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Some thoughts on the new holiday music

I often find it hard to listen to new Christmas music right around the October release date each year.  But now that Christmas has arrived, my thoughts are flowing.  I wasn’t too excited for yet another Point of Grace or Amy Grant Christmas music disc.  Isn’t there enough of those floating around?  Annie Moses Band released another one this year.  But isn’t this their second or third one?  It’s no surprise that Casting Crowns joined in on the bandwagon this year.  (Shall we take a bet as to how long it will be before they r

"Wow, what was that?"

"Who is this?" was the first thing that came through my head upon hearing a few short seconds of music after getting into my car and turning on my XM Radio.  In just a small amount of time, I heard notes and instruments put together in such a way that led me to say, "This is amazing!"  I eagerly awaited more information to display on my screen.  (Yes, I am often spoiled by my satellite radio that indicates the band and song title.) 

The Best Yet - not a beautiful letdown

I am always skeptical about "Best of" albums these days.  Years ago, I loved these compilations because it would save me from making one of my own.  But with the advent of the mp3 player, anyone has the ability to make a playlist of favorite songs.  So when I first heard of the November 4, 2008 release of Switchfoot's The Best Yet, I rolled my eyes.  "Here we go again.  Another record label squeezing out the most of a band just after said band departs from said record label."  Tim Foreman, bassist for the band, posted this comment on the Switchfoot message boards upon

Music Builds day one: Dallas Texas

All and all were just another brick in the wall…

The Music Builds Tour has rolled across America laying the foundation & building awareness for Habit for Humanity.  I joined the “tour” with a handful of my favorite people, the Third Day Gomers for what we dubbed the “Texas Trio.”

They say everything’s bigger in Texas.  Not sure if that’s entirely true, but having seen the MBT in Nashville in April I can yesly tell you that Texas was a rocking set of shows.

Music Builds Comparison - Day 2

PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ (September 13, 2008)

[img_assist|nid=801|title=Jars of Clay|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=233|height=175]When I arrived at the venue, I could hear the sound of Red wafting over the hill.  They had just hit the stage.  Yet the parking lot was still quite empty.  And the folks outside did not seem to want to rush inside to catch the short set.  In fact, many folks were having a tailgate party.  I felt like screaming out, “Hey everyone!  Go inside and see Red!  It’s worth it!”