Monday, November 28, 2016

The 2016 MVM Christmas Parade: My Family's Crazy

Welcome to a very special Music Video Monday. It's time for the 2016 Christmas Parade. From now until the new year we will be handling Christmas Videos exclusively. Hopefully the supply of music videos will be replenished by then.

We begin with a classic song, though a fan video. Sara Groves is singing about Toy Packaging. Never mind the dynamite.

Well go with a bit of Classic Romance for the next video. We've got a little bit of Dave Barnes. I think I could stay in for Christmas Tonight if I had a girl like that.

Anyway, they say that the Holiday Season is a time of great stress. Toy Packaging not withstanding. It usually has something to do with relatives. Of course I wouldn't know that, because I really don't have an extended family. But things have gotten askew for Tim Skipper (House of Heroes) and his wife Stephanie (Smith) Skipper. They know that My Family's Crazy (At Christmas Time).
The 2016 edition of The Night Beat Christmas Parade is under way. We will be posting at least on Monday, depending on how many videos I can scare up. Until next time, Ho Ho Ho and I am Awaiting Your Reply.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Music Video Monday: This Present Darkness

Welcome back to another edition of Music Video Monday, where we show the best Music Videos suitable for a Christian Audience. I changed up my intro because this week I have a video which may be the greatest, but isn't exactly the latest. It was out a while ago, but I just discovered the artist and the video.

We begin with a bit of Metal. Poured Out is the name of the band, and this is Humankind Suicide.
Next up we are going to start slowly breaking into the Holiday Spirit (not Spirits, that's something only done at the Office Party after Youppi spikes the punch). A folk/pop favorite here at Night Beat HQ is JJ Heller. From her latest Christmas Release Unto Us, this is the lyric video for the title cut.
And finally, the promised video. The artist is named Leah McHenry, but she just prefers LEAH. From an album that could have cleaned up at #PlatVnyl6 entitled Kings and Queens. This is the lyric video for This Present Darkness.
Now when I saw this video, all these scripture verses came rushing into my memory. The song is a veritable Bible Study on Spiritual Warfare.

That does it for this edition of Music Video Monday. Beginning next week we will put things on Pause, and begin another edition of the Night Beat Christmas Parade, which will extend into January. Until then, I am Awaiting Your Reply. 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Night Beat Rewind: October 2016

Welcome to the first edition of Night Beat Rewind for #PlatVnyl8. Eight years. It really doesn't seem that long at all. One note. Christmas Music season is now upon us. Since that is time sensitive, I will be linking those albums for purchase. All others will be held until the quarterly wrap. Let's get started. We begin with the aforesaid Christmas Music, which is not eligible for a Platinum Vinyl Award.

Christmas Music(Non-Eligible)

I won't say much about this for time and space sake. On to:

The Singles Scene

  • Andale - Phenomenal 4.75 Emeralds
  • MH Eternal - Flammable Kingdoms (Matthew Parker Remix) 4.75 Emeralds
  • Chris Howland - Savior ft Joel Vaughn 4.75 Emeralds
  • DJ Maj - What If ft Aaron Cole 4.50 Emeralds
  • Puntin - L's 4.50 Emeralds
  • Joel Vaughn - As You Are 4.75 Emeralds
We are loaded, so let's move right on to the albums which are left out of the pool.

Missing The Mark

  • Applejaxx - Bake Sale 3.75 Emeralds
  • Paul Baloche - Your Mercy 3.75 Emeralds
  • Bizzle - Crowns and Crosses 3.75 Emeralds
  • Poured Out - To The Point of Death 43.75 Emeralds
  • Seeker - Loss 3.50 Emeralds
  • Phil Wickham - Children of God: Acoustic Sessions 3.75 Emeralds
I liked the original Children of God album, but something was missing here. It was certainly not the same feel as his Singalong albums. I know what was missing, the singalong. Of course having six albums here makes me think this ship of state is still afloat. Never mind stay afloat, the following releases Rule The Seas.

Pure Platinum Perfection

  • Jonathan Cain - What God Wants To Hear 5 Emeralds
  • The Digital Age - Galaxies 5 Emeralds
  • Disciple - Long Live The Rebels 5 Emeralds
  • Nimisilla Park - Welcome to Nimisilla Park 5 Emeralds
  • Ocean Calling - Quiet Magic 5 Emeralds
  • Rend Collective - Campfire II: Simplicity 5 Emeralds
  • Satellites and Sirens - Tanks 5 Emeralds
  • Theocracy - Ghost Ship 5 Emeralds
  • Jean Watson - Wonder 5 Emeralds
I really can't say much except WOW for these albums. Of course having 9 in this category would be worrisome if it were not for the 6 that missed the mark. It sort of balances itself out. Most releases are in the middle, however.

Semi-Precious Metal

  • About A Mile - Trust You All The Way 4.50 Emeralds
  • Audrey Assad - Inheritance Deluxe 4.75 Emeralds
  • Sho Baraka - The Narrative 4.50 Emeralds
  • Dez Childs - Work of Art 4.75 Emeralds
  • Comrades - Lone/Gray 4.75 Emeralds
  • The Devil Wears Prada - Transit Blues 4.75 Emeralds
  • Consumed By Fire Giving Over 4.75 Emeralds
  • Fit For A King - Death Grip 4.75 Emeralds
  • Keith and Kristyn Getty - Facing A Task Unfinished 4.75 Emeralds
  • Maria Gilpin - Giving It All EP 4.50 Emeralds
  • Philip Hamrick - Getting Stronger 4.75 Emeralds
  • Dead Heroes - Dead Heroes EP 4.50 Emeralds
  • Hillsong - Let There Be Light (Live) 4.75 Emeralds
  • Heesun Lee - Beauty For Ashes 4.75 Emeralds
  • Stephen Miller - In God We Trust 4.50 Emeralds
  • Derek Minor - Reflection 4.75 Emeralds
  • Britt Nicole - Britt Nicole 4.50 Emeralds
  • Matthew Parker - Adventure 4.75 Emeralds
  • B. Reith - Heart on my sleeve 4.75 Emeralds
  • Austin Stone Worship - Only Jesus 4.50 Emeralds
  • Tenth Avenue North - Followers 4.75 Emeralds
  • Chris Tomlin - Never Lose Sight 4.75 Emeralds   
That does it for this first Night Beat Rewind of #PlatVnyl8. Stay with us as we cover our biggest and greatest year yet. As always, I am Awaiting Your Reply.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Music Video Monday: Joy

Welcome back to an all new edition of Music Video Monday, where we serve up the best and the latest CCM videos we can find. We are going to begin with another video from Sho Baraka and his new release The Narrative. This is Fathers, 2004.
Next up we continue with Rap, this time with Canon. Sometimes I wonder if this guy ever takes a breath. He should be called machine gun. You do have to stop and reload a canon. This is Eagles from Loose Canon, Vol 3.
And finally we take a break from rap, though this is an all African-American version of Music Video Monday. This is VaShawn Mitchell from Secret Place: Live In South Africa, this is Joy.
That does it for this edition of Music Video Monday. See you next time. Until then, I am Awaiting Your Reply.  

Saturday, November 5, 2016

A Perfect Scale: The 2016 Platinum Vinyl Awards 4th Quarter - Modern Worship

The final post of the 2016 4th Quarter Wrap is here. To no ones surprise the big winner for the quarter is Modern Worship, as it is for most quarters. Nineteen entrants is enough for around three years if they all made the finals. Let's get to it.

Modern Worship

That does it for the 4th Quarter Roundup. The 1rst Quarter of 2017 Begins. #PlatVnyl8 beckons, and it appears to foretell a Monster Year. Stay with me as we enter it. Until next time, I am Awaiting Your Reply.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

A Perfect Scale: The 2016 Platinum Vinyl Awards 4th Quarter - Rock

The final of our ties is Rock, which provided a full complement of Seven Entries. If you've been keeping track you know who won the quarter, and you also aren't surprised in the least. You'd be surprised if they didn't win. Let's get right to it.

Rock Music

That does it for rock. And The Winner for the 4th Quarter of 2016 is (big drum roll): Modern Worship with 19 entrants into the pool. That's a lot for one quarter. Until next time, when we finish, I am Awaiting Your Reply.

Dove Wrap: 2016 Edition - The General Field

And now, for the moment you've all been waiting for. The final of our Dove Wrap posts. There really isn't much to write about here. Only 3 awards coincide, so this will be short. When last we met we were covering the Song Predictions and their results. At that time we had gone through 10 Awards ( I did not make a pick for every category) and had gotten 4 correct. In baseball terms .400 is Holy Grail territory. Woo-Hoo. Let's see if I can keep it up.

New Artist of The Year is the first one out of the gate. I looked at the available choices (Hollyn, Jordan Feliz, Stars Go Dim, Travis Greene, and We Are Messengers) and listened to all the available products. I went with Hollyn, and the Doves went with Jordan Feliz. We are not off to a good start. (Score 4/11)

Artist of The Year is next, which usually goes to more established artists, which makes Lauren Daigle's inclusion in this list a bit of a head scratcher. But, if you are willing to look only at quality and not age or "paying ones dues", there is no question who rises to the top of this milk bottle. The Doves and I agree on Daigle. A rare meeting of the minds. (Score 5/12).

Finally, we arrive at Song of The Year. While not having a ridiculous number anymore, it has a healthy 10 entrants, which may be what winds up at a Platinum Vinyl Awards, try as we do to get down to 7. I'm not going to list them all here. Suffice it to say that when I looked at the list I felt that the cream of the crop was First by Lauren Daigle. The Dove went with Good, Good, Father by Chris Tomlin. Now I like the song, but thought Zealand Worship did a much better job at it. Final score 5/13 .385 

I'm happy with that. Hey, it's not Ted Williams, but I think it will definitely win me the Batting Title. That does it for the Doves. Until next time, I am Awaiting Your Reply.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

A Perfect Scale: The 2016 Platinum Vinyl Awards 4th Quarter - Adult Contemporary/Inspirational

We are back. Our final group of ties. This two way group is with 7 entrants each. Once this is done only the big winner remains. Let's get to it.

Adult Contemporary/Inspirational

We are back under way, only two more posts remain. Rock is next. Until next time, I am Awaiting Your Reply.

Ear Candy: 10 Monster Albums for October

Of course by Monster I mean totally Awesome. This is a Christian Music Blog after all. Now that the month has wrapped, I guess it is quite appropriate that I have handed out Perfect 5's like candy. 10 of them were handed out this month. I believe that is a record, though all of them deserved it. I guess that just tells you the quality of the work that is out there. No complaints about the current state of CCM. You are just listening to the wrong stuff.

I'll do the list alphabetically, as I don't want to give any hint as to order.
  • Jonathan Cain - What God Wants to Hear - The Journey of A Thousand Miles, sorry. What can you say when the former Journey Frontman gets saved. As a Word of Faith person will I be hearing "Don't Stop Believing" at the SWBC next year? This was a big surprise and I loved it.
  • Lauren Daigle - Behold: A Christmas Collection - CCM's latest fave, and deservedly so, gets to showcase her pipes on a Holiday Collection that exudes Sultry Jazz. What's not to love.
  • The Digital Age - Galaxies - The former band of David Crowder returns with an electronic worship experience like no other, and mixed with a bit of Armstrong, Neil Armstrong among the songs.
  • Disciple - Long Live The Rebels - The Southern Rockers return. Kevin Young and company come out with their loudest yet.
  • Nimisilla Park - Welcome to Nimisilla Park - very rarely will I hand out a 5 for an EP. My standard practice is to deduct a quarter of a point for length. An excellent mixture of Rap, Driving Rock, and Gospel Music made me change my mind.
  • Ocean Calling - Quiet Magic. The Debut of Sophie Wilkie of Los Angeles, California by Way of Great Britain (hey, I detect the accent) is a blend of Synthpop, Trance, and ethereal vocals. My second favorite Trance artist since Salt of the Sound.
  • Rend Collective - Campfire II: Simplicity - Our Northern Ireland worship band goes back to the basics, and mines platinum. The past release seemed normal, and that is a bad thing for this slightly unhinged band that reminds me of Caedmon's Call in that they will attempt to play just about anything (xylophone, trash can lids, etc). Stick to what works, I always say.
  • Satellites and Sirens - Tanks - Another excellent release by Geoff Hunker and company, which skews a bit toward pop while maintaining a good synth mix. I personally love Old Souls, but maybe I am just in a nostalgic mood.
  • Theocracy - Ghost Ship - Talk about excellent timing for a release. I had never heard of the band until I started doing research on The Emerald List for Heavy Metal. If Stryper ever decides to Retire (I hope not) these guys will pick up the Crown with little backlash. Excellent clean vocals, monster guitar solos, and a solid Christian Message. Who said a Theocracy was a bad thing?
  • Jean Watson - More ethereal vocals, though this time going operatic more than trance. Though a lot of these songs would be excellent in a Lord of The Rings movie. 
There you go. 10 Pieces of ear candy. Indulge, as long as often as you want. I promise you will not get sick from over indulging. Until next time, I am Awaiting Your Reply.