Third Day – “Move” album review

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I have been a Third Day fan since 1994, and since then, I have purchased every bit of media they have released, as well as seen them in concert around 35 times.  Needless to say, I have listened to a LOT of Third Day in the last 16 years.  Their latest album, Move, is easily their best album in a long time, if not of all time.  Musically, there isn't a lot of new ground broken here, but lyrically, it has been taken up several notches.  

On Third Day's self-titled release from 1995, their lyrics were what I like to call "straight-up Gospel".  In other words, there was no fluff, just Biblical truth.  Songs like "Holy Spirit" and Praise Song" were written like it was straight from the Bible.  Over the years, Third Day seemed to move away from that to a degree, which is fine, but on this new release, they are back to presenting the truth of the Gospel in music form.  Take the song "Children of God", for example:

Praise to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Our God and our King, to Him we will sing.
In His great mercy, He has given us life.
Now we can be called the children of God.

It's like reading an old hymn.  Another example, from "Trust in Jesus":

One of these days we all will stand in judgement 
for every single word that we have spoken
One of these days we all will stand before the Lord 
give a reason for everything we've done
And what I've done is trust in Jesus

See what I mean?  It's not your "generic" kind of lyrics, but honest, Biblical truth.  This kind of songwriting is such a refreshment in a sea of rubber-stamp Christian music.

Musically, the album has the unmistakable southern-rock sound that Third Day has all but trademarked in the Christian Music scene.  Mac Powell's vocals are better than ever, which is hard to imagine.  The guitars are thick and crunchy, in a melt-your-face-off kind of way.

Overall, this album is nothing short of incredible.  Do yourself a favor and go buy it, crank it up to 11, and put it on repeat.  You will be very glad you did.

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Me playing at Randy and Jenn’s wedding – some pics and a video

This past Saturday, I was honored to have been able to provide some music for a friend that got married.  THe wedding, originally scheduled to be held on the Gulf Coast but moved due to the oil spill, took place in Mountain Park GA.  It rained up until about 30 minutes before it started, and then it poured immediatly following the ceremony.  Great timing!

Anyways, here is a video of one of the songs I did, as well as some pictures of the event.

 

Unhear It – How to get that song out of your head

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We’ve all been there… you have a dang song stuck in your head, and you just can’t seem to shake it.  Unhear it is a new website that (sort of) solves that problem.  All it does really is give you a new song to have stuck in your head, but hey, variety is the spice of life, right?

 

Unhear It (via Lifehacker)

How to make an awesome “Track 1’s” iTunes playlist

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*note: this playlist on my computer has about 900 songs in it, this is all that would fit on one screen!*

If you have a large iTunes library, then you have probably had difficulty at times deciding just what to listen to.  Well, I have created a smart playlist in iTunes that is pretty darn awesome.

A smart playlist is similar to a regular playlist that you create in iTunes, only it is one that is based on certain criteria.  For this one, here was the criteria I used: 

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Notice that first item: Track Number is 1

That is the secret sauce to this playlist.  Most albums have a killer first track since it is the opening to the rest of the album, so I wanted to have the playlist contain only 1st tracks off of all of the cds in my library.  That is the most important part of this playlist.

Regarding the other criteria:

Time is greater than 1:00 / less than 6:00: That just makes sure I don’t get a bunch of 16 minute songs off of my Pink Floyd albums, and it also weeds out most of the “transitional” songs some albums have.

Media Kind is Music: This is so no movies or TV Shows get into the mix

Name does not contain intro: You know how some albums have the opening song that is an intro to the album?  They tend to be short and/or instrumental at times.  I want actual real songs in the playlist.

So there you have it.  This criteria should give you a pretty killer playlist.  Have some changes you would make?  Let me know in the comments!

It’s a Brand New Day

I feel free.  I know that sounds odd, but it’s true.  For the last 4 years or so, I have had something that has weighed me down as I have tried to live my life.  Sometimes I would go days without thinking about it, sometimes it would consume my thoughts all day and night.  The result of some dumb decisions has followed me and haunted me, and now it is finally over.  I wish I could express how that feels, but I can only imagine it is a bit like Red felt after finally getting out of Shawshank prison and meeting up with his good friend Andy in the movie Shawshank Redemption.

There is a song that does a darn good job of expressing exactly how I feel, and I wanted to share that with you.  It’s called “Brand New Day”, by Joshua Radin, and I encourage you to listen to it and read the lyrics.

It really is a brand new day, and I know that I WILL be ok 🙂

Brand New Day

Some kind of magic
Happens late at night
When the moon smiles down on me
And bathes me in it’s light

I fell asleep beneath you
In the tall blades of grass
When I woke the world was new
I never had to ask

It’s a brand new day
The sun is shining
It’s a brand new day
For the first time
In such a long long time
I know
I’ll be ok

Most kind of stories
Save the best part for last
Most stories have a hero who finds
You make your past your past
Ya you make your past your past

It’s a brand new day
The sun is shining
It’s a brand new day
For the first time
In such a long long time
I know
I’ll be ok

This cycle never ends
Gotta fall in order to mend

And it’s a brand new day
It’s a brand new day
For the first time
Inn such a long long time
I know
I’ll be ok