Thinking Out Loud

October 25, 2019

Rediscovering Christian Concerts

Filed under: Christianity — Tags: , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 9:57 am

It was fun being a big fish in a small pond, though Toronto, Canada isn’t exactly small. The pond in particular was the world of Jesus Music, later called Contemporary Christian Music or CCM, and one of the thing that being involved with the concert promoters afforded me was continual free access to the concerts. I simply needed to show up and walk in.

After that period of my life ended and we moved out of the city, I did not have contact with the new generation of concert promoters. I was able to wrangle some free tickets to a show about seven years ago, and I didn’t begrudge paying the ticket price for someone doing a small concert, but those prices for major artists started to grow astronomical, and it was money that we simply didn’t have.

We were in ministry ourselves, and we weren’t receiving a salary. We went to a few, but…

Recently I noticed a stand-up comedian who is better known in the U.S. would be playing Toronto later this year. It was $40. For one guy. With no guitar. Seems a tad high, don’t you think?

But Wednesday night’s concert by Brian Doerksen was “love offering” thing, and I don’t know if the $30 my wife I put in the offering for the both of us was high or low compared to the average, but it’s something we wouldn’t have been able to do even a few years back…

…You get something extra from live concerts that you don’t get from CDs, downloads or streaming playlists.

You get the artist’s heart.

Brian Doerksen

Brian Doerksen — known for songs like “You Shine” and “Come, Now is the Time to Worship” — was very transparent including some things he said he never shared publicly before about the struggles he had in former years. Sure, it’s time taken away from doing a larger number of songs, but in this trade-off, I believe that concert audiences come out ahead.

He covered material from both early and recent albums, his work with Shiyr Poets (setting the Psalms to music), and three songs from a forthcoming Christmas album. His one nod to other composers — he said he tries to include works by others on every album and in every concert — was the hymn, “We Cannot Measure How You Heal.” I wouldn’t describe this as a worship event entirely, but there were words to all the songs on the screen for those who wished to sing along…

…It was a surprisingly older audience. Have I entered my pre-Gaither years?

I realized what I’ve been missing not going to live concerts all these years. I’m sure I’m not the only one.

November 24, 2015

(Re) Introducing David Wesley

Filed under: Christmas, music — Tags: , , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 6:12 am

David Wesley Simply ChristmasSeveral months ago we took a day here to introduce you to David Wesley and his first  album, Basement Praise.  Now just three months later, David is back with Simply Christmas.

It’s not every day that I meet someone with 30,000+ YouTube subscribers who is also closing in on 4.8 million views. The music channel has flown him to the west coast twice in recognition of his song stats. David lives in the same part of the world as I, where he is mild-mannered reporter by day and video superstar by night. (Well, not the reporter part, but he has another life.)

On the first album he sings multiple parts which are also recorded for the videos. Offering the latter for sale is prohibitive because of the royalty structure, but many fans — including people who already own the album — would be willing to buy the visual versions if they could. On the new album, one song (see below) is also filmed that way, while the others have embedded links for purchasing individual songs or the entire album.

And this is where you come in. After listening to a few songs below, you can probably think of someone who would appreciate David’s unique sound, and there are links where you can download his music. (Physical CDs also exist for retailers or quantity buyers.)

Or you might just want to keep it all for yourself! Sit back and enjoy some early Christmas music:



YouTube: DavidWesley on YouTube

Facebook: David Wesley Music

Physical CDs / Retailers: Collide Media

Physical CD:…
Google Play:…

May 13, 2011

Christian Jazz Violinist Trevor Dick

This video is for a song simply called Yahweh; it’s the title song from his sixth album and is taken from Canadian violinist Trevor Dick’s Flying Bow YouTube channel.   You might even recognize a melody somewhere in this.

One of this blog’s distinctives was not doing the video embed thing, in deference to people on rural dial-up services.  But when that changed in the late winter, I vowed not to be one of those bloggers who falls back on esoteric music to come up with a daily post.  But then I saw the stats on this one.  Less than 300?  How can that possibly be?  I decided today this video is going to get seen by more people, even if I have to drive over to where you live and click the play button.  Definitely worth sharing.

Link to Trevor’s bio, or read Trevor’s blog.

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