5.27.2021

Ep 85: Singer-songwriter Rick Lee James


Episode 85 features and interview with Rick Lee James, a singer-songwriter, guitarist, recording artist, and music pastor. He joined PostConsumer Reports to discuss his songwriting and recording process, the struggle to lead church music during the time of COVID (when we are not singing together), being able to authentically address people's pain through worship music, and his Mister Rogers podcast "Welcome to the Neighborhood." Rick has a podcast of his own, "Voices in My Head," which has had numerous guests over the years, including an interview with Chris discussing his 12 days of Christmas book. A couple of months ago Rick was a guest on one of Chris's other podcasts "Between the Songs" discussing "Thunder," an early Rich Mullins song he recorded for his album of the same name. Rick is releasing some new music over the coming months, so be on the lookout for it.

You can purchase or stream his music and discover more about him at:
https://www.rickleejames.com/
https://rickleejames.bandcamp.com/

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Ep 85: Singer-songwriter Rick Lee James


Ep 85 features and interview with Rick Lee James, a singer-songwriter, guitarist, recording artist, and music pastor. He joined PostConsumer Reports to discuss his songwriting and recording process, the struggle to lead church music during the time of COVID (when we are not singing together), being able to authentically address people's pain through worship music, and his Mister Rogers podcast "Welcome to the Neighborhood."  Rick has a podcast of his own, "Voices in My Head," which has had numerous guests over the years, including an interview with Chris discussing his 12 days of Christmas book. A couple of months ago Rick was a guest on one of Chris's other podcasts "Between the Songs" discussing "Thunder," an early Rich Mullins song he recorded for his album of the same name. 


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4.29.2021

Ep 84: Jonathan Hodges of Bomethius on his new album Seasons of Limbo


Thanks to his mother, Jonathan Hodges learned to not take himself too seriously from an early age, even to the extent of coming up with the esoteric alter ego name Bomethius when it came time for him to begin composing and performing his music. Jonathan plays violin, guitar, piano, and is even known to whistle a fine tune. His new album is called Seasons of Limbo and features songs about pursuing love and friendship in the time of COVID, tornadoes in major metropolitan areas, and the ever allusive pursuit of finding true community.

Our far-reaching conversation dives into how he came to record an album with his uncle, muses on David Bentley Hart and Kierkegaard, ponders how to navigate the crisis moments of one's life, and dares to ask whether the Poet will ever be allowed by God to fulfill the role God created them for.

You can find the music of Bomethius at his website: http://www.bomethius.com/

On Bandcamp: https://bomethius.bandcamp.com/

Or wherever you stream music.

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3.12.2021

Ep. 83: Blair Masters—Keyboardist and Composer


An interview with Nashville musician, keyboardist, and composer Blair Masters. Blair has played on numerous albums over the years, from Newsboys, Amy Grant, Charlie Peacock, Rich Mullins, Margaret Becker, Steven Curtis Chapman and yeah, even Barry Manilow, Andy Williams, and Megadeth. He's also the touring keyboardist for Garth Brooks and has composed and recorded music for a number television shows. Our talk focuses on the span of his career and gives an in-depth look into the music of his band Dogs of Peace.


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3.11.2021

Ep 83: Blair Masters—Keyboardist, Composer, and Dogs of Peace Member



Episode 83 features an interview with Nashville musician, keyboardist, and composer Blair Masters. Blair has played on numerous albums over the years, from Newsboys, Amy Grant, Charlie Peacock, Rich Mullins, Margaret Becker, Steven Curtis Chapman and yeah, even Barry Manilow, Andy Williams, and Megadeth. He's also the touring and recording keyboardist for Garth Brooks and has composed and recorded music for a number television shows. Our talk focuses on the span of his career and gives an in-depth look into the music of his band Dogs of Peace, who he is in with Gordon Kennedy, Jimmy Lee Sloas, and John Hammond. They latest album Heel is available for streaming everywhere or purchase here. He's also in Tim Akers & The Smoking Section and a Tom Petty cover band called The Petty Junkies. You can find a fuller list of his recording credentials here.



There have been a number of PostConsumer episodes and articles featuring that relate to Blair's work:

12.24.2020

New Christmas Music and Serving Others Through Lula

 

This episode features info about Chris's new EP of Christmas music "Let Nothing You Dismay" as well as about Lula (https://www.lulapeoria.com/) a nonprofit in Peoria, Illinois that feeds, clothes, and offers care to those without housing and living on the streets. All proceeds from the EP, available on Bandcamp at: https://chrismarchand.bandcamp.com/album/let-nothing-you-dismay, will go to support Lula. The talk on serving others at Christmas is an excerpt from Tent Theology (https://tent-talks.simplecast.com/), another podcast Chris has been helping produce this year.

You can listen to the episodes here: New Christmas Music and Serving Others Through Lula


Last year I put out a book on the 12 Days of Christmas. If you are interested in the history and traditions surrounding the holiday (and how to incorporate them into your life) the book can be purchased through all these stores:
Amazon
Christian Book Distributors
Wipf and Stock
Barnes and Noble
Google Play
Faithlife
Cokesbury
Lagron Miller (Roman Catholic book, gift, and vestment store in Peoria, Illinois)
Thrift Books



Other related podcast episodes on Christmas:

12.23.2020

New Christmas Music and Serving Others Through Lula


This episode features info about Chris's new EP of Christmas music "Let Nothing You Dismay" as well as about Lula, a nonprofit in Peoria, Illinois that feeds, clothes, and offers care to those without housing and living on the streets. All proceeds from the EP will go to support Lula. The talk on serving others at Christmas is an excerpt from Tent Theology, another podcast Chris has been helping produce this year.


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7.31.2020

Ep 82: Christmas in July & a New Podcast

Episode 82 of the podcast features a talk I gave at Living Waters Church in Peoria, Illinois in 2019 about my book Celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas. I spoke about how Pentecostals have their own version of Advent, about the quirky saints days after Christmas day, and about some of the challenges in attempting to celebrate Christmas as an extended holiday rather than one day.

This episode also features an excerpt from Tent Theology, a new podcast that I am helping to produce and am a cohost on. Please give it a listen. The aim of what we are doing is to help renew the social and political imagination of Christians by following in the way of Jesus. Political theologian Dr. Stephen Backhouse is the main host, and he was a guest on the podcast a few years ago, where we discussed his biography of Soren Kierkegaard. Backhouse also has a ministry named Tent Theology which aims to help the Church engage with and learn theology from within their own congregation.
Here are all the places where you can purchase my book: 
Amazon
Christian Book Distributors
Wipf and Stock
Barnes and Noble
Google Play
Faithlife
Cokesbury
Lagron Miller (Roman Catholic book, gift, and vestment store in Peoria, Illinois)
Thrift Books





Other related podcast episodes on Christmas:
Ep 79: Blair E. Clark and the Artwork for the 12 Days of Christmas
Ep 79: Dr. Michael Ward on C.S. Lewis, Paganism, and Christmas
Ep 71: Happy Pagan Christmas!
Ep 72: The 12 Days of Christmas, New Years, and Epiphany

7.30.2020

Ep 82: Christmas in July & a New Podcast


Episode 82 features a talk given at Living Waters Church in Peoria, Illinois in 2019 about the book Celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas. This episode also features an excerpt from Tent Theology, a new podcast Chris is helping to produce that aims to help renew the social and political imagination of Christians by following in the way of Jesus.


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6.15.2020

Ep 81: Rain For Roots' Flo Paris Oakes and Katy Hutson

Episode 81 features my interview with Flo Paris Oakes and Katy Hutson of the children's worship music group Rain For Roots, who are described as "a collective group of musicians and songwriters who write singable Scripture songs for kids and grown ups alike." They released their fourth album All Creatures this spring, which focuses primarily on settings of the Psalms. Each of their albums carry an underlying concept, from the call and response poetry of Sally Lloyd-Jones (of Jesus Storybook Bible fame), to settings of Jesus' parables, to songs of waiting for the season of Advent. I have listened to their music since the very beginning and have incorporated a few of their songs into the regular worship repertoire at my own church. I guess you could say I'm a huge fan, and this latest album might just be my all around favorite. Simply put: it is great songwriting and musicianship. Sandra McCracken is also in the group and was unable to join us for the interview. Alice Smith, who is a co-songwriter in the group, helped to set up the interview.

Fun fact: Katy's husband Kenny, who produced their records and plays multiple instruments on them, has visited my church a few times while on tour with David Crowder.

Please check below the episode for more links, including an article that delves into their new album with more depth.


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More Links:
https://rainforroots.com/
https://ffm.to/allcreatures
https://rainforroots.bandcamp.com/music
http://www.floparisoakes.com/
https://www.katyhutson.com/
http://www.sandramccracken.com/
A review of All Creatures on Anglican Compass

Related Podcast Episodes:
Ep 74: Charlie Peacock
Ep 73: Phil Joel of Newsboys and Zealand
Ep 53: The Mosleys—Husband and Wife Duo
Ep 67: Singer-songwriter John Van Deusen
Ep 70: Glenn Kaiser