GIVEAWAY! – Passion: The Essential Collection [Saturday Morning Review]

Saturday Morning Review - Passion Essentials

Attending a Passion Conference one of the things in my bucket list. Every year the Passion Conference gets bigger, and this event is responsible for some of the most groundbreaking music. Besides the music Passion Movement led by the Atlanta-based pastor, Louie Giglio sees over 20 million college students across the globe awaken to the reality of an omnipotent and glorious Creator. Millions of young people mostly students from across the globe have joined the Passion movement, united across ... Continue Reading

‘Neon Steeple’ by David Crowder [Saturday Morning Review]

Saturday Morning Review - Neon Steeple

A few weeks ago, I had a Skype session with Eric Dye. Eric, though some of you may not know, is presently rocking a beard (think #NoShaveNovemberx2!). Somewhere in between talking about the great missionary work he is doing in Italy and my Nigerian story we talked a bit about Crowder’s beard, though not his music. Today, I want to talk a bit about Crowder’s beard sound, especially from his latest project titled “Neon Steeple." ... Continue Reading

Benefits of a Musical Education

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I am currently a music education teacher in a private Christian school and it amazes me every day what some of my students are capable of.  Some of my 1st and 2nd graders often spout out about how they listened to Mahler or Beethoven over the weekend!!  It also amazes me how often I hear that this or that public school has decided to discontinue their music programs due to lack of funding and students needing more (fill in the blank). Check out this interesting infographic on what some of the ... Continue Reading

Super Mario Tracks (on the Piano)

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At ChurchMag, we love a bit of Mario (who doesn't?!). We've featured the music from Super Mario music before, even played on wine glasses! But here's some epic versions of tracks from Mario played on the piano, and not just Super Mario, but also Cart, World and even Wii — now that's alot of Mario goodness! ... Continue Reading

How About Playing a Yaybahar Next Sunday?

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How would you like to have a Yaybahar at next Sunday's praise and worship service? This cool acoustic instrument designed by Gorkem Sen puts out the most unique, hypnotic sound. In the video below, you'll hear the Yaybahar captured in realtime without any additional effects added. It's pretty stinkin' amazing: ... Continue Reading

Music for the Pre-Winter Blues [Saturday Morning Review]

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In case you didn’t know, I live in the midwestern United States, where we’re expecting another depressingly frigid and snowy winter. Our Halloween jack o’lanterns had barely begun to rot before the frost began to fall. It’s the first week of November, and we’re fighting off SAD, a region-wide pumpkin spice addiction, and the overwhelming urge to start playing Christmas music before Thanksgiving. Now, my colleague James Cooper would have no problem at all with Christmas music out of season. ... Continue Reading

Does Playing Music Boost Productivity? [An Infographic & Grain of Salt]

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Music is for the ears what coffee is for the mouth: fuel! Creativity fuels creativity, and music is on of my favorite ways to “get int the mood” for creating. I almost always write with jazz (Davis, Brubeck, Coletrain) playing in the background, though I have listed to U2 and Explosions in the Sky as well. Apparently, though, music isn’t just fuel for creative people: everyone can benefit from listening to music while work—it's suppose to boost productivity! According to a recent study, ... Continue Reading

Exclusive Interview with Worship Leader Beth Croft [Giveaway]

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British Christian singer Beth Croft’s debut album “Rule My Heart” is one of my favorite albums released this year. Croft’s record debunks any reservation one may have towards debut efforts or new artists. With the released of her album 'Rule My Heart" British worship singer Beth Croft has managed to deliver a sound that transcends today’s (2014) worship music. Her debut album is such a solid effort, and I especially loved that “ Rule My Heart” centered around worship in a mild contemporary way ... Continue Reading

Salt of the Sound [Saturday Morning Review]

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I'm always on the lookout (or should that be listenout?) for new music. I've got an eclectic taste from classical and early choral to heavy rock via bluegrass and folk. It's not often I'll hear some music and think "I need to get that music ASAP" but that's what happened to me recently and I thought you might like it to! I first heard the music from 'Salt of the Sound' on 'Pray As You Go' a great daily prayer podcast from Jesuit Media Initiatives (different music features each day as an intro ... Continue Reading