Only When You Open

 

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You are a white screen begging
for color, pleading to deep
from the deep. Full of meditations
and repressions, you pursue
the art of stuffing.

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Healing in Creative Community

Dory

I spent four days last week at the Escape to the Lake music conference in northern Indiana. Every year, I discover afresh how needed and how wonderful this gathering is. The efficacy of the conference was in question this year, what with a new venue (which worked out beautifully) and a new time, along with major changes currently going on at Under the Radar, the organization producing the event. It went off without a hitch, however, and what hiccups there were seemed to play into the conference instead of working against it. This was my third year, and I’m always struck by the degree of healing offered through this congregation of musicians and listeners.

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Amateur Prayer Hour

 

Sometimes it feels

like God

is my wife,

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The Escape to the Lake Compilation

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If you haven’t heard about Under the Radar, consider listening in to it. Dave Trout, the generous head of the program, is one of the most supportive people around for independent artists, especially in a the vein of truth-telling, lyrically rich, radio-neglected music. The non-profit program features a free weekly podcast on Fridays, stuffed to the gills with excellent music from folks all the way from Rich Mullins and Randy Stonehill, to Andrew Peterson and Josh Garrels, to our own Rachel Mosley and Adam Whipple.

Each year, Under the Radar puts on a conference called Escape to the Lake. It doesn’t look like most conferences you might know. In fact, it’s more like a vacation, at a music festival, where it’s just your extended family there—and you like all of them. In preparation for Escape to the Lake (August 8-11; there are still a few tickets!), Under the Radar has again released a compilation of stellar music from twenty artists. Some of these tracks are previously unreleased. This is available at Noisetrade on a pay-what-you-want basis. Please enjoy! All your tips go to support Under the Radar.

Go HERE to download! And thank you!

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Western Living

Mosleys

We’re excited to welcome Rachel Mosley to Foundling House. Rachel is one half of the duo The Mosleys, a husband-and-wife singer-songwriter team based out of Atlanta. You can see them this August at Escape to the Lake!

Our family of seven is moving, and in the process of saying goodbye to the home and friends we have loved for nearly a decade, I’ve become more aware of my love for this place and the people of it. I had thought that taking a month of travel away from home would help me accomplish a detachment, but I find it has done the opposite.

Earlier this summer, Stephen and I celebrated our fifteenth wedding anniversary. Our souls had been stirring and restless over the past year, and we’d spent late evenings after the children were put to bed chatting about how life has shaken out thus far. We’d long had an idea brewing and hatched a crazy, illogical plan to buy an Airstream trailer and spend a year traveling the country with our five children, road schooling—whatever that is—and living a wild American dream.

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A New Double Album from Matthew Clark

Matthew-Clark

A couple months ago, somewhere deep in the Mississippi flatlands off Interstate 55, a pony-tailed hippie held forth before a rapt congregation. He wielded an old guitar, and offered coffee that he had roasted himself. He told stories, and he wore sandals because his toes required constant sunlight to live. That hippie’s name was Matthew Clark. The occasion was Cofferstowe, a gathering Matthew himself put together to celebrate beauty and the resurrectional truth behind all creation and to provide a restful retreat for those present. It offered music by Andy Gullahorn, Christa Wells, and Abbye West Pates, along with breakout sessions centered around the gift of imagination and its work within the Kingdom of Christ.

In the wake of this—and with a characteristic amount of semi-reticent humility—Matthew is now releasing a double album, Beautiful Secret Life, a calico amalgam of exquisite songwriting that spans styles yet consistently envelopes the listener in balladeer songcraft.

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People in Motion

genius

Molecules, atoms and electrons are in constant motion. As they move, they collide and transfer energy. I think of these collisions when I see the Grand Central Station scene in The Fisher King (1991). Masses of people rush toward their destination almost colliding in non-stop motion. Then Perry sees Linda, the love of his life. For a brief moment, this chaotic mass becomes a grand waltz of perfect harmony.

The film Genius (2016) opens with hundreds of people walking city sidewalks on a rainy day. In the constant clatter of feet splashing, we feel the frenetic energy of the place. People collide in conversation, in business, in creativity, in joy and sometimes in anger. In the middle of this living town, two men meet. The ever-animated writer Thomas Wolfe (Jude Law) bumps into the staid world of editor William Perkins (Colin Firth). This encounter sets in motion a collaboration that will reorder the lives of both men.

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