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Freelance Whales

Aug 23, 2010
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This is some good Monday music.  Freelance Whales from Queens.

“White Man” by Michael Gungor

Jan 30, 2010

Good stuff…  Michael's site.

Magic of The Swell Season

Dec 8, 2009

Swellseason Had the wonderful privilege of seeing The Swell Season in concert with Amanda a few days ago at the  Auditorium Theatre in Chicago.  In case you’re not familiar with TSS, they are made up of Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova (Film, Once) along with Hansard’s longtime band, The Frames

I could go on and on about the show, but let me just sum it up by saying that it was one of the best live  performances I have ever been to.  Seriously.  It was amazing.  In a way….almost magical.

Why?  Well here's a few things I was reminded of during the performance that may answer that.

People don’t want to simply hear the music; they want to feel it too.

I don’t even know why, but there was something really amazing about experiencing Glen Hansard standing at the edge of the stage, off-mic, singing….screaming….almost crying….from the depths of his soul. It was…..just wow.  You felt his journey.  His pain.  His joy.  His struggle.  And….his redemption.  It was beautiful. 

People love the unexpected.

Loved how Glen (in his “Where’s Waldo?” hat) and Marketa opened the show by sitting on the floor with an acoustic guitar and a cheap Casio keyboard performing the song, “Fallen From The Sky.”  Totally unexpected.  And everyone loved it.

Everybody loves a good story.

Glen is a great story teller.  He includes details that seem unnecessary until you realize that you've fallen in love with the character because of those details.  I’m 100% convinced that people love a good story.  Partly because we see ourselves in most of them. 

People want to participate. 

But you have to ask them to.  Bottom line is that people need to be led.  I think every church worship leader needs to see Glen Hansard perform.  He leads people well by performing with a ton of authenticity and by bringing depth to his audience. 

 Ireland has brought some pretty good stuff to our world.

Guinness, The Swell Season, The Commitments, The Cranberries, The Frames, Snow Patrol, Damien Rice, and of course….U2.

Go listen to The Swell Season.  See them in concert if you can.  I know I will.  Again.  And again.

They’ll Know Us By Our…….Christian T-Shirts!

Oct 5, 2009


Our team performed the song "T-Shirts" by Derek Webb this past weekend at The Orchard.  We even had a mini-choir with t-shirts that said the word "LOVE" across the center of them.  And man, they rocked it!  Pretty powerful song with just enough tension to make the right people squirm. :)  

Here are the lyrics:

they'll know us by the t-shirts that we wear
they'll know us by the way we point and stare
at anyone whose sin looks worse than ours
who cannot hide the scars of this curse that we all bare

they’ll know us by our picket lines and signs
they’ll know us by the pride we hide behind
like anyone on earth is living right
and isn’t that why Jesus died
not to make us think we’re right

when love, love, love
is what we should be known for
love, love, love
it’s the how and it’s the why
we live and breathe and we die

they’ll know us by reasons we divide
and how we can’t seem to unify
because we’ve gotta sing songs a certain style
or we’ll walk right down that aisle
and just leave ‘em all behind

they’ll know us by the billboards that we make
just turning God’s words to cheap clichés
says “what part of murder don’t you understand?”
but we hate our fellow man
and point a finger at his grave


they'll know us by the t-shirts that we wear
they'll know us by the way we point and stare
telling ‘em their sins are worse than ours
thinking we can hide our scars
beneath these t-shirts that we wear

“Yesterday” Soundtrack

Oct 1, 2009
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Screen shot 2009-10-01 at 2.52.35 PM |Oct 1, 2009

We created a soundtrack for our "Yesterday" series at The Orchard. It's the music we play before/after/during our weekend gatherings.  It's quite an eclectic mix.  Some good stuff.

Here's an iTunes link where you can browse the list, listen to samples, or purchase any of the music.

Includes: John Mark McMillan, Derek Webb, Wilco, Editors, Kim Walker-Smith, Damien Rice, Shane & Shane, MuteMath, David Vandervelde, and others.

I Gotta Feeling Live in Chicago!

Sep 11, 2009

This….is very cool.  Love it!

Thanks Brad Lomenick for sharing the link.

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