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My wife and I are taking it easy this Thanksgiving.  Normally we drive up to Green Bay to spend the weekend with my parents, but with our weeks being rather crazy lately, I decided we’re just gonna hang out at home and eat some pizzas (cooked on the grill of course).

This change of the normal tradition got me thinking.  I think Thanksgiving may have more to offer than just boat loads of pie, turkey, and mashed potatoes.  Seriously, the Thanksgiving season is a great time to remember how much God has given us.  Even if your life seems sucky, man, we’ve all got a lot to be thankful for.  It’s with this in mind that I created a soundtrack for your Thanksgiving holiday (you can thank me later): Life is Good.

I hope you enjoy this Thanksgiving mix!

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A guest post by my wife, Jessie:

For a long time, I have wanted to learn to play banjo, and so this year Jake and I finally purchased one for me to learn on. It’s a handmade, open-back style banjo, the kind used in old-tyme and folk music, the kind you play clawhammer style (as opposed to bluegrass style, for those of you familiar with those styles of playing the banjo). I like the banjo for it’s plunky sound, and because it is easier for me to fret the chords on a banjo rather than on a guitar with my small hands. Anyway, I get frustrated with the learning process often as it’s always difficult to learn something new, so I’ve been making myself listen to more artists lately that include banjo in their music. It’s actually relatively easy to find bands that have a banjo-ist included that are not bluegrass or old-tyme bands now that banjo is becoming one of the more “hip” instruments to play, thanks to Bela Fleck, Iron and Wine, Sufjan Stevens, and others.

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Since I haven’t been blogging in a while, I thought I should open up with a mix CD, and what better way to do it than with songs inspired by the book of Revelation!

My good friend and semi-delinquent blogger Ryan over at Communal Feast has created a mix CD that he calls a soundtrack inspired by the book of Revelation.  I call it Trumpets, Woes, and Beasts, because it sounds a lot more menacing.

Ryan has been preaching through the book of Revelation Wednesday nights at my church, and it’s been awesome.  If you want to check out some of the teachings, head on over here to the church website and download a few.  I think you’ll really get a ton out of them – they’re not your standard Revelation sermons (whatever that means).

But, of course, what you’re really after is the music, so here is The Blah Blah’s first ever Revelation compilation, made up mostly, but not completely, of Christian artists:

1. Chapter 01: Phil Keaggy – John the Revelator (Download or Stream)
2. Chapter 03: Brian Doerksen – Light the Fire Again (Download or Stream)
3. Chapter 04: Miss Angie – 100 Million Eyeballs (Download or Stream)
4. Chapter 05: Jon Abel – The Revelation Song (Download or Stream)
5. Chapter 06: Solomon Jabby – Four Horses Ready (Download or Stream)
6. Chapter 10: Lenny Smith – I Saw a Mighty Angel (Download or Stream)
7. Chapter 12: Over the Rhine – The Trumpet Child (Download or Stream)
8. Chapter 13: Larry Norman – Six-Sixty-Six (Download or Stream)
9. Chapter 16: Believer – Dies Irae (Day of Wrath) (Download or Stream)
10. Chapter 16: One Bad Pig – Bowl of Wrath (live) (Download or Stream)
11. Chapter 17: The Swirling Eddies – Mystery Babylon (Download or Stream)
12. Chapter 19: Earthsuit – Whitehorse (Download or Stream)
13. Chapter 20: Johnny Cash – The Man Comes Around (Early Take) (Download or Stream)
14. Chapter 21: Randy Bruce – New Jerusalem (Download or Stream)
15. Chapter 22: R.E.M. – It’s the End of the World as We Know It (Download or Stream)

* Download all the songs as one giant RAR file right here.

Enjoy the CD, listen to the song with its appropriate chapter if you feel so inclined, and download the album art here.

I’ve finally had a chance to upload the compressed file containing all the songs and artwork for the Baby, You Can Drive My Car roadtrip mix cd.

You can find the RAR file here, and if you need help with uncompressing RAR files, see here.  It’s a huge file, so leave plenty of time to download it.

Here it is – the highly-anticipated second summer mix CD at The Blah Blah: Baby, You Can Drive My Car.  Pop this bad boy into your CD player and drive until your butt cramps up and your bladder’s about to explode.

Man, I love road trips.  Nothing clears my head like driving for 10 or 12 hours straight, getting away from everything you’re used to.  Road trips are therapeutic for me.  I don’t even need to be going anywhere amazing.  Just the fact that I’m leaving wherever I am and doing nothing but driving is enough sometimes.

Given the choice between flying and driving, I’d always rather choose driving, as long as the cost is the same and I can get enough time off to do the drive.  Flying always leaves me a little discombobulated feeling, like I just went through some intense time travel or warped to a different planet.  I get off the plan and feel disoriented for a while, like I shouldn’t have gotten to California from Wisconsin in under 5 hours.  Driving leaves me time to clear my head, see the country, and adjust to the fact that I’m going somewhere.  By the time I get there, I’m ready for it.

One time, I found out my friend Greg had never been west of Minnesota (we live in Wisconsin), so I convinced him to drive with me to Wyoming and back in under a day and a half.  We cranked high speed and got there in about 13 hours.  It was about 3 am so I pulled off the highway and napped for a couple hours before we drove to Devil’s Tower, snapped some photos, then headed home.  We stopped at Mount Rushmore for maybe an hour, cruised into the Badlands, shopped at Wall Drug, and got home in time for a late dinner the next day.  I was short on funds for the trip, and Greg couldn’t get more than a day off of work, which made it a challenge, but a memorable one.  My lack of funds meant we ate nothing but peanut butter and jelly sandwiches the whole time.  At the end of the trip, exhausted and delirious, we stopped for the best McDonald’s meal I’ve ever had.

I made this CD with road-tripping in mind.  Some songs are actually about road trips.  Others just have an “I’m driving a car for a really long time” feel to them.  Hope you enjoy it.

1. Robbie Seay Band – Better Days (Download or Stream)
2. The Listening – The Factory (Download or Stream)
3. Justin Fox – When You Drive (Download or Stream)
4. Destroy Nate Allen – Arizona (Download or Stream)
5. Sufjan Stevens – Chicago (Download or Stream)
6. Havalina Railroad Company – Tundra (Download or Stream)
7. Jason Harwell – California (Download or Stream)
8. Rosie Thomas – Much Farther to Go (Download or Stream)
9. Jeremy Enigk – River to Sea (Download or Stream)
10. Jeff Caylor – The Egypt Vibe (Download or Stream)
11. The Innocence Mission – Lakes of Canada (Download or Stream)
12. The Cold Comfort Band – A Heart Unseen (Download or Stream)
13. Don Chaffer – Motel Rooms (Download or Stream)
14. Daniel Smith and Sufjan Stevens – Worried Shoes (Download or Stream)
15. Starflyer 59 – No New Kinda Story (Download or Stream)
16. mewithoutYou – A Glass Can Only Spill What It Contains (Download or Stream)
17. Brave Saint Saturn – Gloria (Download or Stream)

Enjoy the CD!  To download the album art, just save the image above.

Note: all MP3s will be removed after one week.

I realized I haven’t put up a mix CD in a while (an Easter mix I made never made it to the blog…), so here is the first of two summer mixes.  This first one is “Ain’t No Cure for the Summertime Blahs – A Soundtrack for Your Summer.”  You should probably play it non-stop until September.

I tried to capture the fun of summer with a lot of upbeat, hope-filled songs, from the past to the present, from the obscure to the well-known.  The next summer mix CD, which should be out soon, has more searching, road trip-styled songs.

Anyway, hope you enjoy the mix, and give me your comments.

1. Five Iron Frenzy – A Flowery Song (Download or Stream)
2. Hello Kelly – 10 Good Reasons (Download or Stream)
3. Christafari – Triumphal Entry (Download or Stream)
4. John Davis – Nothing Gets Me Down (Download or Stream)
5. Value Pac – Don’t Look Back (Download or Stream)
6. U2 – Beautiful Day (Download or Stream)
7. Dave Thompson – Time to Fly (Download or Stream)
8. Aradhna – Jaago Logo (Download or Stream)
9. Ponoka – See You Around (Download or Stream)
10. The Innocence Mission – Beautiful Change (Download or Stream)
11. Andrew Osenga – The Ball Game (Download or Stream)
12. Switchfoot – Meant to Live (Download or Stream)
13. Rock and Roll Worship Circus – New Wave Revolution (Download or Stream)
14. Bodies of Water – I Guess I’ll Foget the Sound I Guess I Guess (Download or Stream)
15. Solomon Jabby – Rootsman (Download or Stream)
16. Relient K – The Best Thing (Download or Stream)
17. Jesse Sprinkle – First Summer on Earth (Download or Stream)
18. Geology – Arkansas (Download or Stream)

Hope you all enjoy the CD!  To download the album art, just save the image above.

dontbreakmyheart.jpgHere it is, the much-coveted Don’t Break My Heart mix CD, now with songs you can download and listen to.

1. Steven Delopoulos – She Held My Hand
2. Bob Dylan – Girl from the North Country
3. Rosie Thomas – Say Hello
4. The Innocence Mission – Love That Boy
5. Destroy Nate Allen – Ambulance
6. Aaron Sprinkle – Really Something
7. Dave Thompson – Overboard Love Song
8. Michael Blair Project – Peace to You
9. Jesse Sprinkle – Sunsites
10. Bill Mallonee – Here Comes the Heartache
11. Don Peris – Catherine-Anne
12. Waterdeep – Diana
13. Fine China – Are You on Drugs?
14. Sufjan Stevens – The Mistress Witch from McClure
15. Relient K – Faking My Own Suicide
16. Ben and Bruno – New Friend

If you’ll allow me to chat a bit more, let me explain the story of the album and the songs it contains.

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dontbreakmyheart.jpgI got up an hour and a half ealier today to make a Valentine’s Day mix CD to post, filled with the ups and downs and inside-outs of love, the hopes, dreams, and fears that go with relationships, the triumphs and the heartaches.  It was gonna be a masterpiece.

But after all my listening, sorting, ordering, and creating, I have nothing to post because Internet Explorer has decided not to let me upload files, for whatever reason.

I guess I’ll try again tomorrow, after Valentine’s Day is over and the mix CD will be pointless, but for now, here’s the track list:

1. Steven Delopoulos – She Held My Hand
2. Bob Dylan – Girl from the North Country
3. Rosie Thomas – Say Hello
4. The Innocence Mission – Love That Boy
5. Destroy Nate Allen – Ambulance
6. Aaron Sprinkle – Really Something
7. Dave Thompson – Overboard Love Song
8. Michael Blair Project – Peace to You
9. Jesse Sprinkle – Sunsites
10. Bill Mallonee – Here Comes the Heartache
11. Don Peris – Catherine-Anne
12. Waterdeep – Diana
13. Fine China – Are You on Drugs?
14. Sufjan Stevens – The Mistress Witch from McClure
15. Relient K – Faking My Own Suicide
16. Ben and Bruno – New Friend

As you can see, it was gonna be an amazing CD exploring love in all its dimensions, so hopefully tomorrow I’ll be able to upload the songs.  Come back then to check it out, and in the meantime, download the album cover above.

The Blah Blah – serving up the best in Christian music MP3s.

I thought this would make a great Christmas Eve post!  Todd Fadel of Agents of Future sent me an e-mail the other day with a compilation he made up with some of the best tracks from 1996’s It Never Snows on Christmas, an album from way back in 1996 of some of the best Portland, Oregon, bands at the time.

Why the name It Never Snows on Christmas?  Because, says Todd, it never has snowed on Christmas day in Portland, for as long as he can remember.

Here’s what Todd says about the mix: “The songs are fun.  Stereo Crush’s singer now leads a project called Boy Eats Drum Machine (which includes looped drums from Danny Seim of Menomena and Kevin Robinson of Viva Voce). Pep Squad is a band that was on Tooth and Nail for a couple of releases in 1997-1998.  My band, Sappo, was on Organic Records in 1997, and the All*Stars featured singers from local bands Yum Yum Children, Gifty, Brothers and Sisters of Righteousness, and Jimi Dorsey and the Lime Rickies.”

Click here for a zip file of Todd’s best-of compilation, or for the full album, go here.  You can listen on-line or to download the songs, just create a free account.

blahchristmas2007_big.jpgIn the spirit of the holiday season, today I offer to you the first ever mix CD at The Blah BlahHave a Blah Christmas, 2007.  I’ve never been a huge fan of Christmas music, but I like it a lot better in December than in October, and I like all the songs in this mix a lot. To download the album art, just right-click on the picture to the left and select “Save Target As.”  To download the songs, do the same with the links below.

1. Jars of Clay – Love Came Down at Christmas
2. Destroy Nate Allen – Holiday
3. Sufjan Stevens – Come on! Let’s Boogey to the Elf Dance!
4. Phantasmic – Come On Ring Those Bells
5. Half-Handed Cloud – Plant a Little Fir Tree
6. Don Peris – Silent Night
7. Friction Bailey – Angels We Have Heard on High
8. The Lighthouse Band – O Holy Night
9. Poor Old Lu – What Child is This
10. Soul-Junk – Dayspring from On High

Hope you like these!  Head to the artists’ MySpace for more.

MySpace Pages:
Jars of Clay
Destroy Nate Allen
Sufjan Stevens
Half-Handed Cloud
Don Peris
Friction Bailey
The Lighthouse Band
Poor Old Lu
Soul-Junk

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