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One of the many payoffs music has brought to my life (one of the reason I have a passion for music) is the positive impact it can have on peoples lives.
With that in mind, I’m grateful to share with you the SUCCESS State of Man’s music is achieving:
One of my closest friends, Cire Campbell, asked if he could hire me to surprise his wife Tracy as a “singing telegram” on Valentines Day! I was honored to help make their day a special one and my wife and daughter pitched in as well. See how it turned out:
We had such a good time that I plan on doing it for a few more folks before State of Man hits the road, so if you are in Atlanta and need to give someone a special surpise, hit me up at john //at// johnstringerinc.com and I’ll see if I can help.
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
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:
What’s your take on the first single? How about the rest of the album?