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The String Session

Here’s a quick look at the string session. The song they’re working on here is “Hosanna”, and I have to say that I believe that Ben Shive has outdone himself. You should’ve heard these string players going on about how great the arrangements were, all the more amazed because Ben isn’t a string [...]

What’s in a Name? (warning: graphic Biblical content)

A name is more than a convenient handle; it’s an identity. My family names, the lineage of my father and mother, contain both good and evil – remnants of the Fall. For most of my life I’ve identified with those names, and have felt the push and pull of the good and evil of my [...]

The Road to Ensenada, Lyle Lovett

“He’s so…asymmetrical.” This was how a friend of mine once described his introduction to Lyle Lovett. My first introduction to Lyle was through the tabloids wondering how he managed to marry Julia Roberts. Then one day rummaging through the old Davis Kidd Bookstore in Green Hills, Tennessee, I found The Road to [...]

A Bit of Advice, from a Desperate Cur

I recently had a good, long phone conversation with a singer-songwriter about that grand old subject, Getting Started in the Music Business. He’s recorded an album but hasn’t yet taken the leap into full-time music and was asking me for some advice on the matter.


Hey, folks.

The kids are in bed, Jamie’s baking some new amazing pumpkiny cake, and I’m just finishing up packing for the trip tomorrow. We’re heading to Virginia then Louisiana with a more or less completed version of Resurrection Letters, Vol. II. The Captains and I spent the day at Todd Robbins’s mixing studio tweaking the [...]

Known and Loved

The 7:30 “you’re-late” mark whizzed past me as I got ready for school on Tuesday morning, and I hurriedly twisted my hair into two little unruly knobs behind my ears. I wasn’t particularly thrilled about my appearance, but pulled on my shiny black rain boots and ran out the door. As I braved the crosswalk [...]

A Balm in Gilead

I just finished a book that upon closing it, I felt like it finished me in a sense. A quiet meditative book that reached down and stirred the deep waters in me. It’s Marilynne Robinson’s 2005 Pulitzer prize winner Gilead, given to me by my friend Andrew Peterson.

A Work of Art?

Next to my name on the front page of the Rabbit Room it claims that I’m a boatwright. That’s a bit of a stretch in my mind; building boats is something I’ve done little enough of and something I do only as a small part of my larger job as an Arts and [...]

Stuart Duncan

I haven’t figured out a way to link my other blog ( to this one, so I’ll just include the video here. To read more about good ol’ Stuart Duncan, read here.

Listening to: Marc Cohn – Let Me Be Your Witness
via FoxyTunes

Outing Dumbledore

Well shoot. Here I was trying to come to Harry Potter’s defense and help assure Christians they have little to worry about with these books, and then J.K. Rowling goes and outs Dumbledore.

Gift + Desire + Faith = Art

Most of us began by desire; at some point we desired a guitar or banjo, or wanted to write stories or essays or songs, or we longed to paint. My son loves to draw; his desire is a full-blown passion. I don’t have to tell him to draw – the desire is his compulsion. His [...]

Photographs: Andrew Osenga

Do you have any CD’s in your collection that will be forever associated with some event or season of life—like the soundtrack to your last high school summer or what you listened to over and over again on that one road trip to wherever it was?

The Holding Pattern

Returning from a convention on the West coast, my Continental Airlines flight began to circle Denver. Upon landing, my business partner and I would switch planes for the last leg of our trip home to Omaha. A regular flyer, my inerds still stirred a bit with each sway of the aircraft. Near blizzard conditions prevailed [...]

An Uncomfortable Close-Up

I’ve been trying to figure out how to integrate my other blog with this one. For those of you who don’t know, I’m making a record called Resurrection Letters, Vol. II, and my musical compadres (the Captains Courageous) and I have been documenting the process for the last few months.

I Am Not Insane

Today, in the middle of a conversation, I realized that the man I was speaking to was insane. This gentleman, whom I have known for quite some time, without warning began to tell me of his vast collection of the works of an obscure writer and insisted on detailing this writer’s entire career to [...]