From time to time I indulge in sharing music that many of you might not hear about in the main industry. Indie worship projects are as good or better than anything produced by major labels. Here is an example of a recent release. I have to say I love the […]
I have enjoyed being part of worship and music ministry in the local church since the days I used to develop Kodak Kodolith slides projected over a cyclorama curtain. The changing colors and the sharp, crisp slides were all in analog, including the spelling errors! The Saturday night ritual of developing in my darkroom-closet was quickly terminated upon the purchase of our church’s first digital projector. Then, the horrors of PowerPoint as applied to congregational singing commenced.
The twice Grammy-nominated Small Town Poets are a Georgia based alternative rock group. This is their second Christmas release and the quality and musicianship still shines on this their seventh studio recording. The blend of pop/rock hooks, original songs, and ancient Christmas carols offers a surprisingly cohesive project. Christmas Time Again is something that will not annoy the holiday cynic while delighting the biggest fans of Christmas.
A very well-produced track captures the stadium-filled praise from Time Warner Cable Arena this past August in Charlotte, North Carolina. Elevation Worship represents a thriving local mega-church that has heart for their community yet they surely have something in their worship expression that blesses the greater Body of Christ! This much anticipated project stands out amongst the growing number of modern worship releases for that very reason. You cannot deny the authenticity that something grown local brings. Thankfully, the exponential growth of their franchise has not watered down the passion from Elevation Worship’s earlier releases.
In our family of four there are more than four devices constantly engaged on WiFi at all times. There is an iPad, three smart phones, and four laptops that may be simultaneously logged into our home network and connected to the Internet. A teen friend may visit and bring at least two devices. Protecting my family from pornography content ranks high on the list, so when I had a chance to review a product that might address content filtering for my home I was happy to take it up.
Charlotte, North Carolina has a
local church producing a God-sized wake across the country with a
growth to over 9,000 members in less than six years. People are coming to Christ every week at Elevation Church and to see God’s hand on this church is exciting. Captured in this is their worship team’s musical offering “Nothing is Wasted” that is released today. I have to reveal that I met these guys and fell in love with their enthusiasm for God.
Chris Tomlin’s latest “Burning Lights” releases on January 8. It proves to sizzle in production, songwriting, and satisfies with seasoned delivery you expect from Tomlin and crew. Every track is well done.
Yes, you see the tacky decor already being sold at Walgreens in the seasonal aisle. But, if you want something without cheese and full of cheer, get the Smalltown Poets CHRISTMAS CD! It’s a non-monochromatic collection of traditional reworks and surprisingly tasty originals. A lot of Christmas CDs go too […]