advent songs: scrooge, the music snob, approved.
i’ve blogged at least a couple times about noisetrade.com and i continue to check regularly (they also have a blog/rss feed if you’re interested in keeping up) for new music. if you didn’t read about noisetrade, in essence, it’s a free/pay-what-you-want music download website. founded by derek webb, it’s really a cool way for artists to get their music out and for people to check out some music they might not have otherwise come across. i personally have discovered so much good stuff and have paid exactly zero dollars to do it.
1. rampant commercialization of christmas. the fact is, christmas is about a savior who stepped down from heaven and came to live with us. not tickle-me elmo. not cabbage patch dolls. not nintendo wii’s. not any of that crap.2. christmas happens in december, not august. (or july, or whatever). when i walk into a store in august and they have a giant christmas section set up already, i throw up a little in my mouth (or in the nearest stocking…).3. christmas music is terrible. and cheesy. it’s really bad. again, the main issue is that christmas music has become a commodity that has very little to do with a baby messiah and more to do with a profitable fourth quarter for record labels.4. removed in order to respect my wife’s wishes… (thus breaking one of my few blog rules about not editing ex post facto, but i prefer my wife over my rules…)
one final note concerning sojourn community church. i heard about this church a few months ago, but didn’t make the connection at all until just a little while ago (long after i had listened to the album multiple times). like i said, they’re based in louisville and really have a heart for the city of louisville and the arts. they produce music, foster a community of visual arts and really just connect to the rhythm and culture of the city. you can check out their website to find out more, but this is all to say that some of what they’re doing there is the kind of thing i’m wanting to build here in little rock. i think there’s an overlooked community here in little rock that wants to explore faith through the lens of the arts—music, visual arts, writing, film, spoken words, intelligent dialogue, online communities, etc. i’ve dropped little hints on the blog before about some stuff we have brewing, but soon and very soon, i will give a very detailed and “official” announcement about plans on the horizon. i’m very excited to share it in greater detail!
god is with us: