Thinking Again? More Thoughts...
Fans of My Thoughts,
Blame-or thank?-the relative
eon between my mentally mercurial missives on the faultiness of Windows
ME (since upgraded to XP) and People PC ("an easier way to Internet"?;no,
just cheaper). With those troubles no longer troubling for now, here's
more of my thinking, just for you...
With his already shiny production
and more than a couple non-commercial remixes already having made some
sanctified dance DJs' playlists, wouldn't an album of trance, house, bigbeat,
etc. post-productions be the next logical move for a new(ish) Michael W.
Smith album? And wouldn't that be better than another instrumental
Isn't the Theologian Of
The Year that received recent notice in a Black Gospel Promo email blast
among the most superfluous reasons to spend money at a trophy shop? I have
much love for John P. Kee, but methinks the entrepreneurial choir director
may not exactly be on the level of R.C. Sproul nor Gordon Fee. And
I'd say that the award has been given to a certain facially hirsute Southern
Californian buyer of TBN's time automatically throws the distinction into
What has become of Michael
Peace? The rapper was crazy prolific for a few years and recorded a live
rap album that predated the one by Boogie Down Productions (also years
before BDP leader KRS-One tried to synchetrize his hip-hop religion with
Christianity for a "gospel" album). Tried a Google search on him, and it's
a bit astounding what little comes up. And if anyone out there has a copy
of the green-and-black swirl vinyl promotional single of his cover of Amy
Grant's "Wise Up," I'd give you a couple of bucks (at least) for it.
I'm not saying Peace was consistently spellbinding, but the guy was sincere
and high in profile.
Wouldn't the next breakthrough
for Christian market music be to earn one of the gold or platinum certiification
the Recording Industry Association of America is offering for ringtones?
Uh, maybe not.
I don't wish Scott Stapp
ill, but how debased must his rep' be when a mom at my church who knows
I write about music but heretofore never asked me about any musicians asks
me whether he's no longer Christian? I explained to her that his most recent
unfavorable press was about his indiscretions with Kid Rock (whatever happened
to the rumors about his coming to the Lord?) and a couple of bimbos, but
that those indiscretions were years ago. Here's hoping that's the last
of the big, pathetic deals about Stapp.
Weren't the digs given Kirk
Cameron and his evangelistic TV show a while ago on VH1's often hilarious
Best Week Ever at least a little mean-spirited? Now that I've stood
up for him, here's hoping he doesn't star in another risible Left Behind
Does Ultrabeat not have
a U.S. recording deal, since I didn't get any kind of press release about
his/their cracking the top 40 of the U.K. general market pop and dance
singles charts? Had I been sent the promotional copy of the single I'd
requested, I'd have the single's name more readily at hand, but I believe
How does it work that church
friends of mine who say, and I believe, that they otherwise never listen
to anything other than Christian (market) music will nevertheless faithfully
watch American Idol? Not that it's my business, but it seems a tad dichotomous,
Remember the '90s positive
country movement and how it was supposed to be an alternative to the already
fairly squeaky clean general market commercial radio country music of the
time? Though the Country Gospel Music Guild (www.countrygospelguild.com)
soldiers on with its Circuit Rider compilations for radio DJ's willing
to play them, maybe the time for a higher profile, concerted effort is
in order. That's not to say that I don't enjoy any of the recent radio
hits by Sugarland, Eric Church, Ray Scott and others who emply PG-level
lyrical cussing, but I'd rather not have to wonder whether I'm going to
hear edited or unedited versions when I tune in on the FM dial for some
twang. And if Toby Keith and Trace Adkins could get over the lothario tendencies
heard in recent hits for them, I'd be happier still.
How torn should I feel when
I go to the secular, avowedly leftist community sponsored FM to pay a pledge
I made to it (got the new Greg Palast in the deal, too!;yeah, he's a leftie,
too, but has a sense of humor most of his kind lack) and overhear the volunteer
staff joke about the Christians upset about how some of Bill Gates' and
Warren Buffet's foundation money might go to pro-abortion causes when I
don't support, and rarely listen to, the cCm station in the same city?
Where am I more apt to hear Danielson, Sufjan Stevens, The Chuck
Wagon Gang, Fred Hammond, Peter Case, I.K. Dairo and other music I like
a lot by others of my kin in Christ? Where do you think?
I've not a clue as to what
label would be willing to re-release it, as it wouldn't likely be the one
that did originally, but am I the only one fiending for a CD reissue of
Lisa Whelchel's kinda-of new wavy album produced by Steve Taylor? And it
has to have dance remnixes! You know a fair number of the people who have
nabbed at least one of the Facts Of Life DVD box sets would buy such a
And yes, part
of my wanting such a disc is because I came into cCm just a touch too late
to buy the original LP, at least significantly below the list price Xian
bookshops around me uniformly charged at the time.
I also think
I could write some hecka' cool liner notes for the thing.
What kind of nifty informercials
for soul gospel compilations am I missing by my local cable TV provider
not carrying BET? And why hasn't Bobby Jones plucked down the funds
to put his gospel show on TBN, which is carried on our cable? Maybe Jones
is sticklingly loyal to BET and/or weirdly ethical about where he lets
his program run.
Ever heard any of Glenn
Campbell's work produced by The Beach Boys' Brian Wilson from the days
before Mr. Rhinestone Cowboy became a regular country-to-pop crossover
act? Just heard one of Campbell's and Wilson's collaborations on the aforementioned
leftie FM to which I've pledged. Awfully sweet! I know Campbell might not
have been Christian at the time, but a lot of saints who like Tonio K.
still enjoy his b.C. (before Christ, y'know) material, too, right?
Jamie Lee Rake,
Your Questioner of the (Sub-)Cultural