Aaron Gillespie (Underoath), The Writting on the Walls
April 4, 2011

Here is wishing a happy Monday to all the drummers, metal fans and Underoath friends out there.  If you aren’t one of those three, you may not really dig this video.  At least give it a shot, k?  Aaron Gillespie is an awesome drummer and in this video from Mein Cymbals, you get to watch a song from right behind his set.  What a treat!  Watch how the camera can’t really keep up with his hand speed.  And also, any singing you hear (besides from all the fans) is being done by him as well.  A drummer who sings, writes songs and plays guitar?  Unheard of, I say!  Especially in the world of metal and rock.  Sorry, Phil Collins, I know you’ve sold more records, but I am still a bigger fan of Aaron Gillespie!

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John Reuben featuring Matthew Thiessen, Nuisance
March 28, 2011

Haha!  If you’ve ever worked in an office you will resonate with this video.  I love the attitude that both artists present.  John Reuben is a fantastic writer and rapper and Matthew Thiessen brings that extra pop element to keep you going this monday.  I hope you aren’t being a nuisance at work but that everyone sees how hard you work and God gets the glory for it!  But if you do have an odd moment, making a sun out of post-its for your work space may not be a bad idea…

The truth?  We can do better than just okay.  We must, we are called to grow more and more like Christ everyday.  Don’t let life let you get all passive and bland.  Don’t spend all your time on you.  Don’t chase after the deceitfulness of getting rich.  Think about eternal things, about doing things of real significance.  Catch fire and burn for Christ, He’s worth it.

Lincoln Brewster, Salvation is Here
March 21, 2011

This week I bring you Lincoln Brewster’s version of Salvation is Here.  After reading the posts underneath this video on Youtube I am honestly suprised.  Apparently, there are people out there who don’t think this is a viable worship song.  Their main argument seems to be that it is Lincoln on display and not God.  I happen to have a couple of thoughts on that.

First, who gave Lincoln his talent and put it on his heart to pursue it?

Second, why does Christian music have to be lame to be God-honoring?  Surely as Christians we have reason to pursue excellence more than other artists because we do not do so for ourselves.

Third, what is the purpose of the music video?  Are you really capable of being in an honest state of worship while watching a music video on Youtube?  No, probably you have eight tabs open linking you into your facebook, email, blog and whatever else you are on the internet to do.  Face it, the internet is a good tool, but as a medium, is really weak at being a tool for worship.  That’s what corporate worship, prayer and scripture are for.  We live in a world that thrives on entertainment and some element of the video has to be entertaining for it to achieve its purpose as a video.

Finally, who is the video reaching with its words.  If you want sweet hymnal style music, go find it, there is plenty out there.  But chances are this song is a great bridge for our secular friends who also happen to be guitar snobs.  Your basic Steve Vai or Stevie Ray Vaughn fan is not going to care for most worship music because the artist cannot play guitar like that.  Yet, here is an honest, talented, Christian artist who can.

Chances are if you thought this song puts Lincoln on display over the internet, you would be just as upset sitting in his worship service.  So, really evaluate, is his music selfish?  Or is it a fantastic way to bridge the musical gap to our unsaved guitarist fans?

The City Harmonic, Manifesto
March 14, 2011

I was a little hesitant posting this song on the blog since it is getting fairly significant airplay already.  But you know what?  A great song is a great song.  Our worship band, ninethirty, has done this song twice and it has blessed our service.  Musically, it is simple, singable and yet rocks.  Gotta love it.  I will write more soon about how this specific song has ministered in my life and my church’s life.  Until then…Happy Monday!

Project 86, Spy Hunter
March 7, 2011

Welcome back to Music Video Mondays!  I hope you were able to live without these during the month of February.  I’m sure, if you were like me, you ate yourself stupid on chocolate.  Therefore, you should be okay, if a little heavier.  And speaking of heavy…

Spy Hunter.  One of my favorite videos by Christian metal and rock band, Project 86.  Having seen them live and being a fan since Drawing Black Lines, I have a lot to say about their evolution and songwriting.  But it’s monday, so I won’t.  HAPPY?

Instead enjoy this dark and funny video.  Can I also just add how much it would be hurt to be hit with a Les Paul from behind?

Additionally, everyone is being very picky about who embeds their videos.  Web 2.0 my hiney.  Anyway, follow the link.

http://www.mtvmusic.com/artist/project_86/videos/216337/spy_hunter

Flatfoot 56, Brotherhood
January 24, 2011

There has been more than one moment where I thought to myself that I would just make this a Flatfoot 56 fan blog.  Well, I won’t, but I still love this band!  Enjoy the energy, the driving punk beat and don’t forget to shout, “Oi, oi!”

Vota, Hard to Believe
January 17, 2011

Super busy trying to finish the Sing it Out E.P. so it is  a short post this week!

This week is yet another video that makes me smile.  I love the way this is shot and the great use of color and repetition.  Plus, I just dig the song’s groove.  Peace.

The Afters, Never Going Back to Okay
January 10, 2011

So I realize that the Afters are a radio friendly band.  They can crank out the top 40 hits with the best of them.  It is nice to see though that they can still have a little fun.  This music video is here simply because it makes me smile.  There is plenty to look at and everyone involved has a high level of energy that is both uplifting and liberating.  Who wants moody emo music all the time?  Not me.  Enjoy!  And because I haven’t said it yet, Happy 2011.  May the Lord make himself famous in your life this year.

Family Force 5, Radiator
January 3, 2011

Family Force 5 has been the topic of controversy amongst plenty.  In trying to innovate, they have been demonized by many for not fitting cleanly into one genre or another.  You know what I say to that?  Big deal!  I like this song, and with the exception of some over the top costumes in the video for Love Addict, I enjoy this band.  Here it is, if you haven’t already heard it, Radiator, by Family Force 5.  Kick it this Monday!

David Crowder, How He Loves
December 27, 2010

I know this is not an underground song.  You can get over it, it is still awesome.

I love David Crowder in a purely platonical way.  We all know, so I’m just going to say it, he is funny looking.  No offense, but he kinda wierds my wife out too.  She really has a hard time watching this music video.  I, however, enjoy it thoroughly.  One of Crowder’s best qualities is the character in his voice and in this video I feel like he is singing straight to me.  After the band kicks it up in the top floor of the barn, they effectively use some simple lighting effects and a great mix of sped up videography as well as general rocking out.  Besides that, it is a great song.  Enjoy!