A solution for a Christmas carol problem.

I know it is only September, but the shops have started selling Christmas stuff so I thought I might be able to get away with this post.

I love Christmas. Unfortunately I don’t really like Christmas carols. I don’t exactly know why, but I haven’t loved them for a while now.

It could have something to do with my need for things to be presented in a fresh and exciting way for me to be engaged with them. Of maybe it could have something to do with the fact that my ‘style’ of music does not incorporate Christmas carol (I don’t see any of my favourite bands doing Christmas albums any time soon).

Last year, to the delight of my wife (she likes Christmas carols), I discovered a Christmas album that I really liked. The sound was loud, passionate and fresh. There were old songs, new songs and some thought out new/old mixtures. This album caused such a change in me that Kirsty often finds me listening to it… during the whole year.

The album in question is called ‘North Point Christmas’. You can listen to the whole album here. But you really should go an buy it here.

Don’t waste your money buying silly ornaments at MYER.

Foo Fighters – Back and Forth

One of my anomalies as a person is my love of music. I have never been able to play any kind of instrument (except maybe the recorder, very badly), and I don’t think I can sing that well. But I really like music. Not all kinds of music though: Country does not feature in my CD collection.

One difficultly with music is that it is intensely personal. Different people like different music, and some people hate other kinds of music. I don’t like Justin Bieber and Country, some people really like Justin Bieber and Country.

Not really sure where this is going, but I wanted to share the trailer of a doco on the Foo Fighters that Kirsty and I recently watched. I was dubious at how good it would be, Kirsty even more so. But we really enjoyed it.

If you like their kind of music, have a look.

Want some free music?

I love new music. New music is even better when it is free.

In my experience, music can be offered for free by an artist because 1) they are new, and are trying to get their stuff out there. 2) they hope you like their stuff, and let others know about it. 3) they are filthy rich and just feel like giving something away.

I discovered this a while ago when I stumbled upon a website which helps artists trying to get their name out there. Mostly by giving them a simple way for them to distribute some of their music. The website is called Come&Live. It is mostly focused at Christian artists, and most of the stuff up there is pretty good.

Anyway, in the three categories above this band fall into the second category. They are called ‘The Neverclaim‘. They formed in 2007, and I recently bought their album ‘QuietDown’. This was after I downloaded their 2 track sampler of the same album. I don’t have a vested interest, but you might like to check them out here. Let me know of you find anything else you like.