Archive for March, 2007

Nierna band

March 25, 2007 7 comments

nierna.jpgWell, this is not an album review as they only have two songs to date but it is something rather new on the Family music scene as in not a used genre so I thought I’d comment a few lines.

This band frontmaned by AudioGuru, better known for electronic techno songs like My Ascension and Meld has together with guys in his home made this group (and claim to be a Family first) Heavy Metal band to produce this kind of music. While I wholeheartedly endorse new styles and beats to keep Family music fresh and current for today I do have my reservations about these songs.

Before I state them I’ll tell you a short story. When I was a teen growing up in a conservative eastern country we were always trying to push the limits in our dress and style. It was the early nineties and earrings were the fad for men, rocker Jon Bon Jovi had one, sportsman Andre Aggesi had one and so naturally we all wanted one too.

When we expressed our desire to one of our CROs who himself was personally more on the conservative side yet was extremely youthful and approachable to us teens, he heard us out and to our surprise said “sure”, but then continued “…if it will help you win a soul!” and went on to say, “I’ll even get one, if you can show me that that soul would not have been reached without it”.

Needless to say we lost our case as we clearly could win souls just fine and probably even better without the distraction of a piece of metal hanging from our ears.

Whether it is looks, music, art or anything else we as Family young people do it should always be judged by that “gold standard”. I know a lot of new young Family musicians/bands coming out now trying to be “different” or “original” in sound or style and Nierna is only the most recent, but it must be held up to the standard of will that help you win a soul, or inspire a soul?

I do not mean to exalt anyone, but what makes Vas one of the true Family musicians of our time and the current Family music scene is that he does content first. His lyrics are based on Word topics or letters and meet all the points of Family songwriting, then, secondly he adds his own style and hip wordplay and contemporary presentation whereas many new songwriters are doing it backwards and so into the style or “sound” that it is foundationless or weak at best.

As for I Saw You Go and Make It Home I have to say it lacks the Spirit. Style aside, I have played them off my computer to other Family people of all age and type (FGA, SGA, teen, new disciples) without telling them a word about it or who’s song it is and they’ve all commented about them being “dead”. We really need more Family music and new artists but do we need it at the cost of making our own category of “brackish” music? We need more music that is wild and free with the freedom that is beyond the confines or impersonations of the world and musical perfection.

I Saw You Go is actually a great song and if I was more musically inclined I would learn it on guitar and sing it “unplugged”, I just think it losses the message having Jesus scream the chorus, the song is loving and sympathetic so the style kind of throws it off and renders it meaningless.

I hope this band does more in the future infuse more of the spirit into their songs. The Spirit should be first, style second.

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The Zone soars!

March 1, 2007 Leave a comment

well it has been half a year or so since I launched Living life in the eX-Yugoslavian Zone (XYZone) and it is finally taking off and it recently made #8 of the best growing sites (out of WordPress’s half million blogs!) with a new best day of 762 for that blog. It is thanks in part to adding my blog to blog directories that help bring people to the site and a steady group of readers from feeds as people can find something interesting in my writing and hop in and read it. Before my traffic was mainly only search engine referral traffic and friends but this now has opened it up to a greater audiance to learn and read my experiences here on the field of Eastern Europe .

It’s great and a neat tool and hope you all enjoy reading it too. If you have not been there yet, hop on over and see for yourself, and don’t forget to leave a comment :-D.

Categories: That's Life