There aren't a lot of songs that wonder on the transfiguration (Matt 17). Sufjan Stevens has a wonderful one and I've heard that a few churches have used this in worship. David Crowder covered the song and I just heard there is an EP coming out soon from City Church with a symphonic/choir version of it.... Continue Reading →
Starting June 1st Cardiphonia will have a new home! The Benedict family has accepted a call as the new Chaplain of Worship/Arts at Hope College up in Holland, Michigan. As part of this move Cardiphonia will become a ministry extension of the work happening through the Chaplain's office. I'll be working with an incredible team... Continue Reading →
A few weeks back my wife and I caught the Sufjan Xmas show extravaganza or as Sufjan dubbed it "The Sirfjam Stephanapolous Christmas Sing-A-Long Seasonal Affective Disorder Spectacular Music Pageant Variety Show Disaster" at the Haw River Ballroom in NC. When we arrived the greeters handed us a little songbook for the evening and included... Continue Reading →
The Welcome Wagon is a married couple, the Reverend Thomas Vito Aiuto and his wife Monique, who execute a genre of gospel music that is refreshingly plain. Their hymns are modest and melodic takes on a vast history of sacred song traditions, delivered with the simple desire to know their Maker—and to know each other—more... Continue Reading →
The familiar advent carol "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" has been sung during advent for over a thousand years (and is still an incredible favorite!). Initially it was sung one verse at a time during evening worship the week before Christmas as the O Antiphons. Riffing off of this practice we have written up a... Continue Reading →
Sufjan Stevens has been filling up our media box recently. Twitters, facebook, emails, etc. He’s going on tour. He’s released a new E.P. He’s releasing a brand new album later this fall. (Where the heck is my 3rd state album…that’s all I really want Sufjan!?) So I thought while we are all enjoying the new... Continue Reading →
But For You Who Fear My Name is another great congregational song off of the The Welcome Wagon album that I have been featuring the past couple of months. This song was originally written by Lenny Smith (Father of Dan Smith, aka Danielson Family) who is one of the early pioneers of the praise &... Continue Reading →
New album out from Bifrost Arts and Great Comfort Records featuring a slew of great songs and artists including our good friend Liz Janes. Leigh Nash of Sixpence None the Richer, Damien Jurado, Rosie Thomas, Dennison Whitmer, Welcome Wagon, etc. Go HERE --- Article on GCR in Christianity Today.