Ritland Daily Ramble #11

Pope Francis, the religious and secular in America, a surprise musical collaboration, John Candy with a beard.

Quote of the day
Human rights are not only violated by terrorism, repression or assassination, but also by unfair economic structures that creates huge inequalities.
– Pope Francis

Voice of Dissent: R.R. Reno on Pope Francis and Culture
The Catholic Church disagrees with contemporary culture in many fundamental ways. Is Pope Francis helping the situation? Is America a religious nation or a secular one? How should religious and secular people move forward? I delve into these questions on my second reflection on this R.R. Reno piece.

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Surprise collaboration
It is being reported that Jack White and Neil Young have recorded an album of covers together that will hopefully be released soon. Songs include Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind” and one of my favorite ‘60s folk songs, Phil Ochs’ “Changes.”

I love that guys like Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, and Paul McCartney keep working on their craft instead of just resting on their past accomplishments. They don’t just re-hash their old sound, either, instead collaborating with people to keep their music fresh. Young is teaming with White, Springsteen with Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello on his new High Hopes album, and McCartney with several noted contemporary pop producers on his last record New.

It’s too bad that people are largely ignoring what they’re doing. Listeners of new music don’t have time for the past and listeners of old music just want to hear the songs they’re used to. Both are ruts worth avoiding.

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Picture of the day


John Candy looks fucking sweet in a beard. That is all.

Erik Ritland is a journalist and musician from St. Paul, Minnesota. He is a contributor for Minnesota culture blog Curious North and writes frequent Daily Rambles. Ramblin’ On catalogs his writings on culture, music (including his own projects), sports, religion, and many other topics. You can reach him via email here.

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About Erik Ritland

Erik Ritland is a journalist (http://www.ramblingon.net) and musician (http://www.erikritland.com) from Minnesota. Rambling On, his blog and podcast, has been releasing seriously fun content about sports, music, culture, and more since 2012. He has written and recorded almost 10 albums of unique rock n' roll/alternative rock/Americana since 2002.

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