Music Monday: Duke Ellington and the Important Things

Why would one of America's most prolific and esteemed composers write sacred music when he had achieved such acclaim with songs like "Prelude to a Kiss," "Mood Indigo." and "Take the 'A' Train?" What took him so long to decide to write sacred music? 

Duke understood there would be questions about why he was "taking the Cotton Club to church," and so prior to one of his sacred concerts he held a press conference. He told the reporters that writing this music was the "most important thing I have ever done." 

He continued: "Now I can say openly what I've been saying on my knees for 60 years."

Michael's Favorite Reads of the Week

Michael's favorite articles from the week of Dec. 15.

An Open Challenge: #DigitalCaroling

That's right, my friends. The time has come for #digitalcaroling.

Post your videos of Christmas songs--you could be singing or playing a Christmas song solo or with a group of friends. Pets are invited to #DigitalCaroling too! Be creative!

Share your videos with me online and post the link in the comments below, or share them with me on facebook or twitter (@MichaelRWear).

Billie Holiday and the Prodigal Son

          Have you ever strayed so far from God that you’re not sure you can ever make your way back? Have you worried that you’re so deep into the ocean God has forgotten about you? Do you feel that way now?