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Merry Christmas! It’s once again time for The Blah Blah’s annual Christmas mix cd – Have a Blah Christmas. Hope you like it.
Otherwise, I apologize but the songs aren’t edited to be in the correct order according to track number. You’ll have to do that yourself. I just ran out of time.
Enjoy the mix, and stop by the Sounds Familyre Blog for A Familyre Christmas, Vol. 1 and 2, with more great Christmas music.
1. Rosie Thomas – Christmas Time is Here (Download or Stream)
2. Lenny Smith – Finally, It’s Christmas Eve (Download or Stream)
3. Sufjan Stevens – We’re Goin’ to the Country (Download or Stream)
4. Over the Rhine – Little Town (Download or Stream)
5. Anathallo – Come Ye Sinners (Download or Stream)
6. Elin Smith – Oh Holy Night (Download or Stream)
7. Threnody Ensemble – Cello MiscO2 Mix01 (Download or Stream)
8. Joe Dorsey – Silent Night (Download or Stream)
9. Alli Rogers – O Little Town of Bethlehem (Download or Stream)
10. All Stars – Jesus is the Reason for the Season (Download or Stream)
11. Ryan Dean – To Us a Child of Hope is Born (Download or Stream)
12. Robbie Seay Band – Song of Hope (acoustic) (Download or Stream)
13. Mike (?) – Greensleaves (Download or Stream)
14. Joshua Stamper – Immanuel (Download or Stream)
15. Sleeping at Last – Merry Little Christmas Volume Up (Download or Stream)
16. Over the Rhine – One Olive Jingle (Download or Stream)
Merry Christmas, everyone!
Note: All MP3s will be removed after one week.
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!
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.
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.
Hey, check out this video of John Mark McMillan leading worship at The Call Nashville. He goes into some detail about where the song “How He Loves Us” came from. Pretty powerful stuff. The first few minutes are the best. The rest is just the same great song.
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.