May 10, 1999 / Circulation: 106!

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CCM Discussion List - Vol. III, No. 17

There's a God-shaped hole in all of us." -Tiffany Arbuckle, Wayne Kirkpatrick
In this issue: Notes of All Sorts Top This! Member Profile: Tobias Fritz Recommended reading Responses to TELL ME TELL ME

Editor: Allison McCulloch
Contributors: Tobias Fritz
Notes of All Sorts

Prayer artist of May is Viva Voce! Pray that they continue blessing their concert crowds with great music and that they'll write cool music in days to come.

Major mistake! The link for the CMS links was not listed in the last issue! It's:

Next week: A review of Sixpence's self-titled album! If you have any thoughts on it, please reply (that way it won't be one-sided!).

Top This! [as of 5/10/99]

#1 Adult Contemporary Single-- Caedmon's Call's "There You Go"
#1 CHR Single -- Caedmon's Call's "There You Go"
#1 Inspirational Single -- Al Denson's "Be"

#1 Christian Retail Top-Selling Album --IN A DIFFERENT LIGHT, Avalon
#1 Mainstream Retail Top-Selling Album -- SIXPENCE NONE THE RICHER, Sixpence None the Richer / Wk. 2!!

(info from

Member Profile: Tobias Fritz

(note: an edited version of Member Profiles will appear from now on. Full-length, very little edited versions of the Member Profiles will appear online at: PS-A warm welcome to Tobias, who just joined this week)

Has been listening to Christian music since: 1995
Listens to: 5% Secular, 95% Christian music

Age: 17
Hobbies: Music, reading, hanging out with friends, squash, hockey
Goals: To become whatever God wants me to! But my wishes are to either set up a cool Christian music shop here in Germany or to study physics (I know these are two completely different wishes, but anyway...)

Likes to hear: alternative, heavy metal, indie, (modern) rock, ska,

Favorite artist: King's X
Other artists you listen to: Switchfoot, Starflyer 59, Galactic Cowboys,

MxPx, Grammatrain, Sixpence, Poor old lu...

How did you get into CCM?
After I was baptized my mother took me to this little christian bookstore in our town and there I bought my first Christian CD "High Gear" by Whitecross! This was the beginning of a great love...

Perfect Band:
- Vocals: Pete Stewart, - Guitar 1: Jason Martin, - Guitar 2: Wally Farkas
- Bass Guitar: Doug Pinnick, - Drums: Ted Kirkpatrick
- Lyrics by Mike Herrera, Matt Slocum, Jonathan Foreman and Steve Taylor

Addt'l comments: All statements that I made change from day to day! I think, each band has an original style and it's hard to say one is the best! It's great God gave us the gift of music!!!

[Ed's Note: Thanks for joining! It looks like it'll be great fun to have you with us.]

Recommended Reading

And you thought I only recommended albums? There is an interesting, fictional book by Reed Arvin called WIND IN THE WHEAT. Now, what separates it from most Christian fiction books is that it has to do with the Christian music industry and how artists are sometimes faced with things like compromise. It's not a brilliant book, but it is very insightful if you like Christian music.

Responses To TELL ME

A. What is a topic that you think has not been covered by someone in the Christian music industry that should be?

(Tobias) I guess nearly every topic has been covered by SOME artist! Maybe the topic of young children dying... don't know!

B. Have you ever heard of Passion before? (the group that has the #1 Christian Retail Top-Selling Album this week)

(Tobias) No never heard something about it, but it's no wonder because I'm from Germany! In about two months I [will] probably hear something about them!

[Ed's note: Actually I've never heard of them either. If I find out anything about them, it will be posted in CMS next week]


A. Rate these singles: (1-Don't like 10-My favorite!!)

-Carolyn Arends' "Go With God"
-Caedmon's Call's "There You Go"
-Plumb's "God-Shaped Hole"

B. Jennifer Knapp and Sixpence None the Richer will be at least some of this summer's Lilith fair dates. What do you think about that?

*if you have a TELL-ME question, e-mail Allison with it at:

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