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Well I'll go ahead and comment. What a fantastically written and compelling post!

But seriously, I should have mentioned the title of the album, which is fun. Not only three successive books of the Bible, but perhaps never before this album thought of as a short statement, Joshua judges Ruth.

I love this album, but I don't have time to even read the post at the moment.


I concur completely with Stu's opinion of this post.

I don't think Lyle was the first to think of those three words that way, though. Hazy fragments of memory are suggesting to me that it's used in an old evangelical/fundamentalist joke of some kind. Hard to think it would have escaped notice considering how many Protestant children and teenagers had to memorize the list of books of the Bible and could spit it out rapid-fire.

I like this album a lot, but I think I like Pontiac better. Weren't some of the songs a product of his getting dumped by that obnoxious actress?

I can vouch for the fact that he's great live, though I've only seen him once. He has a really first-rate group of musicians.

This album is pre-Julia Roberts. The breakup album is The Road to Ensenada. I think it was a work schedule amicable breakup, not a dumping. I have read that they remain friends.

Well heck, here I've been disliking her all these years for breaking his heart.

Me too!

I also love this record. "She's Leaving Me Because She Really Wants To" is one of the great song titles. It's almost the Platonic Form of a certain kind of country song.

There aren't many songwriters who are as witty as Lovett. He almost always has a couple of good jokes on his records -- good enough that they don't get old on repetition.

Just the name of his band always makes me chuckle. "It's not big, it's large."

...and the second line, "and she'll be happy when she's gone..."

Wow, what an idiot. I didn't even catch the significance of the title until Stu mentioned it here.

You didn't grow up Protestant, right? :-)

Well, I didn't originally get that it was a sentence, I just thought it was the names of books of the Bible. Since Robert teaches in a seminary, I'm pretty sure he recognized where it came from.


I'm talking about seeing it as a sentence. And people say fundamentalism doesn't have a rich culture....

Oh, I see.


I never gave it too much thought until writing this post, but with the nature of so many songs it makes sense. Male singing the songs, many about being lonely after a woman has left him, thus he is "judging" her.

I only first saw it as a sentence, even though I knew they were all books in the Old Testament.

Interesting that Protestant kids had to "memorize the list of books of the Bible and could spit it out rapid-fire". I had no idea. Quite a contrast with me as a Catholic kid who would have been able to come up with only Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

:-) I've heard it done. I must have made a stab at it because the first few come out pretty quickly. If you say it out loud the "sentence-ness" of "Joshua Judges Ruth" kind of jumps out.

I have sung a song of the names of the books of the Bible hundreds of times with my kids and that never occurred to me even when I got the album. It wasn't until you said something about it here a while back that I heard it.


And in the song, "Joshua, Judges, Ruth" was in a a little phrase together.


Well, I saw it as a sentence, but didn't catch the biblical reference. And I'm a bible kind of guy.

Well, there you go.

This conversation reminds me in a sort of oblique way of the blue/black/white/gold dress. The different ways that people perceive things is fascinating to me, and it also demonstrates why we sometimes have such horrible misunderstandings.


Yeah, I guess so. I'm not surprised that the JJR thing had never occurred to Robert, but I am that it didn't occur to you as a result of singing that song.

We had to memorize the books of the Bible (Protestant Canon) when I was in 2nd grade at a public grade school. My teacher, Mrs. Maynard, hadn't got the memo.

So I guess if Rob is sending his in this week, I should get to work. Unless you just really want to do it, Maclin.


Yes, I do have Rob's, and Robert has promised something for next week, so that will wrap it up. I hope you didn't have your heart set on one in particular. I find that I'm regretting a little that I never hit some of the categories I had meant to: blues, prog, metal, jazz. At least I don't think we did any of those.

I did, but that's okay. I'll just listen to it.


In the end I will probably be glad. ;-)


I hope so. :-)

"I find that I'm regretting a little that I never hit some of the categories I had meant to: blues, prog, metal, jazz. At least I don't think we did any of those."

I came really close to doing the first Pat Metheny Group record, but did the Vasks instead, which I think ended up being the only classical album. The other one I'd thought about doing is the odd, charming little album Dark Bird is Home by Norwegian singer/songwriter Kristian Mattson, who goes by the stage name The Tallest Man on Earth.

Somehow I missed this comment earlier. Something to do with children running around, possibly.

There was one other classical album: Part's Kanon Pokajonen. And I think I have a freebie track by Tallest Man that I flagged as a four-star single. The name rings a bell anyway.

Oh, yes, forgot about Part.

That Tallest Man record is a great little album. Although it came out a couple years back I just discovered it this past summer and it became a recent favorite.

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