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I was at a concert recently when during intermission, I heard someone exclaim, "Do you know how much money such and such a band is getting for this show?" I believe the number he claimed was thirty thousand dollars. I am keeping the name of the band out here because it does not really matter in this discussion. I desired to join in on the conversation, but instead I opted to express my thoughts here.
This past summer, I saw three "Christian" retailers close in the area not far from where I live that is sometimes called the Bible belt of Pennsylvania. Another small local chain near me was purchased by a bigger chain. And the closest store to my house cut the size of the store in half.
As I have said in the past, a lot of musc that passes through the desks at inReview is not what we believe fits into the music library of our readers. So when the "Songs 4 Ever" 10 CD music came our way recently, I exclaimed, "Perhaps this one would be a great Christmas gift for someone's mother!"
A lot of music passes by the desks at inReview.net. Unfortunately, not all of the music receives a review. Sometimes it is due to our current lack of writers. Sometimes we receive music that simply does not fit our site. Sometimes the music is not that good, and we choose not to review it. While the albums listed below did not get a full review on this site, perhaps this small preview might introduce you to music you may have not heard about before.
By now, you've no doubt heard from plenty of sources that you can download the new Radiohead album directly from Radiohead.com. The lads in Radiohead are allowing you to pay whatever you want to download the album, you just have to give them an e-mail address. You can even pay 0£ if you like, which I did. I've taken a listen and have liked it. Since I'm not that well-versed with Radiohead, I may even go out and buy a couple albums, now that I've been introduced. We'll see.
While Switchfoot and Relient K are finishing their second week of touring together again, I thought about a concert review I wrote back in 2001 on our old website, cMusicWeb. My diatribe was written before I found my niche in band interviews. And just prior to my submitting this for editing, the staff had decided not to focus on concert reviews any more. Somehow in all of that, my piece never got uploaded to the site. I decided to bring it out of the archives, and got a chuckle when I read it.
Almost since I first heard it, but especially over the last couple weeks, this song has been playing over and over in my head. It's such a simple but worshipful song that convicts me every time to want to surrender more of my life to Christ. Thanks, Relient K, for this great song:
from Five Score and Seven Years Ago
A week ago, I sat at a local eating establishment and they happened to be playing the local (Inspirational format) Christian station. As usual, I didn't know half the songs because I don't keep up with Mark Schultz, Selah, or Newsong. But that didn't bother me.
Somehow, though, the subject of Derek Webb, who recently has reunited with Caedmon's Call, came up. I ended up sitting through 5-10 minutes of my coworkers going over how much they hate him and his solo albums. And, honestly, I can't figure out why.