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Good Choice, iTunes

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Brooke Fraser

Do your ears and your spirit a favor and go to iTunes and drop the $6 they’re charging for Brooke Fraser‘s album, Albertine. After you do, listen to it immediately — you can come back and thank me later.  I’ll wait…

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Written by Andy

July 1, 2008 at 10:33 am

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“Jesus Messiah” Chords

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After a few fruitless searches by both myself and a friend, I’ve finally found a solid copy of the sheet music and chords to “Jesus Messiah” by Chris Tomlin.

Chris Tomlin - Jesus Messiah

“Jesus Messiah” Chords and Sheet Music

Written by Andy

June 27, 2008 at 12:49 pm

Object or Author

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Are we not missing the point when we praise the author more than we praise the Object of worship music?

For example, one of the most moving songs that I have heard in recent memory was released a week or two ago by Chris Tomlin — Jesus MessiahEMI, of course, put out a press release to go along with Tomlin’s latest hit.  However, reading over it today, the above thought struck me while reading the following quotes:

“Chris Tomlin strikes gold again in his beautiful ballad ‘Jesus Messiah.’ Chris seems unable to pen a bad or even mediocre song. It is simply always spectacular.” –Jon Rivers, music director KLOVE Radio Network

“Chris never disappoints. ‘Jesus Messiah’ is another example of his deep songs that are easy to sing and still keep the focus on the One who deserves the glory.” –Jim Beeler, music director, KSBJ-FM

“I knew Chris Tomlin’s new song, ‘Jesus Messiah’ was going to be an ‘add,’ but I’ve run out of superlatives. It surpassed all our expectations; wow!” –Scott Valentine, program director, KCMS-FM

“Tomlin does it again! It’s honest. It’s sincere. It connects. It’s worship not just for Sundays, but for life lived every day. It’s here, and will be for years to come!” –Chris Lemke, GM/PD WCSG-FM

“I am not sure how Chris keeps doing it, but once again we have a song that is going to be huge! This one is easily on the short list for song of the year already.” –Jeff Cruz, assistant program director, WPOZ-FM

I’m not sure that we “get it” with Tomlin’s work.  Reading the quotes above, it’s one for Chris and one for Christ and so-on.  To me, it’s almost like those who praised and followed Paul or Peter (or follow Driscoll or Piper to be more up-to-date) for their words instead of the true Author of those words.  Knowing that Tomlin is just an instrument and his work is merely the work of the Almighty could help keep us from creation worship and more focused on Creator worship.

My wonderful wife, she had to remind a bunch of teenagers of the same sort of thing when they were awe-struck by Louie Giglio’s appearance at Big Stuf Camp this week.  Her response to them?  “He’s just a pot of clay…”  The same goes for Tomlin and I’m convinced that both of them would tell you that with a strong affirmation.  So let us worship the Object of worship music (or amazing sermons, stories, etc.) and not the author(s).

May it be so it my life first and foremost.

Written by Andy

June 26, 2008 at 2:15 pm

Steven Curtis Chapman’s Daughter Killed

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Contemporary Christian singer and songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman’s youngest child died Wednesday evening after being struck by a car driven by her teenage brother in the driveway of the family’s Williamson County Tennessee home.

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Written by Andy

May 22, 2008 at 7:16 am

Overdressed: Under Appreciated?

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Overdressed

“Don’t blame the writer for the doubts in your head.
Don’t blame the preacher for the lovers in your bed.
When you find out that the world is round, everything is rearranged. You gotta hold up the mirror now and share in the blame.

“Don’t blame the president and don’t blame the king.
Don’t blame your history for what might have been.
We will be free where the grass is green and the lion is tame if we just hold up the mirror now and share in the blame.”

-Derek Webb and Danielle Young on “Share in the Blame” from Caedmon’s Call’s Overdressed

This weekend, I picked up my flyer from Family Christian Stores and found a couple of coupons that I thought I could put to good use. Especially since a couple of new CDs I wanted were on sale for the same price (or less) than I could buy them for on iTunes. So I went and picked up the latest from Wavorly and Caedmon’s Call. Caedmon’s Call is one of my all-time favorite bands and with the return of Derek Webb to their circle, I was reminded why as soon as I pushed play on Overdressed. Musically, lyrically, and spiritually speaking, this CD is simply amazing. My favorites: Expectations, Trouble, Share in the Blame, and There is a Reason.

Sadly, it seems (to me, at least) that this album is under appreciated. Complaints from there being too many members (instruments or voices?) to the suggestion that Derek Webb doesn’t fit in with the band anymore (perhaps due to his new Biblical socio-political focus?) have filled listeners’ reviews of this project. I wonder if these people even remember 1997’s self-titled album or 40 Acres and the sounds those albums gave us or even the words Derek had for us back then?

Either way, I’m thankful for a weekend sale, a coupon, and for a circular piece of plastic on which is contained some moving melodies and words that are sure to end up in the same category as the aforementioned projects from the years past.

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Overdressed: Buy @ iTunes or Amazon | Listen @ Napster

Written by Andy

October 1, 2007 at 9:24 am

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