Martin Puryear, Ladder for Booker T. Washington, 1996 “Why do I feel I have to reach, believe I have to rise, When You never said I had to climb these broken ladders?” -Selah While living in Fort Worth, Texas, I visited the Museum of Modern Art and came across a sculpture by […]Read more "Are You Climbing a Broken Ladder?"
Today’s churches are having a find time holding onto their worship leaders, and at times it seems that every song rubs someone the wrong way. Why is this? Kenny Lamm, the Worship Consultant for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, has this to say about the situation: […]Read more "Healing the “Generation Gap” in Christian Music – One Song at a Time"
“The dark is just a canvas for Your grace and brightness.” – Rend Collective, “Joy” To be honest with everyone, the last couple of weeks have been especially draining and I’ve felt the full weight of balancing four jobs and raising a family. On top of my hectic schedule (which included tense, […]Read more "The Art of Celebration"
“We were literally planning a vacation when I got the call asking if I could come and talk to them about it. At the time, it left me with literally four and a half weeks to write. … I spent the weekend with my kids and said, ‘You know what? The next four and […]Read more "R – “Rogue One”: A Film Score Worth Remembering"
Sitting in a movie theatre and hearing the oh-so-familiar opening credits for the most recent “Star Wars” film was absolutely thrilling… and listening to the final strains of the closing credits was heartbreaking. As the theatre grew eerily still, my wife glanced over and said, “Aww… it’s really over.” Fortunately for fans of the franchise, […]Read more "“The Force Awakens” – A Double Review"
Along with being a wonderful season of celebrating Christ’s birth, Christmas is also a time of “togetherness” – a time to gather with family, friends, and loved ones and fellowship with one another. For this very reason, it can be one of the most difficult times of year for those who find themselves alone during […]Read more "Christmas Loneliness"
As we once again find ourselves marching toward Veteran’s Day, I’ve dusted off the CD cover of one of my favorite film scores of all time. Randy Edelman’s Gettysburg is an absolute masterpiece. Not only does Edelman capture the history of the time by using period instruments such as banjos and fifes, but […]Read more "Film Score Review – “Gettysburg”"
Kari Jobe, a singer/songwriter from Waco, Texas, has shot to the top of the Contemporary Christian Music Charts…and for good reason. Since the release of her first album in 2009, she has received one Grammy Award and two Dove Awards, along with seeing this album reach No. 3 on Billboard’s Christian Music Chart and […]Read more "K: Kari Jobe – “Forever” Starts Now"
Cinematic scores stand among the greatest musical compositions of our time. I love listening to film scores. Without a single visual, they tell the story of our favorite movies – it’s as if you can hear the plot unfolding. Which is why I was waiting for the release of James Newton Howard’s Catching Fire film […]Read more "C: “Catching Fire” Film Score, and the One Track Most Worth Buying"
For all of you “old-school” musicians who vehemently protest that modern worship music offers nothing of substance – certainly nothing that compares with the genius of Mozart and Beethoven – the Prague Symphony Orchestra is out to make you eat your words! In their 2010 release, Symphony of Praise, the Prague Symphony Orchestra took over […]Read more "Modern Worship with a Classical Touch: Album Review for “Symphony of Praise”"