Music

If Everyone Did This, the World Would Be a Happier Place

According to Jake Shimabukuro, “It’s the instrument of peace, because if everyone played the ukulele, this world would be a much happier place.” He said that at TED in February 2010, in the performance that kicks off today’s concert. And then he set out to prove it by playing Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the whole thing, […]

Listening to the Siddur Project CD

Recently, my friend and fellow creator Julie Lavender released her music CD The Siddur Project. Julie hosts the syndicated Dreamfarm Café radio show, which features area musicians: an “experience of eclectic jazz,” says the show’s website, “an intimate window into the very heart of an artist’s creative process.” But Julie also writes and performs her […]

Bits & Pieces 2013-02-14

Links and things that I’ve run across recently. Happy Valentine’s Day! Look at this Valentine’s bear that Abbie’s boyfriend Anthony gave her. Grr… He’s showing me up. Happy Ballantyne… As it happens, this morning I listened to an interview with Sarah Ballantyne on the (back-episode of the) Livin’ La Vida Low Carb Show podcast (from […]

Teaser Tuesdays: Mr. Billy! (He rocks!)

Something a little different and quirky and reminiscent (in a good way) today. If you have young kids and you’ve never heard of Billy Grisack, you’ll want to hear this. If you have ever had young kids (like me), and you want to remember the good times, like dancing and jumping to fun and energetic […]

Portraits, by Lawrence Strauss

Portraits is a new indie album by artist and musician, and my friend, Lawrence Strauss, and his kick-butt folk guitar. His tunes are folksy, story-oriented, with a healthy dash of Messianic Jewish spirituality thrown in. And having seen him perform, personally, I was impressed with the artistic quality of these tracks. You can stream the […]

Bamboo Tiki Torch (Indie Music Video)

I really needed a quick and easy post for today (because I had spent so much time and so many words getting carried away Monday). And I had no idea what I was going to write about. But you know what we always say: The Lord will provide. And provide He did. First of all, […]

A Song to Bring Peace (Music Video)

One of my FaceBook friends posted this music video of an Israeli pop song by drummer Gil Ladin, and it quickly captivated my ear. I wasted enough time listening to it that I figured it demanded it’s own blog post. The words of the chorus are based on an old Hebrew prayer: Establish peace, goodness, […]

A Hebrew Medley (video): Ayts Chaim/Hashivenu

Here’s a simple Hebrew medley I want to teach the King’s Court Choir at CPC. I recorded a quick video with my guitar—actually, with my daughter’s cheapo short-neck—so they can hear how the song goes.

The Psychology of Worship Music

Isn’t it amazing, with the amount of time we as Christians spend in worship, and especially singing in worship, that we understand so little about it. This thought strikes me now, just a couple nights away from the next “In the Deep” (Saturday night, at which I’ll be subbing on bass, because their usual bassist […]

7 Reasons More Worship Bassists Should Listen to WSRS

I don’t think I’ve ever written before about playing bass, which is kind of strange, because I’ve been playing bass ever since I just picked up a friend’s on a whim back in 1986-ish and started jamming. (I’ve been playing other instruments for much longer than that, since the 1970′s.) Today, I play most Sundays […]