“Winnowing is more like a trip to the confessional…transparent & vulnerable without being sentimental. These songs have elements that are more like prayers & pleas for faith. They’re questionings and wrangling in the dark about the journey.” – Bill Mallonee Twenty years ago at a music festival in Southern Illinois I was drawn by the noise
That evening with the Lumineers, in the middle of their most popular song, the band abruptly — stopped playing. Lead singer Wesley Schultz stepped to the microphone and pleaded, “Be here with us now.” He said: “Please put your phones away; just be here with us now.” The band quickly returned to form and charged into the next verse, but no one seemed to actually put away their phone. The truth unveiled in our summer musical expeditions is simply that life happens in the moment.
It is still over a month before the official release of Holy Nomad: The Rugged Road to Joy. The final page proofs of the book are just now being sent off to the printer in time for September release. I’ve been very excited by some of the early (and very gracious) endorsements & reviews. I