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First Rake Thoughts of '09

How did MARTINA McBRIDE become the distaff duet partner of choice for dead singers' Christmas albums last year? Check her appearances on the posthumous Yuletide offerings by both Dean Martin and Elvis Presley and be reminded that the entire concept was at least a step into creepiness when NATALIE COLE worked the same kind of gig with her daddy, Nat.

That said, why doesn't the Hank Williams Sr. and Jr. half-posthumous duet spook me quite as much? At least until I saw the video, anyway.
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Tangenting from the previous topic, isn't it a shame that D-BOY RODRIGUEZ and REG N.I.C.E. of GOD'S ORIGINAL GANGSTAZ didn't leave behind scads of unreleased-but-recorded verses that can now add hip-hop flavor to the the work of currently living cCm and soul gospel acts in the same way 2Pac continues to posthumously enliven songs by everyone from Elton John to Keiysha Cole. No, maybe it isn't.
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I'm not the only one who wishes STEVEN CURTIS CHAPMAN would shave his recently-acquired facial hair pronto, am I? The Burl Ives look really isn't working for him.
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Tangenting from that  previous topic, doesn't BRAD PAISLEY's current facial fuzziness make him somewhat resemble a clown with insufficient make-up? Count it as another case of a godly guy who'd better to shave.
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Continuing on the subject of facial hirsuteness, after having seen him without his once-trademark beard, might BRIAN McLAREN benefit by regrowing fuzz on his mug? What one friend calls my "butt chin" is one characteristic I share with McLaren. Theologicaly? Not so much. At all. Thank God. 
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Is it me, or does the latest music video by English grime/hip-hop act LZ7 owe more than a little debt to clips by JOHN  REUBEN and/or Smashing Pumpkins? See what I mean by clicking http://www.kingsway.co.uk/Shop/Products/95440/Home/Survivor/OTR/Gasoline.aspx.  
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Am I the only one who finds it a mite, ah, suspicious that Sirius Radio's adult contemporary/inspirational-leaning CCM station's Spirit 66, just one digit of the same value away from being the number of the Anti-You-Know-Who?
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Should fans of either act be viewing the apparently forthcoming JONAS BROTHERS and KANYE WEST collaboration with utter giddiness or jaundiced trepidation (especially considering how eccentric West's getting with his singing of late, though I mostly like what I've heard of it)? Perhaps, at least, Joe, Nick and Kevin can clue 'Ye to the fact that JESUS is good at more than walking.
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Why is it that TOBY MAC's live DVD+CD has me wondering all the more about the propriety of of "Christian stardom" vis a vis JOHN THE BAPTIST's desire to decrease in stature as he would want his Lord to increase? I got love for Mr. McKeehan, but the selling of the image (and yay for him for staying so ripped) does get me pondering. Not that the same can't be said for a lot of Christian market musicians, I give you.
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Why, at this late date, would I dream-yes, dream-of ADAM AGAIN'S late Gene Eugene and his then-wife & bandmate, Riki Michelle, and in that dream have Eugene (nee' Andrusco) carrying his bass guitar wherever he went? Maybe it was a sign that the band's catalog is due for a reissue program and/or box set (a remix album could fit somewhere in a renewal of interest in their literate rock/funk hybrid, too)? If so, the sooner the better, I say.
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Wouldn't it figure that the only commercially-sponsored Christian radio station within reasonable driving distance from me is also the only one rife with whacked word-of-faith teaching & preaching?
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Remember that late '90s band, who released at least one album on the defunct Pamlin label, with a lot of conceptual ambition that never quite gelled myriad cool influences into a consistently satisfying whole, JESUS MUSIC? Can anybody reading this tell me whatever happened to them?
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In my likely sphincterally-retentive tallying of the Disney-related acts on Radio Disney's top 30 countdown any given week, do you think I should count THE FRAY because they might not popular as they are now had they not had a song of theirs used in Grey's Anatomy, which airs on Disney-owned ABC? Well...?
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Jamie Lee Rake
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
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