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I just saw in the news that Tom Petty was laid to rest yesterday and I’m thinking about a quote of his I read recently that is worth sharing as I remember his work today. “Probably the greatest achievement you can reach is when you're able to forgive the most heinous thing in your life. I forgive anyone. That's where I've arrived. And if I'm not successful at that, I forgive myself.”
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Humanity and swagger—these are the key ingredients to Tom Petty’s most unforgettable entries in the pop music songbook. His near perfect pop songs had a no-fuss, get in, get out kind of precision that somehow also felt ragged and rock and roll. Listen to his classic tracks—nothing is showy and every instrument, melody, and lyric is lean, clean, and given it’s full value.
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“I Won’t Down” remains, IMHO, one of the greatest pop/rock songs ever written. Many, many times in songwriting sessions the question has been asked: “what would Tom Petty do?” -
Thank you, Tom Petty. I’m still learning from you, whether in the arts of songwriting or forgiveness.
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#TomPetty #Forgiveness #LifeGoals #RIPTomPetty #Songwriting #WWTPD #IWontBackDown #SongwritingHeroes

It is its own crazy holy kind of grace to get two brand new Buechner books after I had resigned myself to the fact that, at 91, he’d written his final book years ago. And even though these are collections of mostly older writings with chapters here and there of previously unpublished pieces, it is still a thrill to hold these in my hand. Over the years, when I would go through seasons of growth where my previous way of understanding my faith became incoherent to me, The Lord would always bring me some author, teacher, or mentor who would help navigate me through the stormy waters of transition into newness of faith, giving it back to me with a depth, insight, authenticity, and nuance that made it even more sacred to me than before. Nobody’s work has done that more consistently than Frederick Buechner‘s. Through his writing, the Holy Spirit has disarmed my tendency to judge, helped me to walk the world with less self-preserving fear, and trained my heart to see the world around me with a grace-filled wonder. Thank you, Freddy.
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From the forward of “A Crazy, Holy, Grace”:
“As our culture shifts again from post-modernism into something post-Christian, Buechner‘s voice has never been more relevant. Though he wrote almost everything in the 20th century, he is a sort of 21st-century C.S. Lewis, speaking about truth and hope and faith in a way that resonates with the faithful and the faith–suspicious alike.”
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#FrederickBuechner #mentor #wisdom #faith #authenticity #CSLewis #Buechner

What’s going on here? Besides me posting the most awkward picture of our facial expressions I could find? Announcement coming soon...

I already posted about this earlier today, but @joshwilsonmusic’s post is better :-)

Hello friends! For anybody within driving distance of Nashville, this is going to be a fun writers in the round night that I am so excited to be a part of. If you’ve been to a local show before, you know that these are very special nights of music. This will be the debut show at the new location on Granny White PK (with what I am told is the killer new sound system that will make us sound more awesome than we—or at least I—have a right to sound :-). See you there! #localshow

Sometimes you wake up to a magical mist knocking on your back door and you just have to sit down and visit with it for a bit (this is a panoramic shot... my deck doesn’t naturally bend like that :-) #magic #mist #deck #panorama

What would your rap name be? And what would you think if I told you Young Smoothie is working on a sweet new mix tape? #rapname #smoothie

After waiting 35 years, I finally got to enjoy the Blade Runner sequel (yusssssss). Which reminds me of another Ryan Gosling movie I loved, “La La Land.” (how’d you like that segue way? And can we just geek out about Blade Runner for a bit? Maybe? No? ok, ok… I’ll get back on track…)
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I loved recording “City Of Stars” from La La Land, and you can find out why by reading the piece I wrote about it for New Release Today (link in profile)
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Here’s an excerpt:
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“Have you ever been both excited and nervous about something? Or felt strong in your faith one moment and deeply skeptical the next? Have you ever been crying and then were surprised to find yourself laughing?
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Yeah, me too. And it's okay, you're not crazy. This is how the heart works…”
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Read the rest by following the link in my profile: http://www.newreleasetoday.com/article.php?article_id=2189
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You can listen to my cover of “City of Stars“ wherever you listen to music, or watch it on YouTube.
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#CityOfStars #JGAcousticSessions #Acoustic #CoverSongs #storybehindthesong #JGDevotionals #RyanGosling #BladeRunner2049 #LaLaLand #prayer #NewReleaseToday

New Release Today was kind enough to ask me to write some devotionals/reflections for each of the songs from my “Acoustic Sessions” EP. I’m excited to share these thoughts behind the songs and I loved to getting to write these for you! You can read the first one for “I Will Rise Again” by clicking the link in my profile.
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An excerpt:
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“Richard Rohr says, ‘The only things strong enough to break open our heart are things like pain, mistakes, unjust suffering, tragedy, failure, and the general absurdity of life. I wish it were not so, but it clearly is. Fortunately, life will lead us to the edge of our own resources through such events. We must be led to an experience or situation that we cannot fix or control or understand. That's where faith begins.’
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It seems that it's only when our former ways of understanding, coping with, and controlling our own lives break down--through loss, crisis, failure, upheaval, or pain--that we are open enough to receive new life.
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If we experience this enough times and recognize the pattern, we begin to be less afraid of it and may learn to embrace it. On our best days, we may even be able to look at the storm clouds gathering in the distance and say, ‘Bring it. Let the storm come because I like what it made of me last time.’”
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#IWillRiseAgain #JGacousticsessions #acoustic #storybehindthesong #JGdevotionals #NewReleaseToday

Ashley Cleveland, whose music rings with such authority and authenticity, played a big part in my own musical formation. She is a 1st degree truth teller who writes songs about where faith intersects with real life – life as it is, not as we think it should be or wish that it was. I bought every record and saw her every chance that I could and she made me hungry to communicate my own faith with as much authenticity as I could muster. What a gift it was to get to visit and share the stage with her at Hutchmoot 2017. Thank you @therabbitroom for making me a part of your festivities this weekend! #hutchmoot #musicalheroes #ashleycleveland #rabbitroom #hutchmoot2017 @ashleyclevelandmusic

It’s a wrap! The #liveonforevertour will live on... in our hearts and instagram posts. Thank you to everyone who came to our shows! We had the best time playing for you.

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