Review – Hear Me

Who’s up for some new music? Yesterday, Kyle Sherman released his debut CD called “Hear Me”. I’ve been previewing it for the last few weeks and it is worth the download. With a style all his own, it’s hard to compare Kyle to any current artists. If I had to, I would say that he reminds me of Bebo Norman a little bit. I enjoyed the CD and think you will too. If you’re not familiar with Kyle Sherman, here’s more information: Album Bio Fort Worth-based singer-songwriter Kyle Sherman recently signed on as the flagship artist to brand new label … Continue reading Review – Hear Me

Review – The End Is Where We Begin

BOOM! I have been waiting for this day for about two years. Actually, it was almost two years ago to the day that I received the epic “Welcome to the Masquerade” CD in the mail from a friend and my love affair with the band Thousand Foot Krutch began. Song after song, my son and I were hooked on this group we had never heard of before. We wore that CD out that summer. It was an incredible CD and is still on regular rotation at my house. So how do you follow something like that? Ladies and gentleman, let … Continue reading Review – The End Is Where We Begin

Better Than I Used To Be

I know how to hold a grudge I can send a bridge up in smoke And I can’t count the people I’ve let down, the hearts I’ve broke You ain’t gotta dig too deep If you wanna find some dirt on me I’m learning who you’ve been Ain’t who you’ve got to be It’s gonna be an uphill climb Aww honey I won’t lie I ain’t no angel I still got a still few more dances with the devil I’m cleanin up my act, little by little I’m getting there I can finally stand the man in the mirror I … Continue reading Better Than I Used To Be

Nashville Half Marathon Playlist

After many changes, tweeks, additions and subtractions, I present for your (dis)approval my Nashville Half Marathon playlist. In the morning we will push off for Nashville and on Saturday morning I’ll hit the streets with these songs pumping through the iPod. Last year I recorded my worst half marathon time in Nashville and anticipate shattering that with an even worse final time this year. Due to an abbreviated training, several physical ailments and issues, the goal on Saturday is to FINISH. These songs should help. Let the debate begin… Continue reading Nashville Half Marathon Playlist

Songs About Rain

I’m not sure about you, but I have had just about enough of this rain. I’m not a guy that gets too up or down with the changes in the weather, but this has been an amazing run of precipitation. A few weeks ago I put down some grass seed (which STILL hasn’t started to grow) so I actually welcomed the free watering of the lawn. Not anymore. So, in order to break up the madness a bit, I started threads on facebook and twitter yesterday. On facebook, I simply said “Songs about rain…GO”. On twitter, I began quoting lyrics … Continue reading Songs About Rain

Way Back Wednesday – Petra

A few weeks ago our awesome sound team at Journey Church played some Petra for the before service background music. I have been singing “Grave Robber” ever since. That prompted me to post a thread onfacebook this morning about Petra. We’ve got a pretty good discussion going on over there so I figured I would bring it here too. My question is this: What is your favorite Petra song or memory? I remember seeing them in concert and thinking “Judas Kiss” was “hard rock”. Compared to what my 10 year old and I are listening to now, Petra is lite rock … Continue reading Way Back Wednesday – Petra

My Interview With FM Static

I was discussing my love of the soon-to-be released FM Static CD “My Brain Says Stop But My Heart Says GO!” with my dear friend Lori yesterday. She was kind enough to arrange an interview with FM Static and Thousand Foot Krutch Frontman Trevor McNevan. For those not familiar with FM Static (yet), 2 of the members of the band are also members of Thousand Foot Krutch (my absolutely favorite band). FM Static is a side project you’re going to want to check out. The new CD drops on April 5th. I’ll be giving a copy away soon so stay … Continue reading My Interview With FM Static

FM Static

It’s been well documented here, but “the boy” and I love us some Thousand Foot Krutch. So when a few of the guys from TFK stepped on a side project for a band called “FM Static“, it should be no surprise that I’m following along. Coming April 5th will be the new CD from FM Static called “My Brain Says Stop, But My Heart Says Go”. Thanks to my friend Lori, I’ve had the opportunity to listen to it and it’s SLAMMIN’! Then again, I am a bit biased. Check out the song below and see for yourself. They have … Continue reading FM Static

February 20th

I could not let this upcoming date pass without noting it’s importance. It’s not a date that jumps out on my calendar, but it is a date that will forever remain a thankful day for the family of Steven Curtis Chapman. You see, it was on February 20, 2008 that their precious daughter Maria Sue Chapman accepted Jesus into her heart. On that date, she wrote her name in the book of life. As you all know by now, Maria Sue was tragically killed not long after that day. I chose this moment, this date to remind myself how thankful … Continue reading February 20th

Not Alone

I might be late for the party on this band but I am seriously digging “Red” right now. I’m actually a little disappointed that I missed them a few weeks ago when we went to the Winter Jam tour (they performed before we got there). I am pumped that we’ll get to see them this summer at Creationfest. That is going to be a ROCKIN’ couple of days for the family and I. Today I pumped the latest CD from Red in my ipod and hit the streets. It was my first run outside in several weeks and to be … Continue reading Not Alone

An Evening To Remember

So I’ve been talking about the Rock and Worship Roadshow for several months now. I’ve been talking about Thousand Foot Krutch even longer. Little did I know when “the boy” and I left for Dayton what the evening had in store. Once we arrived at the Nutter Center, thanks to our shirts we jumped the line and quickly found a place to sit. We enjoyed hearing Anthem Lights, Matt Maher, Jars of Clay and The Afters but there was really only two bands we were there to see. MercyMe and Thousand Foot Krutch (TFK) didn’t disappoint AT ALL!

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The Reason For The World

One thing about social media (good or bad) is that it thrusts you into the lives of others. It’s almost scriptural in that we can rejoice with those rejoice and mourn with those that mourn. If there was a year 2011 version of the bible it was say “Like status updates with those that rejoice and unlike status updates with those who mourn”. Regardless, it can make or break your day when you care enough about your friends and read whats going on in their lives. I post this today for several friends that are having a tough go of … Continue reading The Reason For The World

All Good

If you’re checking the blog to see me go on a rant after the Tar Heels lose to Duke it’s not going to happen. It’s all good. I won’t go into any analysis (although I have tons of it). I won’t go into cliches about moral victories or better teams. Tomorrow is another day (oops, that was a cliche wasn’t it). Literally though, tomorrow is another day and tomorrow night is going to be a GREAT night. “The boy” and I have our shirts to jump the line and we’re headed to Dayton for The Rock and Worship Roadshow. Cannot … Continue reading All Good

What Makes A Great Song?

Last night at dinner, my wife asked a GREAT question. Before I get to her question, let me give you some background information. My wife listens to music “recreationally”. In other words, if it is on she will listen to it, but she doesn’t need music to be on to complete whatever task she is working on (driving, running, working around the house). I on the other hand need music to be on at all times. Music is like a soundtrack for my life. I can give you specific things I was doing when I hear a song, or tell … Continue reading What Makes A Great Song?

“Crazy Love” Winner!!

Tonight’s the big night…It’s time to announce the winner in my “Crazy Love” giveaway for the new Hawk Nelson CD…appropriately called…”Crazy Love”. This was, by far, the highest traffic giveaway I have ever done. That is 99.9% (the rest might have been human error and had nothing to do with me) because of Hawk Nelson and their incredible following. This CD is only going to grow that fan base and make those that are already fans of this band that much stronger. It is one of their best. I’ve been listening to it for about a week now and can’t … Continue reading “Crazy Love” Winner!!

Light Up The Sky

On Thursday, February 10th, “The Boy” and I will be lighting up the sky in Dayton, Ohio. Since they announced the tour dates for the Rock and Worship Roadshow, we have eagerly anticipated this date! Obviously the driver for us was to once again rock out to our favorite band, Thousand Foot Krutch, but we’re pretty pumped to also see MercyMe, Jars of Clay and the band in the video below, The Afters. We even ordered the shirts to allow us to jump the line so we can be one of the first to get in. Hopefully we’ll be front … Continue reading Light Up The Sky

Free Copy of "Crazy Love"!

Tis the season of love (Valentines Day that is) and I’m giving away some CRAZY LOVE!! More specifically I am giving away the wicked great new CD by the guys from Hawk Nelson. If you are a Hawk Nelson fan you will crazy love this CD. If you’re not a fan of Hawk Nelson or have not heard them than you really should be! Thanks to my friend Lori at Overture Media, I have become a pretty big fan of this band. This CD does not disappoint. Driven by the book “Crazy Love” by Francis Chan, Hawk Nelson set out to create … Continue reading Free Copy of "Crazy Love"!

Free Copy of “Crazy Love”!

Tis the season of love (Valentines Day that is) and I’m giving away some CRAZY LOVE!! More specifically I am giving away the wicked great new CD by the guys from Hawk Nelson. If you are a Hawk Nelson fan you will crazy love this CD. If you’re not a fan of Hawk Nelson or have not heard them than you really should be! Thanks to my friend Lori at Overture Media, I have become a pretty big fan of this band. This CD does not disappoint. Driven by the book “Crazy Love” by Francis Chan, Hawk Nelson set out to create … Continue reading Free Copy of “Crazy Love”!

Less Than Perfect

This is sure to get hate mail…but here goes… Do you pray for celebrities? It’s no secret that I am a fan of P!nk (the singer not the color). Before you think it’s some weird obsession thing, I’m not that kind of fan of hers. As an artist, as a lyricist, I appreciate her. She is raw, obscene, dark and often off-color. One thing is for sure…she’s honest. In a time and an age when we all talk about being afraid to be “who we are”, we often criticize those that are. To quote P!nk herself: Done looking for the … Continue reading Less Than Perfect

Behind The Music – "Lucy"

Have you ever heard a song and thought “I wonder what they were trying to say when they wrote this song”? Sometimes it’s good to NOT understand because it leaves it open for interpretation. “Lucy” by the band Skillet is that kind of song. I drew some early conclusions but wasn’t 100% sure what they were after. Here’s what I found out… Vocalist and chief songwriter John Cooper told StereoTruth.net: “Typically I don’t write in a way where a song can have an open ended interpretation, but this is a song about loss and can be applied to a whole range … Continue reading Behind The Music – "Lucy"

Behind The Music – “Lucy”

Have you ever heard a song and thought “I wonder what they were trying to say when they wrote this song”? Sometimes it’s good to NOT understand because it leaves it open for interpretation. “Lucy” by the band Skillet is that kind of song. I drew some early conclusions but wasn’t 100% sure what they were after. Here’s what I found out… Vocalist and chief songwriter John Cooper told StereoTruth.net: “Typically I don’t write in a way where a song can have an open ended interpretation, but this is a song about loss and can be applied to a whole range … Continue reading Behind The Music – “Lucy”

One Last Christmas

I was listening to Air1 today and they told this incredible behind the music story of the latest offering by Matthew West called “One Last Christmas”. As you may or may not know, when preparing for his latest CD, Matthew West spent time in a cabin writing music based on stories that people had emailed to him. The story of Dax Locke was one of the many he received. WARNING: This video has been known to cause a tear or two. For more information about how you can help the Locke family you can visit Matthew West’s web site (HERE) Continue reading One Last Christmas

Columbus Half Marathon Playlist

It’s been awhile since I created a new playlist from the ground up. It’s LONG overdue. While I love the playlists I have used in the past, they are the same playlists that I listen to every single time I hit the streets for a run. You will note that this list is heavy on the Thousand Foot Krutch. They are my current band of choice and certainly when it comes to running. I tend to like the rhythm of an electric guitar or a strong rap to keep the beat. It also allows my mind to focus on the … Continue reading Columbus Half Marathon Playlist

Tomorrow Night

A few months ago my friend Lori sent me a few CD’s to review. While I had heard of Thousand Foot Krutch before, I had never listened to any of their music. “The boy” had a baseball game out of town so I grabbed the CD and we popped it in the car as we made the trip. Together, the two of us discovered the greatness that is the “Welcome To The Masquerade” CD. A love affair with Thousand Foot Krutch was born and we quickly looked for a date on the calendar when they would be in good old … Continue reading Tomorrow Night

Tagged! 15 Albums

I got one of those meme or tags or whatever you call them recently on facebook from a friend. Since I don’t cruise facebook too often, I answered his meme in the comment but thought it was worth posting again here. Mainly because I’d love to hear yours as well. Here was the deal: The rules: Don’t take too long to think about it. Fifteen albums you’ve heard that will always stick with you. List the first fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes. Quickly, and in no particular order… It should be no surprise that my … Continue reading Tagged! 15 Albums

The Hard Way

Some people gotta learn the hardway I guess I’m the kinda guy That has to find out for myself I had to learn the hardway, Father I’m on my knees and I’m crying for help Now I’ve been high and I’ve been low I’ve been some places that you will not go I never thought there would come the day When I wished I never would’ve lived this way But I’ve been searching for a long, long time I thought the devil was a friend of mine I turned my back on everything that was true And wasted years that … Continue reading The Hard Way

Dancing in the Minefields

Double post Thursday!! I usually don’t have this many youtube videos back-to-back but this one needed to make it to the web. One of my favorite songs is a song by Andrew Peterson called “The Chasing Song“. One of the many reasons I like that song is because it tells a great story. Great songs tell great stories. Andrew Peterson is a great story teller. His latest project “Counting Stars” features a song called “Dancing in the Minefields”. I post this today because there is so much truth in this song. If you’re married, this song will resonate with you as … Continue reading Dancing in the Minefields

Hawk Nelson

I used to think I was pretty hip on the music scene. Now I’m starting to think I’m hip to be square. For the second time in the last few months, I am about as late as an 8 track on a great band. Even my wife said “I heard them at the Revolve Tour a few years ago…they’re good”.  For those that just woke up from the same music hibernation I have been in, I have two words for you….Hawk Nelson! Because “The Boy” and I are planning on rocking out with our favorite band “Thousand Foot Krutch” at … Continue reading Hawk Nelson