Music Monday: Ryan Adams Edition

Last Tuesday was an awesome week for me. Not only did the latest Terrance Malick movie “The Tree of Life” come out on DVD… not only did one of my favorite authors, Jeffrey Eugenides, publish his long-awaited book The Marriage Plot… but the always-awesome Ryan Adams released his album “Ashes & Fire“. So in his honor, I celebrate Music Monday. I’ll span his days with Whiskeytown to now with some highlights of some of my favorites. This could get to be a lot of links, but they’re all worth it.
  • Whiskeytown’s “Avenues” seems like a good place to start. This was the band Ryan was a part of before going solo. Sorry it’s a crappy montage video with the studio recording in the background, but it was the only Youtube version that didn’t include a badly lit living room and no one named Ryan Adams.
  • “Oh My Sweet Carolina” off his debut solo album “Heartbreaker” will be next. Such a good song with Emmylou Harris singing some harmonies on the album version — This one is just Ryan. I never get sick of hearing this song. Check it out.
  • “Firecracker” is the first of his solo stuff I ever heard (shout out to Dave Tack, my sophomore English teacher for the intro). This version is great — stripped down and the way it was meant to be.
  • “So Alive” is an awesome song. It’s equal parts charged and mellow. It’s part Smiths in the verses and then explodes to a great chorus. Enjoy this one.
  • For many Ryan Adams fans, I may be doing an incredible disservice by leaving out the Love Is Hell sessions. Both are great, but there’s just so many good ones. The next one is off his disc “29”. It’s a track called “Blue Sky Blues”.
  • “Dirty Rain” is the final track I’ll post. It leads off his new disc and continues his streak of awesome.
As I said earlier, there are plenty of tracks I have left off of here. But it gives a good intro to the world of Ryan Adams. Hope you’ve enjoyed your tour.

Shane Hipps on Technology & Faith

Shane Hipps has a great new website, and is a great teacher on faith in our technological context. He’s at Mars Hill in Grand Rapids. This is a great little interview and I’d love to know what you think of it. What did he say that struck you? Is there anything you heard that was new to you? Anyways — I hope you have a good time with what Shane says. I think it’s definitely worthwhile.



Enneagram 3: Why I Am the Way I Am

Richard Rohr once said, ““There is nothing to prove and nothing to protect. I am who I am and it’s enough.” As a type 3 on the Enneagram, I don’t believe that. I can’t believe that. There is a voice inside of me that just rails against that kind of affirmation. And yet, at the same time, I crave affirmation. Who I am isn’t enough. But what I do (if other people deem it successful or of some worth) is enough. I can certainly appreciate that this makes very little sense to someone whose brain doesn’t work like that — which is probably most people. If you don’t know or haven’t heard about the different Enneagram types, check out this link. Here are a couple videos about the sometimes dreaded type 3.

Here’s another good one.

I’m so fascinated with all of this.

If you’re familiar with the Enneagram, or even if you’re just becoming familiar with it, what type are you? Or what type(s) do you think you might be? How does it affect you? Does it bring about a kind of better self-awareness?

I hope this brings about the kind of self understanding that it has to me. Even if that understanding isn’t always wonderful to know.


My wonderful wife, Megan has written about goal setting in ministry as a type 3 here. She’s a very gifted writer, even if she won’t believe that. Because she’s a 3. What a vicious cycle.

A Video Worth Watching

In honor of Peter Rollins’ talk this morning at the Outlaw Preachers conference, I wanted to post another talk he did a couple years back.

This video from the Poets, Prophets and Preachers conference a couple years back has been making a bit of a resurgence as of late. I think it still has a lot to say to us today. Check it out.

What did you think? What stuck out to you? What will stay with you?


This Week’s Music…

Over this past week, there are pretty much two albums I’ve been listening to on constant repeat. I wanted to share those with you.

“The Head and the Heart” by The Head and the Heart

“Bon Iver” by Bon Iver

Apparently this week was brought to you by self-titled albums. Here’s some of songs from these albums that have been making their rounds this week.

If you’ve heard these songs before, you know how awesome they are. If these are new to you, enjoy! These are some of my favorites.

What have you been listening to this past week? What music has been getting you excited lately?


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