So here's my quick 10 point commentary:
1. If you haven't seen the Saddleback Civil Forum with Rick Warren, Barak Obama, and John McCain, watch it! Quick concise answers to our hardest-hitting and often most divisive issues done so in an a-typical/non-demonizing form. (I'd venture to say its the clearest and most honest look into this elections future president that we'll get)
2. Ultimate Christian Wrestling...are you freakin' kidding me?!
3. The summer's almost gone. Go do something crazy-summer-specific before you regret it.
4. The Olympics - don't erase it from your DVR or Tivo. Keep it on file for those times when the world looks like its on the brink of thermonuclear war. What a reminder that we can all come together in a civil fashion and not blow each other to smithereens.
5. Go buy and eat a big soft pretzel. Add cheese if you really want to live!
6. Cigars...an awesome invention. Pipes...even awesomer, because they make you look wise beyond years.
7. Training for Marathons seems to be the craze right now. Attention everyone...ITS 26 MILES...NO ONE IS CHASING YOU...I'M CONFUSED!
8. Sean Hannity...I'm tired of hearing that people are "Great Americans."
9. Please please please don't go trade in your Prius for the Hummer. I know, gas is practically free now that its dropped $0.50 these last couple weeks.
Yesterday I received a text from Justin letting me know that Leroi Moore of The Dave Matthews Band had died. I was shocked. I knew he wasn't touring with the band due to an ATV accident earlier this summer, but also knew he was in rehab and seemed to be recovering well.
I became a DMB fan in junior high. I remember opening my first BMG account - you remember those? Pick out 8-12 CDs (FREE) and over the next year buy 2 or 3 for about $20 a pop. This was pre-online-anything. I remember cutting out the small CD images and sticking them to an order form that you actually snail-mailed in.
So getting my "own" music for the first time, i'm not sure why I picked Under The Table and Dreaming, but I did (and its really had a tremendous impact on me and my musical approach). I love to jam. I love experimenting with songwriting. I tend to use my voice as an instrument - not simply a melody line to embed in your skull (i.e. "love me, love me, say that you love me...")
In a time when the whole world was going grunge crazy, out comes DMB with an acoustic guitar, a weird voice, incredible percussion, a black guy playing violin, a black guy jamming the woodwinds, and a white guy on bass - something didn't make sense.
But it was that 1st album that led me to Crash, Live at Luther College, countless bootlegs, and every album since.
The unique blend of instruments made their sound perfect to my ears. Their live show however, was tough to rival. Even if you're not a fan, you have to appreciate their interplay.
So, today it's hard to believe that Leroi Moore is gone at only 46 years of age.
Grace & Peace,
New ROSS CHRISTOPHER Album Update:
The River Child
© 2008 Ross Christopher
All Songs Written, Recorded, and Produced by Ross Christopher.
Any Duplication is a Violation of Applicable Laws.
All Rights Reserved.
02 The River Child
03 Blinded My Eyes (Wasting)
04 Saints Today
05 Little White Anger
06 Whispering Lilies
08 Clicks & Stomps
09 Amazing Grace
10 Perfect Sound
Ross Christopher is a singer/songwriter/electric-violinist from St. Louis, MO. He tours nationally in support of his records (80+ dates annually). The River Child will be his 5th solo album to date. Currently the public release date is set for Friday, September 19, 2008. Ross Christopher will be touring this fall in promotion of The River Child. The fall tour will run throughout October and will include: St. Louis, Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Madison, Iowa City, Kansas City, Omaha, Denver, and Nashville.
The River Child is being mastered at Ardent Studios (Memphis, TN). Ardent has a long list of artists and bands they’ve worked with: R.E.M., Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins, The White Stripes, Cat Power, North Mississippi Allstars, Todd Agnew, The Raconteurs, Mongomery Gentry, Gin Blossoms, 3 Doors Down, and many many more.
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