Last year, I made a goal for reading. And, I am ok with admitting I did not meet my goal. I read 69 out of 80 books I had intended to read and I’m at peace with my final tally. Sure, I didn’t get to 100%, but I read some really great books and seriously, 2020 was a weird year.
I have been taking part in the GoodReads Reading Challenge for the last four years. And so far, I’ve yet to meet my set goal. I could be really bummed about that reality, but the Reading Challenge has gotten me…
Blessed is the one who always trembles before God,
But whoever hardens their heart falls into trouble.
Like a roaring lion or a charging bear,
Is a wicked ruler over a helpless people.
- Proverbs 28:14–15
The old cliché “we live in uncertain times” is a standard trope, but at this moment in history, this line holds disturbing resonance. As we continue to navigate a mysterious virus with unknowns of origin, cause, transmission, treatment, and lasting effects, the uncertainty can be overwhelming. America has leading scientists and minds working tirelessly to uncrack the code of COVID-19, but at this moment…
Ahmaud Arbery was an unarmed innocent man, stalked and killed over a non-violent crime he didn’t commit. For many of us, the last few days have been full of righteous anger as we try to understand how this could happen. Many of my friends are expressing their anger and heartbreak via social media, and I believe that anger is properly placed. But, how does that righteous anger result in change? In a world where COVID-19 is a constant threat, how do we make our voices heard? Protests and demonstrations hold a health treat for both ourselves and other fellow liked…
I come from a family of jigsaw puzzle lovers. Not everyone has bought into the cult of jigsaw (my father always hated them), but the majority of our family a turn or two assisting the designated puzzle during holiday gatherings. It is one of the only ways I’ve found to keep the women of my family from talking non-stop. My grandmother is originally from Alabama and her three daughters (including my mother) picked up the gift of gab. Loud gab. …
Release Date: March 28, 1973
Billboard #1 upon release: Dueling Banjos by Eric Weissberg & Steve Mandell
Billboard Chart Peak: #1 for two weeks (May 12–25)
Billboard Singles: D’yer Mak’er #20, Over the Hills & Far Away #51
Album Long Term Success: 11x Platinum
Grammy Awards: Nomination for Best Album Package
Pitchfork Top 100 Albums of 1970s: #75
Rolling Stone Top 500 Albums of All Time: #148
By 1972, Led Zeppelin was one of the most popular bands in the world. The band was fresh off their untitled fourth album, commonly known as Led Zeppelin IV, which was a critical…
The creation of music is always happening. Every second of the day, musicians across the globe are creating art and expanding forms in dynamic new ventures. Singles and albums are constantly released, flooding the market with innovative new ideas and discoveries of what music can be. Countless publications seek out what they deem to be the best of new music and write commentaries and reviews. If an artist in lucky, their work will reappear in coveted “Best of the Year” lists that publications produce at the end of each year.
But what happens next? Few publications revisit albums, often only…