Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Musical Interlude (Selah)

The first draft of my new book -- topic: the Kingdom of God -- is finished, and is now resting quietly and comfortably until after Canada Day. Second draft will commence at that time.

In the interim, I'm polishing up the book version of Detoxing from Church, and sacrificing brain cells and bits of sanctification as I puzzle through all the hoops and hurdles of indie publishing (including e-publishing).

And, since I do almost everything with some kind of musical soundtrack, I am also listening to some great new music. Here's a sample of my musically diverse interests:

John Mayer's Born and Raised is a great listen in a roots-acoustic-rock style. Lyrically, it sounds as if Mayer has matured on a personal level, which makes the songwriting more credible. Standout tracks would be Queen of California, Shadow Days (with its musical odes to Bob Seger & the Beatles), Something Like Olivia, Whiskey Whiskey Whiskey, and the title track.
'And now for something completely different'...

A new album from Canadian rock icons Rush, Clockwork Angels, provides ample and convincing evidence that these three guys will not go quietly into that dark night of classic rock. This album is classic Rush without sounded dated. Crank it up and enjoy! Great tracks: Caravan, Seven Cities of Gold, The Anarchist, Headlong Flight, The Wreckers, and the title track.
Todd Agnew's newest release, How To Be Loved, is another great collection of personal reflections, worship songs, and new renditions of older hymns that Todd is known for. Musically, these songs are less diverse than some of Todd's earlier releases, but the resulting consistency is good. As always, the lyrical content is honest and transparent, and the new worship songs reflect that as well. Sounding great: The One You Want (personal favourite), Love Your Neighbor, Letting Go, God Undefeatable, House of Boxes, and Your Great Name.


  1. Interesting that 2 of 3 are not 'Christian bands". Also interesting is that their lyrics are clear and understandable with actual meaning as opposed to what passes for Christian rock today.I could see working to these.

  2. Hi Dave, thanks for dropping by and leaving a note!

    Yeah, I'm fairly flexible in what I listen to - within reason. When I find a Christian album that I like (increasingly rare these days), I'm thrilled. But as you noted, it ain't like it used to be. (there's probably a blog post that could be written about that...)

    And writing to music is -- for me, anyway -- about as natural as writing and breathing at the same time. :)