Updike at Easter: Seven Voices on ‘Seven Stanzas’ (2019 Edition)

SEVEN VOICES ON 'SEVEN STANZAS AT EASTER': The 2019 edition of our regular Easter feature, spotlighting a septet of opinions--not all affirmative--on Updike's famous poem
by David McGee
 

 
 

Updike & Easter

JOHN UPDIKE's 1960 poem 'Seven Stanzas at Easter' is easily the best known of all Easter verse. In this Easter special, we trace the poem's origins and offer seven perspectives on the intent and meaning of 'Seven Stanzas'
by David McGee
 

 

 

News & Notes – January 2013

In NEWS & NOTES: Gospel stalwarts unite on single to benefit MY SANDY HOOD FUND; 'CHINA BEACH' finally set for DVD release; BLAKE SHELTON consigned to Dunce's Corner, as RAY PRICE speaks out against ignorance; two SERENA MATTHE...
by David McGee
 

 
 

Serena Matthews Does ‘Moon River’

Deep Roots fave SERENA MATTHEWS kicked off the new year by sending us her distinctive take on Johnny Mercer's classic 'Moon River,' a beautiful version that brooks favorable comparison to Audrey Hepburn's original. You heard i...
by David McGee
 

 

 

Remembering ‘The Undefeated Champion,’ Herman Johnson

In a Deep Roots exclusive, MARK O'CONNOR offers a warm reminiscence of one of his fiddling mentors, HERMAN JOHNSON, who passed away on Jan. 20 at age 94.
by David McGee
 

 
 

Video Moment for the Ages

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, back home in NJ, August 20, 1978. 'Badlands." Rock 'n' roll at its apex. No further explanation necessary.
by David McGee
 

 

 

Factoid: Casablanca Is 70

On November 26, 1942, Warner Bros. premiered its new Michael Curtiz-directed film Casablanca, starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Hans Conreid. In 'Casablanca is 70," we reveal some fascinating factoids and falsehoods ...
by David McGee
 

 
 

‘Her Death is Akin To a Library Burning Down’

Remembering REGINA RESNIK, whose death on August 8 was, says FRED PLOTKIN, 'akin to a library burning to the ground.' A personal reminiscence of an amazing life ensues.
by David McGee
 

 

 

George Beverly Shea, 104, Crosses Over

GEORGE BEVERLY SHEA, one of the great and most influential voices in gospel history, who sang live before some 220 million people, died on April 16, in Montreat, NC. He was 104 years old.
by David McGee
 

 
 

Updike on Easter (2018 Edition)

The Deep Roots Easter tradition continues with the 2018 edition of "Updike on Easter: Seven Voices on 'Seven Stanzas," being a septet of opinions on the import of Updike's powerful poem.
by David McGee
 

 

 

Alicia Olatuja: Inauguration Day Heat

Unheralded in a lineup of superstars, ALICIA OLATUJA became the big news of the 2013 Presidential Inauguration ceermonies with her rousing solo on 'Battle Hymn of the Republic' while singing with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir. ...
by David McGee
 

 
 

‘It is past time we wipe this stain of violence from our land’

REALITY CHECK--RFK on gun violence; Pete Seeger, 'Where Have All the Flowers Gone,' President Barack Obama on the Newtown school shootings
by David McGee