Deep to deep…

In just a few hours I’ll be hosting a Deep to Deep event at my church, as organised here.

Now, meeting a group of strangers off the intercybernetweb is a bit of a wierd thing to do at the best of times. I know, I’ve done it a lot. When those people are geeks it’s even worse. When they’re music geeks – and *shudder* bass players, no less – the thought is daunting in the extreme.

So, I’ll let you know how it went when I get back. Or, *if* I get back ;0)

Bad things to happen to music…

Now maybe I could be accused of being deaf, stupid or both, but I quite like Sting. While the early stuff with the Police was the lighter, commercial end of rock-ska, and the later stuff bordering on drivel, he has written some of the most iconing songs ever. Don’t believe me? That’s fine, I’m strong enough to stick up for my musical tastes, however wierd they are. I am a jazz trombonist, after all.

So I was a little bit disappointed to see the Stingmeister appear this list of the worst things to happen to music (via Aurgasm). Oh well, he’s amongst some legendary names.

Anyway, I promise my regular geeky ramblings will be back soon, with further entries on my content management system, that whole asp.net thing, and plenty of blatant self-promotion. I bet you can’t wait.

The world is hungry…

As I mentioned the other day, I read a great interview recently. Here’s a bit that really jumped out the page at me.

The two hungers in the world today are for spiritual growth and for social justice. The connection between the two is the one the world is waiting for.

Spirituality without justice in an affluent society can turn easily into consumerism and narcissism. It’s one more book to read. One more tape, just to posess the spirituality so I can have it, have it, have it! But the fight for justice without spirituality can lead to despair, bitterness, anger and burn-out. Really, there’s a rhythm there: they need each other.

So says Jim Wallis, a christian activist who started the Sojourners magazine. And I have a strange feeling in my stomach that he’s right. Justice and spirituality do so together, like two sides of the same coin.

The christians who opposed slavery in the 19th century knew that well, and their spirituality led them to action for justice. It’s a hard thing to do, and to be honest I doubt I have the conviction or guts to really make a stand for either justice or spirituality, but I recognise those are two of the main hungers in me. The next step? Who knows…