Head of Russian Orthodox Church believes in enlightenment via Rock Music

Courtesy of RIAN.RU

Courtesy of RIAN.RU

Its nice to see the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, acknowledge that Rock Music can be a path to enlightenment, as quoted in a recent RIA article “Russian Church leader may attend rock music gig”:

Even if 100 or 200 people get their religious enlightenment from rock music, can we forbid it? A few words from rock musicians at a concert could have a greater effect than a long church sermon!

Granted, religious enlightenment may differ from non-religious enlightenment, but only by the words, rituals and social constructs involved.  The desitination is the same.   His Holiness Kirill was elected the 16th Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia on January 27, 2009, and appears to be pretty forward thinking, so perhaps he’s a U2 or Switchfoot fan.

Has any music enligthened you

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.