Proud parent . . . of 115!

Tonight was the big production of the weKids choir.  I’m so stinkin’ proud of them it’s absurd.  As soon as someone throws up a video of them on  YouTube I’ll link here.  Needless to say, I’ve been at church since 8am and was tired and cranky and somehow once the music started for our preshow as the OVER 900 people showed up to watch our kids, it was worth every minute of it.  Now, I’m off to get some sleep.

Winter Jam

Tonight is a night I had been looking forward to for a long time.  I heard about winter jam from a promo email from JPJ arena in Charlottesville, and started asking if people wanted to go.  As usual, it was hard to get people that wanted to commit.  But last week, I had a group of 15 that wanted to go.  Today, four went.

That’s okay, though.  The four of us, all girls from LG, had a great time.  The lineup of bands was spectacular.  The tour was sponsored by Newsong, who I remember as a bunch of old guys that sounded like elevator music when I first heard them back in high school.  They’re a bit better, thankfully, and they sang the one song I remember (and liked) from when I was a kid, “Arise”.  It must be an anthem of sorts for them.  Plus I still loved every word.  Also performing: Fireflight (a bit loud, but okayish), Sidewalk Prophets, Robert Pierre, Tenth Avenue North, Newsboys, and Third Day.

The whole reason I wanted to go was to see the Newsboys with new frontman Michael Tait.  I remember when he first put out DC Talk, and thought it would be interesting to see how the Newsboys worked with him in the front as their former lead singer had such a distinctive sound and was really the one that took them out of the electronica genre into something you could actually sing with.  IT. WAS. AMAZING.  And just to pull out something that this (now officially) older crowd member could relate to, they ended the set with “Jesus Freak”.  I absolutely loved it.

Intermission, guest speaker, (it’s not a Christian concert if you don’t have a pitch for charity as well), then Tenth Avenue North.  I didn’t realize lead singer was from Fredericksburg!  Then Third Day.

What a great night.  Best $10 I’ve spent in a LONG time!!!

So are these lyrics brilliant or absurd?

Look, I have very particular music tastes.  I know this.  I enjoy a very wide variety of song genres, but the basic requirement is that it must have a lyric that I not only understand but enjoy singing along with as well.  Thus Broadway is a love because it hits all types, hits all genres, has lyrics you get, tells a story, and is just fun.

SXSW is always a great deal of fun for me, even though I don’t go.  The lovely performers make their music available for downloading, and I get it all.  Yes, all.  All 600+ songs each year.  It takes a bit of weeding, and some stuff you just know isn’t going to be worth listening to after three seconds.  And trust me–there is some weird stuff in there!

There are the surprises that you find and fall in love with.  April Verch.  Amos Lee.  Blackie and the Rodeo Killers.  Then there are those you already know that show up, like Chatham County Line, Flogging Molly, Aimee Mann, Kate Voegle, and so on.

It takes me awhile to weed through the songs, as I don’t get to listen to stuff at work like I used to.  Usually I keep between 100-125 songs from each year.  Some years are good for Rock, some for Singer/Songwriter, a few years ago it was AltCountry.  You never really know.  But I get some great stuff mixed in with the true lemons.

Then there is this one I ran across today.  I started to delete it, then it grew on me.  And I can’t decide if the lyrics are brilliant or just the stupidest thing I have ever heard.  It’s supposedly from a song called Lump by The Presidents of the United States of America–that’s how it downloaded at least.  You listen to it, and it’s, uh, well, not.  Turns out it’s actually a song called Peaches. Continue reading

WHAT is the NAME of that SONG??!!??!!

We all know that feeling, right? You hear a song on the radio and you go crazy trying to remember either the lyrics, the artist, or the title so that you can look it up or download it when you get home.

And it drives you absolutely insane until you can remember some snippet of something that gives you what you need to look it up.

Yes, that was the case for me today. I was driving back from the weekly hospital visit to work, and I had to lead a four-plus hour training class. Through the entire session I was thinking over and over again of one simple lyric.

Only problem was it was also part of a popular hymn, so everything I was looking up was turning in something I didn’t want.

But then again, while looking online for various possibilities, I also found a bunch of new music that I am looking forward to getting to know.

So if you’re looking for gift ideas, iTunes gift cards work well!!!