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The Most Significant Musical Releases Of The Decade: A Personal Journey
The Most Significant Musical Releases Of The Decade: A Personal Journey
10/15/09 at 06:31 PM by thepianominstre
Little more than two months remain in this decade… well, unless you want to be technical and say the decade ends on a '0 year, but come on, when we say "the 80's," we're not talking about 1990, so let's call this decade 2000-2009. Anyway, it's almost over, and I've been reflecting on those years and the influence they've had on my life, particularly in the realm of music.

Epoch The First
When this decade began, my knowledge of recorded songs consisted entirely of Chris Rice's "Cartoon Song," Stephen Curtis Chapman's "Dancing With The Dinsoaur," and my father's Petra collection. My parents were not exactly musical connoisseurs, and while they did not necessarily object to rock and roll and the whole shebang (see...[read more]
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06:31 AM on 10/16/09
Grace and Peace
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Haha! Wow dude, that's an epic journey. I must admit that my journey was quite the opposite. I started listening to mainstream, then once I found out that I was in love with Blink 182 and Green Day, I started checking out bands on the inter-web that sounded precisely like them. Incoming 2000-2002 with New Found Glory, The Starting Line, The Movielife (Drive-Thru Records much?), and any other good pop-punk act. I didn't get into Christian music until many years later when I actually discovered this person named Jesus, and my music world was rocked again. It's a long journey for me as well. Wow, what music nerds we are to document this haha!

Still not into the new TGU? Eh, what can you do? I enjoy it quite a lot, but still not as much as TTSP. The only improvement were Ben Crist's songwriting in general (mostly lyrics and vocals becoming less stale and redundant); other than that, it doesn't hit me quite as much as their first album. Thanks for the recommendation to Ian McIntosh. I checked his site out, and his songs were really good. Pretty much everything on the label he is on (Come&Live! Records) is awesome, and so is the label itself. Check it out here, if you haven't of course.

Anyway, looking forward to reading your AOTD selections! Take care my friend!

07:09 AM on 10/16/09
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Hey thanks man, I thought it was going to be like three paragraphs but it kept growing and growing and I was like, man no one's going to read this, but hey if they want to here it is... Interesting to hear the different paths we've taken.

(And the new TGU is still growing on me, but the main point was it and the others with it don't seem as good as the debuts. I still enjoy some of them, just not in an awesome-keep-replaying-cuz-this-is-new-and-excting kind of way. I'll have to check out Ian's labelmates)
07:40 AM on 10/16/09
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Cool blog, dug it.

My musical journey is different, but has some major convergencs with yours, with a mother who is a minister and such...

Looking forward to your lists.
01:46 PM on 10/16/09
Matthew Tsai
Born and raised
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We have the same musical background.
03:53 PM on 10/16/09
sowing season
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great, great write-up. I especially loved this part:

"and the lyrics seemed to be getting even trashier. The unfaithful and cheating "Lips Of An Angel," the deliberately audacious "Girlfriend"… it all felt like a blatant attack of selfishness, instant gratification, and destructive pleasure. It broke my heart to see my McDonald's co-workers collapsing in broken relationships while they were listening to an utter glorification of physical satisfaction by any means possible (consequences not included)"

Pretty much describes my moral outlook to the letter. So nice to see others who feel the same way.
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