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Well, after spending a frrreeeeeeeezing Monday night sleeping in the bus somewhere in Kansas, we drove all day to arrive in Phoenix AZ, where the big bright sun is projecting highs in the mid 90s. Scarves to shorts in 24 hours! We are staying with our beloved friends the Van de Kamp family, who are simply the most wonderful hosts.

As others have stated, this tour is really a blast. We are having a great time getting to know all the other bands, who are full of spiritual encouragement and accountability across the board. Iron sharpening iron.

Does anyone have any recommendations for good sermon podcasts? I want to start amassing a reservoir of them, so that I can listen whenever I get bored on the road. Let me know!

Someone made a sweet Youtube video featuring Lego actors depicting the lyrics to our song “Setting Off”. Go give it a look.

Hmm what else. One day I plan to release an album on vinyl. Call it impractical and obsolete, but there’s a reason people still buy and listen to them. Allow me to briefly educate you: CDs and MP3s contain files that are encoded and compressed to a certain degree so that the file sizes are not enormous and inconvenient. Unfortunately, this alters the sonic qualities of the music, creating a brighter, louder, less dynamic sound. Vinyl, however, allows for the complete, uncompressed songs to be played in the form they were recorded in; this creates a warmer, richer texture that simply can’t be recreated in other formats. Granted, most of today’s youth – who download low-bitrate MP3s on Limewire and rip burned CDs that have already been re-encoded several times (then listen to them on crappy iPod earbuds) -would never notice much difference. But as long as there are small groups of people who care, records and record players will continue being produced. And for these people I shall one day release an album on vinyl! [Another great thing about vinyl: album artwork looks so much sweeter when it is presented in a substantial size rather than scaled down to the size of your hand.]

Lecture accomplished! Hope you all have a great week! Stay warm (or cool, depending on where you are…)

Three Songs to Buy on iTunes This Week:
1. “White Winter Hymnal” by Fleet Foxes

2. “Where Is My Mind?” by Pixies

3. “Won’t Get Fooled Again” by The Who

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9 Comments

  1. O__O
    i have no idea what you said in that paragraph about ipods and stuff. i was reading it and was like “huhhh?” -cocks head to the side- LOL!!
    but yeah, anywaysssss your awessomeeee!

  2. Vinyl is cool, but be sure you record the album using analog gear instead of digital software otherwise it kind of defeats the purpose because the audio was originally digital anyway.

    • yes, thank you Mark. i could’ve gone on for days on the analog/digital/loudness war/compression debate, but chose to keep it surface-level for those less knowledgeable on the subject 🙂

  3. Mid 90s is…more than twice the temperature it is here. It’s also hotter than it ever gets here.
    If you go on iTunes and search Unalaska Christian Fellowship, you will find my church’s podcast. Some of the messages are really good, some are okay, and some…don’t make sense. It all depends on who was giving the message on that day.

  4. Check it out!

    http://www.resolved.org/media/

    That website has a bunch of free sermons from awesome pastors. Definitely worth it.

    http://gbc-hutchinson.com/site/audiodownloads.asp?sec_id=722

    This website has TONS of free sermons from my pastor. He’s awesome too.

  5. http://www.worldchallenge.org/en/podcasts

    Josiah, audio and video podcasts here! Very good!

  6. http://www.wedgwoodbc.org/content.cfm?id=213
    That’s my church. Our pastor is one of the best I’ve heard (and I’ve been in many churches!). I love the way he explains things.
    Hmm, I can’t say I’ve really heard music via vinyl, or at least not my favorite music. But I totally agree about the presentation/artwork of vinyl as opposed to CDs. SO much cooler!
    Ah, “Won’t Get Fooled Again” by The Who reminds me of CSI Miami. 😉

  7. My favorite podcasts to listen to are Francis Chan’s from Cornerstone Church and then David Platt’s. http://www.brookhills.org/media

    I have a few Stryper vinyl and Keith Green vinyl.. And possibly a few Randy Stonehill vinyl. Unfortunately, I don’t have anything to play them on!

  8. Haha amid all these other recommendations, I give you mine: http://www.MikeHoggard.com or http://www.VisitBethelChurch.com this is my “church” online 🙂


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