One of My Favorite Songs

I listen regularly to Degarmo and Key. I bought their first LP, “This Time Thru” in 1977-78 when it was first issued before I knew who D&K were. Here is one of my all time favorite D&K songs, Emmanuel. It’s from their reunion concert at Cornerstone festival in 2008.

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U2 Praise

Following up the previous post, here are a couple of videos of U2 apparently reflecting their Christ values.

This one has Bono reciting scripture at the 2006 National Prayer Breakfast at the end.

Modern Praise & Worship Sounds Like U2

Modern praise and worship has been greatly effected by the sound of U2.

U2's "The Edge"

U2, the world’s greatest and most influential artists have a unique sound that is driven by The Edge’s guitar sound.  Generally The Edge’s guitar sound is light and airy.  It has a brightness without being shrill and and it is full of rich harmonics.

How does he get that sound?  How does he accomplish what is his, what is U2’s signature sound?  Here is a link to help you understand the way he goes about getting his sound http://www.amnesta.net/edge_delay/.

Of course to get the sound exact you’d have to be The Edge, but to mimic it really close, you’d have to learn to play like he plays and use the same sort of equipment he uses (see graphic in the link above).

Foundation Red, see http://www.ciy.com

I was listening to Christian radio a couple of days ago.  I haven’t listened much for a while because there is very little that is new played on adult contemporary radio.  But I heard some great new stuff and most of it was praise and worship music and I couldn’t help but notice the influence of The Edge on the sound.  It sounded like U2 with different vocals and lyrical content.  It was pretty cool.  Thank you KLove http://www.klove.com/ (Out of Kansas City, MO) and SpiritFM http://www.lifechangingradio.org/home.php (Camdenton, MO).

My attempts at praise and worship have a Doobie Brothers, Santana, 38 Special characteristic to the sound, but that’s what is natural for me.

Sounding like U2, Led Zepplin, Conway Twitty, Sinatra or whoever in P&W is well . . .  irrelevant.  What matters is your heart.

Ephesians 5:19-20, “Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Praise and worship is about encouraging other Christians and making thanksgiving to God in Jesus Christ.  The sound probably doesn’t matter to God unless there is less than praise involved.  Selfishness, sinfulness, pride, etc.  God didn’t say too much about music in the church in the New Testament, he did however deal with the condition and attitude of the heart.  That’s not the point of this post, but I had to say it.

The point is, it’s pretty cool that U2’s awesome sound, excuse me, The Edge’s awesome sound is borrowed as the vehicle to carry the songs of modern praise and worship.

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PS, for a look at trends in Chrsitan music checkout the September 26, 2010 edition of The Lookout, http://www.lookoutmag.com/

Deep and Dark or Light and Happy

I love to play music.  My instrument is the guitar. I read about the guitar, surf the net in search of guitar info, and listen to mostly guitar music.  Guys like Jeff Beck, and Eric Clapton, Joe Satriani, Gary Moore, Al Dimeola and I can go on and on with a list of guitarists I love to listen to.

This evening I was reading the latest edition of Guitar World magazine with Jimi Hendrix on the cover (http://www.guitarworld.com/).

In the interview with Joe Satriani, he was telling about how he used different gauge strings and played tuned down a step for the Chickenfoot album and tour.  But when he returned to his solo projects, he went back to using lighter gauge strings and standard tuning.  That’s when I realized the difference in a lot of the music I listen too and play.

Al Dimeola with his PRS Prism signature model

A lot of bands today, use dropped tuning, at least tuning the 6th string down from E to D.  They’re trying to have a darker sound and a darker tone of music.  Most of those bands I don’t get.  Their music is depressing and dark but that has never suited my mood.

I am a light-hearted person.  I am up, always up, and I realized that my guitar tone, and the character of the music I like and play is based on my character and personality.  That’s why I like guys like Satriani, Santana, and Steve Vai, etc.  That’s why my songs are happier, even joyful.

Why is that.  As an old song we used to sing in church goes, “I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart…down in my heart to stay.”

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What I’m Listening Too

I listen to a lot of music and I like a broad variety of styles.  The basic styles that I dislike is so short I can give it to you here, country (especially old country), opera, and heavy metal.  Now there are songs here an there in these genres that I like, but the styles as styles I don’t care for.

Following are some of what I am primarily listening too at present.

Individual Artists:

Al Dimeola http://www.aldimeola.com/new-site/index.php

Gary Moore http://www.gary-moore.com/

Lincoln Brewster http://www.lincolnbrewster.com/

John Mayer http://www.johnmayer.com/

And Jonny Lang http://www.jonnylang.com/

Bands:

Kings X http://www.kingsxrocks.com/

Boston http://www.bandboston.com/html/home_html.html

Santana http://www.santana.com/

And Foreigner http://www.foreigneronline.com/

I am also listening to Robin Sigers the Senior Minister at Cartervile Christian Church in Carterville, Missouri.  He’s a friend and his messages are strengthening and encouraging me http://www.cartervillecc.org/.

I don’t condone some of the actions of some of these artists, but the music is exciting.

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PS: I’m having fun with all this too.  🙂

We Need Jesus

Listen to the song.  See if it doesn’t challenge your sense of evangelistic mission.

We Need Jesus

by Dino Elephante, John Elephante & Scott Springer

When will the world See that we need Jesus?
If we open our eyes We will all realize That He loves us
When will the world See that we need Jesus?
When our hearts are as one and believe that He’s the Son of our God

(Chorus)
The Lord is our God and we shall never want
The Lord is our God and we shall live forever
When we share the love of Jesus, See each other as He sees us, Then His love will see us through, His love will see us through

When will the world See that we need Jesus?
When sister and brother Love one another as one
When will the world See that we need Jesus?
Will we ever understand Jesus is the Son of man?
We must live in the shadow of His love

When will the world See that we need Jesus?
If we open our eyes We will all realize That He loves us
When will the world See that we need Jesus?
When our hearts are as one And believe that He’s the Son of our God

When will the world See that we need Jesus?
When sister and brother Love one another as one
When will the world See that we need Jesus?
Will we ever understand Jesus is the Son of man?
We must live in the shadow of His love

1982 Shepherds Heart Music

(emphasis mine)

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