Archives For Advent

bensbutter

I have this rule when it comes to “reviews” of friends Albums that I have stuck to since I started blogging in 2006. It is simple DO NOT REVIEW A FRIENDS ALBUM.

Here is the exception to the rule… THIS CHRISTMAS EP from my friends Ben AbuSaada and Chris Olson and other people I don’t know but I will call friends by default.

Let me go track by track:

1. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen: Starts off with a dope slide guitar on a resonator. A nice acoustic comes in… Most likely a Breedlove because I know Ben and the holy spirit and God works best through a Breedlove. [UPDATE: the breedlove was Chris Olsons and I have been told it needed new strings which also concerns me because It seems that it may have been malicious and Chris was trying to give Ben tetanus. Possibly a conspiracy, but worth investigating.] All of a sudden out of nowhere comes this… well.. I’m not sure how best to say it… other than I am just baffled how God crammed such an amazing voice into a flannel wearing star wars geek!

The arrangement on this song is really great. It has a swamp blues feel in the middle is really cool. love the cajon on it.. if I can be honest though I would have loved to had heard the gtrs get nasty at the end with slide go all white stripes and DRUMS come in.. that would have put me over the edge..

2. No Other King: An original song… I may or may not have had this song ahead of time and then within about 40 seconds requested the chord chart. It is very hard to find a GOOD advent song and I love this track. We will be doing this at my church this year. Has a really cool St. Theresa/Joan Osborn Mando part in it that I just love! Lyrically for me the central theme of emanuel god with us and the juxtaposition of the cross is really nice… advent songs deal more with the coming of the king, longing, and are almost somber… This one achieves that and instead of focusing on “christmas theme” it takes advent and jumps to Atonement which I really love as a guy who loves liturgy. Fantastic lyrics From Chris Olson, Josh Canady, Ben York, Emily Sibala, and Taylor Sibala

3. The first Noel: A great version… the banjo is a great addition to the track. and I love the break into the chorus. I love the background vocals a TON at the last verse.. Its understated and has a folk feel, but the banjo is played like a bela fleck track which is super cool. I would love to hear what it would sound like with that banjo going like that, a stand up bass, no guitar and a violin.

Final Thoughts: It is clear the ben’s voice was born out of the fires of MORDOR. It is just so rich and has a perfect grit to it. It’s the kind of voice where I actually think “this guy believes what he is singing”. That is so refreshing! The musicality and arrangements of the band are top notch and the production is really professional. This is the Christmas EP to own. They are my friends, but you know I’m not blowing smoke because I broke a personal blog rule!

GO GRAB IT NOW!!! ITS FREE, BUT LEAVE THEM A “YOU ARE AWESOME TIP” 

Disclaimer: I was not paid for this review financially or with any star wars figures. However if anybody does want to bribe me with either of those options I can be swayed.

First week of Advent

December 1, 2008 — 4 Comments

As always this is part of the wonderful carnival of joy!

This weeks set was for the first week of advent so no gloria his week and candles in full effect.

Processional
Before the Throne Of God Above

Worship
Holy – Brenton Brown
Hungry – Kathryn Scott
Nothing Without You – Bebo Norman

Communion
Sweetly broken – Jeremy Riddle
You are Good – Kari Jobe

Recessional
O Taste and See – Brian and Jenn Johnson

St. Michaels Set List 12/23/07

December 23, 2007 — 1 Comment



Processional

Wonder of the Cross (Vicky Beeching)
How Deep the Father’s Love – D (Stuart Townend)

Gloria
We Praise Your Name – D (Klamperts )

Praise
Hark the Herald Angels Sing – D
More than Ever – D (Robbie Reider)
Above All Else – D (Vicky Beeching) vamp Steadfast Love

Gospel
Open the Eyes- E (Paul Baloche)

Offering
O Taste and See – A (Brian and Jenn Johnson)
Alpha and Omega – NC (Erasmus Mutanbira, newbreed/israel houghton) ALT SONG

Sanctus
Holy – C (Brenton Brown)

Mystery of Faith
Mystery of Faith 1 – Dm (Klampert)

Communion
Hungry – C (Kathryn Scott)
Famous One – A (Chris Tomlin)

Recessional
All We Need – E (Charlie Hall)
O Taste and See – A (Brian and Jenn Johnson) Alt Song



Processional

Wonder of the Cross (Vicky Beeching)
How Deep the Father’s Love – D (Stuart Townend)

Gloria
We Praise Your Name – D (Klamperts )

Praise
Hark the Herald Angels Sing – D
More than Ever – D (Robbie Reider)
Above All Else – D (Vicky Beeching) vamp Steadfast Love

Gospel
Open the Eyes- E (Paul Baloche)

Offering
O Taste and See – A (Brian and Jenn Johnson)

Sanctus
Holy – C (Brenton Brown)

Mystery of Faith
Mystery of Faith 1 – Dm (Klampert)

Communion
Hungry – C (Kathryn Scott)
Famous One – A (Chris Tomlin)

Recessional
Forever – E – (Chris Tomlin)

Worship Text-Fessional:
Wow what a crazy week…thanksgiving came and flew by. We had an awesome thanksgiving.
There are 5 churches in the area that the pastors have been meeting together for prayer every few weeks. One of the pastors is ours (my dad). The others are a non denom, Baptist, Evangelical Free, Charismatic Eucharistic Church (thats us), and A presbyterian. So one day they decided to have a Day before thanksgiving service at the Presbyterian Church and invite all 5 churches. Have any of you ever tried that? It almost never works. Nobody shows up and it’s awkward because the Charismatic guys are afraid of scaring the baptists etc etc. So we went with lousy expectations. I was asked to co lead worship and we didn’t know what to do. We decided on Open the eyes, Forever, and blessed be your name. The service opened with the churches trumpet player and huge pipe organ. Wow the hymns like that are sweet. Then 3 pastors preached then worship then hymn and 2 more pastors. Each one preached for 5 min. Let me tell you this service was the start of something huge…it was brilliant. The pastors preached that we are better together. IT’s obvious words but I think that maybe once in my Christian life I may see some pastors actual act on that.

Sunday service:
Good service this week. It’s the week before advent and it’s called Christ the king. We opened with Before the Throne of God which went ok but it my hands were not doing what my brain wanted.
Did a prayer and jumped into my new favorite song Say so. This is a killer song for just getting fired up for Christ…the rest of the Praise set was good as well ending in an original Hallelujah Love Song (written by me and Debbie Hanlon) As a matter of fact I just picked up a web cam. Horay for jumping on board 5 years late. lol. I still have to tweak the audio settings because I’ve got a little crackle, but here is me testing out the cam with that song. (expect much much more, so add me to your youtube watch list)
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMhPFxQJxZ8]
If you see any originals and want chords or anything let me know because I would love for other churches to be blessed by this stuff as well.
Before the sermon we did thats my King video…AWESOME!
Communion came and we did a few including my new slow fav. Nothing without you: Bebo Norman. If your not doing this one, you should.

All in all a good service, but for me that thanksgiving service was the highlight of the week.
Cya next time. Same bat channel