Beacon shining ever bright
The light at the end of the tunnel is in your eyes
You're a lamp to my feet and the arms at my side
And I will not be afraid
Victory hides in darkest places
As Ed Rock points out,what
a person listens to can provide insight into who a person is. So,draw
your own conclusions :-
Actually, the conclusion you can draw is that I never update this page,
but I promise that'll change soon.
The Big Three
- Margaret Becker - Falling
- I just can't say enough about Maggie
B's voice, songwriting, playing... and she does an awesome stage show
too. My buddy Doug had never heard of her, but as soon as the show ended,
he was first in line to plunk down cash for a CD.
- Kansas - Somewhere to Elsewhere
- Kansas is one of those bands
that cannot (and should not) die. Ten new songs, six original
members (plus an extra bassist)... this thing utterly ROCKS. Cannot get
enough of it. And neither can you. One cool side note is that the band is
donating any profits from the sales of this disc to the WWII Memorial Fund.
Now that's cool.
- U2 - October
- It'd been a while since I'd heard this stuff. I'd somehow allowed
myself to forget just how much really good music there is on this disc.
Shame on me!
- U2 - Boy
- Many thanks to my coworker Greg, who somehow managed to buy two
copies, and sold me his extra one. Now all I have to get is The Unforgettable
Fire and I'll have all the "classic" U2 I need.
- Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
- I bought this back last August to have in the car when I drove to
Tennessee to work on my father in law's chalet. Played it once while he was
in the car, and now he's hooked on Pink Floyd! Sue says I've
corrupted her father. I think he's just got excellent taste in music.
- AfroCelt Sound System - Volume 1: Sound
Magic and Volume 2: Release
- What a cool concept - bagpipes with tribal drums, and occasional Gaelic
lyrics. This stuff is very cool. Get it. Listen. Enjoy.
Other Favorites, in no particular order
- Iona - The Book of Kells
- I picked this up after Beyond These Shores, and I've become even
more attached to it. Lovely stuff. It'd be worth a trip across the pond to
see them in concert.
- DC Talk - Jesus Freak
- What would people say?
- Keaggy, King and Dente -
- Three first-rate guitarists, one jammin' show. 'nuff said.
- Kerry Livgren & the Corps de Pneuma
- When Things Get Electric
- Another musical and lyrical tour de force from Kerry Livgren. Quite a bit harder-edged
than what has gone before.
- Iona - Beyond These Shores
- I have a genetic predisposition toward anything even remotely Celtic.
Owing to equal parts essential inborn reticence and conservative Southern
Baptist upbringing, I don't dance. But when I hear Today off of
this disc, I do. Awesome rhythms on the instrumentals as well.
- Yes - 90125
- Recently picked up to replace a long-lost album. It's been over 10
years since I've listened to this, but I could still sing every word
to every song. This means something, tho I'm afraid to figure out
- AD - Time Line
- This formerly held top billing among my three favorite albums, and
Welcome to The War is my single favorite song. If I could write
songs, I'd write the songs Kerry
Livgren has written.
- Lone Justice - Shelter
- I saw Lone Justice in 1984, opening for U2 at the Capital Center in
Largo, MD. As is typical of arena shows, U2's sound guys savaged LJ's sound,
and I kind of wrote them off. Then I actually *heard* some of their stuff
(my brother's a big fan) and was utterly wowed, both by the lyrics and
by Maria McKee's delivery. Beacon (from which came the quote above)
and Dixie Storms both bring tears to my eyes.
- Kansas - Vynyl Confessions
- I've worn out at least one tape copy of this album. This is the stuff
that Steve Walsh quit the band rather than sing.
- Michael Card - The Word: Recapturing The
- No one does a better job at simply presenting the Word of God to music,
and nothing he's done hits me harder than this collection of powerful Old
- Ludwig von Beethoven - Symphony # 6
- This is the pivotal point in modern music, the transition from
Classical to Romantic, and (IMHO) stands head and shoulders above anything
that came from Beethoven either before or after. Just stay away from the
butchery that Eugene Ormandy committed on this wonderful music on the
soundtrack. Find anyone else's rendition, please!
- Ludwig von Beethoven - Symphony # 9
- Awesome piece of music. I'll always have a soft spot for this work,
since my beloved wife came up the aisle to the 4th movement.
- Larry Carlton - On Solid Ground
- His all-instrumental cover of Layla blows away Clapton's own
Unplugged acoustic version, as well as the original Derek and the
- Peter Illyich Tchaikovsky - 1812 Overture,
Telarc DDD CD
- This is the Ultimate Speaker Stress Test. The orchestra sound is
and the cannons have real impact - just watch out that the
doesn't scatter woofer bits all over the carpeting :-)..
- U2 - War
- The real battle is begun/To claim the victory Jesus won 'nuff
said. Well, not quite enough. For me, War improves upon all
works of U2.
- Daniel Amos - Alarma
- Just stretching to live my life somewhere out beyond My Room.
- Daniel Amos - Vox Humana
- The 80s have come and gone, and I still don't have my rocket
- Margaret Becker - Immigrant's Daughter
- She has a beautiful voice, and that title tune just reaches out and
- Joe English - Held Accountable
- I've been hooked on this disc since I had it on vynyl 14 years ago.
Just remember, the best is yet to come!
- 4.4.1 - Mourning Into Dancing
- Does anyone remember these guys? Pretty cool stuff, but I guess they
were One Hit Wonders, as I've not seen anything else by them.