another cultural gem this weekend in Wake Forest

downtown Wake Forest

I’ve been wondering about what is it that makes small-venue music events so great? I’ve decided it’s the intimacy, the accessibility, the closeness to the kind of greatness most people only experience via a recording played on some electronic device.

It’s live music that is even more “live” than a concert in a big arena because even there the sound is thrown at you from a distance through amplification and in a sense the performance is essentially second-hand by the time it reaches the ear.

But here, in Wake Forest’s Magnolia Roots Music Longue, there is an immediacy akin to the artist sitting in my living room because it’s the music and us and the stories and the emotion of it and there is nothing in the way and nothing to do but be a part of it – together – and it works because it’s as present and real as live music gets.

1-IMG_2997Of course, it helps that Rod Abernethy is so darned good, a true troubadour who lays his life out in pure songwriting and some of the best acoustic guitar I have heard.

As I have my moments as a fairly good guitar player myself I can appreciate what Abernethy achieves, and all I can say is that it’s nothing I can even vaguely imagine happening when I pick up my acoustic Ovation.

So enjoy these photos – and consider checking out the musical offerings available here in Wake Forest via the Listening Room initiative.

Special thanks to host Mike Allen for making events like this happen – DEREK

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Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at, and there’s always something new in the works.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.

Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.

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