Amazing Virtual Choir

I found this song on Spotify a while back. I love it. This evening, I was walking through the room and my daughter was listening to it online… on YouTube. What??

If you like amazing choral music, you’ll love this. If you like tech-oriented mash-ups, you’ll love this. If you like them both, this video will blow you away. Enjoy.

Keith Lancaster on Singing and Worship

Keith shares his thoughts on the importance of lifting our voice to God in worship.

iPhone Terminator

So is Siri just another innocent step forward in technology? Or is it something more akin to HAL9000? Or maybe even… the Terminator.

My Favorite Superbowl XLVI Commercials

It’s Monday morning after Superbowl 46. I agree with those who are calling for a national holiday on the Monday after the game. Everyone’s dead anyway.

You’ve probably seen most of these commercials already, but  thought I would post my top 5 anyway. Well, I guess my top 4. It appears that the NFL has filed an injunction against Chrysler to pull the Clint Eastwood commercial from showing on YouTube due to copyright infringement. It seems they think they own the phrase “halftime.” Good grief.

So, with a bow to Chrysler and Clint Eastwood’s Halftime in America as my #1 favorite commercial, here are the next four (I will post the Eastwood ad, but it may not show). The list of my biggest losers are at the end, where they should be.

Chrysler – It’s Halftime in America

As I said above, this is a very well done commercial. It especially resonated for me during my current unemployed state.

Chevy Silverado 2012: End of the World

This was great. I need to watch this one several times. It appeared there were several reasons for the end of the world, including a giant Mayan robot head. Did you catch that one?

M&M’S Just My Shell

Our house had about 15 people gathered to watch the game. This one had us laughing so loud and long we missed the next commercial entirely. Hilarious.

Hyundai Genesis Coupe: Think Fast

Another good laugh. This was a well written commercial, even though very little was said.

Doritos: Man’s Best Friend

I love the scene where he turns around and the dog is in his face. I heard on ABC this morning that this commercial cost a whopping $20 to produce. Nice.

Notable mention goes to Bridgestone’s Performance Football, Coke’s finger crossing superstitious polar bear, E-Trade’s speed dating baby, Honda CR-V and Matthew’s day off (the full version is better), the Bud Light Rescue Dog, and the strange 2nd alien head on Cars.com’s Confident You.

Big Losers:

Budweiser: Return of the King – So was the message that the entire country celebrated the end of prohibition, or that after years of no drinking even Budweiser tastes good?

David Beckham Bodywear – I’m a guy. I don’t want to see Beckham’s tattooed body.

Teleflora with Adriana Lima – Another stupid message. Give flowers and get sex in return? Stoopid.

Anything GoDaddy – Enough is enough. I switched to Hover.com long ago because of commercials like this. And they keep pumping them out. Get a clue.

 

 

Beatbox Madness

Beatboxing has been around for a while. Many people think we were one of the first to introduce the concept, but it’s been around much longer than Acappella or AVB. The streets of New York and Philadelphia were rocking to the vocal beat for years before mainstream music adopted it. Today’s young artists are pushing it even further. Witness the following:

Kevin Olusola is the amazing beatbox master for the Show-Off winning group Pentatonix. Not many people realize that he was a member of the Contemporary Christian group Gungor (remember the song “Beautiful Things?). They were opening for David Crowder Band while the Sing-Off was airing. Anyway… Kevin was the beatboxing cellist. Watch this and be amazed:

But wait! There’s more! Ever heard of Annie Wu? Neither had I.

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Food for Thought: Is Our Food Killing Us?

I ran across this video from TEDx Austin of Robyn O’Brien. She spoke on the state of the food industry in the U.S. with emphasis on the additives and the connection to food allergies. It is pretty sobering.

One thing that really struck me was the information on milk additives. As you’ll hear, the milk industry made some sweeping changes in 2004… which coincidentally (?) is the same year my wife developed an allergy to dairy products.

This video is just short of 20 minutes, but well worth the time. Pull up a chair, get comfortable and watch.

Cello Wars

Water from the Well

In 1989, we (Acappella) released the album Growing Up in the Lord. It was originally intended to be a children’s album, but as the production continued it became clear to us that it would be much more. Consequently, it ended up somewhat of a hybrid (in my opinion). Not to say that it was a poor album… far from it. It remains a favorite of many people, even though I believe it is out of print.

One of the lasting favorite songs from the album is the song Water from the Well. It featured a solo by Keith’s daughter, Kimberly. She did a great job on it, especially at the tender age of 5 (I think). As the tour began (actually, it never ended… but that’s another story) we started adding songs from the album to the concert set. Water from the Well seemed a natural addition.

The trouble was, how do we handle the kid’s solo part? Wayburn’s oldest son, Brent, could handle it and he toured with us, as did all the families. We decided to take it just a little bigger. If you saw our concert during this time period, you know what I’m talking about. 30 minutes into the 1st set, we just paused everything and invited all the kids ages 3 through the 3rd grade up to the stage to sing this song with us.

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Uke Boy

Ok, my son sent me this and it’s amazing. When I found it, it had 36,663,754 views on YouTube. In 10 years, this kid will either be ridiculously famous, or suing his parents for putting it online.

Church Presentation Software

This looks interesting. We’ll see how it turns out, but it could be really nice for churches like ours with multiple leaders and people in the prep process…

UPDATE: We are currently using this at Broadway Church of Christ. Very nice…