Monday, November 21, 2005

On Music...

Today, I'm sorting through stuff in my office. I am teaching at New Community tomorrow night, and I find easier to stay focused during message prep if my office is clear of clutter. Anyway, one of the things I'm sorting out right now is music. Every couple months I get a box of CDs and books from Relevant. In the past I haven't been very faithful with this resource, but I've tried to start taking some time to actually work through some of the content. So this morning, I'm sitting here with my cup o' joe and giving CD's a listen. (I know, it really is one of the more exciting facets of my job and I recognize that right now you wish you were me!) Anyway, here's my realization about myself. I'm not a "soft music" guy. There are very few "acoustic" CD's that really get me jazzed. Case in point: Shane and Shane. I think their lyrics are pretty solid, and they've got considerable skill -- basically I have no complaints about their music -- except that I'm bored (As I type this, I have a window open watching the DVD from "An Evening With Shane & Shane.") This is TOTALLY a matter of preference (I'm not knocking Shane & Shane, so chill out!). I like slow songs, I like acoustic songs, I really dig when artist redo songs acoustically (case in point -- Alanis Morrissette, Jaggad Little Pill Unplugged), it's just that I can only handle acoustic music in small doses. (Enter affinity toward DMB -- usually a good mixture of mellow/introspective, with grooving rock tunes). Okay -- one dig on Shane & Shane -- their voices really do drive me nuts after about 3 songs. They tend to wade in Aaron Neville-ish waters -- and don't get me started on Aaron Neville! (who are the peolpe that buy his CDs? Really! Who?)

2 comments:

mitchell said...

Shane & Shane played in some little back room at U of I - and I have to admit that Shane plays a pretty mean acoustic guitar (or was it Shane?).

Chris said...

I'm with you on S & S. The first two cd's by S. Barnard were incredible. "Rocks won't cry" and "Psalms." But after that it all kind of went whiney. Drives me nuts. And then the greatest part about them is the guitar, and it's like they began to overproduce the albums and lost what made them great.