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Here we go….woooooooo

1. Calvary Chapel Jupiter – I’m really liking this CD and trying to listen enough that this one becomes one I don’t need the lyrics for

2. Paul Baloche – God Saves (I got a hold of a pre-release…uh wow…its awesome…kinda how I felt with matt redmans last CD. It was not something I expected sound wise)

3. Michael Neale – No Greater Audience (yeah I know it’s been in my top for a month now….there is probably a good reason though.)

2. Black Crowes – Shake Your Money Maker (listening to some of my faves this week….this CD is brilliant)

1. Tori Amos – Under the Pink (nuff said…one of the best Cd’s of all time)

How bout you all…whats your top 5?

Calvary Chapel Jupiter Worship CD BUY NOW

Last week Jeff at Calvary Chapel Jupiter emailed me and asked if he could send me his new CD in exchange for a review. I said…duh..of course. It showed up and I got my first look at it. Not let me preface this. Along with being a worship leader I am also a graphic designer so I am very picky when it comes to crappy design. So this thing is in my hands and I look at the cover and go “WOW” finally a non signed artist actually put something together that looks good. I unwrap the plastic and it just as cool inside. It’s not in a plastic case, but in one of those cool double door cardoard cases with the CD in the middle. Super clean design which I love. Not mainstream and no clip art. Already I am intrigued.
Pop the sucker into my CD player and the first song hits me right away. Very foo fighters sounding. Great guitar riffs  and drive. Does it stop there? I dont think so. Great song writing and it doesnt get stuck in a typical style or lyrically.

Highlights:
Glorified: great song and uses the ebow which in my book takes it up 3 notches
Unchanging: great medium tempo song with a very singable lyric and melody. I WILL BE USING THIS SONG IN CHURCH
Marvelous: very matt redmon beautiful news sounding. great feel to this song. I love it
You Deserve it all: very modern sound also very reminiscent of the new redman style. I think this song is also a must do.
Worthy of the Call: wow…just wow..
of course there are more…honestly this CD is brilliant and very surprising.

Production
These guys did a great job with this. I really hate overly produced musi. you know the stuff that goes through a yuck filter. Well this CD is great because the production is top notch yet you still walk away feeling like these guys can actually achieve this in one of their services. The vocals stand out and Jeff has a great voice. The guitar sounds are modern but also have a real classic tube driven sound to them

Conclusion
This is a must buy CD. There are some great songs on here that any church can incorporate. I think a few of them I will have to lower the key a little, but these are more than church ready. right now my band is in a transition so I am running all acoustic and I still think I can pull off the rockier ones.
Great CD 4 out of 4 Stars

Thanks Jeff

God Songs: book review

July 16, 2007 — 5 Comments

God Songs: 4 out of 4 stars
Paul Baloche, Jimmy & Carol Owens

Length: 304 pages
Size: 6 1/2 x 9 inches
Format: Softcover
Available Date: November 2004
Published By: Lead Worship
ISBN: 1-933150-033AC

I am a huge fan of Paul Baloche. You can almost say that I seek to be just like him. His heart for worship is unparalleled and his song writing is fantastic. So when I found out he had a book available with Jimmy and Carol Owens (pioneers of Christian music and writers of antshillvania) I had to buy it.

What I got was a manual for not just worship writing but for songwwriting in general. It is full of information to help take a writers songs to a whole new level and goes through every process involved. From prayer and personal worship to thoughts, ideas and inspiration to words, rhyme, and structure to music, theory, and creativity.

I was blown away by how much they cover in this book and it has taught me to think differently about my songwriting.

This is a must read for any body in worship or writing worship.