Everybody Loves Free Music

Derek Webb is at it again. Remember back in ’06 when that dude went off the deep end and just started givin’ away his music? Yup – we got the entire Mockingbird album for as cheap as free. Webb is now involved in a similar gambit, and this time has...

Mockingbird: The Postlogue

Well, I have finished up what I had proposed to do several months ago. I have thought through and posted commentary on Derek Webb’s album Mockingbird. It was a good exercise for me. As I already make an attempt to listen to lyrics in whatever song I am listening...

"Love Is Not Against the Law": A Dialogue

This is a powerful song. We have just moved from the love expressed between mutual friends and lovers, and now we are in the harder place of loving our enemies. The main reason I am not a pacifist has to do wth my distinguishing between private and public life. While...

"Please Before I Go": A Dialogue

At first blush this song seems a little stronger than we would like. In fact, my first reaction was “Hey, we shouldn’t equate love with drugs! That doesn’t sound right.” And then I remembered that this is language from the Bible. Better than...

"In God We Trust": A Dialogue

I like the way that Webb has used such an Americanized term and turned it on its head. I have seen a couple of state license plates with this phrase. I have seen a bumper sticker that says “Keep God in ‘Bless America.’” My first question is: “What God do you trust?”...