Music Posts

When Two Songs Collide

I visited a friend in Ohio last weekend. On Sunday morning I was driving in my rental car when I had a funny experience. I had scrolled through the radio stations to find the local rock station. It was playing a song called “Why Don’t You Get a Job” by The Offspring. I remember it from high school and it’s actually a bit of an obnoxious song.

If you’re not familiar with it, here’s what it sounds like (heads up: there’s some language in the song).

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The Holiday Blog Post You Didn’t Know You Needed

Are you the type of person who gets angry inside when you hear Christmas music BEFORE December? Then do I have a gift for you… a Thanksgiving playlist! Admittedly, there isn’t as much to choose from here which is why I hope you’ll enjoy the efforts I made.

I used a few criteria in making this list:

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Christmas Music

Christmas Music

Welcome to December! The best time of year has officially arrived. And that means there’s absolutely no reason not to immediately start listening to Christmas music! But you might have noticed that the Christmas station on the radio only plays the same twenty songs over and over. So as an early present for my readers, here’s my updated Christmas mix on Spotify that you can listen to in order to fully dive into the Christmas spirit. Nearly 50 hours of a variety of gems for Christmas. Put it on random play in the background and let your inner Grinch drain from your system.

Click here to listen to it for free (you just have to create a Spotify login if you don’t already have one).

The Difference Between Music and Noise

The Difference Between Music and Noise

One of the things I love about music is that it forces you to stop being productive. What I mean by that is we often have music playing in the background for much of what we do. In reality, that tends to be nothing more than noise. But to listen, to really absorb music, requires you to stop what you are doing and commit to it. It demands something of you and offers nothing in return. You’ll have nothing to show for it. It’s an experience and then it’s gone. As I get older (and busier), I’ve realized that it’s a necessary discipline to make time to enjoy music in my life. Not just hear it, but to experience it.

In his book Soul Keeping, Pastor John Ortberg talks about profound advice he once received from Dallas Willard. Willard told him, “You must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life.” We would do well to follow his advice today. But how?

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3 Things I Learned from a Rock Concert

3 Things I Learned from a Rock Concert

My favorite band used to be a group called Underoath. I say “used to be” because they are no longer a band. I still love their music and cherish the handful of times I was able to see them play live over the years. Even though Underoath no longer exists, I was excited to see that the frontman for the group started his own new band named Sleepwave. When you’ve found a person you musically connect with you want to follow them on all of their projects. This new group is a perfect example of this. While Sleepwave’s album is a bit more mellow than an Underoath album it shares much of the same feel and obviously Spencer’s (the lead singer in both) sound.

Last night I had the chance to see Sleepwave in concert. This was also the day their new album officially released. I preordered the album weeks ago and was eagerly awaiting the show. To begin with, it was at a venue in Phoenix that I’ve never been to. This meant I didn’t really have an idea of what to expect in the size of the event. When my friend Steve and I got there we instantly realized this would be a very small show. Sleepwave was headlining and there was a handful of local bands before them. One in particular was exceptionally awful. By the time Sleepwave got on stage there were about thirty people in front of them (literally… I counted).

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Interview with Tyrone Wells

Tyrone Wells

I first met Tyrone Wells when I was in college in California. He had graduated from my school a handful of years before me and was then leading worship at a church on campus. He was the big thing at a local music venue each week and I was privileged to get to open for him one time. He has since focused on writing and recording and playing it for people wherever that takes him. That has included four full-length albums and his music being featured in shows such as American Idol, One Tree Hill, Grey’s Anatomy, and many more. We’ve had him out to play at Central on a regular basis and each time I interact with him I’m always impressed how genuine and humble he is to everyone. And how much everyone loves him and his music.

To promote this interview, I’ll be giving away two autographed CDs from Tyrone. In order to enter your name into the mix you can do up to three of the following:

  1. Leave a comment on this post sharing your favorite part of this interview. ENTRY +1
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That’s three possible ways to get your name into the mix for a signed copy of one of Tyrone’s albums. I’ll announce the winners later next week.

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