King & Queens – Audio Adrenaline

I saw this video come across Facebook today.  It’s Audio Adrenaline’s latest song.  I had heard a rumor somewhere that Kevin Max (formerly of DC Talk) was going to be their new lead singer, but didn’t hear much more.  But AA is back.  Of course, I automatically think of Big House, Never Gonna Be As Big As Jesus, DC-10 (both versions) and other songs from their past albums.  I always liked AA and this first song is a good one. Will be interested to hear the rest of the recording when it is released.

A Worship Leader’s Perspective

For the last couple of years, I have had the opportunity to lead worship at our Sunday morning services.  Being on the stage almost every Sunday gives a unique perspective that most church attenders don’t have.  I see when people are moved by what’s happening in the service, when people appear bored and even when people are texting or talking during the service.

This past Sunday as we were moving toward our time of communion, we used the song Jesus Messiah.  While our church family isn’t overly expressive in our worship (compared to other places I’ve been), I saw many of our people respond in a worshipful way during the song.  Some simply raised their hands.  Others stood.  Some did both.  Some smiled as they sang.  Others closed their eyes.

As I looked around our auditorium, I was struck by the fact that God loves and uses all different types of people. I know gathered that morning were sinful, broken, wounded people who were expressing their thanks that Jesus is our ransom, our redeemer, our rescue.  It wasn’t because the praise team was so good.  It was the power of the truth of that song.  It reminded me that God loves me in all my shortcomings and allows me and others into His presence.

Passion White Flag

The Passion movement has grown over the past 14 years. This year they moved to the Georgia Dome in Atlanta and I followed some of it through their Passion Live Stream.

They released their latest worship CD called “White Flag.”  I’ve been listening to it through the day. Some of my favorite songs are “White Flag,” “Jesus, Son of God,” “One Thing Remains” and “Lay Me Down.”

Check it out and get a copy of it!  Good stuff that I hope we will be singing in our church in the coming months.

OK Go Video

The YouTube link to this video was emailed to me today.  I’d never heard this song before, but the video is pretty sweet.  Very creative.  Here is the description on YouTube of how the video was made:

The new music video from OK Go, made in partnership with Chevrolet. OK Go set up over 1000 instruments over two miles of desert outside Los Angeles. A Chevy Sonic was outfitted with retractable pneumatic arms designed to play the instruments, and the band recorded this version of Needing/Getting, singing as they played the instrument array with the car. The video took 4 months of preparation and 4 days of shooting and recording. There are no ringers or stand-ins; Damian took stunt driving lessons. Each piano had the lowest octaves tuned to the same note so that they’d play the right note no matter where they were struck. For more information and to download the studio version of the song for free, visit http://www.LetsDoThis.com/stunts andhttp://www.okgo.net. Many thanks to Chevy for believing in and supporting such an insane and ambitious project, and to Gretsch for providing the guitars and amps.

Lovin’ Spotify

A few weeks ago someone posted that they had started a Spotify account.  It said that Spotify gives users access to millions and millions of tracks.  I clicked the link, requested an account, got the Ok from the powers that be at Spotify and I am in.  I love it!  When I am working on stuff at the office, I can pull up some background music.  If I want to check out a new artist or preview/review a worship song, I usually can find it.  Today I am listening to a recording by Hugh Laurie also known as Gregory House on the show “House.”  Pretty cool backdrop for my Monday.  If you haven’t heard of or listened to Spotify, you should check it out.