conversation? Have we made space in our heads for a wide variety of hearts and minds? Have we developed a habit of rendering hasty verdicts? Do we find some people inadmissible? Do we want fellowship or submission?"

umm, there is a very good chance that one day in the future i will quote you.

also, you look nothing like i imagined you would look. well, i guess i imagined a kind of younger nerdier neil yung/dylan. that is if i imagined you...

ok now i sound creepy.

any way, good thoughts man.

jdaviddark said...

thanks for that, fletch.
i just found myself a whole world of neato via that blog of yours. and no creepville at all in your observation that my actual visage defied your expectations (li'l thicker lookin' perhaps?).
i'm gratified at the thought of you finding some good use for my words.

glad to be associated with you and thanks for all the goodness via your blogs.


Mike said...

hey don't sweat the thickness man. my measurments are a very sexy 45/56/36.

ha ha.

jdaviddark said...

i'd worry less if i was sweating enough (or more often), but thank you.
how did you find your way toward our blog incidentally?

Mike said...

Well I referenced your book, Everyday Apocalypse - in case you haven't heard it was well received - any way I referenced it in a blog post and wanted to post a link to your sight. but then i decided to post before i found your sight.

long story short i started checking to see if you had a blog - cause everyone does i guess.

so i did some investiv-igating and found your blog.

i have a link up to you alls blog on mine i hope that is ok. some folks try to keep it private.

The Harbour of Ourselves said...

david, you saw waits??? Man am envious - he is the one act i would like to see before i visit the next life.

am thinking of doing my Phd on the the spiritual contribution of tom to a post-modern world (tho i don't like that term)

i know this is anal but do you remember the set list?

Would love to hear him play take it with me...these lyrics get me every time:

'Children are playing
At the end of the day
Strangers are singing
On our lawn
It's got to be more
Than flesh and bone
All that you're loved
Is all you own

In a land there's a town
And in that town there's
A house
And in that house
There's a woman
And in that woman
There's a hart I love
I'm gonna take it
With me when I go
I'm gonna take it
With me when I go'

Look forward to reading more of your musings - have loved both your books, Dr Higgins waxes lyrical about you every time we hook up, and we did meet a few years ago at Gb when stocki introduced us

travel well

mister tumnus said...

harbour, can i point you this direction:,3931

i can idenitify with the 'just-let-me-see-him-before-i-croak' sentiment. there are some good descriptions/details on this thread.

jdaviddark said...

mike, i thank you for the link. seems to me the blog business is all about going public.
harbour, glad to know we have HIs Royal Waitsness in common. and i'll bet there's all kinds of interesting things to do with him in a scholarshipness-type direction. there's a waits-centric blog called "eyeballkid" worth checking out.
i think of waits maintaining the old minstrel thing as well or as much as anybody. a bardic going on underground...hoist that rag....telling us what's going on...the live experience felt like confrimation of all this.
so pleased to've been found,

abitpart said...

I'm new to the "blog scene." I have been on the hunt for what David Dark said at Calvin College's last Faith and Music Conference. I think (if I'm remembering the right guy) he gave the word origin of "secular" and described it as something that had to do with kingly duties. Am I remembering correctly? David, ard you out there reading this? I probably shouldn't have posted onto this strand. Bye. Thanks.

jdaviddark said...

that's about right.
as far as i can tell, "secular" derives from "saeculum," and it refers to the temporary, earthly rule of the kings and queens. the momentary, in some sense even theoretical powers permitted leaders who, it was assumed, acknowledged the eternally binding rule of god's kingdom born witness to by the church.
in a more radically catholic or so-called anabaptist vision, there actually is no secular. only the pretensions of the market-driven, false covenants, false witness cultivating credulous target markets.

glad to have you around,