Will Robert Randolph ever
record a studio album with the same energy level and creativity as his
live recordings? Here's hoping, and in the meanwhile, yay to him for the
continued love from VH1.
Couldn't ApologetiX benefit
from not only outside producers but a fashion co-ordinator, too?
That said, their latest
studio longplayer Wordplay could be their best passel of biblical
parodies of general market hits yet.
Isn't Brad Paisley's "Kung
Pao Buckaroo Holiday"- with able assistance from Little Jimmy Dickens,
Bill Anderson and George Jones-at least as effective a counter attack in
the War On Christmas as any boycott or letter/petition of protest you could
sign? Those yet unsure can hear the hear the un-p.c. hilarity on Paisley's
If Soul Train is going to
dust off the occasional episode from decades gone by for its intermittent
best-of show, how about those installments from the 1970s with The
Rance Allen Band and The Mighty Clouds of Joy? The recent unearthing of
a show with Barry White, Love Unlimited and The Temprees from the '73-'74
season was a revelation of how far musical and sartorial fashions have
come in 30+ years.
If your pastor is inspired
to reference a movie in a sermon, that's one thing; isn't it another moneychangers-in-the-temple
thing altogether when a film studio wants to encourage him to base a homily
on its newest flick aimed at his flock? Yes, I'm counting marketers of
"Christian market" flicks in that fold.
As CCM has become bigger
business, where have the signing and promotion of physically disabled artists
gone? Could Merrill Womack, Judy Romero or Tony Ayala score a major cCm
label deal nowadays based on their talent and ministerial value alone?
Yes, I know Ginny Owens is blind. Count her the chick-pop (not said derisively;she's
good at it) exception to the rule.
Don't Moby and other likeminded
recording artists, journalists, et al who claim Christ betray a lack
of scriptural exegetical skill when they say Jesus never said anything
about homosexuality/same-sex marriage, abortion and other favorite issues
of morality and social policy embraced by the political and theological
With The Fray and Mute Math
playing the same college in my state soon (a show I could be reviewing
for this august ezine), could it be a battle of the fauxhawked lead singers?
Do you think Nickleback
heard Third Day's song about wanting to be a rock star before recording
their own song about the same desire?
And considering the economies
of scale in which each band operates, whose song is more ironic?
Would singing Jesus-is-my-significant-other-styled
praise&worship choruses (where in Scripture is it said that believers
walk hand-in-hand they with Him like lovers fading into a sunset, much
less singing it like a Bread b-side?!) be less nauseating for me had I
my own girlfriend/wife?
I'm thinking not.
Would it have been blasphemous,
or simply cool beyond words (if they were done right), were there to have
been contemporaneous Jesus hippie analogous TV shows to those had by The
Monkees, The Partridge Family and/or The Archies?
If only by virtue of their
name, The All-Saved Freak Band would have been an apt pick for any such
venture. No, The Reppies don't count. How about The Cartoon Adventures
Of The Knights Of The New Crusade instead? Couldn't edit the Lord out of
those 'toons as they've been from the network broadcasts of Veggie Tales,
Christian High School Musical
(under another title so as to avoid Disney-instigated litigation) is a
concept that should have manifested in an attempt at a subcultural multi-media
juggernaut by now, yes? Preferrably one better than Hero, naturally.
Isn't there somethng wrong
when evangelists to a foreign continent take their pastor's book instead
of the Bible as the text they give their evangelizees? Clue as to that
pastor: I once suggested in no uncertain terms that he shave his youthpastor-wannabe
gotee. 'Nuff said.
Jamie Lee Rake