Life happens at The Crossing - an update.tpt-90px

Hello. Just want to update you all. Apologies are in order for January as I am having formatting/computer problems with the January edition of The Crossing. So, please stay tuned. I will try to get it posted as soon as possible. Or, I may just make one BIG January/February edition. Don't worry we won't miss a thing!

Meanwhile, The Crossing on Facebook is going strong, if I may say so myself, with postings/concert performances this month of the Avett Brothers, Safetysuit, Delta Spirit, Wilco, Bruce Springsteen, Plain White T's, Craig Finn, Kathleen Edwards, St. Vincent, Gaslight Anthem, the Joy Formidable, Deer Tick, Jack's Mannequin, Chris Cornell, Augustana, Snow Patrol, Nanci Griffith, Blind Pilot, the Tune-Yards, Young the Giant, Cage the Elephant, Ryan Adams, Guided by Voices, and a little Van Halen thrown in for good measure. Also posted movie trailers for Dark Knight Rises, Prometheus and The Hobbit. So, if any or all of that sounds good to you, head on over to The Crossing on Facebook. Be glad to have as many knowledgable music fans aboard as possible.

Also, The Crossing for December is still posted below. Please stay tuned in the days ahead and we will get this party rolling again for 2012.



Chock full of compelling reasons why YOU should like the Crossing on Facebook.


Hello once again. Welcome back. Sorry about the delay, but with the hustle and bustle of the season who can get anything done? You know how it goes...

Last month The Crossing made its debut on Facebook. Let me tell you a little something about that. It’s basically a way to set some music and visuals to the month’s proceedings. So far, I’ve posted songs/videos/musical performances by Big Country/Will Hoge/Mutemath/Bill Mallonee/June Tabor & the Oysterband (interview)/Needtobreathe/The Badlees (Xmas song)/She & Him (Xmas song)/Bob Seger and Bruce Springsteen/Ryan Adams/Queensryche (interview)/The Black Keys/Coldplay/Shelby Lynne/Switchfoot/U2 (Xmas song)/Greg Lake (Xmas song)/Noel Gallagher/Adele/Kathleen Edwards/Wild Flag and many more to come. If that sounds good to you, please join up. I’ll also post some cool movie-related news from time to time. It’s supposed to be fun and a way to keep up on current goings-on in music and actually hear some of the songs and see some of the artists perform. The rough guideline is whatever comes out from month to month. Hope to see you there. Just look for The Crossing (New Music and Movie Release List) on Facebook.

Recently released and not mentioned in last edition:

* Bill Mallonee - ‘Wonderland’ EP
* The Jelly Jam - Shall We Descend
* Metallica - Beyond Magnetic EP
* Rik Emmett - Recovery Room 9 (covers.)
* The Outfield - Replay


+ The Smurfs


* The Black Keys - El Camino
* The Fall - Ersatz
* Nightwish - Imaginaerum (import.)
* Nils Lofgren - Old School
* The Maine - Pioneer
* The Roots - Undun
* Amy Winehouse - Lioness: Hidden Treasures
* Korn - The Path of Totality
* Gary Numan - Dead Son Rising
* The Dead Milkmen - The King in Yellow
* The Grip Weeds - Under the Influence of Christmas
* Little River Band - A Little River Band Christmas
+ 2011 World Series 'Collector's Edition' (8 DVD’s including all 7 complete games.)
+ The Cure - Bestival Live 2011 (2 CD’s/DVD.)
+ The Love We Make (Documentary by Paul McCartney.)
+ Cowboys & Aliens
+ The Debt
+ The Help
+ The Hangover, Part II
+ Mr. Popper’s Penguins


* The Lower 48 - Where all Maps End
* Strangeways - Age of Reason
* Sixx A.M. - Acoustic EP
* We Bought a Zoo (Soundtrack by Jonsi of Sigur Ros.)
+ Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (Documentary.)
+ Kung Fu Panda 2
+ Rise of the Planet of the Apes
+ Fright Night
+ Tanner Hall
+ Circumstance


* Radiohead - Two new songs
* Kevin Hearn - Cloud Maintenance (Keyboardist of Barenaked Ladies.)
+ Midnight in Paris
+ Colombiana
+ Mysteries of Lisbon
+ Straw Dogs
+ Warrior
+ Margin Call
+ Glee
+ Dolphin Tale


 + Apollo 18
+ Final Destination 5
+ Love Crime
+ The First Grader


* Guided by Voices - Let’s Go Eat the Factory
+ Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - Live 2005
+ Chris Isaak - Live 2005
+ Cage the Elephant - Live from the Vic in Chicago
+ The Scorpions - Live in 3D
+ The Last Lions (Documentary.)
+ Don’t be Afraid of the Dark
+ The Guard
+ Contagion
+ I Don’t Know how She does It
+ Shark Night


* Snow Patrol - Fallen Empires
* Safetysuit - These Times
* Van Morrison - Live on Air
+ Higher Ground
+ 1911
+ Moneyball
+ Killer Elite
+ What’s Your Number?


* Kathleen Edwards - Voyageur
* Ani Difranco - Whose Side Are You On?
* Old Monk - Birds of Belize
+ Mysteries of Lisbon
+ The Ides of March
+ Abduction


 * Craig Finn - Clear Heart, Full Eyes (Frontman of The Hold Steady.)
* Nada Surf - The Stars are Indifferent to Astronomy
* John K. Samson - Provincial
* Jay Farrar - ‘Woody Guthrie’ tribute
* Rodrigo y Gabriela - Area 52 (w/Cuban band.)
* Lacuna Coil - Dark Adrenaline
* Lamb of God - Resolution
* The Scorpions - Comeblack (covers and re-recordings.)
* The Doors - L.A. Woman (40th anniversary deluxe.)
* Genesis - From Genesis to Revelation (remastered.)
* Glen Campbell - Live in Japan
+ U2 - From the Sky Down (‘Achtung, Baby’ documentary.)
+ Queen - Days of Our Lives (documentary.)
+ Mozart’s Sister
+ Real Steel
+ 50/50
+ The Whistleblower


 * Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas
* Darrell Scott - Long Ride Home
* Fionn Regan - 100 Acres of Sycamore
* Ruthie Foster - Let it Burn
* Gretchen Peters - Hello Cruel World
* Mike Doughty - The Question Jar Show
* King Giant - Dismal Hollow
* Ringo Starr - Ringo 2012
* Seal - Soul 2
+ The Double
+ Dream House
+ Drive
+ The Big Year
+ In Time
+ The Thing
+ The Other F Word (Music Documentary.)


* Paul McCartney - My Valentine
* The Fray - Scars and Stories
* Ben Kweller - Go Fly a Kite
* Of Montreal - Paralytic Stalks
* The Lemonheads - Hotel Sessions
* Drunken Prayer - Into the Missionfield
* Goldfrapp - The Singles
* Twilight Sad - No One Can Ever Know
* Mark Lanegan - Blues Funeral
+ Anonymous


* The Cranberries - Roses
* Field Music - Plumb
* Eisley - ‘Deep Space’ EP
* Rosie Thomas - With Love
* Amos Lee - As the Crow Flies
* Tennis - Young and Old
* Mitch Ryder - The Promise


* Galactic - Carnivale Electricos
* Cursive - I Am Gemini
* Lambchop - Mr. M
* Mona - S/T
* Sinead O’Connor - How About I Be Me (and You Be You)


* School of Seven Bells - Ghostory
* Pat Green - Songs We Wish We’d Written
* UFO - Seven Deadly
* Michael Thompson Band - Future Past


“I’ve never seen you look like this
Without a reason
Another promise fallen through
Another season passes by you

In a big country dreams stay with you
Like a lover’s voice fires the mountainside
Stay alive

I never took the smile away
From anybody’s face
And that’s a desperate way to look
For someone who is still a child

I’m not expecting to grow flowers in the desert
But I can live and breathe
And see the sun in wintertime

So take that look out of here it doesn’t fit you
Because it’s happened doesn’t mean you’ve been discarded
Pull up your head off the floor and come up screaming
Cry out for everything you ever might have wanted
I thought that pain and truth were things that really mattered
But you can’t stay here with every single hope you had shattered.”

Stuart Adamson (Big Country), the song ‘In a Big Country’ from the album The Crossing released in 1983.


It all begins with a sound in your head, a disarray of word and music, an awareness of something coming to the surface. Small pieces occasionally break through but the whole is a mystery. Take the mood, the emotion, the passion for it and make it live. Focus it all, crystalize the essence of it, let it become a living thing, share it.

The music I felt wasn’t like the music I had grown up hearing, or rather, not like any one of them. It was all of them jumbled up and drawn into something I could understand as mine.

I found I could play this music and connect the guitar directly to my heart.

I found others who could make the same connection, who could see the music as well as play it.

The sound made pictures. It spread out wide landscapes. Great dramas were played out under its turbulent skies. There was romance and reality, truth and dare. People being people, no heroes just you and me, like it always is.

The music told stories, little stories. Lands were not conquered, treasure was left in the tombs, the magic was in the everyday. We learned how we are together and how we come apart. Life happens.

 Stuart Adamson

04/11/1958 - 12/16/2001

 From the liner notes for the 1996 remaster of The Crossing album.

 God Bless You, Stuart. Rest in Peace.


 Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 See you in 2012!

 Chris Barlow

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