Pemptousia and OCN have entered a strategic partnership to bring Orthodoxy Worldwide. Greek philosophers from Ionia considered held that there were four elements or essences (ousies) in nature: earth, water, fire and air. Aristotle added ether to this foursome, which would make it the fifth (pempto) essence, pemptousia, or quintessence. The incarnation of God the Word found fertile ground in man’s proclivity to beauty, to goodness, to truth and to the eternal. Orthodoxy has not functioned as some religion or sect. It was not the movement of the human spirit towards God but the revelation of the true God, Jesus Christ, to man. A basic precept of Orthodoxy is that of the person – the personhood of God and of man. Orthodoxy is not a religious philosophy or way of thinking but revelation and life standing on the foundations of divine experience; it is the transcendence of the created and the intimacy of the Uncreated. Orthodox theology is drawn to genuine beauty; it is the theology of the One “fairer than the sons of men”. So in "Pemptousia", we just want to declare this "fifth essence", the divine beaut in our life. Please note, not all Pemptousia articles have bylines. If the author is known, he or she is listed in the article above.
Following the release of their new EP Blame-shifter, Jonathan Jackson + Enation will be hitting the road this summer; tour dates are listed below. Jackson, a five-time Daytime EMMY® Award-winning actor for his role in General Hospital, is also an Orthodox Christian. In an interview with Pemptousia in April of 2015, Jackson said, “…So, we are dependent on God walking in the room, so to speak, in order to make something of real value. And the prayer for me is for the music and the lyrics to create an atmosphere for some kind of healing to take place, some kind of awakening, yearning. So it’s not written just for people that are Christians, it’s for anybody. And I want the music and the lyrics to speak to people no matter where they are. The genre of the music that we’re playing is meant for the world and so, you know, we try to write lyrics that will draw people in but not preach to them, but inspire them, hopefully, and to guide them…to a place of goodness, of compassion and of love’.” Check out a show or listen to the EP and hear what Rolling Stone describes as music “(f)illed with electric guitars, chest-beating vocals and swirling synths…”
NEW YORK, NY (March 24, 2016) –
Jonathan Jackson + Enation have returned to the studio with Grammy nominated producer Greg Archilla (Matchbox 20, Collective Soul) to record Blame-shifter, their new EP they’ll self –release on their own label, Hilasterion Records (distributed through Sony RED) on May 13, 2016. Jonathan, on break from filming his hit TV show, recorded five new songs for the band’s EP plus a cover of “Unchained Melody” recorded live at The Grand Ole Opry. The new songs will also be a part of their next full length album which will be announced later this year.
The past two years have been a whirlwind for the band. They partnered with Loud & Proud Records to release Radio Cinematic, which Billboard Magazine called “…contemporary, anthemic rock — Jackson proudly wears the influence of U2, Peter Gabriel and Coldplay on his sleeve as influences — is certainly something different…” and Rolling Stone said is “Filled with electric guitars, chest-beating vocals and swirling synths…”
For this release, the band decided to be fully independent again so they can be more interactive with their fans. They created a PledgeMusic pre-order campaign to allow their fans to be a part of the making of Blame-shifter. Their fans will be the first to get the new EP as well as have access to exclusive experiences and items, which will only be available until April 5, including a variety of autographed merchandise options, a making of Blame-shifter documentary film, VIP meet & greet opportunities and even an executive producer credit on the album among other great selections that are still available.
“We’re so excited about our brand new music and the opportunity to hit the road and share it with our fans,” says the band. “We made a record that has its roots in the kind of alt rock and live energy we grew up with. Partnering with our fans through Pledgemusic has been invigorating and we can’t wait to play the new music on tour this summer!”
Jonathan Jackson is a five-time Daytime EMMY® Award-winning actor for his role in General Hospital, and currently stars as “Avery Barkley” in the ABC primetime drama Nashville. Jonathan is also known for his roles in film, including Deep End of the Ocean, Tuck Everlasting and Insomnia to name a few. Following Jonathan’s solo dates with his TV show, Jonathan Jackson + Enation will take their new songs on the road this spring and summer. Tour dates are listed below and more Jonathan Jackson + Enation dates will be announced soon.
Jonathan Jackson + Enation is Jonathan Jackson (vocals, guitar), Richard Lee Jackson (drums) and Daniel Sweatt (bass).
Blame-shifter Track Listing:
- “Let The Beauty Out”
- “Unchained Melody” (Live At The Grand Ole Opry)
Jonathan Jackson + Enation Tour Dates:
Saturday May 15th
The Wolf Den – Uncasville, CT
Thursday May 19th @ 8pm
The Hi-Fi – Indianapolis, IN
Friday May 20th @ 7:30pm
A and R Music Bar – Columbus, OH
Saturday May 21 @ 7:30pm
The Club at Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA
Saturday June 4th @8pm
Knuckleheads Saloon – Kansas City, MO
Friday June 10th
Venue – Huntsville, AL
Saturday June 11th @ 8:30pm
1884 Lounge – Memphis, TN
Friday June 17th
Vinyl – Atlanta, GA
Saturday June 18th @ 8pm
Neighborhood Theatre – Charlotte, NC
Jono in Dublin with Nashville Tour June 20.
Wednesday June 22nd
Dewey Beach, DE
Thursday June 23rd
Saturday June 25th
July 6 Greek Orthodox Conference
Speaking event, Book signing and Enation concert that evening.
Jonoman Publishing ASCAP
Jonathan Jackson 7/30/15
I sailed the ocean of my soul
I studied the waves
I flew across the great divide
I swallowed the flame
I nailed my ego to the wall
I took the blame
I’m on a distant shore
And my humanity is on the line
I’m falling through the cracks
And I don’t know what’s on the other side
I glimpsed the Great Humility
He took the blame
I studied the Saints I read their lives
They did the same
The whole is shifting like a drug
But there’s another way
The first time around we hid
Because the light was too much to bear
I’ve played my part with all
The pollution that’s in the air
To pray for the world is to shed blood
No amount of pain can kill your love
I hate the sins of my enemy
But I am the same
I will condemn myself again
I am to blame
I send out love to my enemies
I’ll take the blame
I send out love to my enemies
I’ll take the blame
I’m sorry world there’s so much noise
I am to blame
See also the compilation: Jonathan Jackson+Enation, “Basileia ton Ouranon”, a Pemptousia production.
About Pemptousia: Contemporary post-modern man does understand what man is. Through its presence in the internet world, Pemptousia, with its spirit of respect for beauty that characterizes it, wishes to contribute to the presentation of a better meaning of life for man, to the search for the ontological dimension of man, and to the awareness of the unfathomable mystery of man who is always in Christ in the process of becoming, of man who is in the image of divine beauty. And the beauty of man springs from the beauty of the Triune God. In the end, “beauty will save the world”. Learn More.
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