‘Songs of Innocence’ by U2 [Saturday Morning Review]

Songs of Innocence by U2

This past month, Apple announced the release of two new iPhones, and while that was really cool, I don't think anyone was really surprised. No, the truly shocking news of the day came from what I thought was going to be the most gimmicky moment of the whole event: Apple is giving away U2's new album, Songs of Innocence. Now, I’m not one you would ever call a “U2 fan.” I don’t dislike them; they simply weren’t on my cultural horizon as I grew up, save for a select few hits that most diehard ... Continue Reading

Diggin’ in the Carts: A Video Game Music Documentary

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I've never thought about it much until now. The influence that Japanese video game music has had on our culture is certainly underestimated. Just think of the hours and hours that gamers have listened to in the course of their life! In fact, in the documentary Diggin' in the Carts, they argue that video game music is Japan's number one exported art in the world. I'd have a hard time arguing that point. ... Continue Reading

‘The Undoing’ by Steffany Gretzinger [Music Review]

Saturday Morning Review - The Undoing

I love Steffany Gretzinger’s name. I love Steffany Gretzinger’s voice. The name Gretzinger is as unique and distinct as Steffany’s voice. Gretzinger is not a strange name (or face) to fans of Bethel Music, or the congregation at Bethel Church in Redding, CA. The singer has been part of the Bethel Music family for a long while so she isn’t exactly ’new’ in the Christian music scene. She has notably appeared on several of Bethel Music albums from “You Make Me Brave,” “The Loft Session,” “Be ... Continue Reading

‘Anomaly’ by Lecrae

Saturday Morning Review - Lecrae

The last time I listened to this much hip-hop, was when I got Toby Mac's ‘Eye on It.’ And before that, it had been a long time since I listened to much rap and hip-hop at all. When I was growing up, I listened to it ALL THE TIME and owned more than 100 Christian rap tapes—yes, tapes—and CDs. I was really into it. Times change and your tastes broaden, but I still have an ear for good rap. In fact, my wife had suggested I give Lecrae a try several times. Tim Challies digs Lecrae, so she figured I ... Continue Reading

VCVCBC Songwriting Studio 2.0 [Giveaway]

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VCVBC Songwriting Studio 2.0 for iOS is a great app for songwriters that works great on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. It also includes audio recording capabilities and tons of sharing options! This awesome “musical sketchpad” helps you organize your lyrics, chords, melodies and rhythms into beautiful chord charts. VCVCBC uses a very comfortable workflow to allow each songwriter to finish a song in the way they work best. This isn't a cookie cutter solution, it's for the songwriting artist. ... Continue Reading

Saturday Morning Reviews

Saturday Morning Review

Over the past several years, ChurchMag has posted various book and music reviews. Book reviews have traditionally been posted on occasion without any kind of consistency and the music reviews have been off and on just the same—titled: Turntable. I am not interested in ChurchMag becoming some kind of music and book review site, but I am interested in reviewing music and books that are relevant to the ChurchMag community. This would include music of various genres—not just worship—and the books ... Continue Reading

Are 3D Printed Instruments the Future? [Videos]

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Are 3D printed musical instruments the way of the future? Will we start to see 3D printed instruments as a part of our church worship bands? Will there be a split in the church—those for and those against 3D printed musical instruments? Or how about an extra praise and worship set following the classical and modern worship services? A little tongue in cheek, but stranger things have happened in church history. Now if you have any doubt to the quality of 3D printed instruments, ... Continue Reading

Turntable: “Seek You First” by Jordan and Kristin Rippy

Jordan and Kristin Rippy

Jordan and Kristin Rippy—a husband and wife duo from Lakeland, Florida has recently published its debut worship EP, "Seek You First"—a collection of 6 original worship songs—that hit the Top-20 on the iTunes charts in its genre. I love discovering new worship artists and songs and this one has been a real pleasure! To introduce them in their own words, "we have a passion for the presence of God and seeing lives transformed and people healed when they encounter Him. We love to join creativity ... Continue Reading

Tonight You Belong To Me [Video/Cute Warning]

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Here at ChurchMag we're normally all about the tech and geekness. However, we're also really all softies at heart and secretly we like cute things and ukuleles (well at least I like ukuleles...) So here is possibly one of the cutest uke songs and videos EVER MADE! I hope you're ready to go, “Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh.” ... Continue Reading