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Best CD-Releasiní Reasons Why Ď06 Will Not Be
Just Another New Year!!!
By psychologist, Dr. Bruce L. Thiessen, aka Dr. BLT
To set the tone for what is about to be revealed to you, feel free to listen to and download, for free, the following Dr. BLTune:
Another New Years Day? (Ď06
December 16. 2005
December 28, 2005
January 1, 2006, 7:39 am
January 1, 2006, 7:42 am
In the world of country,
Josh Turner, who gave us that big hit with a powerful Christian message,
Long, Black Train, will release Your Man. Heís been one of the most
critically acclaimed new country artists of this decade, and I even got
to see him perform live in my home town:
the legendary George Jones plans to release When the Grass Grows Over Me on January 3. Let me tell you, folks, after that day, youíll swear the grass was never greener. And for those sentimental folks who are still grieving over the loss of Christmas, Burl Ives will be releasing a CD containing 30 Great Performances on January 9. Thereís no telling if it will include his Christmas classics, but weíll have to wait until the 9th to find out. Itís kind of like not knowing whatís under the Christmas tree. Merle Haggard, who inspired my WFMU 91.1 FM New York City hit,
Merle Hasnít Lost His Fightiní
is releasing Country Hit Parade: Love Songs on January 10. And on January 31, Johnny Cash, the one who inspired my forthcoming CD, Blackout, featuring songs like this:
What Would Johnny Do?
is posthumously releasing Johnny Cash: At San Quentin and Folsom Prison: The Man, His World, His Music. Iím also looking forward to another posthumous release: John Denver: Love Songs, scheduled for release on January 10, the same day that The White Stripes, featuring Jack White, the one who produced and performed on one of the most critically acclaimed CDs of the decade, heretofore, Van Lear Rose by Loretta Lynn will be releasing Denial Twist. BTW, Jack White is heavily indebted to the music of Johnny Cash, and the trend Cash and producer Rick Rubin started: having old, country legends perform modern rock songs. The White Stripes is, without at doubt, one of the most important bands of this decade, and so this release could cause quite a buzz.
INXS is back with a new lead singer, who competed on a live cable reality show to secure center stage, will release Pretty Vegas on January 10. Pretty Vegas is a pretty big gamble, but, based on the hit song it has already spawned, Iím sure the gamble will pay off. Like Kenny Rogers said in The Gambler, ď...youíve got to know when to hold Ďem, know when to fold Ďem, know when to walk away and know when to run...Ē There will be other noteworthy CD releases throughout Ď06.
Iím looking forward to P.O.D.ís January 24 release: Testify. I wonder how it will compare to the other consistently great work theyíve put out, like Payable Upon Death: http://www.tollbooth.org/2004/reviews/pod.html. I have a feeling the world of rock, particularly Christ-centered rock, will have a lot to talk about on that day. Speaking of Christ-centered rock, I hear that Petra will be putting out their highly anticipated Farwell DVD, and, on March 21, youíll get to get a little retro and sentimental with Steve Greenís The Ultimate Worship Collection.
And Gospel music will have plenty to praise God about, with George Beverly Sheaís Iíd Rather Have Jesus: 20 Song Treasure, Petraís Farwell DVD, The Gaither Vocal Bandís Give it Away
The biggest releases this
year, could be on labels so small, you may never hear about them, unless
you do some digging, and I would recommend that you do. And then
there is always the possibility that the greatest CD of all time will never
be released at all, because the artist may not care to put it out there
in a commercial way. I could go on and on to talk about Ď06 releases
from Velvet Revolver, Linkiní Park, Travis, Prince, The Strokes, even the
Pet Shop Boys, and these CDs are sure to rock the year. This year
promises to usher in some great new stuff and some great old standards.
Youíve always heard it said, ďRing out the old, ring in the new,Ē but we
all should be
Holding the Hands of Time
and treasuring all of the good music, past, present and future, that God breathes into the hearts and souls of those he has blessed with the gift of music. Actually, weíve all been blessed with the gift of music, though some were meant to play and some to Ďppreciate. Not all of the musicians I mentioned give credit where credit is due, so letís pray that they will gain a personal knowledge of Jesus Christ and begin to thank Him, the Giver of Gifts for the opportunity to share their gifts in what is sure to be a breathtakingly wonderful year for music! Thereís so much Iíve missed and yes, I could go on, but typing with one finger can get old after awhile. If itís possible to get one-finger-carpal-tunnel-syndrome, I think Iíve got a very bad case of it right now.
MAY GOD RICHLY BLESS YOU
IN THE YEAR AHEAD! KEEP YOUR EAR TO THE GROUND, THERE'S SOME GREAT
MUSIC COMING YOUR WAY!