Ten Songs Keeping Me Sane This Week: Camp NaNoWriMo Edition

Camp NaNoWriMo starts this week, and I’m sure those of you participating have already put together writing playlists. Below, some of the songs on my playlist! Read More Ten Songs Keeping Me Sane This Week: Camp NaNoWriMo Edition

A Concert and Music Festival Survival Guide

I love concerts and live music. I have connected much of my personal spirituality to music since the days of sitting in my Memaw’s kitchen and listening to her sing hymns as she cooked. So in a sense, concerts and music festivals are my church, and I’ve had more what you might call transcendent experiences at concerts than I’ve had at a traditional house of worship. This weekend was no exception as I went with my best friend to the “Gentleman of the Road” festival in St. Augustine, FL, which is organized by the band Mumford and Sons and features a rotating list of musical acts that play in different cities. Now, I know that for many, Mumford and Sons is the living embodiment of this gif… Read More A Concert and Music Festival Survival Guide

Adventures in Listening: Old-Timey Bluegrass

When I was little, this godawful TV show called Hee Haw (don’t look it up on YouTube; spare yourself) droned in the background as we visited my grandparents. I associated country music with unfunny comedy skits, and mostly, I hated it. At home, we listened to good things, like classic rock. The other day, though, I decided to check out some roots bluegrass music and, guess what, it’s pretty cool and has a fascinating history. Read More Adventures in Listening: Old-Timey Bluegrass