Ricky Skaggs, Sharon White, Ry Cooder 

The other night I was at a Ricky Skaggs/Ry Cooder/White Family gig east of the Blue Ridge in Charlottesville, VA. The vibe was religious revival, the songs a mix of Gospel, folk, bluegrass -- and Grand Ole Opry, especially when the Whites jumped in with their heart searing harmonies.

The sold-out audience was ready to climb right in when Cooder belted out "Take Me In Your Lifeboat." And for the duration of the song, at least, I thought I'd died and gone where this great music magician will sing us all beyond that raging storm into Glory Land.

But when they got into "You Must Unload," an old Blind Alfred Reed anthem, the evening got personal.
It was a pointedly angry song for "now," Sharon White said, for our gross-income-disparity times, as Bernie Sanders calls for a Revolution:

You fashion loving Christians, you'll surely be denied,
You're robbing God of treasure when you feed yourselves with pride...

Cooder spat out the chorus to the One Percenters in the affluent C'ville audience, doing this stabbing twist of his left leg to the beat as his face grimaced the words:

If you want to get to heaven, your future uphold, 
You must, you must unLOAD!

I felt suddenly virtuous, in synch with the times and ready for heaven. Though hardly a One Percenter, I had just done my part for the cause. I'd unloaded, radically downsizing earlier this month from a 4-bathroom, 5-bedroom, 3-level, 2+-acre house to a baby townhouse so small it almost qualifies as a Tiny House.

Everything is there because I love it, must have it and need it. The rest of the stuff has gone to Habitat or Goodwill. Living on less. The unloading process was cathartic. I even sold half my books. What's left pops, looks fresh and brand-new.

Like a piece of writing with the words that are not absolutely necessary cut ruthlessly out. I'm a writer and I'd just edited my own life.

Instant Gratification: "It's not about the tiny house, it's about the life you're going to lead in it." Lindsay Abrams

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