Set 2 2011, 13h37
Jan 16 2011, 1h23Last night we were at the first stop in the Winter Wonder Slam Tour 2011! Listen... if you ever get a chance to go to a TobyMac show, RUN, don't walk. I have NEVER seen a concert with the amount of electricity and energy as you get from TobyMac with Diverse City!
First up was House of Heroes. These guys were LOUD. Seriously, I think they were actually louder in volume than anything else in the night, although part of that might have been them being first, and part of it might be that I'm not as familiar with their material so I was doing more listening and less grooving, but anyway, they were cool. Actually there was a lot more variety in their music than I expected from my little bit of exposure to them in the past... I was pleasantly surprised!
Next up was Brandon Heath. We heard him several years ago in a much smaller venue; he's grown exponentially in popularity since then. He was with a full band, and did a great job. He's much more "radio friendly" than the other two groups; he's had a number of CCM pop radio hits, and he played most of them. He had a brand new CD for sale that won't drop until next Tuesday, and which he had only seen for the first time himself that morning! He played some of his new songs and some older ones. I told my wife that he reminds me of Steven Curtis Chapman at the beginning of SCC's career (which, coincidentally, occurred right around the time Brandon Heath was busy, you know, BEING BORN. ;) )
TobyMac with his live band, "Diverse City," is a force to be reckoned with. They have like a zillion people on the stage (well, okay, I guess it's like ten, but it seems like a zillion!) and they sing and rap and dance and choreograph and clown around and sometimes freeze in place for a good 20-30 seconds, just for a change of pace. They are AMAZING. They did all of the songs you would expect, and some that were a little bit of a surprise! Toby and his guitar player and another band member even came right out into the crowd for an acoustic set. VERY cool! We also got to hear a quick song from the solo CDs of two of the band members, Byron Chambers a.k.a. "Mr. Talkbox", and Shonlock. AND: a special "live via satellite" (yeah, right) performance by none other than Tru-dog himself! They know how to make music, then know how to make noise, they know how to make utter chaos... mostly they know how to make it FUN!
Nov 16 2010, 14h05
Nov 4 2010, 15h51A quick telephone-number-related list:
"Don't Lose My Number" by Phil Collins
"Baby Don't Forget My Number" by Milli Vanilli
"Still Know Your Number by Heart" by Chagall Guevara
In this 21st-century cell-phone society, it's interesting to look back every once in a while and remember that once upon a time, people actually had to know your phone number to call you...!
Out 15 2010, 16h11I almost forgot to post this! The other day when we felt the earthquake, which occurred near Oklahoma City, 100 miles away here in Tulsa, I made up a quick playlist of earthquake-related songs to listen to:
Shake by Russ Taff
A Quake! A Quake! by Animaniacs
Earthquake by Family Force 5
Shake It Up by The Cars
If I Stand by Rich Mullins
Shakedown by Whitecross
Then, for a cooling-down track:
Let There Be Peace on Earth by Voyceboxing
Feel free to listen to it every October 13, to celebrate the anniversary of the second-strongest earthquake in Oklahoma's recorded history. :)
Out 8 2010, 14h57
Out 4 2010, 20h42
Jul 6 2010, 15h22Listening to the new Newsboys album Born Again on Rhapsody (you can listen to it free a few times through there too, or listen to it free all this week here). I like it pretty well! I'd say it's more reminiscent of Michael Tait's "solo artist" band called Tait that other stuff that Newsboys have released. I like it, in exactly the same way I like the Tait CDs - I'll spin it quite a few times, but it won't likely ever be a top-50 favorite. It lacks some of the color and quirkiness that historically have been present on Newsboys CDs, but it's very polished, very well-done pop-rock.
The cover of DC Talk's song "Jesus Freak" featuring KJ-52 on the rap part is pretty smokin', though! KJ brings a pretty aggressive rap style to the song!
(For the record... these songs are going to SMOKE live!)
Jun 28 2010, 16h33
Mai 21 2010, 13h39Yesterday I listened to all of Collective Soul's studio albums back to back. Today, since CS has always been the master of the "first track on the CD", I'm listening to all of their "first tracks"!
Tremble for My Beloved
Welcome All Again
(I couldn't listen to "From the Ground Up" on Rhapsody because they don't have it licensed for Rhapsody To Go listening... DARN!)