For Ash Wednesday (February 22) and the start of the Season of Lent, two offerings, one new and one from wolfie’s archives. Roseanne Cash released her album Black Cadillac in 2007. The album is a poignant reflection on the passing of Cash’s mother, Vivian Liberto, father, Johnny Cash, and her stepmother, June Carter Cash, who all died within a two-year period. God is in the Roses (and in the thorns) is an excellent poetic examination of personal grief tempered by hope. The album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk album in 2007.
From the archives, a video produced for last year, Dust in the Wind, by the progressive rock group Kansas. The guitar line for the song was written by Kerry Livgren as a finger exercise for learning fingerpicking. His wife, Vicci, heard what he was doing, remarked that the melody was nice, and encouraged him to write lyrics for it. Livgren was unsure whether his fellow band members would like it, its slow melody and philosophical lyrics differ from their other hits such as “Carry On Wayward Son” and “Point of Know Return”. A meditation on mortality and the inevitability of death, the lyrical theme bears a striking resemblance to the biblical passage Genesis 3:19 (“…for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”), but the actual inspiration was from a book of Native American poetry, which includes the line “for all we are is dust in the wind.”
The videos are free for use in worship. If you care to, a donation may be made to St. Matthews Lutheran Church, 99 Commerce St. Lockbourne, Ohio 43137. Tell them wolfie sent you.