No one dropped in, waiting in despair 

In 2009, when I was working on my record, LOVE ME FOREVER, I wanted to conclude it with something that mattered musically and culturally at that moment. A new duo from England called The Ting Tings were getting a lot of radio play in the States and I was thrilled when I heard their record to discover that all of their songs were catchy and clever-not just the radio hits.

Their song, WE STARTED NOTHING was a personal favorite, especially in that is was rather humor-free and spoke of responsibility in…

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You call me up and treat me like a dog... 

Being a Christian and adhering to the old “Turn the other cheek” thing, and the “Love your enemies”, “Pray for those who spitefully use you” and “Give, give GIVE” stuff, sometimes it’s simply maddening to try to accommodate all of the requests upon our spiritual commitment and, quite simply, patience with idiots.

After the death of my son, many people contacted me with their woes and recent losses only to be stunned that I stated that I was not emotionally equipped to commiserate at that time. I received…

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So Many Nights I Sit By My Window 

As I see everyone posting on Facebook etc about gratitude I would first like to say that I’m grateful to all the wonderful people who have TRULY reached out to my family and me during this horrendous year of pain and confusion. You have made a world of difference and I hope I have let you all know individually. If not, write me private and allow me that privilege.

That having been said… I know far too many “Christians”  and “Christian Ministers” to not feel remiss if I failed to point out that Jesus said…

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Cross my heart but don't wanna die... 

In the past week, two actresses I admired past away. Both were in their mid-fifties and that took me aback some. I’m more than six months into my fiftieth year of life and, since I’ve had such a rough year, it’s not uncommon for me to think about my mortality almost daily.

What if I only have four years or so left? What do I want to do with my remaining time? What do I see when I reflect on the years that are behind me?

Two days ago marked my 32nd year walking with Jesus Christ. Of course it was a day of…

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There's A Man Goin 'Round Taking Names... 

Tonight I went to a monthly support group meeting for parents of dead children. I sat in a circle of grieving men and women and listened as they painfully recounted their loss and the baby steps they have taken to mend their lives. Like everyone else, I feigned as much hope as I could muster while feeling hopeless inside.

I lost my son six months ago and not a minute goes by that I am not thinking about him, feeling his presence or worrying that he is alright or not. Parenting doesn’t die until the parent…

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Draw your ear near... 

After a lifetime of being misunderstood I begin this blog by saying that I sadly expect to be misunderstood here.  So much so that I plan to ignore most (if not all) of the emails I will be receiving on this one. But a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do. And it is MY blog after all, no?

That being said, my experience with God may be better than the one you are having.

For the past 30+ years that I have known, loved, served, followed and represented for the Lord, I have never once doubted His identity as…

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Listen children to a story... 

I’m a wordsmith-a word addict, if you will. As a preacher I mention all the time that it was my obsession with words that drove my stage career and ultimately led up to my Biblical scholar status. Because of the “type” of music I’ve chosen to write for my records, people are always surprised when I mention my influences throughout the years.

Obviously I’ve listened to a LOT of David Bowie, Lou Reed, Queen, Sex Pistols, Rolling Stones etc. in my life. Patti Smith and Elvis Costello also were huge teachers…

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You want me so badly, can't have me, no more, no... 

It’s 9-11-12. Today, everyone in America is inspired to reflect upon a series of horrible events that happened eleven years ago. I posted on my Facebook a picture of Ronald Gamboa, Daniel Brandhorst and their 3-year-old son, David who died when United Flight 175 crashed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center.

To be honest I half expected a series of negative jabs at the fact that I chose a gay family to honor over police men and women, firefighters or a more traditional America couple/family that…

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Saw you on the street, you looked a little funny... 

So I had a lunch meeting today at a local burger place. When I pulled up and parked my car, a homeless guy, clearly younger than me, approached my window. I’m not one to give these guys money as there are so many of them in my area, I’m afraid of a SUDDENLY, LAST SUMMER feeding frenzy. Like everybody else, I rarely have cash on me these days-and certainly not change-and I’m all too aware at how many of these guys are merely hustlers.

After our exchange, which left me feeling guilty, helpless, and useless…

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Hark! The herald angels sing... 

My first memories of this song are from,  A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS. Linus has just rebuked the Peanuts gang and taught them the “true” meaning of Christmas. After their come-to-Jesus talk, the gang breaks out in happy chorus singing this wonderful, old, Christmas favorite.

As a Jewish kid I knew very little about the Christ story but had great fascination with the holiday programs surrounding Christmas: RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER, FROSTY THE SNOW MAN, and my personal favorite, THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY…

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