January 5th, 2010


CD-a-Day - Letters From Somewhere Edition

Black Eyed Sceva: 5 Years, 50,000 Miles Davis

From Acts 19:
Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, “In the name of Jesus, whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out.” Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. [One day] the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and I know about Paul, but who are you?” Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding.

When I was in a band called Kiln, I wrote a song that I sang very much in the style of BES, and tried to write the lyrics in a similar fashion. That is, big words, thoughtful, yet direct. Kiln never recorded, but I remember the song, the first and only one I've yet written to completion. The title of this post refers to BES's song "Twain", which criticizes Mark Twain's manuscript "Letters from the Earth", which points to Christianity as a giant hypocrisy. I thought that was interesting, even though I really like Mark Twain's other work. But who does that? Who writes about Mark Twain? (Aside from Rush...)

They also do a cover of The Police's "Invisible Sun".  Awesome.

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