Well i haven’t been keeping up with my music mondays, maybe i should change the name… “monthly music mondays” or something that helps me to feel better for only doing it not very often.
It was GMA week here in Nashville last week, always good / crazy times!
GMA = Gospel Music Association in case you were wondering.
My buddy Jeff is starting a little Christian news website :: GodBeat.com / check it out :: and he asked me to do some interviews so that he could post them on his website.
Here are the groups i got to interview
(in order of favorites :: I did 10 interviews)
#1. Dreampilots These guys were really rad! They come from Norway and have a real Christian U2 vibe going on. There music could be refined a bit i think but they’re pretty good. But more than anything they were awesome guys. Great attitudes and just a real sense of gratitude and authentic spirituality about them. I kinda wanted to hangout with these guys after the interview, they were just really cool. I really do wish them the best… SO go buy there CD and go to their concert when they tour over here in the fall!
#2. Stryper Of course stryper has to be high on my list! These guys are OLD but their 80′s hair metal rock is coming back in for sure, why not take advantage. Only Oz was able to make the interview and when i asked him if they were bringing back the yellow striped leather he took the question WAY to serious and surprised me with a yes! But corrected me, it’s not leather, it’s spandex. hmmm…
#3. After Edmund These guys were also really cool and i also really like their music. They were one of the few bands i had heard of before i interviewed them. These guys have lots of fun and put out quality tunes for sure! Check em out, they will be at all the major festivals this summer. They also have a newer album out that is worth the listen.
#4. Billy Buchanan
Billy was probably the funnest interview i did. Just a really chill, funny guy. And he told me i asked good questions. I like him!
#5. Jeff Chandler
Jeff was a really cool guy. He has 7, that’s right 7 kids. He’s a song writer and worship leader in the line of a Chris Tomlin. He has a album coming out in a couple months i think. Check it out.
#6. Carried Away
This was a group in the CCM, Point of Grace vibe. They were nice kids but not really my kind of tunes, good stuff none the less. They tour a lot and just added a male vocalist to their group recently. Really good kids and seemed to have really great hearts for the ministry they are doing.
Devyn is a 17 year old Christian Hanna Montana. I wanted to bring up the comparison in the interview but i didn’t want to offend her. She did say she has a very “disney vibe” and i would agree. She that young poppy disney kinda music. So if your a huge Hanna Montana fan like me, you will will love her.
#8. Kevin LaVar
Kevin was a super nice black gospel, R&B singer. Really nice and had some great things to say. His music has placed him in some pretty awesome places to minister the gospel. He was up for a dove award for his music video You Are Not Alone, check it out, it’s pretty good.
#9. Manic Drive
I really enjoyed all my interviews but these last couple. i don’t want to dog on these guys – Manic Drive but i’m not a huge fan of their music and the lead singer… yea, he was a lead singer. Enough said. I interviewed them and that’s that. I’m sure lots of kids will love them and hopefully they have a heart to minister to these kids. I didn’t pick that up but i was only with them for 4 minutes. Check em out, maybe you will like them.
#10. The Imperials
The Imperials are an old time group. They claim to have toured with Elvis Presley… OLD! I had never heard of them but i guess they are huge with the older folks. One of the guys from the group made sure we knew that they had won a bunch of dove awards and a couple grammy. They announced they are changing their name to Standing Still and are going to try and make a come back, reaching a broader audience. Interesting. I didn’t do much talking or question asking in the “interview” they did most of the talking for me.
So that was my experience. Check out some of this music and enjoy!
i am not sure that i am a normal human being, maybe but i’m not sure. Just about every morning i wake up there is a song in my head. Without fail! Does anybody else have this happen to them? Often times the song is something i listened to the previous night or at some time the previous day but other times it’s just random, no explanation for the tune that is playing in the recesses of my brain. I have thought about incorporating this into my blog, entitled :: my morning play list or something a bit more clever. But who really cares about what song is playing in my head when i wake up? Probably not you.
But now you know.
But then there was today?
Today was weird because i kinda woke up at about 6:30am, that’s a solid 3 hours before my typical arrival time. But today when i woke up (kinda) i didn’t hear a song but instead i was dreaming. And for about 2 hours i was in a quasi sleep / dream state. The dream was like a very vivid movie that i had never seen. The people in the dream/movie were people i have never met and in situations that i have never been in.
This dream/movie kept playing until i finally had to wake up to write it down.
And i still can’t get it out of my head. It has thrust me into a contemplative stupor.
So now i have about four pages of dream written down. i’m sure it won’t go much further than that but who knows, maybe i have the next indie sensation on my hands.
Anybody want to help me make a movie!
Peace and Dreams
:: SOUND TRACK ::
Iron and Wine
Tell me that wouldn’t be a KILLER sound track!
Maybe the best part of the movie!
Well it’s the first Monday of 09 so i thought i needed to start the year out strong!
In 2 ways…
#1. i needed to start 09 strong by actually posting some tunes on the first monday of the year.
The goal is to do music monday EVERY monday. That doesn’t always happen but so far it has happened every monday of this year, starting strong!
#2. I needed to start 09 strong by posting some thoughts on some STRONG / Stellar tunes!
Bon Iver qualifies!
I have been listening to this guy on repeats for months and months now. So many of you probably know his stuff and love it as much as i but for those of you that don’t, DROP EVERYTHING right now and click on one of the links below or watch one of the videos, it will rip your face off!
And he is coming out with a new CD this month would will probably be amazing!
I am really looking forward to hearing it!
Just great tunes. For me these are songs that get my mind running and just really connect on a deep and profound level. I would say something about the SOUL but who knows what that is. But Bon Iver’s music really does resonate somewhere deep inside though. @ with least me.
Well who knew this would have worked out so perfectly. I have made it known that i protest listening to Christmas music for months upon months! So i have set my Christmas music capacity at 10 days. So unlike many who have been listening to Christmas tunes for 20 plus days already i am just starting! We have 10 days till Christmas, it’s a monday, let’s get started!!!
Here are my top 10 (plus some) Christmas tunes.
i would imagine you could find most of these on iTunes.
(If not i’m sure you could find them on limewire for sure. Not that i support stealing music?)
MY LIST :: in no particular order
Christmas Song — Dave Mathews
// This is actually my favorite Christmas song. It’s on repeat right now and i have a video of Dave saying a few words and singing it below. Classic! Glorious, Wonderful, Emmanuel — Brandon Heath
// Brandon is a friend of mine and i love his music but this is a great Christmas tune for sure. Emmanuel — Shane & Shane
Put the Lights on the Tree — Sufjan Stevens
ANYTHING off Sufjan’s Christmas CD — Sufjan Stevens
White Christmas — Martin Sexton
Blue Christmas — Martin Sexton
Maybe This Christmas — Ron Sexsmith
Have Yourself a Merry Christmas — Coldplay
City Trucks — Paper Route
The Last Christmas — Sixpence Non the Richer
Drummer Boy — Jars of Clay
All I Want — The Weepies –
Snowed in With You — Over the Rhine –
Darlin’ (Christmas is Coming) — Over the Rhine –
The Christmas Song — Mindy Smith
Those are 15 of my favorite Christmas tunes. Find them and enjoy!
(i have included a couple links)
Here are some video, including the aforementioned Dave Matthews Video.
music monday 11.0 // Martin Sexton & some Christmas…
Well I saw Martin Sexton play here in Nashville a few years back and the show was pretty amazing. He probably has one of the most amazing voices i have heard live. The friend i went with, all were musicians and were just raving about him the entire time! And at his live show he does this amazing thing… he hooks up an extra mic to some kind of synthasizer and ends up playing other instruments with his voice through this mic. It’s hard to explain, you’ll just have to see him live. You won’t regret paying to see this for sure!
I think about him for to reason this monday.
#1. I have been using this genius thing on my iTunes lately and his song Glory Bound keep getting played. Great song, it can watch and listen to it below!
#2. Martin also have a really good Christmas album.
So i am not advocating Christmas music just yet but if you must… here is a Christmas CD worth listening to.
Here are some links and video. ENJOY! He’s a pretty amazing musician.
music monday 10.0 // Obadiah & it's not Christmas yet…
Well it’s December and it’s snowing in Nashville.
Some would say that all sign lead to Christmas music… NO!
That’s what i say!
My friend Troy over @ To Will One Thing disagrees with me. He is posting his favorite Christmas music every Monday until Christmas. (stealing my idea music monday i might add). But i approve since he keeps a stellar blog and i would guide you there if you are already craving some good Christmas music. He has already listed Sufjan Steven’s Christmas album, which will make my all time top five favorite Christmas albums :: this list will be released the Monday before Christmas.
To me it has always driven me NUTS!!! when people begin playing Christmas music non-stop starting November 1st. Even those who start the day after thanksgiving are a little over the top for me. My call is to play Christmas music non-stop the week of Christmas, maybe 10 days out MAX!
Anyway, when that time come i will shoot you some of my favorites.
Obadia has some great soulful tunes but my favorite is version of Hey Yea, the classic Outcast song song acoustic. It’s really good!
I would encourage you to check out his CD but watch this for sure!
[ This is actually the album version laid over the video his live performance. The sync is a little off which bothers me but the other version you can't embed the video. But you you'd rather watch that, here's a link. ]
Well i live in Nashville TN these and often i have sighting of famous music peoples.
FOR EXAMPLE :: today i am sitting in one of my favorite little coffee shops, Portland Brew on 12th Ave. and in comes Jonny Lang. Not sure if you know about Jonny Lang or have listened to his stuff much but he’s good, real good! So, on my twitter i posted the fact that i had seen jonny lang but didn’t want to be “that guy” so i didn’t say hi. Well when i post on twitter is also posts on my facebook line. And i got a few responses.
So it begs the question :: Do you say hi? OR Do you leave the famous people alone?
My philosophy has been to leave the famous people alone. I just don’t want to be that guy who bugs the famous person while they are trying to have a nice quite day or something.
So what would you do?
So far everybody on facebook has said, “Be that guy, say hi.”
Well since i saw Jonny Lang today in Nashville he is my music monday artist. I really LOVE his stuff. He probably has one of the best voices i have ever heard. he’s a sold Christian guy, so i hear.
When i lived in Vail Colorado i would hear his song Red Light all the time on the radio. So i finally hunted down who sang it and have been a fan ever since. On his most recent record he has a song called Just a Man, GOOD!
I thought since I am in Nashville these days I would share some Nashville music with you all, at least for the next few weeks.
This weeks Music Monday’s featured band I first heard about through friends here in Nashville and then I saw them live and was blown away! I have been listening to them regularly ever since. I recently got their newest EP and can’t get the tunes out of my head. Above is a little cool intro of them. I liked it, so i posted it! Below are more of their youtube videos. They have a lot of good stuff on their.
They have a song called you You Kill me that, well… kills me! It’s so good! It’s been on repeat today even. I’m gonna post a youtube video of it below, it’s not quite as good as the album version is but it gives you a small taste of their live show. Which is amazing. They might be one of the better live shows i have ever seen.
They also did this little 8 min video with a friend of mine. The video is pretty good and got a lot of good buzz so check it out. But for sure pick up their most recent album, it’s really good.