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Sojourn Music: CD Review

March 17, 2008 — 2 Comments

It has been a long time coming. I have had this CD running for a few weeks now and every time I listen to it it blows me away.

The CD is called, Before the Throne, by Sojourn Music. So who are these guys. on their site it says

“New songs for worship, rich in Christian theology. Contemporary hymns, psalms, songs of lament and praise written by members of the Louisville, KY-based Sojourn Community.”

In a world of Hillsong United wannabes I have another description for this CD. Refreshing.

I didn’t know what to expect from this when they sent it to me. Every song is diverse, theologically sound and full of richness that I haven’t seen in a long time.

The style on the CD can only best be described as…Jazz, folk, rock, blues, soul, worship. Thats not even a joke. It is chock full of great songs for worship and they are surprisingly singable.

The music sometimes sounds like Nora Jones, then Vigilantes of Love, Tracy Chapman, Jennifer knapp, Caedmans Call, and throw in a little classic Christian Stonehill.

The songwriting on this is unparalleled and it doesn’t rely on raucous guitars to real you in.

The smooth and gripping sound from this CD will really pull you into a mindset of worship. This group is one amazing group and I can’t wait to hear the other CD’s they have to offer.

Go check them out and buy this one now.

5 out of 5 stars

PS…thanks bobby for sending me this brilliant work of art.

It seems I have been a little lacking in my posting so everybody who is reading you had better keep up today…expect a little catch up.

First on my list is the soulfest music festival. I went on Saturday with the wife and kids and we had a blast. first off it was wicked hot…and not only that but there were at least 1 billion people there. UGH. there were tons of cool bands there newboys, red, unspoken, tomlin, natalie grant, john rueben…etc….But I had my person goals….

The first show I went to was worshiptogethers NEWSONG Cafe. it featured Matt Maher, Chris Tomlin, and Charlie “freakin” Hall. Matt was the host and he talked to Tomlin about his song how can I keep from singing…and then they played it. It was in a room with maybe 250  people and it was like CD quality. Then Hall came out and tomlin gave him his guitar…hall complained that the strap was to low and Tomlin made fun of him for only knowing 4 chords. When he was done pokin’ fun hall pulled out a birthday card he found that sang when opened “how great is our go” to show to Tomlin…too funny…

So Hall sang Marvelous light and all we need…and WOW…amazing just killer…

Next up Matt Maher sang Your grace is enough, which he wrote, and that was brilliant as well.

After that we did some kid stuff playing, eating etc…

then we go to the main stage to see Hall with his band. HOLY CRAP he is good…I still think he should be as popular as tomlin and crowder…if not more…wow.

We saw a couple of little other bands and got ourselves the infamous fried twinkies…MMMM

and ended the night with Bill Malonee. Bill formerly of VOL is the christian Dylan. It was him, an acoustic and harmonica, and his wife on keys and bgv. Let me tell you I have seen him twice already and this guy keeps getting better. Why is Christian music best artists struggling to eat…arg… We had to leave because it was a 3 hour drive home and the kids were a little uh beat…but mmy dad stayed around to talk to him…he said he writes 50 songs a year and has been for 15 years. You do the math…

Killer festival…maybe some of my blog peeps can meet me there next year!

It’s been a while with my being out of town and uh….life…but make sure you let me know what your listening to right now.

1. Smashing Pumpkins –  Zeitgeist (welcome back Corgan…awesome CD and corgan does everything on it but the drums)

2. Tori Amos – Little Earthquakes (vintage coolness)

3. Brian Doerksen – Holy God (I keep coming back to this CD. the heart of the King is in this one)

4. PFR – Pray for Rain (What an awesome CD. these guys wrote some of the best christian music has ever had)

5. Brian and Jenn Johnson – We believe why are you reading this…get on itunes and buy this CD already)