Being. Happy and Fortunate.

Sometimes, particularly after a bad experience, I wonder how God’s heart must break from all the evil that we do to each other. The harm, hate and abuse we pour into each other. It’s bad enough what this does to us, I can only imagine God’s pain from seeing it.

There was a particular horror that Jesus experienced. God brutally murdered. Judged and executed in full public display. 

Jesus’ father forsook him, his friends either denied or betrayed him, his community rejected him. He experienced all of the pain and misery, harm, hate and abuse that we’ve suffered. This means he understands and can relate to us.

The resurrection of Jesus means he’s overcome all of the evil. The sting of death has been removed. The table is now set for joy. Continue reading “Being. Happy and Fortunate.”

Ambient Guitar, Chapman Stick & PBass Meet for the 1st Time!

I recently visited my friend Bill Vencil, the ambient guitar whiz at Chords of Orion.

I had dusted off the Chapman Stick and brought it with me. Even though I had some concerns about playing it well, Bill rolled the tape and posted the result at his YouTube channel.

That’s Bill’s son, Nathan, on his Fender Precision bass.

Re Sonnet 73

It’s hanging on the wall. The Fender Jazz Bass my father gave me 40 years ago.

It’s a beautiful instrument, capable of such depths of tone and feeling. It has its quirks. The strings are set a bit too high. It takes forever to reach the lowest notes.

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What One Man Can Do

Her blood spilled out until I thought there could be no more. Then she died.

Some people say the life of a cop can be exciting, even glamorous. I don’t. Not when you have to live with the memory of an innocent girl dying in your arms.

I’m thinking about her, replaying the details of that day in my mind as my partner and I patrol the west side. He looks over and asks, “What’s with you? You haven’t said two words all day.”

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Jonah’s Call

Go down Jonah
Down out of your chair
Down your front steps
Down the road

Away from Galilee
Down to the sea
Down to the deep
Down in the beast

Go up Jonah
Up out of the beast
Up out of the grave
Up out of the sea
Up to Nineveh
Up to the city
Embrace the word of the Lord
Speak the word of the Lord


Words: Connell Byrne and Gary Tibbels
Music: Jim Wall
Featured vocalist: Mark Reeve
Guitar and bass: Jim Wall
Slide guitar: Mark Reeve
Piano, organ: Leonard Wolf
Mixed and Mastered by I.T.B. Audio Solutions
Produced by Jim Wall

We’re all Children of our Time

I always thought old age, death, or insanity would quiet their voices.

I’m not insane. At least not yet. And even though I’m not dead, I’m much older.

The voices are the songs, movies and art of the 1960’s. They were imprinted on me as my first impressions, my earliest memories.

The voices seemed like implied promises. Do whatever you want, whenever and with whomever. Peace, love and happiness for ourselves and for the world.

It was a dream that almost became reality. Continue reading “We’re all Children of our Time”

Chord Progressions, Melodies, and Mountains

Melodies are what make songs pop. Melodies give life and vibrancy. Melody make music memorable.

This could be seen as bad news for chord progressions. Melody (and its intimate friend harmony) are the glitz and glamour of song-writing.

Chord progressions, though, should not be taken for granted. They form the structure on which melody plays. Notes without a chord progression underneath are just melody. With a chord progression, they’re a song. Continue reading “Chord Progressions, Melodies, and Mountains”