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03/01/2012

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Neil

I really enjoyed the book but as I read I kept thinking something was missing and then I realized what it was, the music. All the analysis in the world can't capture the music. I found the theological insight was affirming rather than revealing and in the end it just made me want to listen to more Cockburn, which is a really good thing!

Brian Walsh

I've decided to respond to Neil's comment on the music in this book. He is absolutely right. As I was writing I was very aware of the fact that I am engaging (mostly) the lyrics in Cockburn's book, and not his music per se. And this is indeed a weakness of the book. But alas it also demonstrates the limitations of the author.

I very much appreciated Steve's warm review and his coining of the phrase "theo-musicology." To be more fully theo-musicological, we would need, as Neil rightly points out, more 'musicology' in the analysis. Maybe if I ever write another book on Cockburn or any other artist, I would go back to my general practice of co-authorship and find a colleague who can more adequately engage the music.

Thanks again, Steve and Neil.

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