Category Archives: History

A Simple Kind Of Life

In the late 1990’s, the band No Doubt released their album “Rings Of Saturn,” which was a less than entirely successful follow-up to their massive success “Tragic Kingdom.” One of the moderate hits from the album, “Simple Kind Of Life,” … Continue reading

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Kings And Priests In The Bible

[Note: The following is the prepared text for a Bible Study given to the Portland congregation of the United Church of God on September 28, 2022.] This is a busy time of year for all of us as we prepare … Continue reading

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The Feast Of Trumpets In Reverse

[Note: The following is the prepared text for a sermon delivered to The Dalles congregation of the United Church of God on Sabbath, September 24, 2022.] It is customary as we approach the Feast of Trumpets to view this festival … Continue reading

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Album Review: Aerial

Aerial, by Kate Bush No one would ever accuse Kate Bush of being a prolific artist. That said, she has always aimed at quality over quantity, and if her artistic production has waned over the course of her career, an … Continue reading

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Tales Of Celebrity Misery And Woe

I may not be the most charitable music listener around. Earlier this evening, as I write this, I just finished listening to a long-unreleased album by country singer LeAnn Rimes, “Whatever We Wanna,” which was recorded in 2006 but only … Continue reading

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Album Review: Whatever We Wanna

Whatever We Wanna, by LeAnn Rimes One of the advantages of doing retrospectives of an artist’s entire discography is that one finds albums like this one, which regardless of their musical quality ask fascinating questions about what an artist and … Continue reading

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Album Review: The Very Best Of Sting And The Police

The Very Best Of Sting And The Police, by Sting and the Police Some fifteen years or so after the first (and previously reviewed) best-of compilation and less than a decade after the first best-of compilation for Sting (to be … Continue reading

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Album Review: Every Breath You Take: The Classics

Every Breath You Take: The Classics, by the Police This album was, perhaps not surprisingly, the first album of the Police I was ever familiar with in detail. Long before I ever even thought to listen to more of the … Continue reading

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In Restraint Of Trade

We tend to think of music labels and traditional publishers as being in the business of releasing art and literature to the general public, but in reality these gatekeepers serve in restraint of trade rather than in the business of … Continue reading

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Days Of Past Futures

Recently, I was listening to an online lecture that discussed the importance of studying the history of the Roman Republic–something I was inclined to study about myself already, obviously–and the speaker commented that one of the characteristics of the present … Continue reading

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