October 20, 1999 / Circulation: 114! Welcome to the
In this issue: • Notes of All Sorts • Top This! • New Releases • Responses to TELL ME • TELL ME "If Christ Himself were standing here/Face full of glory and eyes full of tears/ And He held out his arms and His nail-printed hands/ Is there any way you could say no to this man?" -Mickey Cates, recorded by Julie Miller
Christian Music Summary - Vol. III, No. 24
For those of you who don't know, I'm now attending Belmont University and haven't sent out CMS for two months because I needed to adjust being here. But I've adjusted and I'll get the issues out more regularly. My new personal e-mail is email@example.com if any of you need to ask me about anything, otherwise e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll get back to you ASAP.
LOOK OUT: It is rumored that DC Talk is breaking up, and their management isn't denying it!
[contributed by Rebekah] Ben Miller, Shaded Red's drummer, has left the band.
Feel free to send any of your thoughts, comments or reviews pertaining to do with Christian music.
#1 Adult Contemporary Single-- Twila Paris: "Run to You"
#1 CHR Single -- Audio Adrenaline: "Get Down"
#1 Inspirational Single -- Twila Paris: "I Choose Grace"
#1 Christian Retail Top-Selling Album -- A CHRISTMAS STORY, Point of Grace
#1 Mainstream Retail Top-Selling Album -- VOICE OF AN ANGEL, Charlotte Church
(info from www.ccmmagazine.com)
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Tonio K.: Yugoslavia (Gadfly) Sept. 28
Eli: SECOND-HAND CLOTHING (ForeFront) Oct. 19
Amy Grant: A CHRISTMAS TO REMEMBER (Myrrh) Oct. 19 (Limited edition single avail. From Family Christian Bookstores)
Rich Mullins: SONGS II (Reunion) Oct. 26
Jars of Clay: IF I LEFT THE ZOO (Essential) Nov. 9
[Only members of JOC's fan club can have a chance to own Stringtown, The Live Album.] Go to this address by Oct. 31 to win it: http://www.ifileftthezoo.com/
A. What is the most surprising Christian music album you've ever bought?
(Beta David) I listen to music before I buy it and there have been a few surprises just the same. Latest was Christine Glass. I had her old CD but I traded it in. It was something someone said that changed my mind about it... Hard to explain. I didn't think I'd like the new one, but after listening to many, that one just felt right. I sometimes think I'd like to listen to more `mainstream` Christian music but I always seem to like the unique bands. I'm pretty picky about lyrics.
(Bright Eyes) That would have to be SONGS by Rich Mullins. I had heard a lot about him, but I'd never really heard any of his music. I got it for free from a music club and fell immediately in love with it! Now, I'm a huge Rich Mullins admirer!
(Christina S.) That would HAVE to be Joy Electric's "CHRISTIANsongs". I bought it cause I'd heard them at GMA week back in April but I didn't know how the CD would be, but once I listened to it, I like fell in love. It's one of the best albums ever produced; that's my honest opinion. I mean, I knew Skillet would rock, I knew all these different cd's would rock, but joy e really impressed me!! Seriously, if you're iffy and you think you might like it, I definitely say buy it and give it a chance!
(David G.) Redemption, WhiteHeart - CURB Records -1997 The guys wrote impressive lyrics and the musical mood goes clearly from a desperate and blue 'who am I' to a joyful 'one way, one truth, one life, one Lord, Jesus' Just great! The best NOT modern rock album in my opinion.
(Jason E.) Wide Eyed by Nichole Nordeman. I had no idea that the lyrics and music would be so good. Where I Stand by Twila Paris was a surprise too.
(Jonathan N.) Silage - "Vegas Car Chasers" Got it for $1.00 (I'll buy almost anything at that price). I didn't really care for their first album a lot. It was OK. But "Vegas" is a great rock album with many mature/ well-crafted rock and pop songs. One of my favorite albums of recent memory.
(Kirsten) The Waiting's self-titled album. I had been encouraged by a few people to buy it, but was very surprised once I began listening. I didn't expect to fall in love with it. They definitely aren't typical. They have the most incredible lyrics I've found in Christian music. They take Christianity beyond the pew and into the personal realm. This CD is currently the only Christian album in my stereo right now as one of the artists I listen to as I fall asleep each night.
(Rebekah) Burlap to Cashmere's "Anybody Out There?" Dave from Shaded Red dragged me to Burlap's concert at Creation. I didn't really want to go because I didn't think I would like it. I was AMAZED by the concert; it was so AWESOME! I went home and bought the CD, thinking it couldn't be as good as they are live, but it's just so freakin' amazing! It's one of my favorite CDs!
(Tobias) Starflyer 59 - Gold I hated it when I listened to it for the first time but after some more listens it just blew me!
B. What is the coolest/strangest piece of Christian music memorabilia that you have come across?
(Beta David) (coolest) A letter from my favourite musician who will have to remain anonymous.
(Christina S.) Well, a friend of mine likes collecting people's sharpies. Also, all star always gives my sister weird little cool things like set lists and stuff, cause she does they're site, so she's always getting the hook up.
(David G.) Not quite 'memorabilia' [unless the cover counts], just an 'old' new CD by Kerry Livgren, "Prime Mover II", a re-recording of an album first released on Sparrow Records, 1988. Kerry plays almost all the instruments, and Warren Ham adds harmonica and woodwinds to his impressive voice. A song first made for Kansas [Fair Exchange], and an 'unfinished' song found on an old cassette [Item 89] make up for a collection piece ... and it rocks! http://www.kspress.com/livgren
(Jason E.) One of my friends got Stu G's (Delirious?) water bottle after a concert in Texas.
(Jonathan N.) None, really. I do have a ton of band stickers on my keyboard case, though.
(Kirsten) My parents' record collection of early Christian music, circa 1976-1984. They were youth pastors at the time, and kept up on the "latest" in Christian rock. Most of it is from before I was born. Matching their collection up with mine is like an anthology of the progression from early Jesus music to our modern genres.
(Rebekah) I have one of the guys from Code Of Ethics' towel... and my friend has one of their water bottles.
A. Have you heard of Waterdeep? If so, what do you think of them?
B. Who is a Christian artist you have listened to that has changed their musical style? Do you like the way they changed or not? Why?
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