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STOCKI’S U2 CHILLED OUT PLAYLIST VOL 2

U2 Chilled 2

EVERY BREAKING WAVE

(from BBC Radio 2 The Piano Room)

 

STAY (FARAWAY, SO CLOSE) - CRAIG ARMSTRONG feat. BONO

(from As If To Nothing)

 

IF YOU WEAR THAT VELVET DRESS - JOOLS HOLLAND feat. BONO

(from MORE FRIENDS)

 

DROWNING MAN - MADELYN IRISH feat. BONO

From Bono: The  Complete Solo Recordings Vol 3)

 

ONE TREE HILL REPRISE (Brian Eno Remix)

(from Joshua Tree Super Deluxe)

 

SONG FOR SOMEONE (from Acoustic Sessions)

(from Songs of Innocence (Deluxe)

 

BOOK OF YOUR HEART

(from Songs Of Experience (Deluxe Edition)

 

AMERICAN PRAYER - BONO, EDGE, BEYONCE & DAVE STEWART)

(from 46664 Concert)

 

CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE - BONO

(from Honeymoon In Vegas Soundtrack)

 

A MAN & WOMAN (acoustic)

(from All Because Of You single)

 

I WANNA BE AROUND - BONO with TONY BENNETT

(from Tony Bennett Duets)

 

CEDARWOOD ROAD (from Acoustic Sessions)

(from Songs Of Innocence (Deluxe)

 

TOWER OF SONG - Leonard Cohen and U2

(from Window In The Skies  single)

 

A DYING SAILOR TO HIS SHIPMATES - BONO

(from Rogue’s Gallery - Pirate Ballad, Sea Song and Chanteys)

 

WHEN THE STARS GO BLUE - THE CORRS feat. BONO

(VH1 Presents The Corrs (Live In Dublin)

 

SHE’S A MYSTERY TO ME

(from All Because Of You single)

 

STARING AT THE SUN

(From Bono: The Complete Solo Sessions)

 

AVE MARIA (Jacknife Lee Mix)

(from Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own single)

 

MOTHERS OF THE DISAPPEARED (acapella)

(from Bono: The Complete Recordings 3)


BECOME THAT SONG (For Danny and Shannon)

Danny and Shannon

Two becoming one

Into duo or duet

Like the sound of love the angels played

At that moment that you met

Two becoming one

Listen for the melodies

Oh so much more beautiful

In Shannon and Danny’s harmonies

In the verses of your lives

The middle eights of your vocations

Carry the chorus of the Kingdom

With redemption's reverberations

May the Moore’s become that song

Where the Word’s made flesh and moves

Into the neighbourhoods your called to sing

Jesus grace notes in every groove.


STOCKI’S U2 CHILLED OUT PLAYLIST VOL 1

U2 Chilled 1

FALLING AT YOUR FEET - BONO & DANIEL LANOIS

(from Million Dollar Hotel)

 

YOUR BLUE ROOM - PASSENGERS

(from Original Soundtracks 1)

 

NORTH & SOUTH OF THE RIVER

(from Staring At The Sun single)

 

TOMORROW - BONO & ADAM CLAYTON

(from Common Ground)

 

SATELLITE OF LOVE

(from One single)

 

TWO SHOTS OF HAPPY, ONE SHOT OF SAD

(from If God Will Send His Angels single)

 

I’VE GOT YOU UNDER MY SKIN - BONO & FRANK SINATRA

(from Stay (Far Away, So Close) singe)

 

STATELESS

(from Million Dollar Hotel)

 

ONE - BONO & MICHAEL STIPE

(from Childline)

 

SLOW DANCING - with WILLIE NELSON

(from If God Will Send His Angels single)

 

DREAMING WITH TEARS IN MY EYES - BONO

(from The Songs Of Jimmie Rodgers: A Tribute)

 

MISS SARAJEVO (Live In Milan)

(from All Because Of You single)

 

HALLELUJAH - BONO

(from Tower Of Song: The Songs Of Leonard Cohen)

 

STUCK IN A MOMENT (acoustic)

(from 7)

 

NEVER LET ME GO - BONO & MDH BAND

((from Million Dollar Hotel)

 

WALK TO THE WATER 

(from Joshua Tree (bonus disc)

 

ELVIS ATE AMERICA - PASSENGERS

(from Original Soundtracks 1)


HOLINESS IS NOT A SHERIFF'S BADGE TO POLICE THE WORLD BUT...

Stocki U2 Pop

Our faith should be held confidently… but carried gently.

It does not take too much for us to allow our faith to make us arrogant, like James and John, as recorded at the end of Luke chapter 9:54-55…

“When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?” But Jesus turned and rebuked them”.

The Samaritans were not welcoming Jesus. James and John wanted vengeance. It wouldn’t take us long, if we closed our eyes, to think of those who we would love to bring a little judgement down on.

That was not the Jesus way. Jesus entire incarnation was a lesson in carrying faith gently. This is the Gospel of Manger, Donkey and Cross. This is a God of humility and grace. Yes, he turned over a few tables in the Temple but in general…

We follow Jesus in holding our faith confidently… but carrying it gently.

Holiness has nothing to do with us feeding our own self righteousness and everything to do with feeding the world with shalom.

For too many decades planked eyed pietism has led us down a heretical path towards arrogant judgementalism. Tragically faith was worn like a sheriff’s badge and believers strutted, policing the world and many innocents had their souls damaged forever by being hurled into cells of exclusion.

The holiness of God is centred on the characteristics of love and grace. That is what makes him 'separate' - holy. When Isaiah is in the Temple and meets the holiness of God face to face he assumes that he is ruined. However, Isaiah discovers that before he can do anything to altar his predicament, God’s holiness kicks in and God moves towards him in grace and atoning forgiveness.

Holiness is not about what we achieve religiously within ourselves. Holiness is revealed in our self sacrificial giving to others, to neighbours, to enemies and to the marginalised in our society. Following Jesus is always worked out in relationships with others.

As Luke 9 rolls into Luke 10 we find Jesus sending his disciples out to do what? To wear their holiness like a badge and condemn. No. They go to feed the world with shalom. Everywhere they go they are to bring shalom. That shalom is the love of God moving across the earth, bringing the encroaching Kingdom Of God to everybody in every place.

As my friend Justin Zoradi described it in his book Made For These Times, It’s like “gigantic heavenly wheels rotating all over the earth. They roll around scrubbing up the darkness. mowing down injustice, and building up shaky structures of redemption and renewal.” 

That is the return on holiness’s investment…. Hold it confidently and carry it gently!

 

God, give us a confidence in you

But give us grace to keep us from arrogance

God, give us a strength of conviction

But let us share it humbly

God may we believe courageously

But help us carry it gently

Lord, may we go forward with vision

But help us to be careful that we do not abuse your grace to feed our own self righteousness

But use your grace to feed the world’s deepest needs.

AMEN


SONGS OF AMERICA - STOCKI'S JULY 4 PLAYLIST

American headphones

On this American Independence Day... let me take you on a romantic journey across the country's vastness... celebrating its wonder... and prophetically critiquing its failings...

 

AMERICANA - RAY DAVIES

(from Americana)

 

LONE STAR - ROMANTICA

(from Shadowlands)

 

TUPELO - JASON ISBELL & THE 400 UNIT

(from The Nashville Sound)

 

TUSCON TRAIN - BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

(from Western Stars)

 

AMERICAN TUNE - SHAWN COLVIN

(from Uncovered)

 

INDIANA - CHRIS WILSON & THE HERESY

(from Downfall EP)

 

WELCOME HOME - OVER THE RHINE

(from a single))

 

CALIFORNIA - DREW HOLCOMB & THE NEIGHBOURS

(from Souvenir)

 

TIME SPENT IN LA - DAWES

(from Nothing Is Wrong)

 

LOS ANGELES - LUKE SITAL-SINGH

(from A Golden State)

 

GRACELAND - CHRIS MARTIN

(from BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge 2017

 

NEW YORK MORNING - ELBOW

(The Take Off And Landing Of Everything)

 

MONA LISAS AND MAD HATTERS - THE KILLERS

(from Revamp; The Songs Of Elton John and Bernie Taupin)

 

SING ME A SONG - COWBOY JUNKIES

(from All That Reckoning)

 

AMERICAN SOUL - U2

(from Songs Of Experience)

 

LAND OF THE FREE - THE KILLERS

(single)

 

AMERiCAN LANDFILL - SAM PHILLIPS

(from World Of Sticks)

 

BIRMINGHAM SUNDAY - RHIANNON GIDDENS

(from Freedom Highway)

 

CHANGE - MAVIS STAPLES

(from We Get By)

 

GLORY (from The Motion Picture ‘Selma”) COMMON & JOHN LEGEND

(from the single) 


STOCKI'S FAVOURITE RECORDS OF 2019... SO FAR

OTR Love

Here are my favourite ten records of 2019 so far... 

 

10. JOSH RITTER - FEVER BREAKS 

read my review here

 

9. FOY VANCE - FROM MUSCLE SHOALS

review to come

 

8. MARTYN JOSEPH - HERE COME THE YOUNG

read my review here

 

7. ANTHONY TONER - OUR LADY OF THE WIND AND RAIN

read my review here

 

6. PATTY GRIFFIN - PATTY GRIFFIN

review to come

 

5. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - WESTERN STARS

read my review here

 

4. RUNABAY - BETWEEN THE LINES

read my review here

 

3. THE HEAD AND THE HEART - LIVING MIRAGE

read my review here

 

2. LUKE SITAL-SINGH - A GOLDEN STATE

read my review here

 

1. OVER THE RHINE - LOVE AND REVELATION

read my review here


COULD MY MOTHER-IN-LAW AND GREAT UNCLE BE TO BLAME FOR MY LOVE FOR AFRICA?

Stockies and Ednar

Next week I will be heading to Uganda for the fifth summer in a row. I have already written two blogs about how this partnership with a school in Arua was formed, first from my side of the connection and another about where it all began in Uganda.

I often wonder if this journey for Janice, myself and our daughters began a long time earlier. Could it be that I have a mother-in-law and a great uncle that I barely remember, and who died when I was in my early teens, to blame for this deep love for East Africa.

It was in my first trip to Uganda in 2015 that I considered their holy crime. I looked around at my wife and daughters and realised that Africa is where they come alive. My mother-in-law, Anne Gordon, who passed away in 2009, came into my mind. She loved Africa, though to be fair, it was the countries further south that she had visited and prayed for. Along with my father-in-law Bryan they headed up the Irish department of Africa Evangelical Fellowship which later submerged into SIM. 

I think Anne would like to have spent more time than she did in Africa and I believe the prayed that Janice would have a love for the continent too. I couldn’t help but think she’d be pretty pleased that not only had her prayers covered her daughter but now her son-in-law was now drawn in and her granddaughters were smitten too! 

My Dad’s Uncle Tommy never moved far from Ahoghill and Galgorm, just outside Ballymena. From what I am told he was a prayer warrior and one time when he was ill the missionary Helen Roseveare told him was the most prayed for white man in the Congo because the Congo knew of wee Tommy’s prayers. It struck me one afternoon in our Primary School in Onaileku that I was less than ten miles form the Congo border. Tommy would be pretty pleased too!

Perhaps the prayers of those who go before us mark our trail. Whatever, I will be remembering these two saints in our lives as I walk around that school playground in Onialeku, perhaps our family's favourite couple of acres in the world. 


RYAN VAIL & ELMA ORKESTRA - BORDERS Live AT THE MAC 28.6.19

Borders

Though I admire Ryan Vail I probably wouldn’t have been at this concert had it not been for my friend Chris not being able to go and donating his tickets to Janice and I. Thank you sir. We were front row, centre and in the Mac that is pretty much on the stage! 

Our friend Jude spotted us at the interval. Just back for a holiday from the States, where she now lives, she said she didn’t know what to expect. I kind of agreed. As she left she said, “It might be magical.”

Described as genre warping I have enjoyed Ryan Vail’s work, his Sea Legs EP with songwriter Ciaran Lavery and his For Very Silence album. I didn’t think I knew Elma Orkestra but discovered that he is genre warping too. 

Elma Orkestra is one man. His name is Eoin O'Callaghan and I had already reviewed him under another pseudonym, Best Boy Grip, when I was impressed how he held his own between Stephen Bishop and Iain Archer in an In The Round event at the Empire. Not that I realised that until after the gig.

Well, here are the genre warpers together. What are they attempting to do? Well, tonight they were playing their new record Borders. Vail explained that it was abut the land between Derry and Muff! The place where Vail and O’Callaghan live and create. 

Of course in these borderland days between the UK being in Brexit and not being in Brexit, borders have become a hot topic. Though that gives this work an added poignancy the actual focus of the music here are the rivers and hills and roads and bridges of the border and the beaches and ocean of Donegal.

On one side of the stage Ryan Vail was throwing out pumping beats that actually would have been more at home, that same night, in the vastness of Glastonbury. On the other side the Elma Orkestra is carefully caressing out ambient organ and piano sounds. The mix is that blend of variety and a little tension that characterise most borders.

At the outset Vail suggests that the lighting will be such that you will not see them on the stage and adds that that is how it should be. Instead, we are focused on the cinema screen behind them where images take us over those rivers and beaches and oceans. O’Callaghan tell us he has been making drones for a long time. This filming seems to be the artistic final product.

It is indeed magical in sound and vision. To perhaps break the ambient instrumentals we have two guests who add even more to the richness of the night and record. Máire (Moya) Brennan brings that distinctive haunting Donegal voice to Colours. It sounds utterly beautiful in front of images of forests and trees.

Moya

Stephen James Smith is a different vocal attack. That deep Dublin brogue is a God given gift to a poet of such earthy gutsy power. Smith adds a new word-take on his most famous work My Ireland. Renamed, for this context, My Island it certainly shifts the focus from the greenery and the waves.

 

My Ireland oh my

You are Omagh!

Danny Boy in Loftus Road

Good Friday, Bloody Sunday

An island in Trouble in shock

Caught in the crosshairs of a Glock

SJSmith

 

Though Borders is not primarily about Brexit, it is political. Seamus Mallon lent his voice and they confessed that even if politicians didn’t agree to loan their voices, they used them anyway; Arlene is in there!

Back to Stephen James Smith’s words:

 

This is the community of borders where broader issues are at stake

This community has been feared

They've been to hell

 

The boys spoke of Borders being meant to be an uplifting piece. Oh it was honest about the way borders divide and contain and reduce freedoms but it was beautiful in its feel of the richness of life that happens in communities even if they stagger a contentious border. 

It was an inspiration… a celebration… and did I say… magical! 


STOCKI'S CANADA DAY PLAYLIST 2019

Canada Headphones

A wee Playlist for Canada Day...

 

COWBOY JUNKIES - SING ME A SONG

(from All That Reckoning)

 

BRUCE COCKBURN - STATES I’M IN 

(from Bone On Bone)

 

STEPHEN FEARING - BLOWHARD NATION

(from Every Soul’s A Sailor

 

ARCADE FIRE - EVERYTHING NOW

(from Everything Now)

 

JONI MITCHELL - SHINE

(from Shine)

 

GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS - ALONE BUT NOT ALONE

(from The Wave, The. Wake)

 

DEEP DARK WOODS - DRIFTING ON A SUMMER’S NIGHT

(from Yarrow)

 

RON SEXSMITH - MIRACLES

(from Long Player Late Bloomer)

 

NEIL YOUNG - POCAHONTAS

(from Hitchhiker)

 

BARENAKED LADIES -CANADA DRY

(from Fake Nudes)

 

BLUE RODEO - ROSE COLORED GLASSES

(from Live At Massey Hall)

 

BLACKIE & THE RODEO KINGS - LIVE BY THE SONG

(from Kings and Kings)

 

JAN ARDEN - COME DOWN THE RIVER WITH ME

(from These Are The Days)

 

JIM CUDDY - CONSTELLATIONS

(from Constellation)

 

HOLLY COLE - YOUR MIND IS ON VACATION

(from Holly)

 

DIANA KRALL - SWAY

(from Turn Up The Quiet)

 

MICHAEL BUBLE - A SONG FOR YOU

(from buble Original Soundtrack from His NBC TV Special)