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Tiny Victories -

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Give a listen to a great Brooklyn band - Tiny Victories


The rise of...

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A very interesting article entitled "What The Rise Of Depeche Mode Teaches You About The Rise Of Digital Design" comparing the rise of digital design today with the rise of synth-pop of the '70's & '80's (oh, how I remember "Cars" by Gary Numan!)

"After the explosion of synth pop onto the world stage, the press and industry were forced to recognize it as music and embrace it as an art form... For designers, after a pretty decent amount of struggle, we are just barely starting to see the acceptance of digital design as something people should care about."

Frankly, I see a very similar thing happening within our Church (and that would be the Episcopal Church). I can point to some folks who are doing the rising stuff and in the midst of struggle are making their way (it is, frankly, attitude, belief, and approach more than programmatic anything).  They aren't really those we hear lot about - or are more often than not put forward by the powers that be! That is just the way it is. Soon, however...


Speaking of "Cars," here is Gary Numan in a surprise 2009 appearance at a NIN concert in London:

This song is beautiful and marvelously tells the story so many of us have experienced and too often hidden in our hears.  The announcer does a wonderful job introducing Adele.  The song, she, certainly does bring up memories and heartaches. This is a true performer and artist - she is able to bring the lyrics to life.

There is something about this song!  Truly, "we will never be the same!"  One encounter... one taste... nothing is ever the same again.

James Vincent McMorrow

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I'm sure plenty of people have already heard of and either like to dislike (or perhaps are ambivalent toward) James Vincent McMorrow, but I just discovered him and think he is just great.  Take a listen to this song - along with the video.

Absolutely beautiful setting for Evensong!

glee DDAO

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Nice little video, along with great lyrics and music, from M. Ward.

There is nothing new under the sun - we all share, to one degree or another, the desire to know - why!  A broken heart, a long night, and how do we stay in the light?  Good questions all - questions the beg for an interior life that is so hard to find in our day. Quit, stillness, calm - the attitudes for and the results of being present with God.

Stereo Mike

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I came across this '90's song and video.  I like it! It is one of those songs that gets into my mind - it has that hook effect.  I love the voice of the black woman singing (don't know her name).

The old electronics - cutting edge back then - could fetch a bit of money these days for the nostalgia effect.  Too bad their drinking in LA got a little over done and led to the smashing of that bitchin' Mac laptop (before the OS went all Unix) they were using to make their cool groves.  The song is from "Bran Van 3000," a group out of Montreal (I think).  By the way, they have a new album that came out in 2010.

Official website:

Too Much

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A new video for the song "Too Much"  from Sufjan Steven's "The Age of Adz"

Tired Pony

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Tired Pony - Members of Snow Patrol, R.E.M., and Bell and Sebastian.  I really like this!

Tired Pony Website

iTunes Preview site

Marcos Adams

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A co-worker of mine at CPG represents this guy. I've followed him for the last couple of years, and he is very good!

Sufjan Steven's new EP

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Sufjan Stevens released his new EP, yesterday!  The title is, "All Delighted People," and contains 8 tracks.  His sound is a bit different than former albums, but you can tell it is still Sufjan.  Good stuff - give it a listen.  Better yet, but the album!

<a href="">All Delighted People (Original Version) by Sufjan Stevens</a>
Alright, here is "Coming Up Close."  IMHO, one of the best songs ever written.

'Till Tuesday

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I loved 'Till Tuesday - the name, the music, the look, the album covers.  I've followed Aimee Mann long after the band broke up - have all her albums.  She has been referred to as the "last of the tortured artists" and an "artist's artist".  I remember in the mid-1980's sitting in the studio working on my graphic design projects listening to this album.  "Coming Up Close" is easily the best song!  New Wave, female vocalists with low voices... I had a platonic crush on Aimee Mann.


Well, she really needs to have a guitar in her hands in this video - not so good at free dancing.  This was when MTV had "VJ's" and actually played videos - all day!  Then, of course, there was the keyboardist.
This from The Very Rev Dr John Shepherd is Dean of Perth, Australia, in the TimesOnline (UK). In an article entitled, "Credo: Trite music blocks our ears to the divine in the liturgy,"  Dean Shepherd writes about the importance of art, and not just are but good art, within the Church, particularly when it comes to our music in the liturgy.

It is in the liturgy that we are able to enter into another consciousness, probe a deeper reality, strive for a sense of transcendence which lifts us above the mundane, and in the words of psalmist, sets us on a rock that is higher than ourselves. Our worship enables us to enter another time and another dimension -- a realm of experience beyond our ordinary human experience, beyond all our known thoughts and understandings.

In monastic terms, the liturgy is the path towards an exalted "ecstasy", a flight into the cloud of unknowing, the place where God is, and where the true contemplation of the creative stillness of God is possible.

And this is a reality which is beyond the ability of historians, theologians, linguists, biblical scholars or even pastoral liturgists to express. Their contributions may even hinder rather than help. The intensity and intangibility of this experience can only be expressed through the arts.
The whole article is good to read!
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Julian Plenti

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I heard this song on the new "Stargate Universe" episode that premier on May 7th.  It is entitled, "Only If You Run" by Julian Plenti - yet another singer/songwriter with connections to Brooklyn (where else?).  This song is on his premier album, Skyscraper.

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Newsboys - Something Beautiful

Newsboys - Something Beautiful Lyrics

I wanna start it over
I wanna start again
I want a new a new beginning
One without any end
I feel it inside
Calling out to me

It's a voice that whispers my name
It's a kiss without any shame
Something beautiful
Like a song that stirs in my head
Singing love will take us where
Something's beautiful

I've heard it in the silence
Seen it on a face
I've felt it in a long hour
Like a sweet embrace
I know this is true
It's calling out to me

It's a voice that whispers my name
It's a kiss without any shame
Something beautiful
Like a song that stirs in my head
Singing love will take us where
Something's beautiful

It's the child on her wedding day
It's the daddy that gives her away--Father
Something beautiful
When we laugh so hard we cry
It's the love between you and I
Something beautiful

Joshua James

Jesus Dein Licht

I first learned that song in 1990 while doing campus ministry with Studenten für Christus in Germany. Es klingt auf Deutsch besser, ich denke. (Someone mentioned it in Facebook and it got me thinking about it... memories!)

Herr, das Licht Deiner Liebe leuchtet auf,
strahlt inmitten der Finsternis für uns auf.
Jesus, Du Licht der Welt sende uns Dein Licht.
Mach uns frei durch die Wahrheit, die jetzt anbricht.
Sei mein Licht, sei mein Licht!

Jesus, Dein Licht
füll dies Land mit des Vaters Ehre.
Komm Heil`ger Geist,
setz die Herzen in Brand!
Fließ Gnadenstrom,
überflute dies Land mit Liebe!
Sende Dein Wort,
Herr, Dein Licht strahle auf.

Herr, voll Ehrfurcht komm`ich zu Deinem Thron,
aus dem Dunkel ins Licht des Gottessohns.
Durch Dein Blut kann ich nun vor Dir stehen.
Prüf mich, Herr, laß mein Dunkel vergehen.,
sei mein Licht, sei mein Licht!

Jesus, Dein Licht
füll dies Land mit des Vaters Ehre.
Komm Heil`ger Geist,
setz die Herzen in Brand!
Fließ Gnadenstrom,
überflute dies Land mit Liebe!
Sende Dein Wort,
Herr, Dein Licht strahle auf.

Schau`n wir, König, zu Deinem Glanze auf,
dann strahlt Dein Bild auf unserm Antlitz auf.
Du hast Gnade um Gnade gegeben.
Dich widerspiegelnd erzähl`unser Leben
von Deinem Licht, von Deinem Licht!

Jesus, Dein Licht
füll dies Land mit des Vaters Ehre.
Komm Heil`ger Geist,
setz die Herzen in Brand!
Fließ Gnadenstrom,
überflute dies Land mit Liebe!
Sende Dein Wort,
Herr, Dein Licht strahle auf.

Originaltitel: Shine Jesus Shine
Deutsch: Manfred Schmidt


Metric w/ front Emily Haines

Skott Freedman's new CD

Skott Freedman's new album, The Cottage Sessions, is just great. I started listening to him when he truly was just a little older than a kid (18 or 19). With this album, his voice, lyrics, and music in general have matured - but it is all still very much Skott Freedman.

iPod Suffle

I haven't done this in a very long time, but for a while there were several bloggers who posted their first 10 songs that randomly played when their iPods were put on "Shuffle."

So, here are my first 10 from today:

1. 30 Seconds to Mars, from album 30 Seconds to Mars, song - "End of the Beginning"
2. Eastmountainsouth, Eastmountainsouth, "The Ballad of Yong Alban and Amandy"
3. Sacha Sachet, Lovers & Leaders, "What You Are"
4. Sarah McLachlan, Fumbling Toward Ecstasy, "Mary"
5. Aimee Mann, Whatever, "Way Back When"
6. Coldplay, Parachutes, "Track2"
7. Norah Jones, Feels Like Home, "Don't Miss You at All"
8. Doug Barr, The Sickle & The Sheath, "Stranger in This Land"
9. Underworld, Beaucoup Fish, "Push Upstairs"
10. Welcome Wagon, Welcome to the World, "Sold! To The Nice Rich Man"

The Innocence Mission

Diane Birch & Kristian Andreassen

Diane Birch



Kristian Andreassen


Her website

Wait for Me

Moby's new album, "Wait for Me." Yeah!

Moby's Announcement

NPR's piece. Said it is his best in 10 years!

NPR's All Music Considered - Listen

Bat for Lashes

Bat for Lashes. She does some Kate Bush-esque performance kind of arty stuff. English.

Any one feel this way?

Sleepyhead by Passion Pit

John Upton

John Upton - In many ways, he reminds me of Keith Greene.


Owl City

The Postal Service / Joshua Radin

The Postal Service

I like 'em.

Then, there is Joshua Radin

...and Chris Garneau

Great Lakes Swimmers

O' bother, the weather

Anglican Chant put to the test:

HT: Preludium via T19 (yah, that's right!) Ultimately, tubyou18a with other examples, like this one:

The Highway Code:

Kate Bush

There is not quite anyone like Kate Bush!

The first time I saw her was in 1979 as I watched "Saturday Night Live." She sang, "A Man with a Child In His Eyes" and "Them Heavy People." I was captivated at 17. I have all her albums (well, unless there are some brand new ones out over the last couple of years).

Seeing her for the first time was so great, primarily because it was in the time of Disco, and I hated disco. "Disco" she is not!

Matt Pond PA

"Feed the Tree"

"Feed the Tree" by Belly (early 1990's). This was one of the songs on my "The Sundays" "station." I remember vividly when I was doing my master's work at Kent and advising the All Campus Programming Board. Memories induces by music.! What fun!

"Take your hat off when you're talkin' to me and be there when I feed the tree..."


Speaking of birthdays, a friend of mine from Ohio, John Nolan, who has the most amazing ability to send tons of people happy birthday e-mails every year, sent this link along with my "happy birthday."

Josh Hosler presents (updated weekly) THE #1 SONG ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY

You can find out what were the number one songs on your birthday back to the 1930's. It's kind of neat (I just spent way too much money on iTunes buying old tunes). Listening to "I'll Be There" by the Jackson 5 right now.

New Buffalo

My church of preference - that would be St. Paul's Church in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, where I serve (okay, I'm biased) - has played host over the last few years to a myriad of musical recordings, mostly from people who attend St. Paul's.

More recently, one of that group of performers/singer-songwriters/producers yielded an article in The Village Voice where St. Paul's is mentioned.

I guess I now live in a hipper, cooler area of New York City - BoCoCa! Go figure.

Here is the story in The Village Voice.

Here are photos of my church of preference, during Lent:




Kirstin Dehaan

Had a very nice conversation with her and her friend/boyfriend/husband(?) one evening a couple weeks ago, by chance, eating good pasta on the bar at Fragole.

She is in Berlin about now, on tour.

Kirstin Dehaan

Under the Richter Scale - Russian Roulette

And I’m screamin' cause no one’s listening
To our children whose eyes are watching
Oh we’re defining what’s worth living
Should be deceiving or should we be giving
Oh I’m begging for a little

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