Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

Favorite Wedding Songs?

I’ve been charged with making a playlist for our wedding reception. I’m going straight to you guys, what are the best songs for playing at a wedding reception? Slow songs, fast songs, classics, everything. Bring it on.

Name your favorite dance songs….

Walcott by Vampire Weekend

Friday Chill

friday. freakin’ weekend. dig it.

Flynn Adam – “Dishes”

U2 – Magnificent

Churches. If you make sucky music, even the rockstars will cry out. Why the heck wasn’t this song written by 1 of the thousands of professional worship leaders in a church? Hmm………….

The Fountainhead

I’ve been reading Ayn Rand’s work, The Fountainhead, lately. The bad thing about reading great literature is that it makes all other reading quite boring. For instance, I was reading both Rand’s The Foundainhead and The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey. I’ll let you guess which one seemed to get boring pretty quickly. 

And here is my thought for “Christian artists.” You’re losing the battle for attention: the battle for beauty. You’re producing such mundane and boring expressions of beauty that the rest of the world has taken up the cause. 

Example: I grew up listening to CCM (dc Talk, Michael W. Smith, Newsboys, Rebecca St. James), but quickly felt guilty for my fond interest in secular music. During my high school years, I battled with the idea that I was filling my head with “bad things” while listening to secular songs. More than once i swore off secular music and deleted all of my secular songs from my computer. 

So what happened.

CCM filled my head with “uplifting lyrics” and mundane art. I get to college and BOOM. A whole new world of music is opened up to me. I met people who had a favorite band that I’d never heard of. Some of the most solid people I knew loved Radiohead. What am I supposed to do with that?

Christianity, teach your young people about beauty. They might not understand it now, but they sure as heck will in college.

the kingdom of God is like an orchestra

so tonight i spent a solid amount of time hanging out a band concert. within the first “movement,” i saw a parable:

The Kingdom of God is like and orchestra

I imagine myself at this orchestra, sitting next to Jesus and he leans over and whispers. He whispers so quietly that you have to force yourself to really understand his murmurs. He makes sure I am really listening and then he says, “The kingdom of God is like a symphony orchestra made up of freshmen. Individuals don’t have the lung strength or experience to make beautiful sounds. Even entire sections have quite a difficult time keeping perfect time with one another. The strength, force, and beauty of a great orchestra only come from unity, teamwork, submission, shared passion and unison. The whole is much, much greater than the sum of it’s parts.”

ain’t no reason things are this way

there ain’t no reasons things are this way
its how they’ve always been and they intend to stay
i don’t know why i say the things i say,
but i say them anyway.
but love will come set me free

~Brett Dennen in “Ain’t No Reason”

brooke fraser – albertine

Usually, I don’t really like the music that comes from “christian” musicians. It seems like a lot of their creativity & artistry gets zapped because they’re trying to conform to a genre.

except for a few. and one of those few is Brooke Fraser.

Allie introduced me to her music about 6 months ago and I’ve grown to love it.

The thing I most love about Brooke (we’re on a first name basis) is that her music is amazing (i’ve heard non-christian people who have complimented her abilities). Also, this song – albertine – you can see how Brooke has let her life experience bleed into her art.

I like it.

Coldplay: Life in Technicolor ii

OK. I totally love this music video. It’s like creativity and cheesiness and humor and not-taking-yourselves-too-seriously combined into a pretty entertaining music video.