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Rake's Thinking Again? More Thoughts...
 
   Has anyone else noticed the fledgling pro-life trend in general market hip-hop?
   Nick Cannon's "Can I Live" has generated publicity for the disparity between his song's copious play on BET's rap programming (haven't seen it much on eMpTyV) and how it can't get much of a break on R&B radio. Cannon's mother makes the right choice in the video as she did in real life, making for some touching stuff. 
   Less discussed has been how The Game mentioned in his recent "Hate It Or Love It" that he's glad that his mom didn't have an abortion. 50 Cent's latest object of feuding  and former protege hasn't impressed me much otherwise, but kudos to him on that spark of conscience. given  women overall. 
   Next suggested goal for Game, Cannon and their peers: upping the level of respect   Christian conversion for all involved would be wonderful, too, (super)naturally.   
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  Just how providential/coincidental  is it that T-Bone also has a jam entitled "Can I  Live?" on his latest?
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    How does this work?! Right after interviewing a woman from a pro-"reproductive rights" organization, the host of the morning show on the left-leaning FM to the southwest of me plays Aaron Neville singing a way sweet, live rendition of "Amazing Grace"? Can anyone out there say "irony-impaired"?   
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With as much of Mariah Carey's trainer-toned frame showing in the video for her current pop and r&b single, "Shake It Off," how seriously might she be taken on soul gospel radio with the song from her current album to be pitched to there? Considering R. Kelly managed a hit there sometime between "Ignition" and "In The Closet" (and while his child porn trial awaits), her chances are on the better side of maybe.
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   Wouldn't it be nifty if were there a Christian (market) counterpart to Me First And The Gimme Gimmes and their cheeky run of cover versions? Wait! This is the same industry responsible for issuing punk rock praise&worship albums. Never mind...
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   Will Natasha Bedingfield compromise her stylish modesty now that she's been chosen to be in the next James Bond movie?  And when will her brother, Danny, have another U.S. hit?
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  Does Way-FM's bubbly, fun (when I met her a few years ago, anyway) and definitely African-American Marcia Ware ever wonder why there aren't more people with melanin levels closer to hers on The Top Twenty Meltdown over which she amiably presides every Saturday? That would be at least two of us. 
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   Remember when those  Songs 4 Worship CD sets were advertised on TV, sometimes in the most unlikely places? Now there's a hymns project benefiting, presumably, from the same kind of campaign. Does that mean the days of my (and your?) congregation singing overly subjective, romanticized drivel of dubious theological, lyrical and compositional merit are numbered? There's no holding of breath in the Rake household.
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   Is it me, or does Hilary Duff's "Wake Up" really sample the signature synth squiggle in The Who's "Teenage Wasteland"? If so, is Hil' in on the joke?
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    Whose almost-commits-suicide-in-a-bathtub music video do you think is creepier, Britney Spears' "Every Time" or LeAnn Rimes' "Probably Wouldn't Be This Way"? For her slightly distanced, yet plenty emotive, reading of a lyric about widowhood and the rest of the weirdness throughout the clip, my vote goes for the second of those choices. And isn't it creepy in and of itself that there are two music vids about blondes doing themselves in by the same manner?
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   Tooth & Nail Records and its various imprints have been accumulating a dandy little batch of titles that have sold enough to cross over into Billboard's pop album sales chart, but when, oh when, will it happen for brother acts Starflyer 59 and Joy Electric, both of whom one would think have amassed enough of a Christian-to-general market cult following to have that happen for them by now? Shouldn't  JE have at least have had an entry or two on the trade magazine's Dance/Electronic sales tally? Or am I just overly hopeful for bands I like?
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   How many CD's worth of a Little Marcy box set start to be too much? If it ever happens, here's my vote for including all of her ultra-rare collaboration with Smokey The Bear (and a DVD that would include all of the complementary educational filmstrip, among other goodies)? And where have all the Christian children's ventriloquism acts gone, anyway?
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   Keeping on the subject of multi-CD sets, when will John J. Thompson's compilation of 1960s-70s Jesus hippie music ever see the light of day on Sparrow Records or anywhere else? My thought it that it ought to be an expansive set of 5 or more discs covering numerous collectibles from the scene alongside material with its rights now held by major labels, along the lines of one of Revenant Records massively imaginative boxes. My guess is that, since Thompson told me more than two years ago that there were licensing hold-ups on the project, it will be more along the lines of one of Rhino Records' deluxe double-disc packages. Still cool, but not the higher level tribute those early, obscure pioneers should be should be given, I say.
   Then again, I'm sure the point would be to sell some of whatever's released to introduce newbies to antique Christian rock than to sell fewer pricer packages to collectors and critics like the one who's wondering here. In any case, Thompson and Sparrow would do well to look at the better laid-out releases by Jesus movement specialty reissue label Hidden Vision Records (<http://www.hiddenvision.com>www.hiddenvision.com).
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  Could Steve Camp be a better blogger than he is a cCm singer? Check <http://stevenjcamp.blogspot.com/>http://stevenjcamp.blogspot.com (AKA Camp On This), and see if you agreee. 
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   Now that she's hosting a reality show, how much longer will it be until Amy Grant has a TV-advertised double-CD set to shill? The clock starts with her first episode. 
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   Why is it that VCY America (<http://www.vcyamerica.org/>www.vcyamerica.org, also on two stations within earshot to me)has some of my favorite teaching & preaching shows, but I can't get behind much of its music? 
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   Would it be asinine to attend a seminar about eschatology, the biblical footing of which I believe to be weak, just to hear Richie Furray's P&W music and have him sign a Buffalo Springfield disc? He would do that for me, right?
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   Why is it that so many African-American gospel singers, whose music I enjoy, associate themselves with TV ministries (to use the word loosely) that give me the creeps?
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   To what can it be attributed that, apparently, only blonde white women can cross over into soul gospel? There are  Martha Munizzi, Vicki Yohe, Ami Rushes. Crystal Lewis's tresses were flaxen when she sang on a Kirk Franklin song, too. 
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   It's been a while, but... Bob Dylan and Victoria's Secret?! More irony, or simply creepy?
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Were Pedro The Lion/Headphones' David Bazan and Mars Ill's DJ Dust:separated at birth?
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   Will there ever come a time when I'll write about Psalters and not use "anarcho-pacifist" as an adjective? Perhaps not, if only because "pacifico-anarchist" isn't as euphonious. Or they'll have to become Libertarians.
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  If were you Dr. Demento, what ApologetiX song would you next play on your show? What other current Christian acts could you play without cheesing up the program?
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   Can't you just see Madison Greene's Michael Blair playing Robin Hood in a movie? [Robin Hood had dreadlocks, didn't he?--editor]
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   What does Mark Mohr of Christafari do with his dreadlocks when he goes surfing? Hair that lengthy and braided can't be all that aerodynamic, can it? Though it has nothing to do with riding boards on water and little more to do with natty folicles, you might want to peruse the site for Mohr's band's killer kiddie album, Reggae Sunday School ( www.reggaesundayschool.com).  
 

Jamie Rake
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
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