Author Archives: Steve-O

Congratulations Sister Rosetta Tharpe

In a world filled with travesties, let-downs, and injustice, it is nice to see an occasional gamma ray of hope emerge. Finally, after years of narcissistic rock industry navel-gazing, Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1915-1973) was rightfully inducted into the Rock and … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Brian Setzer

Happy Birthday Brian Setzer! In the early 1980s, the Stray Cats front man stood up in the moshpit of the punk rock/new wave revolution and daringly waved a big, greasy flag for rockabilly. Back when I was a teenage punk rocker, … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Carl Perkins

Happy birthday wishes to the late, great Carl Perkins, writer of classic rockabilly hits: “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Gone, Gone, Gone,” and “Honey, Don’t.” Killer lyrics: “You can burn my house / Steal my car / Drink my liquor from an … Continue reading

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Jesus Christ Superstar. Wow, just Wow!

For the rock n rollers, skeptics, searchers, saints and sinners, NBC nailed the greatest story ever told. He is risen! What a spectacle. Thank you John Legend, Brandon V. Dixon, Alice Cooper, Sara Bareilles, and the rest of the mohawked … Continue reading

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It’s always been about Him. Happy Easter!

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Holy Saturday

“Holy Saturday is the day we celebrate the silence of the tomb. The silence of loss. The silence of absence. The silence of graves that our love ones lay in. It’s not a fun holiday. But it’s a true one. … Continue reading

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Blessed Good Friday

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A Christian critic wrestles with new biblical films and the hope of a better ‘faith-based’ cinema

By Justin Chang My reservations have little to do with standard criticisms like awkward performances or clunky production values — venial sins, surely, for new filmmakers trying to find their way. What rankles about a cinematic sermon like “Letters to … Continue reading

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Politics, persecution and ‘ardent love’: New movie aims to show why Paul is still relevant

By Emily McFarlan Miller, Religion News Service In the film, Luke (Caviezel) meets with Paul (James Faulkner) in prison to record his dramatic conversion and other reflections into what would become the Book of Acts. Meantime, the early church struggles … Continue reading

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Have a blessed Good Friday.

For those who observe, have a blessed Good Friday. Elvis Costello has been an essential troubadour in my life’s soundtrack. Every Good Friday, I ponder his lyrics: “How deep is the red our redeemer bled / The debt of our … Continue reading

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