Ragamuffin Ink’d

October 2, 2007 — 2 Comments

I just got watching the “godfather of worship confessionals” Carlos on LA Ink.I could not believe I had to wait to the end of the show to see his story. However even with the wait I was blown away with it. How many times have we seen a Christian profess their beliefs on tv and creative editing either deletes half of it or puts a wack twist on it. Not this time. Christ was mentioned and it could not have gone any better. Los rocks and it was a very cool tat as well.

Did you watch?

Here they are in Random order..

1. David Crowder * Band – Remedy ~ have you been under a rock…go buy it now!

2. Paul Baloche – Our God Saves ~ I’m still listening to my promo copy and I’ve gotta tell ya…this CD is brilliant.

3. Michael Neale – No Greater Audience ~ No surprise here…I still can’t stop listeing to this one. It is one of the top 5 worship CD’s I have ever heard.

4.  Shane & Shane – Pages ~ killer new CD and review is coming

5. Mark Heard – High Noon ~ a little old school, but if you haven’t heard him he is one of the best Christian song writers of all time.

So what is in your top 5 this week?

I know I said Fridays will be my review day, but since this is my blog…

David Crowder Band – Remedy

I have seen a ton of reviews on this CD now. Some Good..Some not. Mine came a little later then expected because I pre-ordered it. I did however get a nifty remedy totebag and stickers that you might not have. So all in all worth it.

One of the most talked things is..Good CD, but it’s not A collision. Well that is a justified statement, but one for me that needs a little tag at the end of it. None of crowders CD’s are the same. Thats what I love about them. Crowder keeps reinventing himself and breaking new ground. This CD does just that.

I think I am different from your standard Crowder-head in that My favorite CD is sunsets & sushi. So I might be coming at this with a different perspective. A collision was brilliant and one of the best they have done, but I think this CD deserves mucho kudos as well.

Lets go down the list.

.1 glory of it all – We heard it first on passion 07 and everyone of us drooled. A brilliant song with amazing songwriting. This song is the answer to the A collision epic style. This would be the anthem song.

.2 can you feel it – So Picture this. Joel is in a club and the lights are flashing…the bass is pounding. I just finished my diet coke and I am ready to shake my groove thang. Doh! I don’t dance. If I did though this would be my song. I love this one. I love the nintendo 8 bit sound. It brings me right back to sunsets & Sushi, but this is actually singable. They do some great stuff with the loops and effects here.

.3 everything glorious –  Heard it on Passion “Everything Glorious”. This is a great reworking of that song.They brought new life to an already killer tune.

.4 neverending – This might be my favorite track on this CD. More of the 8 bit sounds and great little key melody. The lyrics are brilliant. I would be all over this song for church if it wasn’t so full of the la, la, la in chorus. but for listening it is awesome.

.5 never let go – This is the “come and listen” of the CD. Never let go seems to be a trend in lyrics. I love the song and love the soft feel. This one however could have been better. In the end of the song there is this build up…It gets louder and louder…and then..ugh… let down. It was really hurting for this out of nowhere killer rocking guitar solo with heavy delay ala edge from U2. That made the song probably my least favorite on the CD. It has all the workings for an epic, but falls a little short

.6 o for a thousand tongues – A new hymn rework. Crowder is brilliant at these and he doesn’t let us down here. It has a great celtic guitar/synth riff that carries through the song. The added chorus is great and really adds to the song. I expect to do this one in my services.

.7 rain down – Heard this one on his first CD before they were even the David Crowder Band. I loved it then and I love it more now. What a way to revitalize this song. I cannot wait to teach this rocking worship song to my church.

.8 we won’t be quiet – A cool loud song with really sweet vocal effects. Not much to say about this one other than I like it.

.9 remedy – This song for my lyrically is the best. It is just perfect. talking about we are broken and abused and He is the remedy. This song needs to be listened to everyday.

.10 surely we can change – I like this song as well..great lyrics again. Crowder has a way with words. and keeps it simple, but this one doesnt blow me away.

Conclusion: The CD is not the epic type like A collision. It is like Illuminate and Sunsets mashed together. There is some electronic meets emo in it and I love the feel. The thing I was most excited about with getting this CD was it’s claims to have tons of singable worship. I think it fell short of that claim. However it did not fall short of being a really killer CD. Go buy it if you don’t already have it.

Great set this week.

This was a really cool service because in the middle of it we had a renewing of vows ceremony for an awesome couple in our church. This is a couple who not only got to renew their vows but got to dedicate their marriage to the King. Gotta love that!

So we opened this week with All creatures of Our God and King. This has to be one of my top 5 favorite hymns. I love it. We did it crowder style of course.
Then we had prayers and went into our gloria in a lower key to be a ble to transition better into the raucous Dancing Generation. This song gets the church pumped up and people hopping around. It is very cool to see people get into God like that.
After that we did some changes to the original list going into Friend of God and Holy God (doerksen). Holy God to me is one of the top worship songs out there. It comes from Doerksens last CD and it hits me every time.

Then You Amaze me by Michael Neale. Another top 5 for me. His stuff is brilliant and that song is so powerful.

I’ll skip the rest…and just say that the service was very worshipful and awesome because we were worshiping A God who puts together marriages and keeps them together.

Last song. My redeemer lives. I decided to funk it up a bit with bluesy 7th chords and my les paul with a bit of grit. The result…great fun.

Cya next week

Getting Organized

October 1, 2007 — 4 Comments

I know most of us have stuff we do on the blogs weekly…Im one of them.

So I thought I would organize myself to make sure I do those things weekly.

Here is the Line-up:

Monday: weekend recap on AC180, Worship confessional
Tuesday: Top 5 Cd’s for the week
Wednesday: What the? weird stuff and blogs to check out
Thursday: Music you should be listening to
Friday: Reviews
Saturday: Set List
Sunday: REST

of course this is just main topics…intermix that with all the other resources and thoughts I normally bring.

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