Archive | February 2014

Archive: Ritland Daily Ramble #26

Quote of the day
I’ve been perfectly enamored it’s true
But perfect doesn’t matter with you
– Sean McPherson

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Summershine album
A couple weeks back I was downtown St. Paul to pick up a coffee for my brother. Since I had to waste $.75 on a meter I stopped by Eclipse Records. I went in just to browse and left with $50 worth of stuff, including the Cloak Ox LP that I reviewed a couple weeks back for Curious North and the new record from Twinkie Jiggles Broken Orchestra, Too Big to Fail.

I’ve dug Sean McPherson (also known as Twinkie Jiggles) and the band he’s bassist for, Heiruspecs, from the first time I saw them in 2003. He won my heart after the first time I heard him freestyle. Back then I was a music snob that thought rap was stupid. My friend Casey Carver introducing me to Heiruspecs was instrumental in opening my mind to how great it can be.

Too Big To Fail, McPherson’s debut album, is a lovely springtime album. It’s sunny, piano and horn-laden pop/rock is the perfect antidote for the long winter we’re in the midst of. Read my review for Curious North here.

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Picture of the day

clean

I found this while googling “pigs in the dirt being funny” (for no reason). There’s a context for this but it’s funnier without one.

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

Ritland Daily Ramble #25

Quote of the day
If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
– Jesus Christ

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969940_510713322310573_1445846187_n-1In our own image
Things Jesus Never Said is one of the funniest Christian memes. If you’re a far-left leaning Christian you may not think so, but even then you have to admit that they’re clever. This is one of my favorites.

From the beginning of Christianity people have had trouble accepting the message of Jesus. Gnostics, who believed that the material world is evil, couldn’t accept that God would become a man. So they changed that part of the message of Jesus, claiming that instead of a human he was actually something like a vampire. Jehovah’s Witnesses couldn’t accept teachings about the Trinity. Seventh Day Adventists, of Sunday being the day that Christian’s worshiped. And so on and so forth.

The most current form of this is dumbing down any message of Christianity that goes against cultural norms or popular political leanings. For these people faith is just one of many branches of their individual personality. I follow this or that political agenda, I’m a member of the YMCA, I like spaghetti…and I’m a Christian. Each aspect is simply what makes them who they are. It’s not the belief that’s important or has any sway over them, it’s how they fit the belief into what makes them who they are.

Worse than phony, this type of “Christianity” is destructive. If God is real, if Christianity is the truth, then faith and adherence to God’s revelations should be what guides everything that makes a person who they are. It should be what everything in a person’s life falls into place around. If something in Christianity doesn’t fit into a worldview then it’s the worldview that should be reconsidered, not Christianity that should be revised to fit into it.

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Picture of the day

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Another classic Things Jesus Never Said.

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.

Ritland Daily Ramble #24

Quote of the day
I myself have found a real rival in myself
– Jeff Tweedy

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Curious rambler
As many of you know I am a writer for Minnesota culture blog Curious North. I essentially do what I do here except a little more seriously and about exclusively local topics. I write about music and sports primarily but may branch out to religion if the opportunity presents itself.

Last Saturday Haley Anderson, the owner and operator of Curious North, and I had the opportunity to report on the 2014 Winter Carnival Beer Dabbler. In the article here you can get my thoughts on it. Warning: lots of beards.

In addition to the article this week also saw my podcast debut alongside Haley for the weekly Curious North podcast. Listen to it here. I never thought I’d believe this but I actually think I prefer – and am better at – talking about stuff than writing about it. Haley and I have great radio chemistry and I look forward to podcasting with her again hopefully soon.

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More from the curious rambler
I’ve been writing regularly for Curious North for about a month. If this whole Daily Ramble thing is too much for you to digest my better material is typically on there. Here’s a rundown of what I’ve had on there so far.

Dancing About Architecture
An esoteric reflection on the impossibility of using words to describe important things. Also about holiness.

The Cloak Ox – Shoot the Dog
Andrew Broder’s latest project, The Cloak Ox, is rooted in classic and alternative rock but also pushes boundaries. Learn more by reading my review.

Minnesota Vikings Report
My analysis of the Vikings’ 2013 season, a word about the head coaching search, and some suggestions for 2014.

Minnesota Wild Report
Some words on the 2014 Wild season.

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Picture of the day

me

Since this blog is all about me me me, why not a picture of my new haircut with some tires in the background?

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.