This coming Saturday, January 25th I will have the privilege of seeing Fernando Ortega in concert at First Baptist Church in Pekin, Illinois (hosted by 88.5 WBNH, which I am very much looking forward to. I have written at length about Ortega and his music on this blog before and I thought I would share those posts again in anticipation of the event. I also wanted to share the seven reasons I listen to his music (see below for that). The concert is already sold out, so I am sorry if you want tickets!
1. I saw Ortega in concert a few years ago in Bloomington, IL and before that concert I posted some questions to him in a fake interview, that is, a one sided interview with no answers but only questions (because who would think I could actually get an interview with him, humble blogger that I am). Well, he saw a link to my blog on his own blog and actually took the time to answer my questions!
You can read that "interview" here along with a review of his concert, where afterwards I got to meet him:
Fernando Ortega Interview Exclusive!: For Real This Time
And you can read the one sided interview here: Unanswerable Questions: Fernando Ortega
2. You can read my reflections on his music and its impact on my life here:
3. You can read my (somewhat tongue-in-cheek) comparison between the worship music of Ortega and Matt Redman here:
Also, if you are a fan of Ortega, I am sure you would enjoy reading his blog. He has not updated it in a few years, but his writing on worship and worship music is very insightful and he gives some behind the scenes info on his last album Come Down O Love Divine:
Fernando Ortega's Blog
And now, something of which I will be tweeting all throughout this week
Why I listen to Fernando Ortega
Reason #1: To remind me of old hymns I've forgotten about, like "Let All Mortal Flesh".
Reason #2: To bring comfort and peace in troubled times, like with "Jesus King of Angels" or "Grace and Peace".
Reason #3: To lead me in prayer, like with "Let the Words of My Mouth".
Reason #4: To find songs to sing at my church, like "Children of the Living God" and "Sing to Jesus".
Reason #5: To find new settings of ancient hymn texts, like "Kyrie" and "Trisagion".
Reason #6: To find heartfelt narrative songs, like "California Town" and "Mildred Madalyn Johnson".
Reason #7: So I can gently hold and rock my children to sleep, while also singing Scripture over them.
Finally, here is a brief interview with Ortega from a few years ago: