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The single genre posts are upon us. Of course, due to ties it may seem like multi-genre postings. We had three three way ties this quarter, with 5's 6's (my number is six-six-six) and sevens. And no we are not at sixes and sevens with ourselves. The first five posting was for alternative rock. Let us get to it.
The final multi-genre post is here. From now on it is only single genre postings. We covered four genres yesterday, and will cover three today. And there will be nine to go after that. Let's get to it.
That does it for the multi-genre post. The Passion Listed on Amazon seems to be earlier than the 4th Quarter and 1014 seems to have been dropped since Reflection released on October 14. The first genre up next is Alternative, part of a three way tie with 5 pool entries. Until then, I am Awaiting Your Reply.
Do-re-me-fa-so-la-ti-do. That's the scale in question, just sayin. (What were you thinking I meant?). The musical reference is to announce that, for I believe the very first time ever (at least since the current genre expansion) had a quarter with at least one entry in every genre. Actually, that's part of the reason for the delay. I found out that NewReleaseToday and other sites aren't exactly reliable sources when it comes to Children's Music. So I had to do my own digging on Amazon. I found a bunch, including four for this quarter. The genre will be updated as the days go on, beginning with this one. As is our custom, we roll out the quarters in ascending order starting with multiple genre postings for the orphan genres (those that don't make 5 entries. We have two of these this quarter). As is also our custom, these will be linked to Amazon for easy purchase to support The Night Beat. Do it. On to the nominees.
Welcome back to Music Video Monday, where we share the latest (hopefully) and the greatest (according to US) Music Videos in CCM and those that are in the Fringe or otherwise regarded as GRAC (which stands for Generally Regarded As Christian). For the past two weeks we have had a MVM which has consisted entirely of Videos from a single genre. That changes this week as each video comes from a different genre.
We begin with Britt Nicole. She has released a self-titled album this month. This is a Lyric (actually a Hybrid) Video for Through Your Eyes.
From Pop to Metal. Greetings Comrades. This interesting named band, which to my knowledge has no Russian connections, released an album on the 7th entitled Love/Grey. One thing I like is that the clean vocalist is a girl. A guy does the growls. This is Dark Tongues, Part II.
And finally, from Pop to Metal to Modern Worship. We finish with Rend Collective, which released a sequel to its Campfire Album. Interestingly, while all the videos came from different genres, they all released on the 7th. Though I picked them myself, I failed to notice that. Anyway, from Campfire II: Simplicity, this is Live Alive. Rend is back.
Well that does it for this edition of Music Video Monday. We shall try to keep the mix going next week. Until then, I am Awaiting Your Reply.
A rose by any other name may smell as sweet, but a song with different words is usually a parody song. Now I kind of grew up on Parody Songs. Back in the day "Weird Al" Yankovik was the Parody King. (He started in 1983). Now Weird Al knew the rules of a successful parody: 1.) Choose a Song That is Popular but not really Beloved. One that deserves to be made fun of. 2.) Keep it very close to the original and 3.) Make sure that people don't get bored with the parody and return to the original. (And with Songs Like Another One Rides The Bus, My Bologna, and Eat It, I don't think that was much of a problem). Oh, and there is one more rule. Don't Blaspheme The Holy Things.
And that rule brings me to my topic. The Christian Parody Song. In the CCM world the role is filled by a group called ApologetiX (named for the Christian Doctrine Apologetics: "The Art of Shoving Your Beliefs Down Other Peoples Throats When No One Asked"--Yes, yes, I know. The Art of Defending The Faith. Word of Faith Pet Peeve). I was introduced to them one Soulfest and was not impressed. Especially when they turned Hotel California by The Eagles into a Christmas Parody Hotel can't afford ya. What part of no room don't you understand. Sloppy Bible study not tolerated here.
During the final quarter of 2016 ApologetiX put out 2 albums, and the Night Beat verdict is Split. I didn't care much for Minor League, which despite the title is about the "Minor Prophets" of the Bible, not Baseball's feeder system. But With songs like Obed-Edom, Obadiah (Ob-la-de-Ob-la-da Life Goes On) which I personally think is one of the most irritating songs out there, right up there with Marezy Doats, I didn't really care for it. But then when they Blasphemed the holy things with Man On The Run (Band On The Run). You Don't touch Paul McCartney and Wings, especially Band on The Run. I gave it a Miss The Mark Grade (once I found it. Amazon was slow on posting). So I approached Quilt ready to give it a bad mark as well, but surprise, surprise, I actually liked it. Part of the reason is that they stuck to the rules. They didn't poke fun at any holy things. While a few of the songs are on the Teen Memories List they kind of beg parody. (for example The Bangles Walk Like an Egyptian turned into Bought By An Egyptian or Madonna's Like A Virgin turned into Lotsa Versions. Hey for that one it begs anything that rhymes. They could have done a song about caviar called Like a Sturgeon). More importantly they didn't try to "force" any songs. The biggest Stretch is Nancy Sinatra's These Boots are Made for Walking being turned into These Books God Made You're Mocking, but if you go with Proverbs Wisdom saying she will mock, it might work.
No surprise then, that I am handing out a split rating. For a late July rating for Minor League, I am handing out a not ready for the big leagues rating of 3.50 Emeralds. Quilt sun a better product, and got an honest 4.50 Emeralds. Either one is for fun since I really wouldn't know where to put them. There really aren't many parody artists in CCM. Until next time, I am Awaiting Your Reply.
Welcome to an all new edition of Music Video Monday. Today is Columbus Day, where we celebrate the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the New World on October 12, 1492. Now it used to be a day of Joy. After all, none of us would be here if he didn't show up first, and this would be a savage land filled with war and human sacrifice instead of the beacon of the Gospel that it was destined to become. I promised last week that we wouldn't have another all EDM Monday. We are going all Hard Rock/Metal this time. First up is The Devil Wears Prada. They have an album just out Last Friday called Transit Blues. This is The Key of Evergreen. Next up is Memphis May Fire. The band is also coming out with a new album this month entitled This Light I Hold. This is the title Video which features Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach. The Album Drops October 28. Finally, all new, a video Fit For A King. Like TDWP, they also had an album drop last Friday. From Death Grip this is Dead Memory, which features Jake Luhrs of August Burns Red, one of the best out there. That does it for this edition of Music Video Monday, and yes, we would notice and we would care. Until next time, I am Awaiting Your Reply.
This is it. The #PlatVnyl7 Eligibility Pool is now closed and the judging process begins. August was light but we made up for it in September. And I was worried about going out with a whimper. No real time to pat ourselves on the back and take a well deserved rest. The #PlatVnyl8 pool has now opened. We begin our final post, as always, with the song releases, or, as we like to call it.
The Singles Scene
Canon - The Family 4.50 Emeralds
Eisley - Defeatist 5 Emeralds
Veridia - Still Breathing 5 Emeralds
Looks like the Song of The Year categories will have some heft to them this year. Now on to the albums. We begin with those left out of the pool.
Missing The Mark
Remedy Drive - Hopes Not Giving Up 3.75 Emeralds
This was sort of a Remix/Best Of Album, but the sound left me flat. Not this next group.
Pure Platinum Perfection
Crowder - American Prodigal 5 Emeralds
Fred Hammond - Worship Journal 5 Emeralds
Jonathan David and Melissa Helser - Beautiful Surrender 5 Emeralds
Andy Hunter - Presence 5 Emeralds
Love and The Outcome - These Are The Days 5 Emeralds
New Hope Oahu - Future + Hope 5 Emeralds
Paper Route - Real Emotion 5 Emeralds
Salt of The Sound - Meditations, Volume 2 5 Emeralds
Well it is October, so I guess I really shouldn't be surprised that the candy store is open for business. An 8-1 ratio between Perfect to Missing The Mark certainly seems that way.
The Afters - Live On Forever 4.75 Emeralds
All Sons and Daughters - Poets and Saints 4.75 Emeralds
The Ambassador - When Sacred Meets Secular 4.75 Emeralds
ApologetiX - Quilt 4.50 Emeralds
Artifex Pereo - Passengers 4.75 Emeralds
Beacon Light - Lit 4.75 Emeralds
Casting Crowns - The Very Next Thing 4.75 Emeralds
Citizens and Saints - A Mirror Dimly 4.75 Emeralds
Dwell Worship - Dwell 4.75 Emeralds
Elevation Worship - Speak Revival EP 4.50 Emeralds
Joe Frey - Hoold Fast 4.50 Emeralds
GS - Committed 4.75 Emeralds
GAWVI - Holding Hue 4.75 Emeralds
Tanya Godsey - Love Lines The Last Horizon 4.75 Emeralds
The Incandescent - Undiscovered 4.50 Emeralds
Eddie James - Magnify 4.50 Emeralds
Hannah Kerr - Overflow 4.50 Emeralds
Royce Lovett - Love Wins 4.50 Emeralds
Tamela Mann - One Way 4.50 Emeralds
Sandra McCracken - God's Highway 4.50 Emeralds
Geoff Moore - The Next Thing 4.75 Emeralds
Mosaic MSC - Glory and Wonder 4.75 Emeralds
The Neverclaim - Encounter: A Live Worship Experience 4.75 Emeralds
Norma Jean - Polar Similar 4.75 Emeralds
Planetshakers - Overflow (Live) 4.75 Emeralds
Prestonwood Worship - Songs of The People 4.50 Emeralds