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

‘Love Ran Red’ by Chris Tomlin [Saturday Morning Review]

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Chris Tomlin has appropriately been dubbed as the most sung artist on the planet by CNN. Nope, not Beyonce, Katy Perry, or even Justin Bieber. For Christian music lovers, this was a huge milestone in Christian music. Chris Tomlin is a household name as every given Sunday in the U.S about 60,000 - 120,000 churches are singing one of Tomlin's songs. Chris Tomlin has been delivering hit after hit, classic after classic, and on his latest effort he continues to soar. His new album titled “Love ... Continue Reading

‘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]

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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