Pastor Thomas J. McKinnon, Jr.
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Monthly Message From the Study of Donegal Presbyterian Church
Here is my list of some music and books you might enjoy during the summer. Just released is “Before This World”, James Taylor’s first album of new songs in 13 years! I heard a couple of cuts on the Today Show last week and it’s not bad at all. One of the lyrics in “Today, Today, Today” is, “Somehow I haven’t died, and I feel the same inside”. Celtic flavor abounds!
I have mentioned before that everyone should have in their music collection, Ella Fitzgerald’s, “The Cole Porter Songbook, Volumes One and Two”. Ella recorded these albums in February, 1956, with the Buddy Bregman Orchestra. Buddy did all the arrangements and was the conductor. The band is fabulous! If you have time, watch the 2004 movie, “De-Lovely”, about the life of Cole Porter, portrayed with great intensity by Kevin Kline. Ashley Judd portrays Porter’s wife, Linda. Musicians in the movie are Alanis Morissette, Sheryl Crow, Elvis Costello, Diana Krall and Natalie Cole. Watch the movie with someone close to you.
“The Art of Racing in the Rain”, a novel by Garth Stein, 2008, is a marvelous work told from a lab-terrier mix, a dog named Enzo. Author Sara Gruen writes that “The Art of Racing in the Rain has everything: love, tragedy, redemption, danger, and most especially, the canine narrator, Enzo”. It has a very intriguing ending! Hang in there; you know what’s coming!
I hope to revisit, “Charlotte’s Web”, by E. B. White. I have an old copy, 1980. I think I’ve read it once but it was introduced to me, along with Mark Twain’s, “Huckleberry Finn”, by my fourth grade teacher, Mrs. King. She made those stories come alive and instilled a love of reading in at least one of her students!
“A Wolf Called Romeo”, by Nick Jans, who lives in Juneau, Alaska, is on my summer list. It is the “unlikely true story of a six-year friendship between a wild, oddly gentle black wolf and the people and dogs of Juneau, Alaska”. By the way, chapter 13 is called, “The Killers”.
One of my all-time favorite television series, “Justified”, 2010-2015, was inspired by the superb crime writer, Elmore Leonard. In the last show, U. S. Marshall Raylan Givens, hands a tattered copy of a book, “The Friends of Eddie Coyle”, to his former partner. It was a book that Raylan obviously enjoyed. Elmore Leonard said of this book, written by George V. Higgins in 1970, that it is “the best crime novel ever written – makes the Maltese Falcon read like Nancy Drew”. I will try to give it a good read.
Enjoy your summer; it will go all too quickly!