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In the absence of a piece of theological reflection… 27 November 2007

Posted by Dr Moose in Faith, Life, Recommendations.
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… which I’ve left on my USB flash drive in the Chaplaincy, here’s a brief record (no pun intended) of my current listening.

For the first time in months I bought a new CD recently – or more specifically a double CD, Long Road Out Of Eden, by The Eagles. It’s a slightly scary thought that I’m rather too young to appreciate much of the original material they did, before they all got fed up with each other, but I do have fond memories of their “Best of..” collection. So, having heard that, and a litle artsy piece on Radio 4 I went out of my way to buy the new one.

In some ways I was vaguely disappointed at first, since I’m not so hot on the “sorry girl it’s over” sorts of songs which seem to dominate the first CD, but with further thought I rather like it. The wistfulness of tracks like “No more walks in the wood” and “I love to watch a woman dance” are rather good, especially the first, with hints of regret at the past that has gone (maybe something corporately felt by the band?) But if I don’t like some of the “lovey” stuff, then I do appreciate the questioning and gentle world-weariness of “Business as Usual” and “Frail Grasp of the Big Picture” How could I fail to appreciate words like this?

“And we pray to our Lord, who we know is American.
He reigns from on high; he speaks to us through middlemen.
And he shepherds his flock
We sing out and praise his name.
He supports us in war; he presides over football games.
And the right will prevail; all our troubles shall be resolved.
We hold faith above all, unless there’s money or sex involved.”

Best of all, by a long way to my mind, is the title track and its questioning of American involvement in Iraq. Ten minutes of beautiful production and insightful lyrics. Listen to it and make you own mind up.

Is it the best thing since sliced bread? No. But it mixes easy melodic listening with biting insight, perfect guitar with a touch of faded hippydom and weighs in at a very reasonable price.

But it’s fine to agree with the critics of the nation the world loves to hate… can we see the planks in our own eyes? Wwe too, are on the Long Road Out of Eden, and probably driving away…

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