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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Daniel Marsalese: At Baker Book House

JUNE 4, 2011 @ 1:00PM
Live Acoustic Concert

Daniel Marsalese has released his first album Pages of a Book this May. His style is that of a artsy folk with some strong instrumental improvisation. Daniel and his band have played together so well that when it comes to writing the songs the different voices of vocals and instruments are present and accounted for. This relaxing and easy to listen to sound is excellent for any time.

Come check out this talented artist after your lunch on Saturday and be blessed with the great music.

May 31, 2011 - New Releases

Here are the awesome releases for today of Trin-i-tee and Tedashii!
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Thursday, May 26, 2011

New Veggietale Movie! The Princess and the Pop Star! Coming August 13!

Princess Poppyseed’s life on her family’s farm is far from the glamorous but lonely world of her favorite pop singer Vanna Banana. On a chance meeting at a playground, Vanna and Princess cross paths and realize that they look almost exactly alike—which leads to the crazy secret plan where they decide to switch lives! As each girl realizes that the life they longed for doesn’t fulfill all of their dreams, they learn that the life God gave them is the one for which they were uniquely and lovingly designed.
      Featuring a lesson in “being yourself”—the DVD helps young girls understand that each of us are created unique and special with God-given talents, based on Jeremiah 1:5, which reads, “Before I formed you in your mother’s body, I chose you. Before you were born, I set you apart to serve me.” The DVD also includes the new song, “You Never Are,” written and performed by this year’s Dove Award-winning Artist of the Year, Francesca Battistelli.



Monday, May 23, 2011

Swimming with Dolphins - A Review

If you like Owl City, you will also like Swimming with Dolphins. It is the same techno pop sound that Owl City made famous, but it also has some unique components to it.  This is not surprising, because Adam Young of Owl City produced Swimming with Dolphins. Although Swimming with dolphins hails from the chilly climate of Minnesota. Front man, Austin Tofte has created a sound with their music that is surprisingly war and upbeat. One can't help but thing of sunshine while listening to Swimming with Dolphins, but maybe this has to do with the fact that I'm from Michigan. 
      The music has a very youthful sound to it. Some of the sounds remind me of the music of the 80's, and some of the music reminds me of video games of my youth. Yay Mario Brothers! The overall inspiration for the album, however, came from the ocean and favorite childhood memories of America's largest lake (the Great Lakes). So this is some definitely music to play by the pool or lay out to. So smile and enjoy so easy listening music.


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

May 17, 2011 - New Releases

Today the new releases are by Jesse Anderson, Buddy Green, NewSong, and Swimming with Dolphins!
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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

May 10, 2011 - New Releases

Releasing today are new projects from Building 429, Blind Boys of Alabama, and Troy Sneed. And introducing the Christian pop group, Anthem Lights and for fans of Stufan Stevens, Glen Galaxy!
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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

May 3, 2011 - New Releases

Here are the new releases for today of Nicole C. Mullen, Hyland, Tonya Baker, and more...
Disclaimer: Donald Lawrence is not releasing today. The revised street date is set for August 9, 2011.
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Monday, May 2, 2011

Lovewell Live in Concert - A Review

The Lovewell Live in Concert was an excellent way to end one's weekend. Natalie Grant, Brandon Heath, and the guys of MercyMe gave an great crowd interacting preformance with a great light show that didn't need a lot of smoke (which is never good for pictures). I should apologize right now if this review seems bias toward Brandon Heath, but that is due to the fact that he is one of my favorite contemporary Christian artists.


Natalie Grant was golden with her talented vocal range. The control that she has has also been impressive. What was interesting with her section was her song choices. She is a self proclaimed Tweeter Geek, and she had asked her followers to request what songs they would like to hear. I agree with Natalie when she said that the stories received with the song requests make the song more than just about a song. It is about the message of Jesus within the songs that have the power to touch someone's heart and life. This song has a story that was shared. Parents had written to Natalie and said that this song helped them deal with the sudden lost of their little child do to an accident.


Brandon Heath knows how to put on a great show with just enough new mixed with classics songs and sharing words with his audience without sounding preachy. YAY! The only sad news that I have to share is that my video of Brandon didn't turn out so well (the camera couldn't handle the bass). Brandon sang songs from his new album of "Stolen," "Leaving Eden," "Your Love," and "Light in Me." He also sang amazing songs from his two previous albums of "Love Never Fails," "Give Me Your Eyes," and "I'm Not Who I Was." It was some great times of singing along, and Brandon kept the crowd encaged through a couple of different ways. As when he jumped up and then down from a big black box and walking into the audience by walking on chairs. There was this one little boy who didn't release that Brandon had left the stage until he looked up and Brandon was right in front of him. The little boy was so excited. It was cute. I thought the way in which Brandon related with the crowd was sweet. He told us of how he rode his Harley to Yesturdog, a famous hot dog place in Grand Rapids, and he has a connection with Youth Unlimited that headquarters in Grand Rapids. Needless to say the crowd loved him.


MercyMe is a band that loves the audience to participate, and I can see their logic. It is more fun to participate in life than to just watch from the sidelines. MercyMe had the audience participate in a number of ways. One was singing along and pointing your finger as a motion. There was one point in which Bart Millard had asked the audience to dance with him. He put it like this, "I grew up Southern Baptist, where one person dancing is a sinner, but where many people are dancing is choreography." I don't know about you, but I wish that I used that line in my conservative Christian high school. They had done a rock song from the 80s that has been their warm-up song for many years (though now I forget the song), but it was interesting with the different generations that either knew or didn't know the song. Being that MercyMe is over ten years old, there was many choice songs that they used. Some that I was happy to hear again. One of my favorite parts was when the confetti exploded over us. It was a great concert well deserving of the encore that it received.