TODD RECOMMENDS

Screen shot 2013-01-22 at 12.17.05 AMIt’s that time again! Your old pal, Todd, is back with more things to click! Get on it!

Below you’ll find some links to stuff I think is cool and/or helpful for worship leaders.

If you have time, please click through the links. I try to recommend good, helpful content and it really does bless these folks when you pop over to their sites.

It’s one small way to stay connected to people who share our love for the local church – and it will mean a lot to them!

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Screen shot 2013-08-27 at 12.31.39 AMI’m a huge fan of Jamie Brown’s blog, Worthily Magnify. He’s a gifted songwriter and worship leader and even though we’ve never met, I’m proud to call him a friend. Jamie wrote a fantastic post this week about “worship patriarchs.” It’s evident that Jamie has some great insight into how the current media culture has created new challenges for some of the artists that shaped us as musicians. The post is equal parts gracious and honest and I’d love for you to read it. If you’re able, please repost/share the article. There’s good, wise counsel here and I’d love for some of the “big names” of the church world to hear what Jamie says so well in this post.

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One of the weird things about music these days is how quickly the “buzz” fades. Most independent artists get maybe a week or two of chatter and celebration when a new album is released. Ross King is nearing that three week mark and folks are still talking about his new album, This Hope Will Guide Me. If you haven’t picked it up, do it right now. I promise you will find numerous songs ready and perfect for your congregation. Get it get it get it.

AAOTH---RickAre you a Rick Springfield fan? Well, don’t worry. Because there are plenty of them already. This past week, I watched An Affair Of The Heart, a documentary about the rabid fan base for the 80’s era rocker.

There’s good music here and Rick seems to be working very hard at humility and connection with his fans, but that’s not really what the film is about. It’s really about obsession and, ultimately, idol worship.

It’s tempting to watch a movie like this and dismiss the subject matter as just a bunch of middle-aged women trying to regain youth. But if you look closer, you’ll find a revealing lesson about how powerful music and can be in helping people through pain. It’s a convicting experience.

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