Will U2’s New Album improve their legacy? I hope so.

U2  (Rolling Stone Magazine)

U2 (Rolling Stone Magazine)

I’ve always admired U2 for the band’s staying power and innovation.  You may remember the Zoo TV and Pop Mart tours, Bono’s phone call and message to the original President George Bush, the Apple commercials, the recent performance at President Barack Obama’s inauguration and so many more great memories!

Its no secret that the band has touched on politics and spirituality over the years, and with The Edge’s trademark sound and Bono’s charisma and powerful lyrics, they’ve done so in a very moving ways.  The band has remained relevant longer than most and I’m really hoping that their latest album, No Line on the Horizon will further bolster their legacy as icons of music with meaning.  No Line on the Horizon comes out in the US on March 3, 2009 and the band is allowing pre-orders online (at 36% off – U2 Store at Amazon.com) in 5 different formats ranging from a standard CD to a fully-loaded box set.

The latest single, “Get On Your Boots,” which received comparisons to Vertigo from Rolling Stone Magazine, was a bit of a surprise to me, mainly b/c I didn’t like it until watching the video and their live version of the song during the 2009 Grammy Awards:

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What’s your take on the first single?  How about the rest of the album?

A Capella Innovation: Vocal Play

Naturally 7

Naturally 7

Thanks to a recent article at ZDNet covering the latest TED Conference, I got to hear the remarkable A Capella sounds of Naturally 7, a group of seven musicians who practice something they call “vocal play.”

As ZDNet reporter Daniel Sieberg explains, “It’s hard to describe their act other than saying each of them used their voices in unison to recreate a different musical instrument from drums to brass instruments to guitars.”

Watch this video to discover them for yourself:

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Free TV and Movies Online

project free tv

project free tv

Have you heard about www.projectfree.tv? A friend told me that the site allows you to watch hit TV shows and Movies free online – WITHOUT downloading. As a recording artist, I don’t download music unless I pay for it, so I was glad to see I didn’t have to download the shows.

I was pleasantly surprised to see the site has all sorts of great movies and TV shows. If, for example, you missed the last season of your favorite HBO or Showtime hit series – no problem!   From The Sopranos (HBO), Rome (HBO) to Dexter (Showtime), you are bound to find something you like.   See for yourself by visiting www.projectfree.tv and let me know what you think.

Have you read “Spiritual Liberation?” by Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith

Spiritual Liberation

I thoroughly enjoy reading books on self-development and have been blessed to find many that have assisted in my spiritual journey.  One such book is Dr. Micheal Bernard Beckwith’s latest offering, “Spiritual Liberation: Fulfilling Your Soul’s Potential.”    I just started reading it recently, and although I’m only on the 7th chapter, it is so good, I decided to join the Amazon associate program today (which allows me to recommend this and all my other favorite books)!

For context, you may remember Dr. Beckwith from “The Secret.”  My wife and I met Dr. Beckwith on 2/11/07 while visiting his LA based Agape International Spiritual Center.   We were extremely moved durring our visit and came back searching for a similar environment here in Atlanta, GA (we were fortunate to find the sister church only 15 minutes from our home).

Kathy, Dr Beckwith and I

Kathy, Dr Beckwith and I (before I cut my locks)

I’ve been equally moved by “Spiritual Liberation” b/c it is simply powerful.  I read a chapter each day along with the affirmations and embodiments at the end.  Once I’m finished, I feel much like I do after an incredible meditation.

The forward, by Marianne Williamson, describes the book perfectly:

“Michael Bernard Beckwith, through his ever-deepining understanding of God and human existence, has already cast a wide net of influence.  With this book, the many lessons he has learned, the information he has acuumulated, and the insights that have illumined his mind will now illumine yours”.

Have you read the book already or are you reading it now?  What are  your thoughts on it?

Epilepsy is Dancing: Jethro Tull meets Elvis, Morriseys and Buckley

Nick Knight

Antony and the Johnsons | photo: Nick Knight

I received another great email from fellow artist Lena Potapova today and I’m always so pleased to read them.  There is something personal, unique and at times fun(ny) about her writing, which you can see for yourself here on her blog and you can join her newsletter at http://www.reverbnation.com/lena

In her recent newsletter, she shared about an artist that sounds – at least to me – like a mix between Jethro Tull, Elvis, Morrissey, and Jeff Buckley (in a very good way).   Antony and the Johnsons is the artris and the first song on the Myspace profile is called “Epilepsy is Dancing!”   Clever. Yes, No?

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