Last night, for the sixth consecutive year, Kristin and I had the opportunity to go see Andrew Peterson’s “Behold The Lamb Of God” show at the Ryman in Downtown Nashville. Obviously it’s become a yearly tradition for us and every year I am completely taken back by how amazing of a songwriter he is. I can honestly say I don’t think there are many better writers out there making music today. Anyway, I know I’ve blogged about it before, but I can’t say enough good things about this show. It’s one of the dates with Kristin I look most forward to every year.
There were a couple new faces this year involved in the tour, but for the most part it was the same folks that it is every year. I could give some eloquent ‘review’ of the show, but I don’t think it would do it justice. If the tour ever comes even remotely close to where you are, it’d be in your best interest to go. And continue to go year after year.
Here’s a song that Andrew played last night during the first half of the show that left every married couple in the room in a pile of mush.
There’s no reason in my mind that this band isn’t massive. Downhere is one of the most creative, underrated Christian bands out there in my opinion. Their music makes me feel like I should be in the back alley of some dark, foreign puppet movie…. in a good way. There’s something eclectic and fiction about it, but somehow still unbelievably appealing.
I remember getting their first record when it came out and shortly after, read a review that said they sounded like Third Day. Now, I don’t remember who wrote that review but I don’t think they had any idea what they were talking about. Not that Third Day or Downhere’s sounds are bad, but certainly not the same.
So anyway, check this out. Today, in the attempt of getting in the holiday spirit, I decided to check out Downhere’s Christmas record ‘How Many Kings’. Someone from their label sent me it a while back and I just got around to listening to it. Now, I’m not normally a fan of Christmas music, but this record again, takes you to some fictional place and makes you expect to see Pinocchio walk around the corner of some cobblestone street. Sorry if that doesn’t make sense. It does in my head.
So anyway, if you’re looking for something to get you into that Christmas Spirit this is a good call…. And when have I ever steered you wrong? I’m even allowed to give away one of the songs. I’m sure it’s some way for their label to get me to advertise for them, but you all know me better than that, and this isn’t even an artist that works with SkörInc, so you know I must like it.
Anyway, grab the free song, then go get the rest of the album and have an awesome holiday season in a fictional place that probably only exists in my head. I should stop talking…. go get the record… and the free song. This band is ridiculous.
Today’s the day folks. Daniel Renstrom’s ‘On The Incarnation’ is officially available on iTunes and at his store. Now here’s the deal. There is absolutely no reason you wouldn’t buy this record. I’ve never been a huge fan of Christmas music because it all seems to sound the same, but there are two records that have changed that for me. Andrew Peterson’s ‘Behold The Lamb Of God’ and Daniel’s ‘On The Incarnation’.
So here’s what we are going to do. Fist up, you’re going to go buy the record. Then you are going to love it. Then I want to hear your favorite song on here. Then you will love the record so much that you will blog about it, put it on your Facebook and Twitter about it. Sounds like an awesome plan huh?
Here’s my favorite.
So that’s your project today. So let’s hear it. Favorite song on the record? Go.
In six days you’re going to buy something. You’re going to buy Daniel Renstrom’s ‘On The Incarnation’ and then you’re going to thank Daniel for making such an amazing Christmas record and then you will thank me for forcing you to buy it.
Seriously though. This is one of those records that you absolutely don’t want to not have. That’s right. Threw a double-negative in there for ya. ’Don’t want to not have’. That means you crazy want to have it. In fact, you might want multiples so you can give them out for Christmas presents.
So here’s the thing. I’d show you a song right now on here, but I think Daniel would kill me. So in time we’ll show you a song, and I’ve heard rumor of even a song giveaway.
For now head over to Daniel’s Blog and check out some of his previews of the songs.
I hope everyone had a great Christmas. Our day was pretty full but totally relaxed. Today we are going to brave going out and stopping in on some places my parents have been wanting to go, and trying to avoid all the ‘Christmas Money spenders’.
I promise to have a more substantial post later today, but wanted to drop in and see what your plans were for the day after Christmas. So let’s hear it. How does your family spend the day after? Recovering? Playing? Shopping? Traveling? Exchanging?
Alright peeps, here’s the deal. Since I know a lot of us won’t be checking in on many blogs for the next two days, but I wanted to keep the Christmas spirit alive on this here blog and I’d love for you to be a part of it. Here’s how.
(1) Take a picture of your Christmas Tree
(2) Email that picture to firstname.lastname@example.org
(3) Check out other folks trees at SkörInc’s Flickr Page
(4) Spread the word and let’s get as many people’s trees as we can.
(5) Do something other than be on the computer for Christmas.
Sounds easy enough right? Who’s with me?
So check this out. Kristin’s dad knows a guy who owns a limo service. Turns out that this time of year this particular limo service (and maybe others, but I have never heard of it) does a Christmas light tour. Yeah, I know. I’d never heard of it, but it sounds kind of awesome. Well, because Kristin’s dad knows this guy, guess what we are doing tonight?
I’ve only been in a limo one time and that was when I spent all of my adolescent money on a non-dancing, Christian high school Homecoming dinner, but tonight we will all get ready and this limo is going to pick us all up for the evening. Kristin’s dad, my parents, us and the kids, will grab some pizza’s or snacks or something, and go check out some Christmas lights. Not bad huh? The kids (and my mom) are going to freak out.
I didn’t know this type of thing existed, but it’s pretty cool that it does. Who knew?
How many times have you been in a limo in your life?
So, in 2003 some friends (Jordan, Kyle, and James) and I decided to attempt to record some Christmas songs. We didn’t have much of a plan but we wanted the songs to sound a little different but keep some of the tradition. We literally got together once or twice before hand and then went to a friends studio for some late night recording. We finished with six songs, but this one was sort of a last minute addition literally created at about 4:30 in the morning, which explains the direction it takes at the end.
Now five years later, it’s funny to look back at this and laugh a little, but it was a good time when we did it. Anyway, Kristin dug this out the other day and it made me laugh so I thought I would share it with you. I’m categorizing it ‘Music You’ve Never Heard’ because quite frankly, very few people have ever heard this… probably for a good reason.