Sunday, October 19, 2008

EVERYTHING IS BROKEN


Here’s what it is: Steve Mason and Charlie Lowell (you’ll perhaps know them from such musical ventures as JARS OF CLAY), Brian Ritchey, Cary Gibson, founding performer of the Belfast-based collective called ikon, Matthew Perryman Jones, Katie Herzig, one Sarah Masen probably, Tom Wills with his moving images, and everyone else who comes. It’s called "EVERYTHING IS BROKEN. It's songs and thoughts and conversation and maybe a Bukowski poem. 7:00 to 8:30. THIS THURSDAY NIGHT...October 23. It's part of a program called "LIKE A PRAYER" that's been going on all semester (see the magnificent Todd Greene image above...click to enlarge). This is the HUMAN CONDITION component to be followed by more proclamation-ish evenings. This would be the ecclesiates section, if you like. The lamentation/confession/complaining piece of lyrical witness. The nod to the parts of the Bible (most parts?) which might not look so good inscribed on a poster with a basket-full of puppies. For a second or two, I thought we might do well to call it “Sad Songs Say So Much.” Coffee will flow. My partners in crime with whom I’m directing/emceeing the evening are Philip Hood, Andrea Thornton, and Lauren Roden. Come on out. Come with questions. How does the market serve/obstruct the possibilies of artistic witness? What are we waiting for? How is justice served when we say what we feel, not what we ought to say? When has a sad, straight-shooting song turned everything around? How did it help? Let’s talk.

9 comments:

robin mg lawrenz said...

it kills me that i can't come to this. i think you should take this show on the road...maybe to boston, perhaps.

jdaviddark said...

well...in an entirely metaphorical sense, you're perhaps right to feel killed by the whole "you won't be there" situation. i'll see what i can do about boston.
hope this finds you well.

Brook said...

you really like to take every chance you get to make me feel like crap for not living in Nashville, don't you? ;-)

it was really great to see you guys here a couple weeks ago. a real "bresh of freth air" (to quote McCain). If you find yourselves up here again with any spare hangage time, do please let me know... You'll also be pleased to know that I've been to Trinity church every Sunday since then (which, I think, is only 2, but still...). And I'll see what I can do about a trip south before the end of days is complete.

robin mg lawrenz said...

i'm doing pretty well. but there just insn't enough Dark-ness in my life. your whole family is magical. :o)

mjaneb said...

oh I cannot be there, but if you could relay your reactions to this or some other digital or physical transport I would so appreciate it. All these questions. I want to talk!!!

mjaneb said...

http://links.mail-family.org/servlet/MailView?ms=MjIzNjczNwS2&r=NjY4MjI0MTY0NAS2&j=NTk5MzIzOTMS1&mt=1&rt=0

help me out on this one.

nard said...

it really does frustrate me silly, the degree to which dobson presumes to speak a definitive christian position that speaks for all christians everywhere. the term 'pro-family' is particularly infuriating; who does it exclude exactly?

the fact that he makes no substantive concessions to obama/biden or specific criticisms of mccain/palin is indicative of FOTF's stance as a sleeper cell for the republican party.

and where does his 'biblical world-view' come in when he talks of economic or foreign policy? i just don't hear it.

oh to replace our dobson's and o'reilly's with even a william f buckley.

Just said...

found this little jewel on itunes. unrestfully good.

anna said...

the birdlike figure in the image is reminiscent of some forms Ms. Dorothy was toying with a few years back, i think.