Archive for the 'Music' Category
New P.O.D.
Posted by on April 19th, 2003, at 1:32am

P.O.D. has some new stuff on the way out. They recorded the headlining single for Matrix: Reloaded and its starting to hit radio charts now. An internet stream is available to listen to (please tell me if this link breaks).

According to ChristianRock.net They�re also planning to release a new album on November 4th, 2003.

More P.O.D. information is available from The Warrior Network and P.O.D.�s site.

The lyrics for Sleeping Awake are available in the rest of the article.

Band: P.O.D.
Song: Sleeping Awake
Source: http://www.thesouthtown.com/discography/lyrics.asp?lyric_id=51

Reveal to me the mysteries
Can you tell me what it means?
Explain these motions and metaphors
Unlock these secrets in me
Describe your vision, the meaning is missing
Won�t anybody listen?

Define the riddles of my mind
Nothing is strictly what it seems

Dreaming of Zion, Awake
Sleeping Awake
Dreaming of Zion, Awake
Can’t stop Sleeping Awake

Do you see what I see?
And can you hear what I hear?
Do you feel what I feel?
Can’t stop Sleeping Awake
Do you see what I see?
And can you hear what I hear?
Do you feel like I feel?
Can�t stop Sleeping�

Can you see it? The writing,
Can you tell me what it means?
Translate the symbols, Enigma
Expressions keep questioning me
The message is written, the meaning is missing
Won’t anybody Listen?

Prophesy, interpretate the signs
Nothing is really what it seems

Dreaming of Zion, Awake
Sleeping Awake
Dreaming of Zion, Awake
Can’t stop Sleeping Awake

Do you see what I see?
And can you hear what I hear?
Do you feel what I feel?
Can’t stop Sleeping Awake
Do you see what I see?
And can you hear what I hear?
Do you feel like I feel?
Can’t stop Sleeping Awake

Do you see what I see?
Can you hear what I hear?
And do you see what I see?
And can you hear what I hear?
And do you feel like I feel?
And can you dream like I dream?

Do you see what I see?
Can you hear what I hear?
Or do you feel like I feel?
Or do you dream like I dream?
Anybody see me?
Anybody hear me?
Anybody feel me?
Anybody out there?!?

Dreaming of Zion, Awake
Sleeping Awake
Dreaming of Zion, Awake
Can’t stop Sleeping Awake

Do you see what I see?
And can you hear what I hear?
Do you feel what I feel?
Can’t stop Sleeping Awake
Do you see what I see?
And can you hear what I hear?
Do you feel like I feel?
Can’t stop Sleeping Awake

Anybody see me?
Anybody hear me?
Anybody feel me?
Anybody out there?!?

So I Like Relient K
Posted by on April 17th, 2003, at 9:25am

Relient K is awesome.

Today I received some money in the mail from my mom. Yes, that’s right, my mom. (Happy Easter, woohee!) So I went to Best Buy and bought the new Relient K album titled “Two Lefts Don’t Make A Right–But Three Do.” It’s pretty good so far.

The lyrics for Mood Rings are available. This is probably one of my favorites on the album. I haven�t gotten to do a thurough listen through to all of the songs yet, but this is an initial favorite. It talks about the confusing presence in the lives of all men� basically, women. They’re confusing. If you spend enough time around them you start to be able to tell what color their mood ring would be even if they don’t have ‘em, but that’s not always true. Anyway.

The album is decent from what I’ve listened to. It sticks to their usual fashion of being totally goofy, including a lot of cultural references, but their beliefs also show through. Comparing it to their previous album, I’d say they’re ability to rock like the punks they are has increased.

And now, time to go enjoy some more of their music. * cranks the volume *

Evanescence Exits Christian Market
Posted by on April 14th, 2003, at 12:48pm

Evanescence, an up and coming band with Wind-Up Records is exiting the Christian rock scene. I’m rather disappointed with this happening after telling friends about them and their Christian message. Apparently they view music as entertainment and don’t want to promote themselves as a religious band and misrepresent their image to the Christian community. Therefore, they’re pulling their material from the Christian retail and radio markets. For more details and in-depth spelling out of the situation, view the letter posted below.

Update: More information in a RollingStone article.

Moody’s comments to Entertainment Weekly, which included a joking references to Jesus (“I’m like the guy who was crucified next to Jesus. All I want you to do is remember me”) and a few f-bombs (“We’re actually high on the Christian charts, and I’m like, ‘What the #### are we even doing there'”), prompted Wind-Up to pull Fallen from thousands of stores across the country overnight.

Below is the a letter detailing more information about the situation (source – ChristianRock.net)

April 10, 2003

Dear Don,

Please be advised that Wind-up Records has elected to do a recall on all Evanescence products currently in the Christian retail community. This recall will be effective immediately and will extend to June 30, 2003 to allow Provident customers whatever time might be necessary to accomplish this. Additionally, we will also be withdrawing from Christian radio and the Christian charts. Full credit will be issued by Wind-up for all monies that might be due on account immediately upon receipt of documentation and confirmation from you that the merchandise has been returned. Furthermore, I will have our Finance department contact you to arrange for the return to Wind-up of all Evanescence product currently in the Provident warehouse, as well as make accommodations for additional product as it arrives from retail. Despite having roots within the Christian community prior to the release of “Fallen,” recent statements by band members have made it abundantly clear that Evanescence is a secular band, and as such view their music as entertainment. No more, no less. As such we strongly feel that they no longer belong in Christian retail outlets. Despite the spiritual underpinning that has ignited interest and excitement in the Christian religious community, the band is now opposed to promoting or supporting any religious agenda.

The decision to release Evanescence “Fallen” into the Christian market was made subsequent to discussions with and approval by the artist. Obviously the band has had a change in their perspective, as well as changes within the band itself as relates to new band members. Wind-up deeply regrets this situation.

I have no issues or problems with the band not wishing to promote a religious agenda. That is their opinion. How it has been handled is a separate issue. That being said, I do have a problem with misrepresenting the artist to the Christian community. That is not and has never been the intent of Wind-up or the band. Nevertheless, it is quite apparent that the landscape has now changed. As such, the right and honorable thing to do is remove the record from Christian retail. While it is the mission of every business, record labels notwithstanding, to be “successful,” Wind-up’s goals in embracing the Christian community came as an outgrowth of my own personal spiritual commitment with the hopes of providing great music for our children with positive spiritual messages. Nothing has changed as regards that commitment. I have never nor will ever do anything to discredit Wind-up or question my honor. I apologize for what has become an unfortunate and embarrassing situation. While I cannot go back and undo what has been done, going forward we will scrutinize our Christian artists’ beliefs and commitment with even greater diligence. I assure you that there will not be any repeat of anything even resembling this present situation. I will personally inform all of our future artists who represent themselves as Christian artists and wish to be represented in the Christian community that in doing so they must understand the lasting and on-going commitment that involves. Those who are not 100% committed will not be offered to Christian retail.

I appreciate your understanding.

Respectfully,

Alan Meltzer
CEO & Chairman
Wind-up Records

And there’s the end of the details.

Update: As a point of information, I’ve realized that I spelled the band’s name wrong in this page’s title. It should be “Evanescence.” So everybody who’s finding this page from Google is doing so because they’re also spelling it wrong. Just thought you might want to know.

Something With A K
Posted by on March 31st, 2003, at 4:06am

Tracy, Phil, and I are starting a band called “Something With A K.” Tracy and I talked about this at Kappa Delta’s Chilifest last night (two bowls and a roll, not bad at all).

Things we have figured out:
• band name: Something With A K
• lead guitarist: Phil
• second guitar: Tracy
• drums: Rachel
• bass player/website designer: me
• genre: punK

Things we don’t have figured out:
• how to play our instruments (Tracy & Cal & Rachael)
• how to play together (see previous bullet)
• uh, I’m sure there’s other stuff (like telling Phil he’s in our band)

Names we didn’t pick:
• Stained Plastic Spoon
• Stained Plastic
• EsKort

Grits – Ooh Aah lyrics
Posted by on February 25th, 2003, at 12:24pm

this is a chunk of lyrics from “Ooh Aah” by Grits
Full Lyrics

Reason for mentioning these lyrics
These lyrics really spoke to me today. I just got back from Crescent Moon a little bit ago. I relaxed there, read my Bible for a bit, and also read a bit of “Every Woman’s Desire.” I got back to my room and was briefly (perhaps still am a bit) plagued by some frustrated thoughts. This part of the song just reminded me that even with all the junk going on, I don’t have to worry because all the bad junk and everything I’m dealing with is manageable because of who God is.

Lyrics:
the fear of never falling in love
and the tears after losing the feelings
of what you thought love was
like the dirt still up under the rug
bad characteristics
covered in Christ’s blood
the joy of new birth
and the pain of growing up
the bliss between giving my all
and giving up
the highs and lows
paths and roads i chose
in the cold i froze
trying to ease my woes
in this world of sin
clothes to thin to fend
so to god i send
words of help to win
in grumblings so deep
letters could never express
so the sound of ooh aah
beneath my breath projects