Dancing in the Aisles to Hawk Nelson’s Words

I have breaking news to share.
My 6 year old, die-hard for King & Country fan of a son, Alex, has taken a strong liking to another band:  Hawk Nelson.  (I’m not 100% sure that he doesn’t realize that the band is not entirely comprised of actual hawks, and I’m okay with that.  Really, I am.)

On Saturday, we were at Target doing some shopping and out of nowhere, Alex breaks out into song and dance in the aisles:  “Words can build you up, words can break you down, put a fire in your heart or put it out…”

Considering how hard I’ve been trying to teach Alex that he can’t just say everything that pops into his kindergarten head, this song couldn’t be more timely. 

(Cases in point:  over the weekend, Alex said to a portly fellow that he had struck up a conversation with, “I’d invite you to go fishing with me and my Grandpa, but I’m afraid that you’re so fat you’d sink the boat.”  He also said to his Grandma on Friday, “Wow, Grandma, you look different!  I think it’s your moustache!  Are you going to grow a beard, too, like Grandpa?”)

Yes, that’s my son, and no, tact is not his strong suite.

Truthfully, I think we all have, at times, what I like to call Alex Syndrome.  We say things we shouldn’t, even if we don’t mean to offend or have malicious intent.  We frequently don’t say the things we should.  Most of all, we don’t use our words to bring glory to the One who gave us the ability to speak, and that’s a real shame.

Alex and I have been listening to the song “Words” pretty much non-stop since Saturday (per his request!)  Maybe you need to hear those words today, too 🙂

Dear Chris August…

Chris August humors me, especially with his latest video detailing the behind the scenes shenanigans on the Redeemed Tour with Big Daddy Weave and Citizen Way.

Seriously, I was cracking up.  (Considering the day I’ve had, this was a real accomplishment.  Just saying!)

Maybe it’s just me, but it appears that there is a lot of camouflage, facial hair, throwback eyewear, and Dr. Pepper going around on the Redeemed Tour.  Kind of like Duck Dynasty set to music, minus the whole hunting thing, iced tea and Uncle Si.

Any which way you slice it, the Redeemed Tour looks like my kind of show! I’m now even more excited than ever to check out the Redeemed Tour at BlackHawk Ministries in Fort Wayne on Friday night at 7:30 pm.  If you’re in or around Fort Wayne, you should be there too!

Friday will be the first time I’ve seen Big Daddy Weave and, I think, Citizen Way in concert before.  (For some reason, I simultaneously think I have and have not seen Citizen Way before.  I’m pretty sure I haven’t, but then again, maybe I have.  Who knows?!)

The last time I saw Chris August was in December while he was out with tobyMac & Co. on the Hits Deep Tour in Toledo.  I attended well over 100 concerts last year, and if I had one award to give out for the 2012 ‘Fashion Statement of the Year’ it hands down would have gone to Chris August.  Seriously, while a good majority of the guys I saw on tour last year were wearing skinny jeans and/or rolled up pants with boat shoes, t-shirts and beanies (for the record, NO ONE looks good in rolled up pants and boat shoes!), Chris August was rocking a pair of camouflage cargo pants and a bedazzled denim vest.

Yes, you read that correctly,

Camo cargo pants and a bedazzled denim vest.

As I twittered the night of the Hits Deep Tour, “Haven’t seen that look rock a stage since my Dad took me to see Poison in the ’90’s.  Another reason to love Chris August!”


Unfortunately, Chris does not discuss his stylist (or lack thereof) in his latest video, but you should still check out the video because it’s funny in an eccentric, goofball kind of way.  Then, check back here next week for full details on the Redeemed Tour (and to find out if the bejeweled denim vest makes its return to the stage!)

FF5’s Zombie hits 1,000,000 YouTube Hits!

So, as of late I’m obsessed with Family Force 5.

My son (in addition to being obsessed with for King & Country) is obsessed with zombies.

surprisingly, we now have a place to come together and spend some quality bonding time indulging in both of our obsessions. The place? YouTube. The video? Family Force 5’s “Zombie”.

Zombie just recently surpassed the 1,000,000 mark for YouTube views, thanks no doubt in large part to me and Alex. If you are one of the few people left on the planet that haven’t seen the video for Zombie, check it out below!

Angela Miller Sings ‘You Set Me Free’ on American Idol

American Idol Contestant Sings a Powerful Song About Jesus on National Television from theremix on GodTube.

Above, you will find the video for the superbly talented American Idol contestant, Angela Miller. This was the original song she sang during Hollywood Week that catapulted her into the Top 20 Ladies for American Idol Season 12. I had chills listening to her sing this, and I knew without a doubt Who she was singing about.

I’m not the only one who was moved by her performance…on this week’s episode of American Idol, all the judges wanted to talk to her about was her performance last week. She could have sang the Alphabet Song last night and the judges still would have put her thru to the next round.

I’m praying that she will continue to do well in the competition and prove my BFF Sarah wrong. (I think Sarah would LOVE to be proven wrong in Angela’s case!) Sarah theorizes that proclaiming your Christian faith on American Idol is the kiss of death in the competition. (Case in points: Mandisa and Colton Dixon.)

Good luck, Angela! We’re rooting for you!

Live Acoustic Rendition of ‘Middle Of Your Heart’

for King & Country may be on a much-needed vacation according to their Facebook & Twitter feeds this week, but their music lives on over at YouTube where the radio station that other radio stations aspire to be like (K-LOVE) recently posted a live acoustic set of the guys singing their latest single, ‘Middle Of Your Heart.’

Now, you know that any post about for King & Country is not complete without a brief mention of the for King & Country super fan that I live with. This is no joke: as soon as Alex heard the opening lyrics to ‘Middle of Your Heart’ being played over my laptop speakers, he came running from the other room. After watching the video, he turns to me and says “Mommy, I’m going to start my own band. First, I need a brother. Then I’m going to hire Daddy to be my manager and you can be my clothes shopper.” (I believe in rock star speak, that is called being a “stylist”.  Funny, I already kind of thought I was his stylist since he’s only 6 and I still buy all his clothes?  But, I digress…)

Anyways, here is the video (and purpose of this blog). All I can say is, ‘Good on ya, for King & Country.’ (Translated from the online Australian slang dictionary: ‘Well done, for King & Country’. I figured I ought to start learning some basic ‘Australian’ as Alex is bent on moving there with his band.  Like, tomorrow.)


Zumba With Mandisa

Imagine, if you will, the kind of crazy chaos that would go down if your local health club advertised a new Zumba class with the one and only Mandisa as the course instructor.

If I were to guess, such a class would sell out faster than any exercise class ever in the entire history of (wo)mankind.

I’m sorry to tell you that there is no Mandisa-led Zumba class that I’m aware of anywhere in the continental United States of America.  (There’s probably no such class in Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, or anywhere else, either.)

There is, however, a bit of good news for me to report in relationship to Mandisa & Zumba.  This morning Mandisa tweeted a YouTube video of herself leading a Zumba routine to her Zumba-tastic song, “Good Morning”.  As one would expect of a video starring Mandisa, it is awesome.

The best part about the Mandisa-Zumba-YouTube routine?  The grace/coordination challenged Mandisa fans of the world (ok, so I’m talking about me here) can now Zumba our little hearts out in the privacy of our own home.

Not only is Mandisa one of the most talented and beautiful people on the planet, she’s also pretty brilliant for coming up with this, too.

So, check it out below! (And, if you see an ambulance parked outside my house later, you’ll know why.)

Harlem Shake (Winter Jam Edition)

The lovely folks over at Winter Jam recently shared the following video of the tour’s 2013 bands and staff doing the Harlem Shake.  Since I am currently obsessed with the Harlem Shake and thought this particular video was pretty hilarious (and I’ve watched A LOT of Harlem Shake videos on YouTube lately, which I probably shouldn’t admit but oh well…) I thought I would share here with you.

My only critique of the video is that it looks like the Winter Jammers are having so much fun on tour that it may in fact be illegal in some parts of the country; hence, the reason why they are selling out show after show all over the country.  Love it!  (And if you have the chance to go check out Winter Jam 2013, go and get there early so you don’t become a Winter Jam Reject 🙂 )

for King & Country Debuts New Live Video for “Middle of Your Heart”

My two favorite Australian singing brothers, Joel and Luke of for King & Country, recently debuted a new live video of the duo performing their new single, “Middle of Your Heart” live at The Factory in Nashville.  It’s a great song and a great video, but you don’t have to take my word for it…just ask my son, 6 year old Alex.  He gives the video two thumbs up and is probably responsible for a good portion of the 3,000 views the video has already received on YouTube.

Check out the video below, and if you like the song you should definitely hop over to iTunes and pick up for King & Country’s debut full length project, Crave.  I believe it’s a $7.99 special on iTunes this month and well worth every penny.  (iTunes even named ‘Crave’ the ‘Breakthrough Christian/Gospel Album of 2012’, so perhaps Alex is a bit of a musical critiquing prodigy in his own right.)


Exclusive Preview of Jeremy Camp’s “Reckless” Video

Jeremy Camp has released an exclusive preview of the video for his latest single, “Reckless”, on GodTube. I thought the video was really fun, and I’m already a fan of the song itself, so definitely go check it out!

Hoosier native Camp is gearing up for a busy month of February. First, he will embark on the 20 city Rock & Worship Road Show later this week with the likes of MercyMe, Kutless, Family Force 5, Tedashi, Luminate, the Rhett Walker Band, and Adam Cappa. His latest full length project, “Reckless”, will hit stores on 2/12/2013 along with his completely revised and expanded memoirs, the book “I Still Believe”, which will give fans an insightful and encouraging look at Camp’s life and ministry thru music.

Jeremy Camp – Reckless (Official Music Video) from jeremy-camp on GodTube.

Better Than The Superbowl Video #4

Creators of Superbowl commercials take note of the following video, foreverandever, by the David Crowder Band. This is what is called ‘creativity’: a cartoonized David Crowder in a head to head battle with an army of zany squirrels and their weapons of choice (acorns) all while Crowder sings about the love of Christ.

It’s weird and funny and entertaining and makes no sense all at the same time. It’s exactly what Superbowl commercials should be like.

*YAWN* This Superbowl is Boring…

So I’m going to post some of my favorite videos!  First up is Family Force 5 featuring Lecrae–Cray Button.  Monster trucks, mud wrestling-style dancing, and one of my favorite fun lyrics–“I will show you crazy, I’m a maniac”–in one fan powered, over the top video.  Love it!