[img_assist|nid=297|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=167|height=250]For the last couple weeks I've been reading Body Piercing Saved My Life: Inside the Phenomenon of Christian Rock by Andrew Beaujon. A couple months ago I blogged about it, and thanks to a roommate and the Public Library, I got to give it a read.
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Happy 2007 music fans! I, like many other writers for this site, have been swamped with end-of-year travel and work in the "real world."Â One of my many (too many?) resolutions for the new year, however, is to provide inReview.net with at least two or three news blurbs per week.
So, like our fearless leaders have mentioned recently, stay tuned to this web site as we grow right before your eyes in 2007.Â It will remind you a little bit of watching those sponge animals that start out small and you soak them in water and watch them grow.Â Or chia pets perhaps???Â
Last night I had a conversation about Christian Pop music with a friend. She was looking for something new for a sister who used to listen to Jump5 and other Christian Pop groups. I told her that I and most of the staff at inReview.net try not to cover the very poppy side of Christian music because we find it a bit clichÃ©d and boring. But it got me thinking.
Apologies for the lack of updates lately. Real life unfortunately gets in the way of what we really want to do here at inReview. I personally am still in college and entering exam season. The rest of our writers all have day jobs and limited time and energy.
Here's a bit of a teaser, however. Our Features Editor, Kim Flanders has been working on a year-end ditty that includes content from a number of big-name music folks and journalists.
I am what many consider a huge fan of Switchfoot. And to be clear, I did not join the bandwagon when The Beautiful Letdown was released in 2003. I have enjoyed the surfer dude's music from the very first time I saw them live in 1997. Friends first began to describe me as a fan about the time I first talked with the guys at length in 2000. And if you ask the likes of Katers, Sharon, JohnnyUps, or gotswitchfoot?
For those who do not know, The Elms are from the town of Seymour, IN. According to Wikipedia, their town is about the same size as the town I grew up in. However, it looks like it's a little further out in the middle of nowhere (Hastings, MN, where I grew up, is close to the Minneapolis/St. Paul area). Being from the heart of southern Indiana, the guys in The Elms have decided to become the voice of the common man in the small town America.
This great new article by Bryan Coley has a great point: today "Christian" content is almost synonymous with "safe" content.Â And with Hollywood taking more interest in marketing to Christians, this could be a bad thing.Â Here's the heart of his point:
Last weekend I got to attend the opening of the Red Bull: Art of the Can exhibition. It was definitely an interesting event. Plus, I got to have a couple cans of Red Bull for free! I'd never had Red Bull before, but I'd mostly say it tastes like a SweetTarts soda.
Those who know me of course know that delirious? is my favorite band of all time. And, most of them know that I haven't been as impressed with delirious? for a couple years. Here's the story.