Plam Sunday Reflection

Each Day of Holy Week I will be posting a song and scripture passage.

And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest! Matthew 21:9 (ESV)

We Will Glorify
by Twilla Paris

We will glorify the King of Kings,
We will glorify the Lamb,
We will glorify the Lord of Lords,
Who_ is the great I Am.

Lord Jehovah reigns in majesty,
We will bow before His throne,
We will worship Him in righteousness,
We will worship Him alone.

He is Lord of heaven, Lord of earth,
He is Lord of all who live,
He is Lord above the universe,
All praise to Him we give.

Hallelujah to the King of Kings,
Hallelujah to the Lamb.
Hallelujah to the Lord of Lords,
Who is the great I Am.

Concerts Part II

Yesterday, I posted a list of bands I’ve seen in concert. Found some pictures of bands/concerts.

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Taken with one of the guys from Caedmon’s Call. The bookstore where we work sponsored the concert, so we got to go backstage.

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We got to see Casting Crowns when they were touring with Steven Curtis Chapman and Chris Tomlin.

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Somehow The Big Guy got tickets to the concert and a meet and greet from one of the record company reps.

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Taken with Trip Lee, one of the Cross Movement guys. I know the quality on this one is bad, it was taken with a cell phone.

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I took these the night Flatfoot 56 stopped by the store.

Concerts I’ve Been To

TicketOK, I stole the idea for this one from Shane. Yesterday he posted a list of bands he has seen. Nate & I started talking about who we had seen in concert. While my list is not quite as impressive as Shane’s it is rather long. I’m sure I left out some including a couple I just can’t remember the artist’s name. I didn’t include Flatfoot 56 because while I got to meet the guys I didn’t hear them play. Another artist I didn’t include was Kelly Clarkson I’ve only heard her sing at church not in a concert.

  • 2nd Chapter Acts
  • 4 Him (2)
  • 6 Days from Sunday
  • 100 Portraits
  • Susan Ashton (2)
  • Audio Adrenaline
  • Baha Men
  • Brian Barrett
  • Margret Becker
  • Ray Boltz
  • Blackwood Brothers
  • Bleach
  • Caedmon’s Call
  • Canadian Brass
  • Michael Card
  • Carmen (2)
  • Steven Curtis Chapman
  • John Cox
  • Cross Movement
  • Casting Crowns
  • Cruise
  • DaTruth
  • DC Talk (2)
  • Al Denson
  • Dino
  • Dixie Chicks
  • Willa Dorsey (2)
  • Elisha
  • Joel Engle
  • Every Day Process
  • Flame
  • Gabriel (5+)
  • Amy Grant
  • Larnelle Harris
  • Dallas Holm
  • Imperials
  • Jars of Clay
  • Dennis Jernigan (5+)
  • Cheri Keaggy
  • Phil Keaggy (2)
  • LaCrae
  • Joni Lamb
  • Trip Lee
  • Mylan LeFevre
  • Mark Lowry
  • Kenny Marks
  • Babie Mason
  • Tim Miner
  • Bobby McFarren
  • Geoff Moore
  • Rich Mullins (5+)
  • The Newsboys
  • Nickel & Dime
  • One Bad Pig
  • Out of the Grey
  • Twilla Paris
  • Leon Patellio
  • Sandi Patti
  • Janet Pascal
  • Phantik
  • Phillips, Craig & Dean
  • Petra (2)
  • Point of Grace
  • Relient K
  • RSwift
  • Shaded Red
  • Small Town Poet
  • Rebecca St. James
  • Michael W Smith
  • The Supertones
  • Switchfoot
  • Travail
  • Tedshii
  • Tammy Trent
  • Chris Tomlin(3)
  • Greg X. Volt
  • Wendel
  • Whiteheart
  • BeBe, CeCe & the Winans Family

Some Musicians You Should Check Out

If you have been reading my blog you may have figured out that I like music. I have complied a list of of some of the musicians I listen to. This isn’t really a Top 10 or favorite list just some artist I find interesting.

bards.jpgBrobdingnagian Bards. The Bards call themselves the Original Celtic Renaissance music duo. They have won several Austin Music awards. You can listen to their music on their website (scroll to the bottom) or on MySpace. I really like the song Wild Mountain Thyme and the Jedi Drinking song is amusing.

John Cox. I first discovered Cox when he was touring with Petra on the Petra Praise 2 tour. This is one of my favorites Sunny Day.

Ed Miller. Originally from Edinburgh, currently lives in Austin, TX. He is considered one of the best singers from the Scottish Folksong Revival. Check out this interview with Flatfoot 56. Be sure to watch the entire thing,they stuck

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Listen to tracks from his latest CD.

Flatfoot 56. Flatfoot 56 is a celtic punk band from Chicago. These guys came in the store one night. It was pretty cool.

Larry Norman. Sunday February 24, 2008 Norman lost his fight with a long-time illness. Norman was a pioneer and legend of Christian rock. He paved the way for Christian rock, alternative and modern rock. Unfornately, his music didn’t gain the acceptance from the Christian music scene it deserved.

The Choir. The Choir is one of my favorite alternative/modern rock bands (See Top 10: Favorite Bands #7) .

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Listen to The Choir.

Check out the music and let me know what you think. Feel free to leave suggestions on music that you think I should check out. I enjoy finding new music.

Top 10: Favorite Bands

ccconcert.jpgTop 10#10 Caedmon’s Call. Caedmon’s Call got it’s start as out as the praise & worship band for Second Baptist, Houston Texas. Derek Webb is back for the groups most recent project, Overdressed. My favorite song is Bus Driver. I know it isn’t very deep but I just like the song. Also, I really like the the international flavor of Share The Well. The picture to the right was taken at during the Share the Well tour. We got to meet the band.

#9 Jars of Clay. Unique sound. Jars of Clay has a unique sound. I like how they use a varitey of instruments. They had a dry spell for a while but their last release Good Monsters is very good. Love Song For A Savior from their debut album is still my one of my favorites.

#8 DC Talk .They really matured over the years that they were together. The guys are still recording individual projects but I miss their collective sound. Check out the video from Jesus Freak.

choir.jpg#7 The Choir. The Choir is Christian alternative/modern rock band that has been around for since the 1980s. They are probably the first alternative band that I heard. The guys have been around for a while and have a lot of talent but have not been accepted or noticed by the mainstream Christian market. One of the things I have always liked about them is their unique sound. Steven Hindalong and Marc Byrd penned the popular worship song God of Wonders. The guys were involved with the City on the Hill Worship Project. Their most recent project Oh How the Mighty Have Fallen is probably their best work. I really like the song Oh How the Mighty Have Fallen.

#6 The Fray. They are a new comer to my list. The Fray is from the UK and have gotten a lot of play on television, radio and just about everywhere else. According to their website after being on tour for most of the past two years are taking a break and working on their next project. The video below is my favorite song How to Save a Life.

#5 Newsboys. Newsboys have been one of my favorites for several years. The Rock Across Australia named Newsboys Artist of the Year for 2007. Shine is still one of my favorite songs.

#4 Eden’s Bridge. Celtic Band Another lesser known group I discovered several years ago is the Celtic Band Eden’s Bridge. I love their rendition of Amazing Grace.

superchick.jpg#3 Superchic[k]. My Favorite songs are Anthem and One Girl Revolution. I like the message of Bowling Ball and Princes and Frogs. Favorite albums are Karaoke Superstars and Beauty from Pain. The link on their name will take you to a page where you can listen to their music.

#2 U2 They have been one of my favorites for years except for a brief period in the 90’s. Joshua Tree is my favorite album. Beautiful Day is my favorite song.

3rdday1.jpg#1 Third Day. They are my all time favorite band. Mac Powell has a unique sounding voice. As for a favorite song there are so many: Consuming Fire, Thief, and Love Song. I really like Chronology Vol. 1 & 2 that was released in 2007.

Top 10: Favorite Artist/Musician

Last night while as I was trying to go to sleep I started composing a list of my favorite artists. The criteria for selection first of all that person has to be a solo artist not a member of a band like Bono from U2. Second, would be how long the artist has been a favorite and not just someone I like right now but rather longevity. Finally, all selections are subjective based on my personal tastes. Feel free to leave comments about my selection or your own favs.

scc.jpg#10 Steven Curtis Chapman

Favorite Song: Great Adventure

Favorite Album: All About Love

What I like about SCC: SCC keeps coming up with great music. His career definately has longevity. Ministry is also one of his priorities. Listen to SCC music and videos on the Steven Curtis Chapman Online Channel.

#9 Flame

Favorite Song: Goodness to Repentance

Favorite Album: Rewind

Why I like Flame: Flame is a rapper with a purpose. He rappers about things others don’t and calls his fans to a higher standard. Flame and the guys from Cross Movement are great in concert. Wish he would release the long awaited sequel to Our World Fallen. The sequel Our World Redeemed was scheduled to be released in August 2007 but the date has been pushed back several times. The current release date is scheduled for early March 2008.

#8 CeCe Winans

Favorite Song: Purified

Favorite Album: Purified

Why I like CeCe: CeCe has been one of my favorite artists for many years. I first discovered her when she was recording with her brother BeBe.

plumb.jpg#7 Plumb

Favorite Song: My Sweet, My Lovely

Favorite Album: Beautiful Lumps of Coal

What I like about Plumb: Tiffany Arbuckle AKA Plumb is a rocker turned mellow by mother. Her latest project Blink is an introspective collection of songs for her two young sons. You can listen to a couple of tracks from the project on her website.

dj.jpg#6 Dennis Jernigan

Favorite Song: You Are My All in All

Favorite Album: The Collection Vol 1

What I like about Jernigan: Dennis is a worship leader and his focus in on worship. Instead of concerts he has “Nights of Praise”. There is an honesty and transparency that comes through his music. The transforming power of God’s grace and love is evident when Jernigan shares testimony. In grad school one of the few times I saw the chapel packed was when Jernigan lead chapel. The place was standing room only. Chapel was normally Tuesday thru Thrusday but they had a special Friday chapel and it was still packed.

johnwilliams.jpg #5 John Williams

Favorite Song: Leia’s Theme from Star Wars

Favorite Score: Stars Wars Original Trilogy

Why I like John Williams: Yes, I know that he is a composer and not a singer or instrumentalist. Williams is my favorite modern composer. He composed the score for several of my favorite movies Star Wars The Original Trilogy, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Superman. His score may have been the best part of Stars Wars Episode I.

kgreen.gif#4 Keith Green

Favorite Song: Oh Lord, Your Beautiful

Favorite Albums: The Ministry Years Vol I & II.

What I liked about Keith: Keith had a unique sound. He was concerned with ministry and not fame and fortune. In 1982, Keith and two of his children were killed in a plane crash. Keith’s widow Melody continued to run their ministry “Last Days Ministry“. Check out Keith’s Music.

#3 Josh Groban

Favorite Song: You Raise Me Up

Favorite Album: Closer

What I like about Josh: His voice and he isn’t bad looking either.

#2 Phil Keaggy

Favorite Song: The Wind and the Wheat

Best Album: Invention with Scott Dente and Wes King.

Why I like Keaggy: Phil is an amazing musician. Rumor has it that Jimmie Hendrix when asked who the greatest guitarist was he responded Phil Keaggy. Keaggy doubts that really happened. Listen to samples from Keaggy’s latest project.

Best PK concert: Attended one of his concerts in a very small venue. The place was packed but the acoustics where pretty good.

#1 Rich Mullins

Favorite Song: Sometimes by Step

Favorite Album: Jesus Album

What I liked about Rich: Rich was different from other artist. OK, maybe he was just different. He wasn’t afraid to be himself or stand for what he believed. He gave up fame & most of his fortune preferring to spend his final years teaching music to Native American Children on a reservation. He didn’t wear shoes even in concerts. Rich left this world too soon. Listen to Rich’s Music.

Best RM moment: Rich gave a free concert at Dallas bookstore as a part of their “discovery series.” The bookstore thought they had discovered an undiscovered artist and where surprised when 500+ people showed up for the concert.

Favorite Christmas Movies

whitechristmas.jpgTis the season of Christmas movies and specials, I think it was last Saturday that I saw the first one of the season. The movie just happened to be one of my favorites, White Christmas. Growing up we watched the movie every year. I think I was about 10 or 11 the first time I saw or remember seeing White Christmas. My mom let me stay up late to watch the movie. Now that was a rare treat. My mom didn’t like me watching TV or watch that much TV herself. She also was a stickler for following the schedule and routines. Growing up in Texas the idea of a White Christmas is a novelty. I have only seen one real white Christmas, the year we spent Christmas in the Ozarks.

I have decided to compile a list of some of my favorite Christmas movies. So here they are in no particular order. The requirements for making my list are that I like the movie and I consider it a Christmas movie.

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The Bells of St. Mary’s, it is the sequel to Going My Way. Bing Crosby plays Father Chuck O’Mally. Want to know more watch the movie.

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Another favorite is The Preacher’s Wife starring Denzel Washington and Whitney Houston. It is a remake of the 1947 classic The Bishop’s Wife.

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It wouldn’t be Christmas Dicken’s Christmas Carol. My favorite verision is The Muppet Christmas Carol.

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The Veggie Tales Star of Christmas starring Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber appear as Cavis Appythart and Millward Phelps as to song writer who are producing a production they hope will be a big hit. The plan hits a snag when the discover they are being upstaged by the children’s Christmas play at a nearby church.

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As a child one of my favorite Christmas movies was The Little Drummer Boy. It is still one of my favorites.

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It just wouldn’t be Christmas without A Charlie Brown Christmas. This may be my sentimental favorite.

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Homecoming: A Christmas Story was based on the autobiographical writtings of Earl Hamner. This was the movie that launched the long running TV show The Waltons.

Well, that is just a sampling of some of my favorite movies. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.