This week I’ve been jammin’ out my daily chores to The Avett Brothers’ new album, Magpie and the Dandelion. I discovered The Avett Brothers while living as a North Carolinian, reading Our State and Garden & Gun magazines, working at absorbing every ounce of this culture I now call home.
I’ve often wondered what magic it is that makes the South a breeding ground for rich, soulful, music…rich, soulful art, for that matter. Is it her slower pace which begs contemplation and rumination? Her slaving past with the sorrowful cries turned gospel praise? Her hundreds of front porches made for small gatherings of music men and women pickin’ strings while sippin’ sweet tea (or moonshine)? Appalachian haze, coastal reeds, humidity and bein’ washed in the blood of Jesus… As a straight-laced, good Lutheran, Midwesterner I’m not sure I’ll ever fully understand how the South grows such deep and wide artistic talent. I am just thankful to live amongst it now and pray every day some of its beauty will rub off on me.
So, in honor of The Avett Brothers’ new release—and because I appreciate the launch of new artistic endeavors, since I, too, hope someday to launch artistic endeavors—I thought I’d share with you one of my favorite Avett Brothers’ songs. It is from one of their earlier albums, Emotionalism; I’m still trying to decide which of Magpie and the Dandelion’s songs is my favorite for sharing (probably more than one). I wonder how many of you, my loyal readers, would crinkle your noses funny at most of The Avett Brothers’ odd blend of bluegrass, sometimes screeching rock, and quirky lyrics. But, I have no doubt that ALL of you will find the eternal beautiful significance in “The Ballad of Love and Hate.”
Just a note: The YouTube video is only the lyrics with music. I looked a long time for a decent video, but could only find amateur attempts, slide shows or live performances I found more distracting than enjoyable.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.1 Corinthians 13: 4-7