Quantcast
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Jesus, don't fail me now!

The esoteric pick of the week is a light ditty about the pure blood of Jesus Christ

Gavin Bryars
Gavin Bryars
Video:

Gavin Bryars Feat. Tom Waits - Jesus Blood Never Failed Me Yet (Long version)

For the esoteric pick of the week we’re going with Gavin Bryars and his epic 1993 remastering of his 1975 composition Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet.

When I first heard Jesus' Blood it was as an employee at Tower Records. There was a promo version of it, so I put it on late one night in the store. The few shoppers still in the store thought it sucked. They bought their Stone Temple Pilots CD and got the hell out.

Jesus’ Blood became our closer CD at the Sports Arena Tower Records. We’d put it on about a quarter to midnight (closing time) and wait for people to complain about how repetitive it was, buy their stuff and leave. It was beautiful.

We never got past about 20 minutes into the CD but one night I realized that the music wasn’t repetitive. I took the CD home, put "the cans" on, and laid down on the living room floor. I listened to the entire 73 minutes and had a profound musical experience.

The piece is based on a recording of a street tramp singing a tune about Jesus’ blood. Bryars had taken the recording and put it on a loop and then added accompaniment to it.

The music which accompanies the tramp is almost always changing in its instrumentation. The original version was limited to the length of a side on an LP.

For the 1993 version, the format was CD and Bryars expanded the length of the music by almost three times and added Tom Waits to sing a duet with the tramp.

The idea of Jesus’ blood never failing might not make sense to everyone. I feel as though this piece of music exceeds the confines of Christianity if we just frame it up a little. Jesus’ blood represents someone who has made a sacrifice for you without expecting anything in return.

This is an event which has almost never happened to any of us. When has anyone ever made a sacrifice for you without saying that you “owe them one”? The other idiom associated with this is someone taking the fall for you but making sure you learn your lesson and never put them in that position again.

It is the sacrifice without any strings attached which makes the story of Jesus so appealing. You might think I’m crazy because Christianity is full of “strings attached.”

However, Jesus doesn’t come back from the dead and say, “You guys owe me, now do what I said to do.” It’s just not there. Yes, Christianity is full of all kinds of manipulation but the one thing about it that can be said to be pure is the idea of Jesus' blood.

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

The Harrison G. Otis House: a Tudor Revival residence

Much of the craftsmanship and styling cues of the era remain
Next Article

The optional surcharge of Trust Restaurant Group

A dollar oyster happy hour and four percent living wage fee
Gavin Bryars
Gavin Bryars
Video:

Gavin Bryars Feat. Tom Waits - Jesus Blood Never Failed Me Yet (Long version)

For the esoteric pick of the week we’re going with Gavin Bryars and his epic 1993 remastering of his 1975 composition Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet.

When I first heard Jesus' Blood it was as an employee at Tower Records. There was a promo version of it, so I put it on late one night in the store. The few shoppers still in the store thought it sucked. They bought their Stone Temple Pilots CD and got the hell out.

Jesus’ Blood became our closer CD at the Sports Arena Tower Records. We’d put it on about a quarter to midnight (closing time) and wait for people to complain about how repetitive it was, buy their stuff and leave. It was beautiful.

We never got past about 20 minutes into the CD but one night I realized that the music wasn’t repetitive. I took the CD home, put "the cans" on, and laid down on the living room floor. I listened to the entire 73 minutes and had a profound musical experience.

The piece is based on a recording of a street tramp singing a tune about Jesus’ blood. Bryars had taken the recording and put it on a loop and then added accompaniment to it.

The music which accompanies the tramp is almost always changing in its instrumentation. The original version was limited to the length of a side on an LP.

For the 1993 version, the format was CD and Bryars expanded the length of the music by almost three times and added Tom Waits to sing a duet with the tramp.

The idea of Jesus’ blood never failing might not make sense to everyone. I feel as though this piece of music exceeds the confines of Christianity if we just frame it up a little. Jesus’ blood represents someone who has made a sacrifice for you without expecting anything in return.

This is an event which has almost never happened to any of us. When has anyone ever made a sacrifice for you without saying that you “owe them one”? The other idiom associated with this is someone taking the fall for you but making sure you learn your lesson and never put them in that position again.

It is the sacrifice without any strings attached which makes the story of Jesus so appealing. You might think I’m crazy because Christianity is full of “strings attached.”

However, Jesus doesn’t come back from the dead and say, “You guys owe me, now do what I said to do.” It’s just not there. Yes, Christianity is full of all kinds of manipulation but the one thing about it that can be said to be pure is the idea of Jesus' blood.

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

Mark Dresser’s musicianship cuts through it all

Long-time UCSD professor’s telematics trials
Next Article

Encinitas, not a neighborhood but a kingdom

Bicyclists, roundabouts, low-income-housing, Swami's, who was Yogananda, sea bluffs, condos raffled, Moonlight Beach,
Comments
0

Be the first to leave a comment.

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer News — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Set 'em Up Joe — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close