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JFH Staff Blog | September 2012

Friday, September 28, 2012

Featured Fan - Aaron Goodman

Aaron Goodman with his dc Talk collection

Favorite Band/Artist: dc Talk
Featured Fan: Aaron Goodman
Location: Richlands, VA
When/Where Was The Above Photo Taken: My room
What About This Artist's Music Speaks To You: I've been a fan since I was 3 and they have always kept me on God's narrow road. I love them
Favorite Album by This Artist: Supernatural
Favorite Song by This Artist: "My Friend (So Long)"
Favorite Live Show Experience: Winter Jam 2005 only toby and Michael :(
Number of Times Seen This Artist Live:  1 (without Kevin) :(
Favorite Piece Of Merch/Item You Own From This Artist: Supernatural 1999 tour shirt
Website: Facebook

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Big Daddy Weave 'Redeemed' Devotional

Hey friends, please check out the following exclusive guest devotional from Big Daddy Weave about their hit song, "Redeemed!" -- John (JFH)

Luke 10:27 - He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ” New International Version (NIV)

In this verse, Jesus condenses all of the commandments.  Love the Lord your God with everything you are.  I've always tried my best, and I always just assumed that loving my neighbor as myself meant that I was supposed to treat others well.  I always breezed over and never really paid much attention to the loving myself part.  In fact, I can't remember hearing anything about that from the pulpit growing up in church either.  I heard plenty about how much God loved me but never anything about how I was supposed to see myself.  I've struggled for so many years of my life with personal acceptance and self worth.  At a really low point in that battle about two years ago, the Lord began to set some things straight.  As I cried out to Him, He interrupted my pity party by impressing on my heart, "Why don't you let me tell you what I think about you for a change?"  He began to flood my heart and mind with things that He, the King of the universe, likes about me!  The Lord redefined humility for me that day.  I'd always thought being humble was this self-depreciating thing.  I now know that humility is simply agreeing with what ever God says about anything.  And for those of us who are His children, He says we are redeemed by His blood alone.  So who are we to argue with the God of everything?  If I'm going to love God with all my heart and love other people the way He wants me too, I have to also love and accept myself the way that He does. ~ Mike Weaver, Big Daddy Weave

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Featured Fan - Josh Clark

Jeremy Camp Collage [Fan Art]

Favorite Band/Artist: Jeremy Camp
Featured Fan: Josh Clark
Location: Colorado
When Was The Above Fan Art Created: May 2012 is when I created this collage
What About This Artist's Music Speaks To You: Without fail when I am going through some hard times in life, Jeremy has some of the most uplifting and encouraging music I have ever heard. His music reminds me how insignificant my problems are in the scheme of things, yet how God is there wherever we may turn. Along with the encouraging songs, Jeremy's songs also lead you through a great time of worship.
Favorite Album by This Artist: Stay
Favorite Song by This Artist: "Take You Back"
Favorite Live Show Experience: Rockies Faith Day August 15th 2010
Number of Times Seen This Artist Live: 3
Favorite Piece Of Merch/Item You Own From This Artist: Beyond Measure Poster
Website: Facebook

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

We Recommend - Zilch, 'Platinum'

Zilch started off as dcTalk's touring band and featured now widely-known producer Mark Lee Townsend (Relient K, Supertones, and The Wedding) on guitar and lead vocals.  When the guys decided to record their own material, Toby McKeehan was there to help, and released the album on his then three-year-old label, Gotee.  The band's mix of influences shines through on the mostly alt-rock album.  The band that didn't really take themselves too seriously named their album Platinum to ensure they had a "platinum release."  On top of that, they covered "My Hero, Zero" by Schoolhouse Rock! and featured bassist Otto "Sugar Bear" Price as the narrator.  Perhaps the funniest moment on the album is the disclaimer at the end of "Hero Zero" that claimed King David and [Gheorghe] Zamfir would have been good friends because they both played "flute-like instruments".

 While the band was quick to joke, they also had plenty of seriousness in their lyrics.  They took a look at and responded to a couple of secular hits of their day on "In the Sky" ("One of Us" by Joan Osborne and "Counting Blue Cars" by Dishwalla respectively), which was one if their most spiritual songs and proclaimed God’s presence in our lives by saying, "God's not in the sky; He's here with you and I."

The band replaced Mark Lee Townsend, who stepped down a year after this release, with an unknown singer named Jeff Deyo.  The label encouraged a full-length praise and worship album due to the band's tendency to play them live.  After some opposition from the band, the eventually embraced the idea and changed their name to SONICFLOOd.  If you've ever seen dcTalk live, you've probably seen Zilch, or at least part of them.  If you missed this album in the 90s it's worth a listen today.  It may sound a little dated, but it's full of goodness.  Do yourself a favor and take a stroll down memory lane.

- Michael Weaver

Zilch
Platinum (1997)

Click here for our page for the album.

Our synopsis: "A fun retro pop rock record from dc Talk's live band. Do yourself a favor and take a stroll down memory lane." (Recommended by JFH's Michael Weaver)
Perfect For: Friendship, faith, multiplication, good clean fun
Song Highlights: "Good”, “Everything”, “Hero Zero”, and “In the Sky"

So, what are your thoughts on and experiences with the album Platinum? Do you recommend it? If so, why?

Saturday, September 08, 2012

10 Years Later - Norma Jean, 'Bless the Martyr, Kiss the Child'

 

Today's hardcore fanatics, whether Christian or not, are most likely familiar with (and in love with) both Norma Jean and The Chariot.  Of course, those who have followed the bands since their respective roots know that, before forming The Chariot, vocalist Josh Scogin was the frontman of Norma Jean.  And it was ten years ago that Norma Jean made its first successful impact on the music scene with Bless the Martyr, Kiss the Child.  While quite easily my least favorite Norma Jean album (I'm a late bloomer, so what?), there's no denying that Bless the Martyr is what began Norma Jean's rise to fame.  "Face:Face" and "Memphis Will Be Laid To Waste" - more-so the latter - are still requested at Norma Jean shows today, and the current line-up is more than okay with performing those songs.  It's a testament to the album's staying power.  If you're into either band, and you've never listened to Bless the Martyr, Kiss the Child, you owe it to yourself as a fan to dig into it.  Don't let my comment about it being my least favorite album sway you in the other direction.  Go check it out, then go listen to the newest from both Norma Jean and The Chariot (Meridional and One Wing, respectively) and admire the growth that's taken place over the last decade.

-- Scott Fryberger

 


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