Christmas 2015: We Three Kings – Audible Waters

Mr. Jesperson and his friend Toni collaborated to give us this lovely version of We Three Kings. Thanks to them for allowing me to post this song.

Personal photo

Merry Christmas 2015.
A note about the next two weeks. Posting might be sporadic since I will be taking some time off. Keep sending tips, reactions, and questions to me.

Smooth Saturday Night Sounds – Dance of the Crickets

An instrumental co-written with Casey Walter, with percussion help from former Berlin drummer Rod Learned, I think we named it Dance of the Crickets because we had some crickets sounds available.

The crickets get busy toward the end and then they settle in for the night.

Five Songs for a Friday Night

Been meaning to try this for awhile so here goes…
I am going to put up five songs I like and then in the comments, suggest five songs you like. As we get time through the weekend, let’s listen and enjoy them. It would be best to just put the title, artist and a link to the song, rather than post five videos. I am posting the videos but I would prefer you post links to save space.
My five:

Happy New Year 2015

Make sure you get some ham, cabbage and black-eyed peas for New Year’s Day.
I have some stories planned about familiar topics from 2014 with some changes coming sometime this year. For instance, I hope to begin a periodic review of new studies in the social sciences along with some guest articles from experts in other fields as well.
Hope to be part of the cure…

Modern Post (Dustin Kensrue) – Child of Glory

Former Mars Hill Church worship director and elder Dustin Kensrue has released a extended play collection of songs with a Christmas them. Titled “Lowborn King,” Kensrue released the work under the name, “Modern Post.” Here is a selection from the EP, Child of Glory:
Kensure has this to say about the collection of songs:
ModernPostEPCover“I love Christmas songs and there’s a few classics on this EP that I haven’t tackled before, as well as a new arrangement of my song “This Is War” with an added bridge that some friends and I wrote a couple years back. There’s also my new arrangement of a great song called “Child of Glory” by my friend Brian Eichelberger, who is also the producer of this EP and The Water & The Blood. Lastly I wrote a new arrangement of Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, a very old Christmas hymn that we lifted a bit out of it’s overly somber vibe and added a new chorus. In the end, I think that what really defined the overall direction for this project was that rather than trying to shoot for some sort of classic Christmas vibe, we set out to let the lyrical content really drive the arrangements and moods of each song and I’m really pleased with the result. For more info on why I’m releasing this under “The Modern Post” name, check out this post at”
Kensrue was one of the nine pastors who called on Mark Driscoll to enter a restoration plan. Their call came before the Board of Elders investigation concluded the same thing. Eventually Driscoll resigned rather than face accountability to his elders.
I will listen to some of these songs year round, especially Child of Glory and This is War. Long time fans of Thrice and Kensrue’s work will know his work instantly but let me hasten to add that there is something fresh about the arrangements as well.