Michael Been, 1950-2010

Michael BeenToday's a sad day for fans of spiritually-loaded rock and roll. Michael Been passed away yesterday at 60 from a heart attack.For those unfamiliar with this band once called the closet thing America has to U2, give a listen to the anthemic benediction "Let the Day Begin":\"Let the Day Begin\"Here's a concert video from 1986's "Reconciled." \"I Still Believe\ (Great Design)".Cleaner audio, but no visuals at: \"I Still Believe\" audioHe once described his spiritual/musical journey as "the slow wearing-away of ignorance."Go ahead--crank up the volume, sing along, don't hesitate with the air guitar, and dance a little if you've got it. It's the best way to pay tribute to a rocker.

Lisa Fullam is professor of moral theology at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. She is the author of The Virtue of Humility: A Thomistic Apologetic (Edwin Mellen Press).

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