Happy New Year 2015

Make sure you get some ham, cabbage and black-eyed peas for New Year’s Day.
I have some stories planned about familiar topics from 2014 with some changes coming sometime this year. For instance, I hope to begin a periodic review of new studies in the social sciences along with some guest articles from experts in other fields as well.
Hope to be part of the cure…

Modern Post (Dustin Kensrue) – Child of Glory

Former Mars Hill Church worship director and elder Dustin Kensrue has released a extended play collection of songs with a Christmas them. Titled “Lowborn King,” Kensrue released the work under the name, “Modern Post.” Here is a selection from the EP, Child of Glory:
Kensure has this to say about the collection of songs:
ModernPostEPCover“I love Christmas songs and there’s a few classics on this EP that I haven’t tackled before, as well as a new arrangement of my song “This Is War” with an added bridge that some friends and I wrote a couple years back. There’s also my new arrangement of a great song called “Child of Glory” by my friend Brian Eichelberger, who is also the producer of this EP and The Water & The Blood. Lastly I wrote a new arrangement of Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, a very old Christmas hymn that we lifted a bit out of it’s overly somber vibe and added a new chorus. In the end, I think that what really defined the overall direction for this project was that rather than trying to shoot for some sort of classic Christmas vibe, we set out to let the lyrical content really drive the arrangements and moods of each song and I’m really pleased with the result. For more info on why I’m releasing this under “The Modern Post” name, check out this post at dustinkensrue.com.”
Kensrue was one of the nine pastors who called on Mark Driscoll to enter a restoration plan. Their call came before the Board of Elders investigation concluded the same thing. Eventually Driscoll resigned rather than face accountability to his elders.
I will listen to some of these songs year round, especially Child of Glory and This is War. Long time fans of Thrice and Kensrue’s work will know his work instantly but let me hasten to add that there is something fresh about the arrangements as well.

Derek Webb: Your Heart Breaks in All the Right Places

Derek Webb is a really nice fellow who is super talented. I once sat in a worship leaders meeting where he was speaking and immediately liked him. This is a beautiful song from his 2013 album.
Cause your heart breaks, your heart breaks in all the right places.
Your heart breaks, your heart breaks in all the right places.

Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young – Carry On

Seemed appropriate.  The harmonies on this track take me somewhere else while I sit still and know.
“Rejoice, rejoice, we have no choice but to carry on.”
“To sing the blues you’ve got to live the dues and carry on.”
“Love is coming. Love is coming to us all.”
More than we know.

Collective Soul – Shine

One of Collective Soul’s best songs. Huge sound with mysterious lyrics most can relate to.
Give me a word
Give me a sign
Show me where to look
Tell me what will I find
Lay me on the ground
Fly me in the sky
Show me where to look
Tell me what will I find
Oh, heaven let your light shine down