Author Archives: Steve-O

With ‘Chromatica,’ Lady Gaga comes home.

Excerpt from Colleen Dulle’s review of “Chromatica” in America Magazine: Growing up in an Italian-American Catholic family, Gaga was formed with these ideas, and they continue to appear in her art and her public persona in ways both reverent and … Continue reading

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People of High Character

One of my favorite questions and answers in the article, “Bob Dylan Has a Lot on His Mind” — an interview between historian Douglas Brinkley and Bob Dylan in the New York Times.  Why didn’t more people pay attention to … Continue reading

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The 40th anniversary of The Blues Brothers

Forty years ago, the Blues Brothers movie launched a whole slew of fabulous performers into my life’s soundtrack: Ray Charles, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Cab Calloway, Elmore James, and the unmistakable growl of John Lee Hooker. Grateful for soul & … Continue reading

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Liberty’s Hero

By Steve Beard Frederick Douglass grew up under the perverse shackles of slavery on a plantation in Maryland more than 200 years ago. He never knew the identity of his father, barely saw his mother, and witnessed unspeakable violence and … Continue reading

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Juneteenth celebrates ‘a moment of indescribable joy’: Slavery’s end in Texas

By DeNeen L. Brown, Washington Post Juneteenth … is one of the oldest celebrations commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. It has its roots in the long-awaited moment of emancipation in Texas, where more than 250,000 enslaved black people … Continue reading

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George Floyd, RIP

“I would like for those officers to be charged with murder because that’s exactly what they did,” Bridgett Floyd, the sister of the victim,  said on the Today Show. “They murdered my brother. He was crying for help. I don’t … Continue reading

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The Future of Christianity is Punk

Here are a few noteworthy paragraphs behind the thesis of the provocatively titled New York Times opinion essay from Dr. Tara Isabella Burton. * More and more young Christians, disillusioned by the political binaries, economic uncertainties and spiritual emptiness that have … Continue reading

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Mermaids returning to Montana tiki bar as it reopens

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — For patrons at a Montana tiki bar that has a back wall of a window into a motel swimming pool, it’s typical to see mermaids in the water five nights a week. So as the … Continue reading

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Tenor’s Prayer: Andrea Bocelli

By Steve Beard Perhaps no singular image better captured Easter under the treacherous cruelty of the coronavirus than Andrea Bocelli performing a solitary sacred concert in the spectacularly cavernous Duomo di Milano, the cathedral in Milan, Italy. By the time … Continue reading

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Wendell Berry: The Poet of Place

Wendell Berry in Garden & Gun When I was young, I picked up some expert’s advice that a writer needed to write facing a bare wall so as not to be distracted. And so I tried writing in a library … Continue reading

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