What better band out there to represent our town and state than Mount Moriah? I fell in love with this band’s creative output on first listen. An honorable friend gifted me, Mount Moriah’s first Merge Media release, Miracle Temple. The perfect accompaniment for a slow drive to the beach cd if ever there was one.

Those merry few who caught the cut short, back to back, rained out concerts at Sarah Duke Gardens outdoor music series this past summer may remember this great track, Calavander. A brilliant resonant reference to the Carteret County line in this song conjures up so many joyful beach visits for the Durham Cool team.

Mount Moriah (band), Durham Merge Records recording artist, homecoming performance at Cat’s Cradle was too short for me (1.5 hours) but bursting with brilliance and Southern rock energy. The band was fighting through tour bus influenza. If this Durham, NC band is new to you watch the video below to get a taste of how great this original Merge record artist sounds. Heather McEntire, lead singer/songwriter is a potent creative force. Presence and Source, divine force.


I found this video on Vimeo

OS Sessions: Mount Moriah | “Calavander” from Our State Magazine on Vimeo.


A great video, familiar Durham NC setting for an incredible song.   The line “a mouthful of bees could not stop me from whispering “I don’t know you”.  Quite the rhyming sequence. Consider for just a shut down moment, the prospect of a mouthful of stirring bees.  Next,  If stars could sing about the permanent things, they would sing, “It was damaged but it was something”.




This song hits your primal core and resonates down the spine of astral memory.
Miracle Temple Holiness
Mount Moriah
Miracle Temple
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Mount Moriah – Miracle Temple Holiness – Luna Sessions @Pickathon 2016 S01E11


Special thanks to The Oregon Film Office.

Producer: Ryan Stiles
Executive Producer: Zale Schoenborn
Associate Producer: Terry Groves, John MacArthur
Assistant Producer: Stephanie Manzo
Line Producer: Seth Chandler
Production Manager: Alisha Flaumenbaum, Josh Madera
Associate Distribution Producer: Ned Failing, Shawna Burke, David Gluck
Legal: Vincent Sliwoski, Harris Moure, PLLC
Editor: Ryan Stiles
Camera: Thomas Lyons
Audio Recording Engineer: Brian Bovenizer
Channels Mix Engineer: Jason Powers
Production Assistant: Peter Rodocker
Intro Sound Design: Josh Derry

Mount Moriah – Calvander – 2/8/2016 – Paste Studios, New York, NY

This stripped-down duo version is worthy of your attention. The lyric, vocal Viking performance, solid guitar chord strum, between the stocked shelves of Paste Studio tapes.

Swannanoa is a shamanically hypnotic song. Must be the drum line but could also be the first line, “Writing a novella spelled it Swannanoa”, “daughter of a doctor” … This is my favorite selection from Miracle Temple as it triggers the urge to throw off my best James Morrison snakeline shamanic shuffle. Let me know if you feel the same.

Mount Moriah
Miracle Temple
Eureka Springs


Blessed O Blessed,
Look at all those pretty dresses
We’re in the glass chapel with all of the doves,
Crying into the napkins.

Take a Seven & Seven ,
Hand me one more until it’s lifted.
We waded into the healing spring,
But nothing happened.

Are you hardened?
Can you pardon the very hand
That draws a line into the sand?

Those hard mark-making women,
They will take all they are given.
The orange sun slipped into the ridge.
And all was silent.

Lights out at Crescent,
Let me head back on to Memphis.
J-23, BROTHER promise me
My name is up next.

Are you hardened?
Can you pardon the very hand
That draws a line into the sand?