Introducing Christopher Georges

Some time ago, I was hunting for some music that might be ideal during quiet times of prayer. Frequently called “soaking music”, this genre can quickly overwhelm the newbie with unfamiliar titles and artists. Allow me to share an unearthed gem with the rest of you.

Christopher Georges is a gifted musician, creating beautifully meditative pieces. Two of his tracks are each 30 minutes long, creating great atmosphere for significant chunks of time. Those tracks can be purchased on iTunes for $10 each. Even better, Christopher has posted both tracks on YouTube!

So the next time you are online and in need of some musical focus, hit play on one of the videos below, and be grateful for a faithful servant named Christopher. 🙂

New Music Nearly Free

[In my January 1, 2015 post, I christened this the “Year of Learning” here on the blog. Each post, I’ll aim to share something recently discovered (or re-discovered) in the hope that you might add my learning to your own discoveries and make double-moves forward and upward this year!]

great musicI’ve learned of a site that offers 6.2 million tracks of music, for about 90% cheaper than the mega-music-site everyone knows about. You may find that as hard to believe as I did, but now I just can use this site and sit to listen my music all day, I even got new speakers that I saw in this logitech z906 500w 5.1 speakers review online, so the music sound even better.

A friend shared a link to just such a site over Christmas break. Curiosity made me click. More curiosity made me research. To my surprise, there are a number of such sites that I have never heard of. I determined the best one for my purposes to be PayPlay.FM. Their collection of Christian music and worship albums is impressive; I even grabbed a few miles-from-mainstream works that gave me the impression that this site would likely serve even somewhat eclectic tastes. Total bill: 11 complete albums for under $15.

Yes, you read that correctly.

No joke.

So there you have it — my first offering in the “Year of Learning” here at Wandering & Wondering. You get to save big money and discover new music — double-win!

You’re welcome! 🙂

Great Worship Music from the Loft

bethel-music-the-loft-sessionsOne of the finest worship albums I know is an unplugged offering by the leaders at Bethel Music. Called “The Loft Sessions”, this beauty is musically pure and spiritually powerful!

The videos take the experience up several notches further still, in my opinion.

Here are two samples of what I’m talking about.

 

 

Steve Bell Honoured

Steve BellIf you have been touched by the music and ministry of Steve Bell, then THIS PIECE on his recent award at the Winnipeg Symphony Gala will be a pleasurable read.  Steve’s speech includes numerous peeks into his musical journey, along with photos of some loved ones who have been along for the ride.

Well deserved, Steve!

Bring Your Nothing

I’ve been nourished by the music of Shane & Shane for many years now. Here are the two of them taking two minutes to describe how their latest album came about.

 

Stompin’ Tom Connors: The Hockey Song

stompin-tomYesterday, an iconic member of Canadian culture passed away at age 77.

One of Canada’s most prolific and well-known country and folk singers, Stompin’ Tom was credited with writing more than 300 songs. He had released four dozen albums, with total sales of nearly 4 million copies.

Yet among all his creations, it may be that the Hockey Song will go do as one forever woven into Canada’s fabric and knotted closely with the nation’s obsession with its sport of choice.

If you need an orientation OR just a reliving of past memories, here you go. In honour of Stompin’ Tom, I give you “The Hockey Game”…

Return to Me

Today’s reading in my Lenten devotional contained this oh-so-basic but oh-so-vital truth. It is precisely relevant to the season of Lent but generally applicable to the whole pursuit of God:

The very first Scripture reading of the Lenten season is from the prophet Joel. In it, God declares “return to me with your whole heart” (2:12). The purpose of Lent is not purification and penance for their own sakes, but in order to return to God, and re-establish the relationship with Him that we once had (or to establish the relationship we are called to have).

How forgetful I can be.  No act considered spiritual is to be undertaken for any motivation beneath “returning to God with one’s whole heart”, yet how easy it is to be driven by the lesser desire to “measure up” or appear impressive, to others or ourselves.

This is one of the killers of spiritual life, sold to us by religion and rebellion alike. Lent leads such ego to the gallows. And when the noose tightens, our souls will be on the verge of entering life, perhaps for the first time.

For those with music as a primary language (perhaps all of us!), Gungor’s song “We Will Run” has always struck my ears and heart as particularly powerful in this simple call. An abbreviated version is below for any who need a “Gungor orientation” this morning.