It’s been revealed that music great Jerry Lee Lewis was married on March 7th last, in a small ceremony in Natchez, Mississippi, to one Judith Ann Coghlan Brown. The groom is 76 years-old; the bride is 61. Traditionalist that he is, Jerry Lee has never given up on the institution of marriage. This is the seventh time he’s tied the knot. The media bottom-feeders are mostly focusing on the reported fact that Ms. Brown was once married to Jerry Lee’s cousin, Rusty. I’m not sure what we’re supposed to derive from that.
From a performance in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1981, the YouTube clip below features Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and Carl Perkins performing “I’ll Fly Away.”
Carl Perkins died in 1998. Johnny Cash in 2003. Elvis Presley, the fourth member of the famed “million dollar quartet,” passed away back in 1977. That’s the genesis of the title of a recent Jerry Lee Lewis album, namely Last Man Standing.As one of those latter-day albums of aging-stars-singing-duets-with-younger-stars goes, it’s not so bad at all. Continue reading Jerry Lee Lewis: Last man flying→
Mahalia Jackson singing the song Amazing Grace (post continued below video):
Her performance doesn’t really require comment. But I have been reflecting a bit on the song today.
The Gospel reading in many Christian churches this morning would have been from John, chapter 9, about a man, a beggar, blind from birth, who is given sight for the first time by Jesus. Some of the local Pharisees are both skeptical and critical of the event, as they are skeptical and critical of Jesus. They interrogate the man, who can claim to know very little about the person who healed him. They call on the man’s parents, to ensure that he really was blind from birth as he claims. Then they call the formerly blind man back again for more questions. As the ESV has it:
So for the second time they called the man who had been blind and said to him, “Give glory to God. We know that this man is a sinner.” He answered, “Whether he is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.”