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Religion, Irreligion, and Gospel through Derek Webb

Posted in music by Pete on October 10, 2017

I wanted to link to something I read – a commentary in 3 parts on 3 Derek Webb songs.  If you haven’t heard of him he is a talented songwriter, the founder of noisetrade (a legal music download site), and former member of Caedmon’s Call, a 90s/2000s Christian band from Texas.  He is known for some controversial songs and liberal positions.  And also known more recently (in the “Christian music industry”) for a scandal – being unfaithful to his wife who also happens to be another talented songwriter. Sadly that relationship is apparently severed.  I haven’t let his issues keep me from enjoying a lot of his music and several of his songs have helped me out over the years.  If you want to check any of it out, start with any of these albums:  “She Must and Shall Go Free,” (tracks like Wedding Dress, Lover) or “Mockingbird.”  Or “The House Show.”

Yesterday I was enjoying listening to a playlist I made of all Derek Webb stuff and it came to the song “Heavy,” which I’ve been getting into but hadn’t figured out all the lyrics yet but as I listened yesterday I was realizing it’s a complicated song that I couldn’t really sing and just tap on the table and agree with.  Not easy listening.  So I did a google search for the lyrics and meaning and stumbled on this link.  I thought it was a good take and wanted to read the rest of the series, which cover 2 other really good songs and can be found here and here.


A great song you’ve never heard of

Posted in fun, music by Pete on November 29, 2014

Now *that* is some melodic guitar.  It’s not technical virtuosity – it’s more like the guitar is singing.  Love it.  And it has harmonica – what more can you ask for?  This song could be about the debt ceiling and I’d still be a fanboy.  But for me that is a talking-to-God song for sure – I’m practically compelled to close my eyes during the whole thing.  It’s just a random tune that I got on some record label sampler CD ages ago and I’ve always come back to it.  I’ve only ever heard one other Dryve song (“Nervous”) and wasn’t crazy about it.  They folded in the late 90s sometime.  You can get this track on mp3 for $1 from this link.  Also click here for the longer live version on youtube.

Equally Skilled, by Jon Foreman

Posted in Uncategorized by Pete on October 12, 2013

Another one I’ve really been listening to lately.

Here are the lyrics, here is the text of Micah 7 that it is lifted from, and here are a couple of videos.  This has been on my mind in the context of our politicians lately being unable to come to any agreement or compromise on the budget / debt ceiling issue.  So much spin, blame, and foolish pride.  You can listen to the leaders talk for quite a while without hearing any honest truth.  It’s all self-serving half-truths.  An inability to acknowledge anything good about the other side’s position, or any fault with their own actions.  Party before country.  I think you could do a great mashup of this song along with quotes from Boehner, Reid, Obama, Cruz, Rubio, etc being intoned in the background, a la “The Seven O’clock News” from Simon & Garfunkel.

Before you get too depressed about all this, hear the END of the song.  Redeemer is one of my favorite names for God these days.

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Music: Wedding Dress by Derek Webb

Posted in Uncategorized by Pete on October 7, 2013

I have a few songs I’ve been meaning to post on here lately.  This one I’ve been crazy about since I first heard it, close to 10 years ago.  I may have blogged about it once or twice before, or maybe that was on our old web page.  

Here are the lyrics, here is the song at a live performance, and the backstory on it’s inspiration is here and here.  I recommend all four.

Here is the song as released on the She Must and Shall Go Free album, with lots of visuals and text added by some college ministry.  If you only want the music, close your eyes.  Or open up spotify already.  : – )


Jesus vs religion

Posted in Uncategorized by Pete on February 16, 2012

My dad sent me a link to this “Why I hate religion, but love Jesus” vid on youtube .  Tens of millions of people have watched it in the last 35 days, but until now I wasn’t one of them.   Loved it.  He’s probably not right on every little thing but he’s a young dude and the spirit of what he’s saying is right on.

There is a singer/songwriter named Derek Webb who has written a few (imo) *great* songs (and several…not so much).  I have one of his live albums and between some of the songs he talks about what made him write the song, or who it was written for, etc.  During one of these he starts talking (preaching!) about community and being real with each other in the church.  I bring it up in relation to this video because it touches on some of the same themes as far as religion vs Jesus (emphasis on legalism and appearances/pretending, avoidance of sin, etc instead of fully honest and vulnerable relationship that leads to true freedom and joy or if you want more “religious” terms repentance—>forgiveness—>righteousness).  Anyway, I found a transcript of it here.

Small portion:  “But if you know yourself as exposed by the cross, then I believe you will begin to experience true joy. Because you will not constantly be looking over your shoulder all the time – constantly checking the knots in this great suit of fig leaves that you’ve sewn for yourself. But rather, you will be comfortably exposed in your sin and boasting in your great Savior because he is real.”

Here is some more from a different track on the same album.  If you want to check his music I would start with his “She must and shall go free” album or download “lover” and “wedding dress” from that album, 99 cents a song for some great stuff.

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Sweatin’ to the Oldies

Posted in Uncategorized by Pete on May 25, 2008

So last night I was doing dishes while Claire slept and Tammy worked at school (until 1:30 am!  And this is our summer, school is already out.  Yeah, those teachers are all overpaid.  Actually, she’s at school right now too, been there for about 4 hours cleaning out storage rooms, dusting, organizing etc.  Sorry, tangent.), and I didn’t want to wake Claire but I wanted music while I did dishes.  I got my old walkman out and put in a tape and had a GREAT ol’ time rocking out to this albumHilarious!!  The rest of the tape (holy cow I’m old!  Remember TAPESAnd mix tapes?  I used to crank those out, what a lot of work that was!) was similarly dated.  Some stuff I can’t really say anything kind about (well-intentioned?  Skillfully played?  Woeful writing) by DeGarmo & Key, and “Thunder Beach” by Crumbacher (Hey!  Time for the “fast skate!”) was a little better.  Gives me a huge grin just remembering the shoebox on the seat of my car with all of those tapes in it, singing at the top of my lungs with Ian or whoever, somebody drumming on the dash.

But back to newsboys, that was a great live concert they put on.  Definitely the first show I went to with the musicians doing backflips and leaping (repeatedly) into the crowd while playing their instruments.  I remember once there weren’t enough of us to catch the extremely hyper lead guitarist so we all just scattered and he hit the floor.  No wonder he had knee pads on!  Silly stuff.  Then there was the drum kit that elevated and then revolved 360 degrees, pausing upside down for an extended (red-faced) solo by Peter Furler.  I can’t recall if they did that in the first show I saw though.  That was in October of ’92, I’d just started college, and Dennis got a bunch of us to go to see this band we’d never heard of.  We bought some advance copies of “Not Ashamed” and did a lot of jumping up and down.  (The only dancing I was ever any good at : – )  Their personnel kept changing after that for a while.  They had a terminator look-alike on bass who came and went, and the nuts guitar dude, that was the only time I saw him.  The keyboard guy went solo and the lead singer left.  Anyway, good memories with some great friends, and I’m glad I let Dennis talk me into going.  And it sure made all those dishes fly by last night.

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