Thursday, March 08, 2007

Scottish Soul

Scouring You Tube for a performance by my favorite Scottish band, Silly Wizard, one is not to be found. But, one can have a good listen to their "Queen of Argyll" as accompaniment to an obscure television offering called "SGA - Grace" (if this is NOT obscure to you, you now know how little I watch commercial television). This is Scottish soul.

By the way, the brothers Cunningham, Phil and Johnny, produced many works. Phil worked with another angelic Scottish singer, Connie Dover, on several albums. Johnny, the finest, wildest (red-booted and boozy when I saw him perform) Scottish fiddler I ever heard, before his sad and untimely death, co-produced for my money the finest Christmas album, The Soul of Christmas (disregard that Thomas Moore has a concomitant CD with it; throw it away and keep the music CD of Cunningham's).

And remember, lads and lassies, a pennywecht o love is worth a pund o law. Read about Silly Wizard here.


Porthos said...

Your musical offering is acceptable. Further Silly Wizard You Tubes are hereby authorized as Massketeer Approved Content (MAP).

Porthos said...

er, I mean, MAC--which is kind of appropriate, now that I think about it . . .

Athos said...

Wow! The official MAC approval? (sniff, sniff) I've made it! I've arrived!

BTW, it doesn't belong here, but Amy Welborn made mention of Courage Man. In the discussion of Jas Alison and Dreadnought, his blog is an addition of importance:

Porthos said...

You'd arrived before you even got here, Ath.

Porthos said...

Shoot! Courage Man beat me to the
Iowahawk link! I was going to link it here, but had scruples about language content. (Teach me to have scruples!)

In my opinion, we should blogroll
Courage Man,
Sed Contra

To me, these are front liners.

Athos said...

Tangentially related, since this is becoming a catch all comment zone: George Weigel makes an essential insight on sacramentality vs. gnosticism (or alchemical forms thereof):

Shortly after Rowan Williams was named to Becket’s chair, we spent a cordial ninety minutes together at Lambeth Palace, Canterbury’s London headquarters. I gave him a copy of Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II; we spoke of John Paul’s theology of the body, and then fell to discussing the difference between “sacramental” and “gnostic” understandings of the human condition. The former insists that the stuff of the world – including maleness, femaleness, and their complementarity — has truths built into it; gnostics say it’s all plastic, all malleable, all changeable. The sacramentalists believe that the extraordinary reveals itself through the ordinary: bread, wine, water, salt, marital love and fidelity; the gnostics say it’s a matter of superior wisdom, available to the enlightened (which can mean, the politically correct). Dr. Williams seemed convinced that the gnosticism of a lot of western high culture posed a great danger to historic Christianity and the truths it must proclaim.

He was right. The gnosticism that infects the Episcopal Church USA has just about driven the Anglican Communion over the cliff.

Porthos said...

Good! I saw that somewhere, too . . .

And hey, maybe not so tangential, huh?

I'm doing the Theology of the Body series off EWTN.

Not the smoothest of presentations, but it starts to kick in at about episode 7 or 8.