My heart is suddenly heavy upon the news that Tammy Faye Messner died Friday ending her long battle with cancer. For some reasons fully beyond explanation I have always been very fond of her. I have childhood memories of the televangelist years of Jimmy Swaggart and Jim & Tammy Faye Bakker, but I am most familiar with her in later years. While I have no respect for televangelists or Christian empires, I have always had the greatest respect for Tammy Faye. I suppose mostly for what she has endured and done so with much grace. She was full of light and joy that did not seem to rest on cliches and stardom. I found her most endearing on Jay’s documentary series “One Punk Under God,” where her relationship with him was so inspiring. I feel for him and the entire family on losing such a sweet spirit. Goodbye, Tammy Faye. You’re a sweetheart.
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Have I ever mentioned I love the Sundance Channel? I’ve often found a few shows over the years that peaked my interest, but I started watching more regularly when “One Punk Under God” was on featuring Jay Bakker, the son of Jim & Tammy Faye. I discovered this morning that the past episodes can be watched online now. How cool is that? I thoroughly enjoyed this show because I can relate so much more to where Jay is and the issues he’s wrestling with.
I found “Live from Abbey Road” last week, which is freakin’ awesome. Thanks to my DVR I’ve been able to keep up with more of my favorite shows lately. I pressed play last night to see Amos Lee singing “Truth,” “Keep It Loose, Keep It Tight,” and “Black River.” I’m not sure, but I may have been drooling. That is a fine wine for the ears. Wow! They also had a cool jazz performance by Randy Crawford and Joe Sample. I am a music nut, and this show knows how to exploit my weaknesses.
The newest show I found on Sundance is “John Safron vs. God,” which is “an irreverent eight-part personal investigation into religions around the world.” Safron has apparently made a name for himself in Austrailia known best for “prankish documentaries.” Anyway, I watched it for the first time last night. I thought it was really funny. It’s far more satirical than anything else. I wouldn’t go looking for theological revelation here, but it gives an outside perspective on the religious.
If you haven’t seen Sundance yet, check it out. Comment on your favorites!