Looking through my blog series list, over the last two years, I think I delved into a myriad of musical genres, that if I didn’t have this blog series to always come back to every week for the last two years, I dunno if I would’ve branched out into the music that I did. That’s not to say that the music that I was listening to prior to this blog series wasn’t good…quite the contrary. I have been listening to CCM prior to February 2019, and CCM will always hold a special place in my heart for the rest of my life. But from February 2019 onward, I was introduced to music and genres that I was sheltered from (for whatever reason, I don’t know), and music genres I assumed was this, turned out to be that; and artists that I pigeonholed, turned out to be so much more. My musical tastes broadened, and my appreciation for genres other than CCM was on the rise. I got out of this mentality and assumption that mainstream music wasn’t as ‘good’ as CCM, that mainstream was ‘evil’ and that CCM was ‘good’- that certainly isn’t the case, 2 years removed from the commencement of my blog series. What this series (which is still ongoing) has told me is this- that God being God, can speak through a myriad of media and material, for His love and grace to reach us today, and if its through mainstream music, then so be it. With all the music I have consumed this last couple of years, I must admit- that my musical tastes throughout primary and high school were a little limited…and that’s ok though.
Continue reading MOMENTOUS MONDAYS: INFLUENTIAL ARTISTS OF ALL TIME – WEEK 77: CIMORELLI
Don’t you reckon how it’s funny how God orchestrates things to happen in your life that you can just look back on and marvel at, and see His handiwork just to know that He is God? When God reveals things to you, you may not know it but in hindsight you’ll know what he’s doing and you’ll definitely see his imprint. Confused? Well let me explain a bit. A few weeks ago when I was browsing the internet just because I had some spare time and because I just wanted to relax, I heard a Lecrae song from my brother’s speakers in his room, as he was finishing up his blog for his Momentous Mondays series. Full disclaimer though- I don’t really have a love for rap, just more of an appreciation for songs here and there; so when Jon listened to, and re-listened to, as well as pausing and re-listening to certain parts, and watching the music video of the song “Welcome to America”- well, boy I was hooked and captivated. Reaffirming my love for Lecrae as a rapper, and having me declaring that I believe in my opinion that Lecrae is one of the most impacting rappers of this generation; “Welcome To America” is a unique track, as it speaks about people’s opinions of America from 3 different perspectives. A war veteran, a low socioeconomic African American, and a potential migrant to America living overseas in probably an Asian country where they are making clothes to send over to America in sweat shops.
Continue reading Momentous Mondays: Influential artists of the next 5-10 years – Week 19: Dami Im
I’ve been thinking about a weighty concept of late. I’m not sure what it is that prompted me to dwell on such a heavy topic, but…here goes. So; if the only way to empathise with someone is to imagine yourself in their shoes, well howabout I ask you all to close your eyes for a moment. Now let’s imagine. Let’s conduct a little hypothetical exercise, and put ourselves in the shoes of a murderer or a liar or a cheater. Is that a bit of a stretch? Yes? Ok, so now howabout we imagine ourselves to be…someone who’s a bit less evil-y. Maybe someone who is prideful, lustful, egocentric, narcissistic or the littlest bit envious. Now then…let us imagine that we are at the end of our rope, wanting to change, wanting to become a better person, if not for ourselves then for our family and friends. Yet we do not know how to change. Do you think such a person realistically exists? Someone on the cusp of changing for the better, but not there yet? If we’ve been brought up a certain way, and then find out we don’t like the way we’ve lived previously, can we change? Even if we have the capacity to, does making a complete 180 degree change make sense, and is the cost of losing our worldly relationships worth it, or too great? The world may say that what you are right now, and what you’ve grown up as, is what you are for eternity, and there is no room or margin for alteration; as in there is nothing in the world that can make you, or persuade you to change your behaviour, or change the reason for your behaviour. But is that really the case? Can a person who has made bad choices really change for the better? Can they be an inspiration to others and provide hope and encouragement, even when they still struggle with their demons and their better judgement?
Continue reading Momentous Mondays: Influential artists of the next 5-10 years – Week 10: Zach Williams
Release Date: February 8th 2019
Reviewed by Joshua Andre
Big Daddy Weave– Alive (Single) (Amazon mp3/iTunes)
Continue reading Big Daddy Weave – Alive (Single)
Welcome to the latest instalment of our most recent blog series Top Tens. Last time, we unveiled our top fifteen inspirational U2 songs (in honour of U2’s new album The Joshua Tree (Super Deluxe) releasing this a few weeks ago- which we will review soon!). This time, in the same vein of the U2 post and the Peter Hollens post before that, let me introduce you to another new-ish favourite group of mine- Cimorelli, and post a few videos (from now and a few years earlier!) so that you guys can all experience the awesomeness of the inspiring group of six sisters.
Continue reading Throwback Tuesdays and Top Ten: Our Favourite and Most Inspirational Cimorelli Original and Cover songs/videos!
I recently had the privilege of interviewing pop vocal group Cimorelli, comprised of siblings Christina, Katherine, Lisa, Amy, Lauren and Danielle; via email as they unveil their sophomore full length album Alive recently via Pledgemusic. We discussed the album, what the band wants listeners to hear and gain from these honest and inspiring melodies, as well as their favourite songs to record. Check out the interview below with Katherine Cimorelli, and be sure to check out the new album at Pledgemusic, and on iTunes and other streaming services at a later date in 2017.
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Release Date: December 23rd 2016 (Pledgemusic)/May 5th 2017 (Worldwide)
Reviewed by: Jonathan Andre
Cimorelli– Alive (pledgemusic/Amazon mp3/iTunes)
Continue reading Cimorelli – Alive
It’s been a while since I have posted blogs on this site (you can view them all here!), and the reason will probably be explained more in depth later (let’s just say that work has been very busy of late!) but I thought that since Good Friday and Easter Sunday is coming up in a few days, that I dig deep into the music library that it my iTunes, to see if I can find a song or two that brings us hope, and reassurance as we praise Jesus for His death and resurrection.
Continue reading Throwback Tuesdays And Worship Wednesdays: “Empty” By Dan Haseltine & Matt Hammitt; “Alive” By Natalie Grant!