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Athoms and Nadege: a brief recap featuring pics and a song

Last month, we had a wonderful time of worship with Athoms and Nadege Mbuma from Kinshasa, D.R.Congo. The first half of the concert featured songs from the American church in English with some French and Lingala translation. Then Athoms shared some thoughts on worship from John 4. The woman that Jesus met at the well was so awestruck by her encounter with Jesus that she left her water jug behind and ran to tell everyone. Athoms admonished us to worship with that same vigor by leaving behind the details of life that consume our thoughts and to worship Jesus as an expression of wonder at who he is.  The second half of the music was a selection of songs from G.A.E.L. that featured Athoms and Nadege. The conclusion was an exciting song that Athoms told us was in the “folkloric” style called “Anyataka”. This song got everyone in the room jumping and dancing. Believe it or not – I don’t think that I’ve ever experienced so much joy, dance, and excitement in our worship than during that song.

Hopefully we’ll have some video at some point that I can share, but for now, here’s a track from the evening:

Here’s a simple lead sheet that I made of Anyataka

Here’s pics from Neil Das. You can find all the pics he took here.

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Merry Christmas, help yourself to a FREE DOWNLOAD!

Check out my CD Freedom website for a free download of “Glory Glory” from my first CD, “Only One”. The mp3 will be free for the entire month of December, so make sure to share the link with any friends or family who have not yet heard my music.

Currently, “Guardian Grace” is out of stock on the website, but I just shipped a bunch to restock last week, so check back in a few days. If you live in St Louis or Chattanooga, there are plenty available for Christmas shopping from me directly or from my family in Tennessee. If you are desperate for a CD to ship asap, just send me an email, and I will get one in the mail.

Added Nov 30 3:09pm – Guardian Grace is back in stock on the CD Freedom site!

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The Changing Face of the Music Business

I am going to Chicago this weekend to play guitar in my dad’s band as we lead some of the worship at the Simply Youth Ministry Conference. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to share our songs and unique sound. Before I depart this morning, I wanted to share a few things that I’ve been thinking this week about the way the music business is changing. First, you can check out this blog, The Future of Music, which gives you a good picture of what sort changes I’m talking about. The biggest changes have to do with how people hear new music, interact with other fans, interact with artists, and how they consume music and other media. If you  have Netflix, you can relate to the idea that a change in technology can change the entire way that you get connected to entertainment

You might remember me writing a few weeks back about the website, As read more about lala, I learned that it’s actually made a big deal with google so that every time you do a search on an artist or song, it puts the lala link at the top pf the search where you can click to listen to the song.

This week, my friend Tanya introduced me to another site called, Grooveshark is a throw back to the old days of the big, bad “illegal” version of Napster. The difference is that grooveshark streams music instead of doing downloads. Their site claims that they have deals with all the major record companies, but if you google grooveshark you find a bunch of news stories about all the companies that have filled lawsuits against the site. The point is that it gives you free access to listen to any song that another user might upload. This gives the power to control who listens to the music to users and disconnects the control of the music from the record companies or from the artist.

This week, I was also introduced to a site created by a fellow Presbyterian musician, Derek Webb, called Noise Trade. This site restores the interaction between fans and artists. With Noise Trade, artists can trade a download for an email, give fans an easy way to virally share their favorite artist with their social networks, and it also includes a “tip jar” which gives fans the opportunity to give back to the artist. I am definintly going to sign up for this when I get back from the windy city.

I’m kind of rambling, but the point is that our ways of selling, consuming, and sharing music is changing to be more free and more instant.

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