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Monday, March 26, 2007

No More "Waiting For a Miracle" in DC

It was a soul-stirring Friday night at the Washington National Cathedral- the inaugural show for the Musician's Project- a live music showcase that aims to bridge the gap between spiritual life and popular music. You couldn't ask for a better ambassador for that goal than Bruce Cockburn! I had a feeling the Cathedral's acoustics would provide the perfect chime for one of the fastest, most melodic guitar virtuosos of our time, but I had no idea how profound lyrics to songs like WONDERING WHERE THE LIONS ARE, DUST AND DIESEL and BEAUTIFUL CREATURES (off his new one, "Life Short, Call Now") would carry in the church. People were moved to tears during the latter. For a night, the Cathedral became the Church of social justice, peace and protection of all things precious. It just seemed being in this beautiful, historic setting in the Center of Power of the Western World and listening to a man who has, over his long career, become sort-of a musical journalist and champion for the Third World was the right juxtaposition. They announced the next show (though, it's still not "official" yet). Looks like Sheryl Crow will be the next to rock the church...on Earth Day! Stay tuned for details

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