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Maclin Horton
Fairhope, Alabama [email: my first name followed by a period followed by my last name at]
Victor Hugo said "50 is the youth of old age." Now it's 60, I think.
Interests: music, literature, film, politics., catholic spirituality and doctrine
Recent Activity
For some months now I've noticed that I take great satisfaction in reciting the creed. Or, I should say, one of the creeds: at Mass of course it's the Nicene, but in my personal prayers it's the Apostles'. It's a reaction to the times. The spirit of the age is... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Light On Dark Water
I don’t think it would matter what language Lucinda Williams was singing in, I think her voice would have the same effect on me regardless. I’ve never heard anything like it. It is hard to say with certainty because as I have been listening to this disc over and over... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Light On Dark Water
Haven't hadn't time to watch this yet but looks interesting.
A happy, peaceful, and blessed Easter to all who are celebrating it today. As John Donne says in his sonnet "Resurrection," "Salute the last and everlasting day." Moist with one drop of Thy blood, my dry soul Shall—though she now be in extreme degree Too stony hard, and yet too... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2017 at Light On Dark Water
(I hope this will be as close as we come to missing a week of this series. I don't have time to write anything much this week, and there's nothing else in the hopper, so this is going to consist in large part of quotes from reviewers.) If you like... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2017 at Light On Dark Water
One of the books I've been reading as background for the book I'm writing is Theodore Roszak's The Making of a Counter-culture. Roszak may have been the one who coined that term. If he didn't, he certainly contributed to its widespread use. The book came out in 1969 and I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2017 at Light On Dark Water
I don’t understand why so many people seem to think the 1980s were a bad period for music. To my taste it’s as good as any other decade, possibly better than, for instance, the one that followed it. I never did understand all the fuss about grunge. Ultravox’s Vienna was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at Light On Dark Water
My specifically Lenten reading this year is Frank Sheed's Theology for Beginners. I'm a little embarrassed to admit that, because I know several people who read this blog have advanced degrees in theology or have just in general read a great deal more of it than I have. I've picked... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2017 at Light On Dark Water
Classical recordings just don't fit into the performer-plus-album-title format. Bach's name rightly should be first here, but I put the performers first because this is about their specific recording of the St. Matthew Passion. Every year for the past four or five I've planned to listen to the St. Matthew... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2017 at Light On Dark Water
Some time ago, a year or maybe two, before I cut our cable TV service back to the minimum, a 1965 movie called The Loved One caught my eye in the Turner Classic Movies schedule. Was it Evelyn Waugh's Loved One? I wasn't aware that a movie had ever been... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2017 at Light On Dark Water
It is not often that music on the radio stops me in my tracks. I remember it happening when I was seven or eight years old, with Thin Lizzy’s “Whiskey in the Jar”, and twenty years after that, with “’t Smidje” from Laïs, the debut album of the trio Laïs... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at Light On Dark Water
The excitement of the week in Christian circles seems to be Rod Dreher's new book, The Benedict Option. If you haven't heard about it, its subtitle is A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation, and the Benedict of the title is St. Benedict. Here's a bit from the publisher's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2017 at Light On Dark Water
Although I’m only a mild fan of John Michael Talbot’s music, there are three of his albums that I place very high on my list of favorites. Two of them, The Painter and No Longer Strangers, were made with his brother Terry. The Painter was the first music I had... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2017 at Light On Dark Water
I finally made it through Paradise. I hate to put it that way, but that's more or less how it felt. Back in May of last year I was reading Dante and was most of the way through Purgatory when I needed to switch translations (there was a blog post... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at Light On Dark Water
What’s not to like about a band made up of three guitarists, bass, drums, a singer who doesn’t sing, and a classically-trained interpretive dancer? Bristol, England’s Blue Aeroplanes had put out several well-received independent albums in the 1980’s but it was their 1990 major label debut Swagger that gained them... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2017 at Light On Dark Water
I recall reading about The Undertaking by Thomas Lynch when it came out some years ago. I would have said, without checking, ten to fifteen years ago, but it was actually twenty. I remember reading some reviews at the time and thinking that it sounded interesting: essays by a poet... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2017 at Light On Dark Water
Time is short and here’s the damn thing about it You’re gonna die, gonna die for sure And you can learn to live with love or without it But there ain’t no cure The lyrics above are from the title track to John Hiatt’s very excellent 1988 release Slow Turning.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2017 at Light On Dark Water
In his review of SHEL, the group and the album, Robert Gotcher mentioned that their second album "is not nearly as good. They seem to have lost some of the innocence from the first album." I was reminded of this review, which I wrote ten years ago, of the first... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2017 at Light On Dark Water
This is not going to be an elaborate and insightful review of this album or Atkins. What can be said? He is the consummate musician, an amazing and versatile guitarist. He doesn’t pretend to be relevant or important or socially significant or insightful. He simply entertains by producing dazzling guitar.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2017 at Light On Dark Water
It was not long after Pope Francis was elected that I remarked to my wife that he seemed like someone who would be a wonderful parish priest, but I wasn't so sure that he would be good at running the Church. I've said it several times since, and it looks... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2017 at Light On Dark Water
There was a moment in the mid-1960s when the irreverent new sensibility of English pop music met traditional culture on friendly terms: detached and maybe a little critical, but affectionate. You can hear it in some of the Beatles’ work—“Penny Lane,” for instance. In some of The Who’s songs. In... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at Light On Dark Water
Yesterday, I started to write a comment on the Favorites of the Year thread saying that my problem with the thread was that every find that I had last year was a movie or book that I learned about on this blog, so everyone else already knew about them, and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2017 at Light On Dark Water
For most of my adult life, until I was getting near fifty or so, I spent a lot of time thinking about What Was Wrong with Society and what Society ought to be like. I tended to assume that Society was fundamentally messed up and therefore must be fundamentally changed.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2017 at Light On Dark Water
I used to be one of those people who thought the Beatles were the best musicians ever. I thought their compositions, arrangements, instrumentation, etc. were genius. My opinion of them has diminished considerably in the past few years. Now I find their music to be simplistic. McCartney is a great... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at Light On Dark Water
Please use the comments on this post to discuss your favorite books, music, movies, etc. of the year. This post won't be at the top of the blog for very long, but there's a link to it in the "Here" section of the sidebar. Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at Light On Dark Water