22 Songs for Feb 22 (updated!)

1. State Houses By The River – The Eastern “I don’t remember the city does the city remember me” 2. Port In A Storm – Luckless “But I love this broken town though I always lose my way And though my heart is broken down I think I’ll leave today I’ll watch the lights on…

True community over ‘unity’

We do not, as Matthew 16:26 states, forfeit our souls by being true to ourselves, we forfeit them when we give up our truths for the sake of unity or “fitting in”.

Thoughts on the journey of coming out and the power of Melissa Etheridge

Coming out is a journey, not a moment. However there are particular moments in the journey that can mark particular turning points. One of these occurred three years ago this weekend, so I’ve been thinking a lot about it. January 23, 2016. Arrowtown, New Zealand. I’d been to the Gibbston Valley show featuring Melissa Etheridge,…

StreetsofColombo’s Best Of 2018

Despite the numerous times the world has seemed like a chaotic mess this year, 2018 has been good on the music front. To celebrate the many amazing albums released this year, here’s the StreetsofColombo Best Of. #1 Tami Neilson – Sassafrass Tami’s latest is a feminist, soul-filled, joyful yet angry beast of a record. Backed…

The complexity of being an “ungrateful” queer Anglican

Gratitude. Great word isn’t it? Great sentiment too. “The quality of being thankful,” the dictionary says. And yes, I have many things to be grateful for – my work, films, writing, reading, the time and energy to study and think about theology, plus my friends and whanau. But I’m also wary of the implication people…

A (slightly-belated) tribute to Great North

“Didn’t know we had to hold on ’til you let us go.” It’s been a year since the lyrics of Late Bus Home first launched into the stratosphere, announcing the first single off Great North’s then-upcoming fourth album. A song for a dear friend of many of my friends, the late Sam Prebble, who took…