I love getting packages in the mail. Not bills, but actual packages—especially ones that have new music tucked neatly inside.
Last week, I was super excited when one of my favorite cyber pen pals, Sarah from Tennessee, e-mailed me asking for my mail mail address. Her cryptic message said something about sending me some new music that she new I would love. Since I am almost certainly convinced that Sarah may very well have the best job in the world, I was undeniably excited about what the mailman would be bringing me.
Sarah knows infinitely more cool people than I do, which is (and isn’t) saying something. At the top of that list (in Alex’s mind) is Luke and Joel of for King & Country fame.
Finally, my special delivery arrived and it was almost like Christmas. I quickly read the enclosed note, which was quite delightful and made me laugh (and was added to my scrapbook, by the way).
Then, I pulled out the shrink wrapped CD containing the self-titled debut EP of the new group, Finding Favour.
The first thing that came to my mind was, “You’ve got to be kidding me.”
Seriously, that is what I thought.
You see, the self-titled debut EP by Finding Favour and I already have a long and somewhat sordid history even though it has only been available since March.
Back in March, I had an advanced review copy of the Finding Favour EP on my iShuffle to listen to while my friend Jill and I were on a road trip.
Jill liked what she heard so much, she stole my iShuffle; still have yet to get that back. (Hint, hint, Jill, if you are reading this—I’d really like my iShuffle back.)
Jill’s full review of the Finding Favour EP? The following are direct quotes: “This CD is the BEST EVER!” and “I may like Finding Favour almost as much as I like Chris August!” If you knew my friend Jill, you would know that she is a veritable nutcase about Chris August; she frequently refers to him as the ‘Justin Timberlake of Christian Music.’ She doesn’t throw around comparisons to how much she likes Chris August lightly, that’s for sure.
The second copy I had of Finding Favour’s EP my 7 year old niece stole from me in April. Well, technically, she didn’t steal it…she just gave me the big, brown doe eyed look and asked me “Please, pretty please, can I have this?” I mean, really, what I am supposed to say to my favorite niece in the whole wide world? “No, you can’t have it. Auntie B needs it for her blog.” I don’t think so. She’s 7, and doesn’t really care all that much about my blog unless she is prominently featured in it or it directly leads to the two of us having an all expenses paid spa day.
So, I gave it to her; and by gave it to her, I mean I gave her my entire iTouch.
Of the EP, my niece has said in her official review, “Its way better than Justin Bieber. Can you get me a t-shirt?”
At the time I received my special delivery from my cyber pal Sarah, I had yet to hear more than the first two tracks of the Finding Favour EP, Shake the World and Love Stepped In. I can wholeheartedly say after listening to the first two tracks that Finding Favour is way better than Justin Bieber.
I must say, however, I was feeling some very undeserved animosity towards Finding Favour. How dare they record a project that is so good that both one of my dearest friends and beloved niece would steal from me?! I mean, the nerve!
After the 2nd theft of a Finding Favour EP in my possession, I had given up on ever listening to the whole thing; yet, last Saturday I found myself in possession of another copy, a hard copy, of the CD.
I put the CD in at home, and Alex and I listened to the first few tracks while puttering around the house. Without hesitation, Alex gave it a thumbs up, although he did have one question: “Do these guys know how to hula hoop on stage while they play the guitar?” (Alex is currently obsessed with the Bossy Frog Band. Their guitar player hula hoops while performing.)
Honestly, I was surprised Alex even gave Finding Favour the time of day; he is devout in his loyalty to for King & Country. If Luke and Joel start hula hooping and sport a giant frog costume while in concert, I have no doubt that Alex would forget all about the Bossy Frog Band. So, for Finding Favour, to garner a thumbs up from Alex is roughly equivalent to winning a Grammy.
So, while the third track on Finding Favour’s debut project played, a song called Slip On By that I hear on the radio all the time and LOVE, I headed to the other end of the house to run the vacuum.
When I came back to the living room, the music had stopped playing.
“Alex, what happened to the music?” I asked.
“Daddy took it,” Alex replied.
Sure enough, the CD was gone.
So was Jon.
I’m pretty sure I’ll never see that CD again.
So, I did what any rational person would do: I went on iTunes and bought my own copy, another copy, and made sure I have a copy stored on the Cloud for future use.
I have listened to the entire Finding Favour EP at this point, and I have to say, I can’t blame my friends and family for stealing the prior copies from me.
This CD is that good.
You don’t have to take my word for it, though; feel free to ask Jill, or Alyssa, or Alex, or Jon.
Disclaimer: If anyone steals my current copy of Finding Favour’s EP that is downloaded on my iPhone, I may have to hold the band responsible because I can’t afford to replace another Apple product.