Whatever became of the P.O.D./Matisyahu
tour that Wuvtold me last year was going to happen this year?
And will Wuv's and
Sonny Sandoval's proopsed reggae side project (again, am relying on my
interview with the Wuv) be recorded and released soon, much less make a
bigger commercial splash than the latest P.O.D. longplayer?
What Christian market female
soloists can legitimately have aspersions cast as to the quality of their
singing voice as Paris Hilton is having cast at hers? Who's ready to name
names? And just how much of a loop would a Christian conversion by Hilton
throw into The Simple Life?
Though it's topped Billboard's
cCm album chart for for a long while, have you heard anything from Alan
Jackson's recent, and remarkably good, gospel album on cCm radio, much
less general market and/or Christian country radio? That would be one of
Apart from Lion Of Zion
Records' compilation of it, and its contributing indie acts, where's any
other Christian reggaeton, especially in Christian bookshops? And if any
of you readers know whether ex-pastor and reggaeton heavyweight Don Omar
is a bro' in the Lord, how about writing me with a confirmation of that?
Much as some segments of
American Christendom embrace elements of Judaica such as the blowing
of a shofar and praise&worship ditties with Hebraic minor key flavor,
isn't it at least a little surprising that there hasn't yet been a movement
of messiancic klezmer music? Again, if anyone knows of any, hip me to it!
Same for any gospel zydeco!
You know what double bill
would rawk? Getting The Knights Of The New Crusade on the same
stage as tonsured '60s punk progenitors The Monks! And if Doug Van Pelt
could hand over the reins of HM Magazine for a bit, make it a triple
bill with Lust Control!
Don't current country radio
hitmakers Little Big Town have the kind of co-ed harmonies that you wish
FFH could muster? Maybe that's just me. But an LBT cCm CD would probably
be A-OK, eh?
Remember that album from
earlier in the '00s of soul gospel acts remaking Bob Dylan songs? Wouldn't
the same idea work wonders with Larry Norman? For instance, Andrae' Crouch
could likely do wonders to something from Only Visiting This Planet or
Something New Under The Son instead of turning his own oldies into overproduced
treacle, per his latest longplayer.
For irony's sake, how about
getting some Southern gospel acts to cover Norman? James Blackwood's dust
would be spinning at tsunami speed in his casket at that one, huh?
Does Vickie Winans' inclusion
of a photo album-of herself-in her latest album define a new high/low in
marketing savvy turned into (what certainly appears to be) self-aggrandizement?
Sure, she's one good-looking, if perhaps a bit overly made-up, woman, but
even if her exhibition of quite healthy self-love is supposed to have a
rubbing off effect of somewhow empowering other Afrimerican women who,
unlike Winans, don't have endorsement deals with a clothing line and access
to personal trainers, this seems a bit much.
Wouldn't Carrie Underwood's
current single, all about a guy's cheating and her protagoinst wreaking
revenge by sundry destructive acts, sound more convincing were to to have
come from someone whose previous two radio hits weren't two of the sappiest
pieces of dreck to hit commercial country radio in recent months?
Will Chris Rice build any
general market momentum with his current adult contemporary hit since 'most
every other song he sings is explicitly references the Lord? 'Twould
be nifty if he did. Goodness knows it's the Almighty's hand that has let
MercyMe keep charting as a general market a.c. act. And about Rice again,
does that a.c. hit of his really belong on Christian radio? Am not so sure
Jamie Lee Rake,
Your Questioner of the (Sub-)Cultural