Pump It Up by Elvis Costello – Modern Song #2

The new book by Bob Dylan is The Philosophy of Modern Song – essays on 65 songs he admires. I’m gonna listen/revisit one a day, and today I am listening to Elvis Costello’s “Pump It Up”. Here’s the list from the Table of Contents and a playlist on Spotify if you’d like to play along- […]

Detroit City by Bobby Bare – Modern Song #1

New book by Bob Dyland is The Philosophy of Modern Song – essays on 65 songs he admires. The next 65 days I’m gonna listen/revisit one a day starting today with ‘Detroit City’ by Bobby Bare. Listening to ‘Detroit City’ reminds me that probably a quarter of all the country/Americana/folk songs ever written are about […]

The Ballad of Citizens at Last

I am inspired by stories about people who lived remarkable lives and overcame immense challenges to survive, thrive, and make the world a better place for the people around them. On previous albums, my co-writers and I have written songs about Cabeza de Vaca, Sam Houston, Lyndon Johnson, and now we have written a song […]

Learning The Role of a Minister of the Gospel

In the same letter of 1846 to his sister Lucy, Henry asks her, while in New York, to “get for me, of J.C. Riker Bookseller & Publisher ‘The Preacher’s Manual’. He sent me a prospectus of the work. It does not say in what part of N. York he is but this you can see […]

Henry Waring Latané Temple and Susan Jones

“They that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness, as the stars forever and ever.” – Daniel 12:3 Henry Waring Latané Temple was born in April 6, 1812 in Essex County, Virginia, the fourth child of John Temple and Mary “Polly” Latané. Essex County in […]

Letters from HWL Temple

Here is a letter he wrote in 1845: Loretto VaMay 28, [1845]Care ofMr. John Gray, Sr. Mrs. Mary TempleFredericksbg Edenetta Tues: EveningMy dear Mother I was sorry not to find you when I got back but waspleased that you had gone too. I doubt whether you needregret that you did not get to Convention tho: […]

Gold Standard

My friend Kelley Mickwee has released a brilliant recording of a song we wrote together called “Gold Standard.” We wrote it thinking about how if two people spend enough time together, they might wake up one day to find that they’re “an item” – a couple. And if the match looks good enough to the […]

Renée Rose Adélaïde Gentillot and Achilles Nivison Plunkett Jr

Achilles Nivison Plunkett Sr. was born in 1769 in Torbeck, Saint-Domingue (now a part of Haiti). His father Francois Plunkett was born in Killumod, Ireland and immigrated to Saint-Domingue. Saint-Domingue was a West Indian French colony from 1659 to 1804 on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola. At age 21, Achilles married Renée Rose Adélaïde Gentillot […]

Julia Sterling and John Barnitz Bond Sr, MD

John Barnitz Bond Sr, MD was the father of John Barnitz Bond Jr (who married Alice Plunkett). Arkansas Gazette, July 17, 1915: “One of the most picturesque figures in American pharmacy has passed away in the death of Dr. John B. Bond Sr., of Little Rock, Arkansas, at the age of seventy-eight. Dr. Bond was […]

Alice Plunkett and John Bond Jr

The children and grandchildren of John Bond Jr and Alice Plunkett: -4 Children: Lila Plunkett Bond, Julia (Judy) Katharine Bond, Josephine Bond, Richard Thompson (Tommy) Bond -10 Grandchildren: Lila Anne Matthews, Agnes Somers Matthews Virginia Reville Ledbetter, Joel Yowell Ledbetter Jr, Julia Plunkett Ledbetter Alice Plunkett Temple, Hal Crouch Temple, Helen Christine Temple, Thompson Bond […]