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Saint Francis Day

October 4, 2007 — Leave a comment

Saint Francis of Assisi 1181-1226

Prayer of St. Francis

Lord, make me an
instrument of Thy peace;
where there is hatred,
let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much
seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.
Amen.

Welcome to the first ever “music you should be listening to post”. This one is a doozy.

THE CHOIR: 1985-present

If you haven’t heard of them you may be aware of some of the projects they have worked on. Drummer and lead singer were both involved and creators of City on a Hill projects. They are also in the Lost dogs.

The choir is one of the greatest and long standing Christian bands of all time. They were huge back in the 80’s and they even to this day keep reinventing themselves. They are one of the most influential unsung heroes in christian rock. They have a U2 kinda feel and came out around the same time. Airy guitars with killer delay, amazing bass lines, a drummer that tells a story with his instrument, and a guy who plays a midi control woodwind. I have seen them in concert about 5 times and I consider them 1 of the top 2 bands of all time.
If you haven’t checked them out there are many CD’s to choose from and they are all amazing.

Here they are at cornerstone in 97..I saw them in 93 at cornerstone. Enjoy…Have you heard them?
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DISCOGRAPHY

Studio Albums

Live Albums

Compilations

They Are Back

October 3, 2007 — 4 Comments

2 of Christian music’s classic bands are back. (and by classic I mean…I loved them and they haven’t been in the forefront in forever) I hope you guys like them. It is a little different.

Danielson Family
one of my favorite bands of all time. This is a love or hate them kinda band and I honestly dont know anybody besides me who likes them so I hope you get converted. They have a very unique style. It actually is a family and they are all about Christ. the site. the blog.
Check out the new video below

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Soul Junk
Another killer band I was into in the early 90’s. They were kinda cutting edge experimental punk. They did some crazy stuff with text from bible in music. check i out below. The site.

Exodus 6

What the wednesday

October 2, 2007 — 11 Comments

This is a new weekly section. expect oddball stuff, killer resources, sweet blogs, interesting news. Let the fun begin.

  1. Jon over at Lifemusicministry has started a series on worship leading essentials
  2. UnChristian – new book just came out on monday. looks like a must read
  3. Phil Keaggy makes #25 most underrated guitarists. I personally would name him #2 behind Prince
  4. Mudpuppy announces name your own price on new radiohead CD.
  5. cool news…the worship master list available on this site (which i hope to have updated next week) has had 1700 views/downloads make sure you check out the updated version next week. It includes all the songs we are doing, the key, and what CD they are from
  6. Youversion – Beta is open. It is an online bible and community . Check out what it can do their blog.
  7. A late addition to this is something found in the liner notes of the new crowder CD…call it an easter egg…click here