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Wednesday, April 05, 2006 : Cockburn hailed as the 'Bono of Canada'

Recently I spoke out a bit about Cockburn's music on the Faithmaps Yahoo group. I think he is one of Canada's greatest musical treasures, and this award should go to no other.


Blogger Brian the Mennonite said...

Amen. And if there are others who are in line to receive this award, I'm sure they would speak loudly of their having been influenced by Bruce's artistry.

1:59 PM

Blogger Sherri said...

Speaking of Bono, Darren...had you noticed that Bono is appearing at the Leadership Summit this year? Apparently Bill Hybels is interviewing him.

Here's a link...

1:10 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that Bruce tunes his guitar too much in concert...;)I have to say that I have seen both perform many times and Bruce doesn't bring the same sense of faith and spirituality that Bono does. I saw U2 perform on Good Friday a few years ago and I have never been to a better Good Friday Service. He had the entire place singing songs of praise to God and he got down on his knees and said of prayer of thankfulness and repentance...C'mon Bruce, show us what you got!
tracy from vancouver

12:58 AM

Blogger Brian the Mennonite said...

I've been thinking a lot about what Tracy from Vancouver wrote. I've had many different reactions to her words and wondered if something is being misunderstood. First of all, what makes the art of music so wonderful is that it is also a language. As we all know there are hundreds of languages in the world. The message of grace lends itself nicely to this diversity as it can be presented in an equal number of forms. Rather than saying "Lord there is none like you", Bruce chooses to sing, "All the diamonds in this world that mean anything to me, are conjoured up by wind and sonlight shining on the sea." Would this song fit into a church service at Hillsongs? Probably not. But it becomes a palatable message of grace to someone who would otherwise be doomed to be separated from the sustaining Christ.
Singing praises with Bono on our knees is a beautiful image and it evokes awesome emotions, and puts a wonderful smile on Christians. It is also equally awesome to have someone who has never stopped living for self, come to the realisation that he is not alone in his struggle with humanity and makes a step, even a very small one, towards God's grace.
So, Tracy (and Darren) all this to say that your words got me to think...and I'm glad for that. Glad in a Pollyanna sort of way. :)
And you're right, Bruce does tune his guitar a lot. I've wondered why he does that and I've concluded (I'm a guitar player, too) that he always has fresh strings on, so they need to be tuned often. He also uses alternate tunings often and so it needs to be "bang on" in order for it to sound correct. He's just being careful.

9:57 AM

Blogger Brian the Mennonite said...

You've been tagged...come and see.

2:50 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to say that I really like everything that Brian the Mennonite had to say. I am a huge fan of the poetic response to God and grace...don't get me wrong. I wish there was more poetry in the words of the songs that we sing in church and outside of it. I'm not an advocate of Hillsong by any stretch of the imagination...but sometimes in my heart of hearts I would just like to hear Bruce come right out and say it - just so that I don't have to argue with my hethen brother-in-law about whether Bruce is "gay (lovers in a dangerous time)and kinda new-agey". And maybe I'm just a bigger fan of Bono...
tracy from vancouver

2:35 PM


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