I (Sal) actually had a "rockin'" spirit-renewal experience in my Christian walk! Just hearing about the salvation message of the Gospel was just a personal time for reflection with my walk with God. It was awesome to see large numbers of youth coming up to the front to publicly dedicate their lives to Christ.
It was an awesome time to hangout with friends (Ashyly, Brett, Josiah, Robert, and Tim) and see others (e.g. See You at the Party) I haven't seen for awhile. Praise God!
Robert and Brett were greeted with two free ticket offers ($13 value) at the front door! We all rode Ashly's mini-van (awesome carpool gas saver for all of us) to the concert and ended the evening with a stop at the new Arby's in Alex!
Added: July 16, 2007
Children 18 3 plays "White Christmas" at Friendship Fest 00'
"This is a video from years ago-back in 2000 during the "3rd Annual Friendship Fest" in Glenwood, Minnesota (35 minutes east of here-Morris, MN). They play "White Christmas" to cool the spectators at this summer outdoor event overlooking the beautiful Lake Minnewaska. Check out Children 18:3's (local punk-rock home church band with a newer genre of music and adding a female voice since 2000) newest latest CD (released 2/29/08) from Tooth & Nail Records.
"By the definition of most, the members of Children 18:3 have been living a hectic lifestyle in the three years since the Morris-area band signed its first recording deal.
It's a life that many in the music business know well, but it's one that those who see them play once or twice a year can't fully grasp. There are the 120 to 130 dates played each year. For every day on a stage, David, Seth and LeeMarie Hostetter can count on many others spent driving their red van to and from town after town.
But there are no complaints. In fact, Children 18:3 believes it's work ethic as well as talent that helped it climb to the top of the Christian music industry.
"It's a lot of work, but any job is a lot of work," said guitarist and songwriter David Hostetter. "A lot of people have jobs they're at eight hours a day or even 10 or 11 hours a day, especially if they want to do a good job. You get out of it what you put into it."
Children 18:3 put a lot into putting out their second album, "Rain's 'a Comin'," for Tooth & Nail Records this summer. The album follows their self-titled first Tooth & Nail release in 2008.
Their tour schedules are packed with festivals, such as Willmar's Sonshine Festival, and single-appearance dates. They've played -- and toured with other bands -- all over the U.S., especially the south, midwest and west. The band also is again venturing overseas, with a return trips to Germany and a first-time trip to Holland for a music festival on its schedule yet this year.
And then there is more recording in the future.
"A lot more people know about us," said drummer Seth. "We're playing in better shows."
"It's been a lot busier the last few years," bassist LeeMarie said.
And yet the members of Children 18:3 still appear well at ease in their rural home, taking a break from practice to grill some ribs and relax in front of a fan on a muggy July afternoon.
"We don't want to burn out," Seth said with a smile.
The band started rather organically in 1999 when the Hostetters were in their early teens: Playing at a friend's graduation party with another musician friend, they soon realized making music would be an interesting and fulfilling way to make a living.
With more work, Children 18:3 established itself as a staple of regional Christian music festivals, won a prestigious "battle of the bands" competition at Club 3 Degrees in Minneapolis, and recorded two EPs, "Places I Don't Want to Go" in 2004 and "Song of Desperation" in 2007.
In 2006, Children 18:3 was named the country’s best unsigned band by the Christian rock magazine, HM. The band didn't hold that title long, signing with Tooth & Nail in the summer of 2007, and the real rock and roll lifestyle reached full tilt.
After touring almost continually last fall, the band returned to Nashville to record "Rain's 'a Comin' " with the producer of its first album, Steve Wilson. Children 18:3 spent 10 days recording in December 2009, took a break from the studio to tour in January, then returned to finish recording the new album in February. They recorded and produced a music video of the song "Cover Your Eyes" in Columbus, Ohio, in May and released it and the new album in June.
The band relished the additional time to record -- the first album took five weeks from beginning to end -- and grew more comfortable living and working in what is arguably the music capital of the U.S.
"We didn't know anyone the first time we were in Nashville," Seth said. "We were staying seven miles away from the studio, in a motel. It wasn't as fun an experience."
Now, Wilson's studio is located near downtown Nashville, and Children 18:3 are constantly running into other musicians they've met while recording, touring or through their connections with a church in Nashville.
"We've been to Nashville quite a bit now," Seth said. "There are a lot of people we know. We feel closer to Nashville now."
And the band has learned well the ways of the music industry, and the diligence and collaboration needed to survive in it.
When Children 18:3 entered the studio to work on "Rain's 'a Comin' ", David didn't have all the songs the band would need to fill out a record. So, with the help of Wilson, the band wrote three songs in the studio, a process David described as "scary."
"That would never be my first choice but it came out really well," said David, noting that the record's first radio single, "Lost So Long," was one of the songs written during the recording process. "I just didn't have enough songs."
That experience helped change the way David approaches songwriting, and, of course, it involves working harder.
"The last couple of years, I waited for (song ideas) to come, but I don't think that's right," he said. "You have to work at it, every day. You can't wait for UPS to bring a box of inspiration."
The band is getting better as it grows up. David, 25, Seth, 24, and LeeMarie, 22, have almost a decade under their belts as a working band and they’ve matured greatly since their career took off three years ago.
The band vows to get out more to learn about the places where they play but it isn't easy, especially for David, a self-avowed perfectionist. He likes to get to the venue early and make sure the sound, the stage, everything, are up to his exacting standards. LeeMarie said the band takes pains to ensure each show is the best it can be.
"There are some shows where it's just not going well, but you can't say, 'Oh well, we've got another show tomorrow and we'll be better,' " LeeMarie said. "There might be somebody there and this is the only show they'll see this year or whatever, so you have to make it as good as you can."
That kind of professionalism is evident in the studio, too, Seth said.
“We’re getting better as musicians,” Seth said. “We go in with a lot more knowledge about how to do things, how we want the end product to sound like.”
Experience is helping the band craft a much tighter stage show.
“We’re learning to do a better live show, how to connect with the audience,” LeeMarie said. “How to load on (equipment), how to talk to promoters.”
Children 18:3 has contemplated moving to Nashville to be closer to the core of the industry and to reconnect with friends they’ve met there and on the road. But the Hostetters also like to return to Minnesota to hang out with their childhood friends and pursue their other interests, such as community stage productions.
"It’s fun to make time for the other things we’re doing,” LeeMarie said.
So the busy life of a working band continues, putting in long miles in the van, playing, writing and always being away from somewhere and someone.
“We’ve got friends at home, we’re making good friends all over the country,” LeeMarie said. “You’re always missing somebody."
LeeMarie, David Jr. and Seth Hostetter in a promotional photograph. The Hostetters comprise the Christian rock band Children 18:3, which recently signed a recording contract with the Seattle-based Tooth & Nail.
LeeMarie, David Jr. and Seth Hostetter in a promotional photograph. The Hostetters comprise the Christian rock band Children 18:3, which recently signed a recording contract with the Seattle-based Tooth & Nail.
It was not long after the Hostetter kids -- David Jr., Seth and LeeMarie -- were nooding around on their Fisher-Price band instruments that they were struck by the motivation to make music one of their life ambitions.
They obviously weren�t the first to harbor such ideas and they won�t be the last. But they are among the relative few to have put the time and effort into making that dream a plausible reality.
The Hostetters, known on stage at Children 18:3, recently signed with a Seattle-based recording company, Tooth & Nail. The band this week is playing the large Cornerstone Festival in Illinois.
A punk band, Children 18:3 have been a regional staple of Christian rock concert and summer festivals for several years, and last year released its second EP, �Songs of Desperation.�
The heady mix in which the band found itself included receiving regular invitations to play at large Christian music festivals around the country, wrapping up a win in a prestigious �battle of the bands� contest in Minneapolis, and being named the country�s best unsigned band by the Christian rock magazine, HM.
Despite the tantalizing taste of success and the desire to score a major recording deal, zeal didn�t outweigh common sense.
�Tooth & Nail president Brandon Ebel gave us a call and said, �I like your record, give me a call,� said Seth, who plays drums. �But we wanted to be smart about it and took our time. We always wanted to go with Tooth & Nail -- we didn�t give other labels much interest at all. We�re glad to have it wrapped up.�
Band �just kind
The three older Hostetter children began playing together in 1999, with David, 22, on guitar, Seth, 21 on drums and LeeMarie, 19 on bass -- the youngest Bethany, 16, is into classical music, Seth said, and is not inclined to make the trio a quartet.
The kids were jamming with a friend, practicing regularly, and they got together once to play at a friend�s graduation party. Then came an invitation to play with an Alexandria band at a youth show organized in Morris.
�It just kind of happened,� David said.
The band name comes from the Bible verse Matthew 18:3 -- �... Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.�
�It�s all about humility,� Seth said.
But while growing up in a Christian home influences their lives and music, the band never made an overt attempt to link them.
�It�s not like we were thinking, �What kind of ministry do we want? Oh, let�s be a rock band,� � LeeMarie said.
�We just like playing music,� Seth said. �If that influences kids, that�s amazing.�
As the band matured, their opportunities blossomed.
Children 18:3 played in the highly competitive band tournament at Club 3 Degrees in Minneapolis. The tournament featured 70 acts, many big in the genre, and twice finished in the top three in their category and overall. In 2005, Children 18:3 won the tournament.
Doug Van Pelt, founder and publisher of HM magazine, wrote in his blog of Children 18:3�s victory, �They have the songs, the sound, the look, and the rock and roll attitude which got the crowd very into it. I'd love to see Jack White (of White Stripes) produce this band. ... It'll be exciting to see audiences from around the country get into this band.�
The win brought the band even more invitations to Christian rock festivals, such as Cornerstone, a mainstage gig at the Sonshine Festival in Willmar, Lifest in Wisconsin and the LifeLight Festival in Sioux Falls, which drew about 263,000 people over three days in 2006.
The band tournament also earned Children 18:3 studio time that it used to record �Songs of Desperation.� That work and its recording of its first, six-song EP, �Places I Don�t Want To Go� in 2004 gave it a taste for the business.
David writes melodies and lyrics, and Seth and LeeMarie add to the songs when appropriate. The recording process got them used to collaboration with a producer. And about working under deadlines.
�We didn�t even have all the tunes finished,� David said. �We�d record what we had, then go home and work on the songs.�
�We have ideas, the producer has ideas, and everyone has to give a little to ultimately come up with the best song,� Seth said.
Dream within a dream
Children 18:3 had been talking about a recording contract with Tooth & Nail for a year to 18 months before it finally came together.
It was a dream within their dream.
Tooth & Nail handles many bands and musicians that influenced Children 18:3, such as Kutless, Underoath, Anberlin, Project 86 and Hawk Nelson. While Tooth & Nail is an independent label, it�s bands are becoming more popular, David said.
�We�ve grown up on their bands,� he said. �They�ve got good art, good presentation. We really liked that label and thought it would be a good fit for us.�
The label�s confidence in bringing in Children 18:3 showed when it scheduled studio time for the band in Nashville even before officially signing it.
The band took advice from other musicians it befriended on the festival circuit and from other friends in the recording business, LeeMarie said.
The recording in progress, as of now self-titled, is expected to feature 15 songs. There�s no firm release date, but the band put the ballpark date in spring 2008.
Until then, Children 18:3 will be practicing and playing shows and getting used to life living a musical dream.
�You always want more success as a band in this business,� Seth said. �It�s always a goal to move to the next level -- play more shows, sell more records. Who doesn�t want to be a rock star?�"
All My Balloons - Children 18:3
"The new music video for All My Balloons from Children 18:3's eponymous album.
I love them so freaking much.
Sorry about the quality... its not the best, but it was the only version I could find. Though on Youtube, it might not matter that much."
Honestly, I've grown rather jaded by the punk rock scene over the last five years or so, which is why I'm glad my first encounter with Children 18:3 was a promotional photo. They certainly didn't look like any of the recent crop of pop-punk rockers' instead, the harshly-lit black-and-white photo showed a band that looked dredged up from the backstage of some old-school New York City punk show. Clearly, this band was something special.
Far away from the smoky venues of New York, siblings David, Seth and Lee Marie Hostetter formed the three-piece Children 18:3 in central Minnesota, where they not-so-quietly honed their rock & roll skills while not working on the family farm. And what can I say? With super-energetic performances that make the songs actually fun to listen to, and influences from east coast to west coast, old school to new wave (I can even forgive the one song that borderlines on ska), they rock. The melodies are catchy and the vocals are bold, with great interplay between the male and female voices, as the singing duties are shared by David and Lee Marie. Standout songs include "LCM", "Homemade Valentine" and "Ditches." But really, if you like punk, this is an album not to be missed. The Best Christian Albums of 2008, from Christianity Today.com "#12
Tooth & Nail Records
Christian music has played a part in reducing punk rock to a stale and whiny shadow of its former self, so it's truly refreshing to discover a new faith-based band that has helped reinvigorate the genre. Though there are traces of blink-182 and Sum 41 in their hook-filled sing-along choruses, Children 18:3 also echoes classic acts like The Ramones and The Clash by way of modern bands like Green Day and Panic! at the Disco. Moreover, the Hostetter siblings add their own creative stamp by varying their style from song to song and creating interplay between vocalists David and LeeMarie. But even better is the way Children 18:3 reaches deeper than the usual themes of romantic longing and heartache, cleverly joining punk's rebel attitude with messages of fighting spiritual complacency and standing up against the non-biblical standards of our changing culture. All spoken—and yelled—with passion, attitude, and hope by a tight-sounding trio that's off to a terrific start with this debut. .."
Added: September 05, 2007 Children 18:3 Bash on the Farm, from youtube.com " Minnesota Band Children 18:3 Playing at Bash on the Farm in Garner, IA" little clip of Children 18:3, from youtube.com " Just got a little clip of them cause my battey was dieing :C
Added: July 16, 2007 "
"To many, alternative genres like punk and heavy metal are the domain of anti-establishment bands like the Sex Pistols –– makers of music calling for an end to age-old institutions like, say, organized religion.
Don't tell that to Josh Peterson, who has been coming back to the Sonshine Festival for four years. He says Christian music with a hard edge brings him closer to God like no other form of music can.
"I've had heavy metal music that has brought me to tears," he said.
When the Sonshine Festival -- now in its second full day –– formed back in 1982, genres like Christian punk, metal and hip hop didn't even exist. Today, they make up an increasing share of the festival’s lineup of musicians.
As a lifelong hardcore music fan, Peterson said he has never found any contradiction between his Christian faith and the heavy riffs and dark imagery of his favorite bands like As I Lay Dying and Children 18:3.
"There are no melodies in the Bible. It doesn't say, 'play it like this,'" he said. "Whether you’re screaming it or singing it, what does it matter?"
Christian punk fan and first-time Sonshiner Stephanie Zins, 16, said that when the punk genre came into the mainstream in the late 70's, it was as much a lifestyle as a form of music.
In her view, that lifestyle –– full as it was of sex, drugs, and the creation of general mayhem -– was very much in contradiction to Christian teachings.
Today, though, she said the style of music the original punk rockers created had been adopted by the Christian music scene free of its associated lifestyle, creating a way for youth to worship in mosh pits, so to speak.
"I can dance to it and I don't have to go to church to listen to it," she said. "Which is good, because I like to be out in the open."
At Sonshine's indoor stage on Thursday, Christian hip hop artist Jay Escobar-Haskins, stage name Anonimust, preached to a crowd of young Sonshiners over a steady beat by DJ One-80.
"You won't get to heaven wearing gold chains and driving around in fancy cars," he told the audience. "You’ll get there by submitting yourself every day to Jesus Christ."
Escobar-Haskins, originally of Philadelphia, got his start as a secular artist, performing what he called "heavy hip hop" and eventually, he said, garnering a record deal from Warner Bros.
But then he underwent a transformation, he said, after he moved to St. Paul and joined a church. He started viewing the messages of his music as contrary to his newfound Christian faith.
"I started feeling awkward about my music," he said. "I even went to talk to my pastor about it."
Soon after, he overhauled his music, incorporating scripture into every one of his new songs. On Thursday, he rapped one of those: "Holy Ghost Fire," a song promoting faith over drug use.
Escobar-Haskins said that even though hip hop gets a bad rap for spreading negative messages, it can be a vehicle to spread the Christian faith to individuals who might not have felt any connection to it otherwise.
"For a lot of people, different music speaks to them in different ways," he said.
At the festival grounds on Thursday, first time Sonshiner Barb Rasmusson, 46, said she had never heard about the variety of genres in the Christian music scene until coming to the festival this year. Her relative Mike DeHoop, 17, looked at her in disbelief.
"You've never heard of it?" asked DeHoop, a longtime Christian punk fan.
Rasmusson had plenty of time to get acquainted on Thursday, though. From her view, the amped up noise of the bands she heard was just fine, as long as the messages stayed the same.
"If it's got positive lyrics, then who cares what it sounds like," she said."
Children 18:3 at LifeLight 2008!
Children 18:3 "Rain's 'A Comin'" Album Trailer
Children 18:3 "Moment To Moment" (Official Music Video)
"All that's required is 2 microphones, The Static Age song, and done on easy. There's no need to buy DLC to get this achievement. This can be done easily done if you practice. I can play Expert Vocals and it only took me 2 chances to get it (and this to show you) and I had never heard the song before."
MAPLEWOOD When Capitol Records artist Relient K makes a stop in Minnesota this month, toting their newest album Five Score and Seven Years Ago, the tour doubles as a homecoming for bassist John Warne.
I spent the first 10 years of my life in northeast Minneapolis, Warne said.
Warne, who joined Relient K's lineup in 2005, also lived in Plymouth, Minn. before moving to Denver, Colo. more than a year ago. He returns to his Minnesotan roots March 21 along with vocalist Matthew Thiessen, guitarists Matthew Hoopes and Jonathan Schneck, and drummer David Douglas at Myth Nightclub in Maplewood. The tour debuts new recordings such as the recent upbeat single, 'Must Have Done Something Right,' that have been in the works since February 2006.
We finished recording sometime in September, so from starting writing to recording, it didn't take too long, Warne said. The title was Matt [Thiessen]'s idea. It's the fifth album in seven years, and there are five band members in Relient K. It's [an example of] Relient K witticism to fudge the numbers a bit.'
Relient K - VOA Story
"Relient K is a band from Canton, Ohio. They are considered to be part of the alternative, punk pop and Christian rock genres. The group formed in 1998 and has received numerous awards including a 2003 Grammy nomination for Best Rock Gospel Album and two Dove Awards, gospel music's top prize. The band mates are all Christians, although some fans have questioned whether the band fits in the Christian rock genre.
Relient K's new release, "Five Score and Seven Years Ago" contains some of their most unashamedly happy songs to date. Matt Theissen talks about the single "The Best Thing."
The album 'Five Score and Seven Years Ago' hits the shelves March 6, and fans of Relient K's past releases may notice a greater musical variety and maturity in the tracks. Warne said a host of changes contributed to the growth in the band's sound.
This album has slicker production, and the songwriting took a leap forward,' Warne said. It's a lot more dynamic than the last [album]. It's kind of all over the place, but you can still listen to album without having it sound disjointed.
One dynamic track that stands out to Warne is entitled, I Need You. With a driving drumbeat and lyrics such as, Please shine a light into the black; wade through the depths and bring me back, the song conveys urgency and emotion darker than some of its musical predecessors.
[It's] one of the heavier songs on the record, dealing with how, in a nutshell, we need God, Warne said. �The song is really well put together.
Even with some more serious tracks, listeners needn't worry that Relient K has lost the tongue in cheek sense of humor from earlier albums such as, well, �The Anatomy of the Tongue in Cheek. Warne said puns and cheesy jokes still run rampant among the band members, with Thiessen's notable wit in the forefront.
The amount of groaners Matt [Thiessen] turns out' I think he likes me because I'm the only one in the group that'll give him a little chuckle,� Warne said. We don't take ourselves too seriously.
Relient K has, however, garnered a serious fan base of Christian and mainstream listeners alike. With three consecutive gold albums to their name and their catchy 2005 single, �Be My Escape,� reaching platinum status, big things can be expected from these artists. Not bad for a band named after an ironically unreliable car.
�Matt Hoopes had a [Plymouth] Reliant K car in high school, and he got a lot of flack for it,� Warne said. Hoopes and Thiessen were friends at the time, growing up together in Canton, Ohio. �[Now] it�s up on blocks at his parents� house.
�We could someday convert it into a drum riser,� Warne added. �If we did, that would be sweet.�
Along with a revamped song list, a meaningful moniker, and their distinctive brand of humor, Relient K has perhaps set a theme as well for this upcoming concert with fellow musical artists Mae and Sherwood.
�We�re hoping to do sort of a Robin Hood/Sherwood Forest type of theme,� Warne said.
Pun intended? While not confirmed, it�s a safe bet.
One can also bet that the concert tour will continue to attract new fans, both Christian and mainstream.
�At clubs, we�re still getting a huge amount of our Christian core [audience], as well as people who have just heard us on the radio,� Warne said. �Bands like P.O.D. [and] Switchfoot, a lot of them really paved the way in mainstream to make it okay to listen to [Christian] music, as long as it�s good. So a lot of that groundbreaking work has already been done.�
And if Relient K's current musical path is any indication, there may be more groundbreaking work to come.
Fans can purchase general admission tickets for the show through Ticketmaster for $17. Visit www.relientk.com for more information on the band, their album �Five Score and Seven Years Ago,� and their 2007 tour.
"..(January 8, 1935–August 16, 1977), was an American singer, musician and actor. He is a cultural icon, often known as "The King of Rock 'n' Roll", or simply "The King".
Presley began his career as one of the first performers of rockabilly, an uptempo fusion of country and rhythm and blues with a strong back beat. His novel versions of existing songs, mixing "black" and "white" sounds, made him popular—and controversial—as did his uninhibited stage and television performances. He recorded songs in the rock and roll genre, with tracks like "Hound Dog" and "Jailhouse Rock" later embodying the style. Presley had a versatile voice and had unusually wide success encompassing other genres, including gospel, blues, ballads and pop. To date, he is the only performer to have been inducted into four music halls of fame...
...Elvis Presley was of German, Scottish, French, Jewish and Cherokee ancestry. Presley's father, Vernon (April 10, 1916–June 26, 1979), had several low-paying jobs, including sharecropper and truck driver. His mother, Gladys Love Smith (April 25, 1912–August 14, 1958) worked as a sewing machine operator. They met in Tupelo, Mississippi, and eloped to Pontotoc County where they married on June 17, 1933."...
..Presley was born in a two room house, built by his father, in East Tupelo. He was the second of identical twins—his brother was stillborn and given the name Jesse Garon. He grew up as an only child and "was, everyone agreed, unusually close to his mother." The family lived just above the poverty line and attended the Assembly of God church...Presley was bullied at school; classmates threw "things at him—rotten fruit and stuff—because he was different... quiet and he stuttered and he was a mama's boy."
..Then some folks would say: 'Let's hear you sing, boy.'" Presley attended L. C. Humes High School, but fellow students apparently viewed the young singer's performing unfavorably: One recalled that he was "a sad, shy, not especially attractive boy" whose guitar playing was not likely to win any prizes. Many of the other children made fun of him as a 'trashy' kind of boy playing 'trashy' hillbilly music."
Musical Influences "nitial influences came through his family's attendance at the Assembly of God, a Pentecostal Holiness church. Rolling Stone wrote: "Gospel pervaded Elvis' character and was a defining and enduring influence all of his days." During breaks at recording sessions or after concerts, Presley often joined in private with others for informal gospel music sessions...
Military service and mother's death "
In Germany, "[a] sergeant had introduced [Presley] to amphetamines when they were on maneuvers at Grafenwöhr... it seemed like half the guys in the company were taking them." Friends around Presley also began taking them, "if only to keep up with Elvis, who was practically evangelical about their benefits."
Acting career "He also produced two gospel albums: His Hand in Mine (1960) and How Great Thou Art (1966)..."
Influence of Colonel Parker and others "Larry Geller became Presley's hairdresser in 1964. Unlike Presley's generally down-to-earth buddies, Geller was interested in 'spiritual studies'. From their first conversation, Geller recalls how Presley revealed his secret thoughts and anxieties, how "there's got to be a reason... why I was chosen to be Elvis Presley.'" He then poured out his heart in "an almost painful rush of words and emotions," telling Geller about his mother and the hollowness of his Hollywood life, things he could not share with anyone around him. Thereafter, Presley voraciously read books Geller supplied, on religion and mysticism. Perhaps most tellingly, he revealed to Geller: "I swear to God, no one knows how lonely I get and how empty I really feel." Presley would be preoccupied by such matters for much of his life, taking trunkloads of books with him on tour."
Legacy "It has been claimed that his early music and live performances helped to lay a commercial foundation which allowed other established performers of the 1950s to be recognised. African American acts, like Fats Domino, Chuck Berry and Little Richard, came to national prominence after Presley's acceptance among White American teenagers.ac Little Richard commented: "He was an integrator, Elvis was a blessing. They wouldn't let black music through. He opened the door for black music." It has also been claimed that Presley's sound and persona helped to relax the rigid color line and thereby fed the fires of the civil rights movement."
-Collectibles Elvis Presley USA First-Day Issue Cancellation Stamps
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Our Sales Price: $24.95pad (scripophily.net) "On January 8, 1993, the United States Postal Service issued a first-class stamp honoring Elvis Presley, King of Rock n' Roll, on his birthday. The first-day issue of these very popular stamps was simultaneously held in Memphis, Tennessee, and Elvis's birthplace Tupelo, Mississippi. These stamps are displayed on a 4 1/4" x 9 1/2" standard size envelope which is color coordinated with the stamps. Each envelope features a stamp from Memphis with the entrance gates to Graceland and states "First Day of Issue January 8, 1993 - Memphis, TN 38101" and a stamp from Tupelo featuring a guitar and a musical staff stating "January 8, 1993 Birthplace Station Tupelo, MS 38801."" Elvis Presley Memorabilia - Postage Stamps, from shop.elvis.com.au "The world's first Elvis Presley Postage Stamp was issued by Grenada in 1978 to commemorate the first anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley. Since the mid 1980's many more countries have issued Elvis Presley stamps - some of them producing completely new sets on a regular basis through the years." 29 cent Elvis Presley Stamps, from taggit The Elvis stamp:
America elects a King, from postalmuseum " In 1992, the American public voted on a matter of vital national importance: young Elvis or old Elvis?
Allowing the public to select the artwork for the Elvis Presley stamp was an unprecedented move by the U.S. Postal Service. The choice was between two equally superb but thematically distinct portraits: a watercolor of the youthful Elvis by Mark Stutzman, or a more mature Elvis painted by John Berkey."
How much are 1992 Elvis Presley stamps worth?
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Can be purchased for $1.50 mint and .20 used.
Dealers seldom buy single stamps. Sheets of mint stamps are purchased at 80% of face value and often used for postage, a 20% profit. Given the collect ability of the stamp subject, I would guess that you could sell the stamps in quantity for a little above face value. "
"...Lead singer Jon Foreman and drummer Chad Butler
Origin San Diego, California, USA
Genre(s) Alternative rock, post-grunge
Years active 1996–present
Switchfoot is an American alternative rock band from San Diego, California. The band's members are Jon Foreman (vocals, guitar), Tim Foreman (bass guitar, backing vocals), Chad Butler (drums, percussion), Jerome Fontamillas (guitar, keyboards, backing vocals), and Drew Shirley (guitar).
Known for their energetic live shows , the three guitarists in the line-up often operate simultaneously, building on the pop sensibilities of Foreman's songwriting, and, rounded out by Fontamillas's work on the synthesizer, bringing his industrial roots to the sound, the band works up "the Switchfoot sound" – a melodic crunch of densely layered sound featuring some electronic experimentation, and often driven by hard-charging guitar riffs, while throwing in a few softer, spacey ballads as well.
Switchfoot first gained mainstream recognition after the inclusion of four of their songs in the 2002 movie A Walk to Remember. This recognition led to their major label debut, The Beautiful Letdown, which was released in 2003. It went on to sell over 2.6 million copies and produced the band's best-known singles, "Meant to Live" and "Dare You to Move".
According to Jon Foreman, the name "Switchfoot" is a surfing term. "We all love to surf and have been surfing all our lives so to us, the name made sense. To switch your feet means to take a new stance facing the opposite direction. It's about change and movement, a different way of approaching life and music".
... Switchfoot-Meant To Live,from youtube.com
Switchfoot -"This is Home" - THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA
"Great news! Switchfoot has been chosen to record a song for the official Prince Caspian movie soundtrack!
When my brother and I were kids, my dad used to read us CS Lewis books before we went to sleep. So when we were asked to be involved in a movie based on his book, "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" - we were honored to be considered.
I wanted to capture the longing that is embedded in much of Lewis' writing- so I tried to think back to what these stories meant to me when I was six years old and write from that perspective. The song that came out is called "This is Home." It's been quite a journey: a San Diego song with strings cut at Abbey Road in London complete with a video shot in Hollywood.
We are so excited to not only share this song with you, but you can hear the song streaming on our website, myspace, and facebook. The song will also be featured on the soundtrack, which is being released through Hollywood Records on Tuesday May 13th in stores everywhere.
This is our first venture as an independent band- so thank you for being a part of this! And thanks again for all your continued support.
- jon foreman" Switchfoot - This Is Home,from youtube.com
*see GoodnewsEverybody.com European: United Kingdom-England-British Outreach Switchfoot Unplugged 2008,from youtube.com "Singer and guitarist Jon Foreman of Switchfoot talks about the art of writing songs in this program presented by the Writer's Symposium by the Sea at Point Loma Nazarene University. Series: "Writer's Symposium By The Sea" [3/2008] [Humanities] [Arts and Music] [Show ID: 13983]
" Jerome Fontamillas
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ".. (Born June 20) is a Filipino American musician. Jerome has played in several bands notably with industrial rock  band Mortal and Fold Zandura, with long time musical partner Jyro Xhan. He currently plays with alternative rock band Switchfoot as a guitar and keyboard player.
In 1985 Fontamillas Graduated from Monterey Bay Academy in Watsonville, CA. Fontamillas is a Seventh-day Adventist christian. In 1988 Fontamillas, Jyro Xhan, Ray Tongpo and Wilson Peralta released a six song demo tape called Wish Fifteen on Blue Genius Music as Mortal Wish. Four years later they signed with Intense Records and became simply Mortal. Fontamillas would continue to play with Mortal until 1996 and played in Fold Zandura (also with Jyro) between 1995 and 1999.
*went to their concert at the Fargo Dome, North Dakota around 2000. I remember I was in the 4th row in the beginning of the concert and after being pushed back throughout the first song, I was in the 20th row-wild! This band is profile on other of my sites here: shootings
P.O.D. - Youth Of The Nation (Video shot to Album Version Audio)
".. have steadily unleashed a rollicking barrage of Celtic punk and folk-tinged hardcore from the South Side of Chicago to an international audience with intense and positive party-like energy..."
*missed their concert this evening (Saturday, February 6th of 2010) at Club 1 in Alexandria, MN with some friends
Flatfoot 56 - Brotherhood
*saw them live in concert for the first time back in 2004's Luis Palau Twin Cities Festival at the St. Paul Capitol Grounds-it was awesome!
Related Sites: Wikipedia "Casting Crowns is a Grammy award and Dove Award winning Christian band that employs a soft rock music style. The band was created by youth pastor Mark Hall who also serves as a lead vocalist. The band previously served and performed in a youth group in Atlanta.
Discovered by, among others, contemporary Christian music legend Steven Curtis Chapman, Casting Crowns got a recording contract and vaulted to popularity with 2003 songs such as If We Are the Body and Who Am I. The band is currently one of the best selling artists in Christian music."
"Okay, so this is where we're supposed to give you all the marketing hype, the impressive list of awards and nominations, the radio stats, record sales and media coverage. All the facts to confirm just how far up the music career ladder Casting Crowns has traveled in the two short years since the band's recording debut.
Certainly there is much to tell.
But frankly, that's the least of what you need to know about Casting Crowns. There's nothing less important to them than all the marketing details. Instead, if we could all suspend that tiny (or big, as the case may be) voice of cynicism just for a moment�if we could magically transport ourselves to any given Sunday morning at Eagle's Landing First Baptist Church outside of Atlanta, perhaps we'd see just how little the music business machine matters.
What matters is what's going on in the lives of the 400+ kids that Mark Hall and the other six members of Casting Crowns minister to each and every week. What matters is whether or not that teenage guy really 'gets' that God believes in him, even when he has trouble believing back. What matters is whether that teenage girl knows she's loved and wanted by the God of the universe, when there's no one else to love her. What matters is that they come to see their lives as the only songs of worship that really count." Concert in North Korea on April 19th of 2007
Wikipedia "Despite the band's continual dismissals of the label, Creed is sometimes labeled Christian rock due to the fact that earlier albums focus on questions of faith, Christianity, and eternity. The band was never signed to a Contemporary Christian music label, nor did it perform in Christian Music venues or get any widespread regular play on Christian Radio.
The band's frontman has stated:
We are not a 'Christian band'. We have no agenda to lead others to believe in our specific beliefs. 
� Scott Stapp, vocalist
Creed was sued in 2003 by four concert goers who claimed Scott Stapp "was so intoxicated and/or medicated that he was unable to sing the lyrics of a single Creed song" at a December 29, 2002 concert in Chicago. The lawsuit was later dismissed. Further trouble ensued for the band as Creed was constantly under scrutiny for relaying religious messages both within their music and videos. Most of these accusations were directed at Stapp although Creed as a whole denied the connection between religion and the band. This was one of the main reasons for the departure of Stapp." Scott Stapp, lead singer (official site and myspace site) "During interviews, he does not discuss the meanings of his lyrics, as he often prefers to let his lyrics speak for themselves, but he has opened up to the Christian press that he is Christian and has been since in the band Creed." Stapp: I Am a Christian
by Mark Moring
posted 08/09/04 (Christianity Today) " lot of personal things. I was hurt and beaten down. Five years ago, I had a divorce that I didn't really want. I was so busy with Creed that I don't think I ever really dealt with that emotionally. She [his ex-wife] elected not to be involved in my son's life, leaving me as a single father, and I was really worried about my little boy [Jagger, who turns 6 in October]. And there were other things that came along in the trappings of fame, things that hurt some of my relationships. So when I finally had time to reflect on everything, I was broken down to the point where I had no other way but to look up. I couldn't handle it all. I was asking a lot of questions�of myself, of God�looking for answers.
My dad always said I was hard-headed, that it would take something like that to wake me up spiritually, and I guess it did. My heart had gotten so beat up that I didn't have anything left to give. I was emotionally and spiritually dried up, so I was just searching for God. I reached out to my pastor and my father for some guidance. I was really soul searching and, I guess, on my path to coming home spiritually. And once that process began�and I'm still going through that process, and probably will for the rest of my life�that's when things started changing in my life. I started making some proper decisions, getting things in order. It's kind of like cleaning up your house. I was looking for direction for what God wanted me to do�and that's when I got a call about The Passion."
I'm an artist who's a Christian, because I don't write music to be evangelical. Now, if that happens, it happens. My dad's a dentist, and he's a Christian. Now, does he put in Christian fillings? No, that's just part of his three-dimensional life. Now, there are people that are Christian artists, because they have a purpose to be evangelical for Christ. I don't feel I've been called to that yet. Now, that could change. There's no telling what kind of call God will put on my life."
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia "..(sometimes abbreviated as GN'R or GNR) is an American hard rock band. The band formed in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California in 1985. Led by frontman and co-founder Axl Rose (born William Bruce Rose, Jr.),..
Guns N' Roses - Axl Rose Interview
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia "..(born William Bruce Rose, Jr. on February 6, 1962 in Lafayette, Indiana) is an American musician, and the lead vocalist of hard rock band Guns N' Roses...
 Early years (1962-1982)
Born as William Bruce Rose, Jr. in Lafayette, Indiana, as the only child to Sharon E. Lintner, then 16 years old, and William Bruce Rose, then 20 years old. Rose is predominantly of Scottish and German ancestry. In addition, one of his grandmothers was Polish. When Rose was two years old, his father abandoned his family. In 1965, Rose's mother met Stephen L. Bailey at a singles night at her church, and married him shortly after. She changed her son's name to William Bruce Bailey, using the surname of her new husband. He has two younger half-siblings – sister Amy and brother Stuart. Rose has stated that he and his siblings were often physically abused by Bailey. As a child, Rose believed that Bailey was his biological father. Rose stated in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine in April 1992, that during his childhood, he was made to believe that women and sexuality were evil and that due to the violent treatment of his mother by his stepfather he witnessed as an impressionable child, he had been led to think that domestic violence was normal in families.
The Bailey household was deeply religious, and Rose and his family having attended a Pentecostal church, where he was required to attend services three to eight times per week. He sang in church from the age of five, and also performed at services with his brother and sister in the "Bailey Trio". Rose was so involved with the church that he even taught Sunday School. In addition to singing in church, he also participated in his high school chorus and studied piano.
Rose speaks in the baritone register. He originally sang in the low baritone range in his choir, however his normal singing voice is tenor range. He can sing parts ranging from bass, to baritone, and to a high falsetto/soprano, and has several different recognized "voices" used in his songs. He has stated that he originally started to develop his range to confuse his chorus teacher in school.
He attended Jefferson High School in Lafayette. He dropped out of high school. At age 17, while going through papers in his parents' home, Rose learned of his biological father's existence and his own origins, and readopted his birth name, William Rose (although he was still legally William Bailey). He referred to himself as W. Rose only, however, as he did not wish to share a name with his biological father.
After discovering the truth of his background, Rose began "acting out" in earnest. He was in trouble numerous times with the police, and was arrested over twenty times on charges such as public drunkenness and assault. At age 16, he was kicked out of his house for not cutting his hair. At this age, Rose also met future Guns guitarist Izzy Stradlin in a driver's education class. The two bonded over their love of rock music and eventually started playing in bands together. Stradlin eventually left Rose, and Indiana, to go to Los Angeles and focus on music.
Lafayette authorities threatened to charge Rose as a habitual criminal in his late teenage years. When he was 17, on the advice of his lawyer, he left Indiana and began hitchhiking and taking buses across the country. Although he returned to Indiana to visit family from time to time, he left for good in December 1982 and moved to Los Angeles, accompanied by a girlfriend.
Rose eventually adopted the name W. Axl Rose ("Axl" after a band in which he once played ), and set out to re-unite with Stradlin. Rose legally changed his name to "W. Axl Rose" in 1986, and had the moniker tattooed on his arm., on the eve of Guns N' Roses signing with Geffen Records. According to author Stephen Davis, Rose tried to sign the contract "W. Axl Rose", but was legally unable to do so, since his legal name was still William Bailey. Rose then changed his name legally. Slash (musician)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia "Early life
Saul was born and raised in the city of Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. His African-American mother, Ola Hudson, was born in Tennessee, and worked as a costume designer for David Bowie, among many other actors and musicians. His English father, Anthony Hudson, was an artist who created album covers for musicians such as Neil Young and Joni Mitchell...
In 1983, Slash formed the band Road Crew, a Motörhead tribute band (named for the Motörhead song "We Are The Road Crew") with childhood friend Steven Adler. He placed an advertisement in a newspaper for a bassist, and received a response from Duff McKagan.
When Road Crew disbanded, Slash joined a local band known as Black Sheep. Headed by Willie Bass, the band shared an agent with another new group known as Hollywood Rose. In 1984, both bands opened for Christian metal band Stryper. After the show, Slash and lead singer Axl Rose were introduced to one another by a friend. The two quickly became friends, and several months later, Slash and Steven Adler were invited to join with Axl Rose, Duff McKagan and Izzy Stradlin as the band Guns N' Roses.
Guns N' Roses - Paradise City
Guns N' Roses - November Rain (High Quality)
Strong Tower by Kutless music video - Music Videos
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia "..are a Grammy Award-nominated Christian pop rock band. Since the band's founding in Australia in 1985, Newsboys have released fourteen studio albums and have been one of the most popular Christian music artists of the past two decades...
Furler was born in McLaren Vale, South Australia on September 8, 1966, the third of six children of missionaries Bill and Rosalie Furler. Peter formed the Newsboys,...
In 2006, CCM Magazine listed "Shine" in the top ten in its ranking of the 100 Greatest Songs in Christian music.... Peter Furler
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ". is an Australian musician, songwriter, producer, and record executive but is best known as the former lead singer for the Christian rock band Newsboys... Entertaining Angels - Newsboys , from youtube.com Newsboys - Breakfast (live) , from youtube.com Newsboys - Take Me To Your Leader , from youtube.com
Newsboys drums solo... AWESOME!!!
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia "..is a music group regarded as a pioneer of the Christian rock and contemporary Christian music genres. Formed in 1972, the band took its name from the Greek word for "rock". Though formally disbanding in 2006, incarnations of Petra have played reunion shows in the years since and released an album in November 2010.
With a style initially similar to The Eagles and Lynyrd Skynyrd, Petra's sound evolved into a more energetic, driving rock sound in the early 1980s akin to Foreigner, Styx and Journey. Throughout the 1980s and into the early 1990s, Petra was undoubtedly the world's most popular Christian rock band, with each of its albums during that period selling hundreds of thousands of copies while the band sold out arenas and regularly placed songs at the top of Christian radio charts. With its lyrics, music and style, Petra influenced numerous other artists at a time when Christian rock experienced strong opposition from many conservative pastors and churches...
Petra - I Am On The Rock *original video music* beyond belief 1990
Wikipedia "Thomas Earl "Tom" Petty (born October 20, 1950) is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist. His hit singles have included "Don't Do Me Like That", "Refugee", "Runnin' Down a Dream", "The Waiting", "Don't Come Around Here No More", "I Won't Back Down", "Free Fallin'", "Mary Jane's Last Dance" and "You Don't Know How It Feels", most of which remain heavily played on adult contemporary and classic rock radio. Petty is also a vocal critic of the modern recording industry and the disintegration of independent radio stations, and recorded an album on that theme - The Last DJ."
Free Falling - Tom Petty (HQ Audio)
"Late 80's Classic Tom Petty Great Song Vid " Songfacts.com "She's a good girl, loves her mama
Loves Jesus and America too
She's a good girl, crazy 'bout Elvis
Loves horses and her boyfriend too"
Casting Crowns - Does Anybody Hear Her
Casting Crowns: Slow Fade Video
*see GoodnewsEverybody.com Issues: Adultery, Cheating, Divorce, etc.. East to West by Casting Crowns , from youtube.com
Related Sites: Wikipedia "..s a Grammy Award and Dove Award winning Christian band that employs a soft rock music style. The band was created in 1999 by youth pastor Mark Hall at First Baptist Church in Downtown Daytona Beach, Florida as part of a youth group. He also serves as a lead vocalist. Later they moved to McDonough, Georgia and more members joined creating the band now known as Casting Crowns. Some members of the band currently work as ministers for Eagles Landing First Baptist Church in McDonough, Georgia..
casting crowns- if we are the body
Pocket Full of Rocks
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit "is a United States band, formed in 1995. The band operated independently for 10 years gaining recognition across the United States. In late 2005, Pocket Full of Rocks signed with Warner Bros. gospel music entity, Word/Myrrh Records. With the support of a major label PFOR has experienced increased momentum with the release of their top-selling..
Alive - Pocket Full of Rocks [LYRICS]
" were a pop and rock group from Liverpool, England. They are one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed bands in the history of popular music. The band's principal members were John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr.
In the United Kingdom, The Beatles released more than 40 different singles, albums, and EPs that reached number one. This commercial success was repeated in many other countries; their record company, EMI, estimated that by 1985 they had sold over one billion records worldwide. The Beatles are the best-selling musical act of all time in the United States, according to the Recording Industry Association of America."THE BEATLES ARE BIGGER THAN JESUS
~ John Lennon STATEMENT "Intro:
On March 4, 1966, this quote of John's was printed in an interview by reporter (and friend of John's) Maureen Cleave in the London Evening Standard:
"Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue with that; I'm right and I will be proved right. We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first - rock 'n' roll or Christianity. Jesus was all right but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It's them twisting it that ruins it for me."
He was, as she reported, reading extensively about religion at the time. It was a small part of the article. No one took notice of it in Britain.
And then, five months later, on July 29, a teen magazine in the US of A (land of the free, especially religious freedom), Datebook, reprinted the quote out of context instead of submerged in an article, and used it as a part of a front cover story.
Radio stations in the south banned Beatles music. There were rallies of boys and girls stomping on their records and bonfires of Beatles material. John recieved death threats, and the KKK protestsed a Beatle concert in Alabama (because, apparently, it seemed like the Christian thing to do).
This statement, hardly noticed in the UK, was completely taken out of context and the bible belt of the hypocritical southern states was used to beat Lennon and The Beatles in a very unfair and very non-Christian way. John was not comparing the Beatles to Christ or god or religion. The quote as it appears here, IN CONTEXT, is just John being John and using things he knew about in a way he naturally spoke to a friend/reporter. The Jesus lovers, acting in their best Christ-like behaviour, threatened to kill John.
Who says terrorism is limited to radical Islam? Short Biography of John Lennon, from biographyonline.net
From: Tom W
Sent: Sun 3/09/08 5:37 PM
This was taken from a site I belong to, its to good not to share.
DEATH comes to everyone. The Bible also speaks about untimely death!Galatians 6:7: 'Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows that shall
he also reap.
Here are some men and women who mocked God :
Lennon (Singer): Some years before, during his interview with an American Magazine, he said: 'Christianity will end, it will disappear. I do not have to argue about that. I am certain. Jesus was ok, but his subjects were too simple, today we are more famous than Him' (1966).
During the Presidential campaign, he said if he got 500,000 votes from his party, not even God
would remove him from
Sure he got the votes, but
he got sick a day before
being made President,
then he died.
Cazuza (Bi-sexual Brazilian composer, singer and poet):
During A show in Canecio (Rio de Janeiro while smoking his
cigarette, he puffed out
some smoke into the air
and said:'God, that's for
He died at the age of 32 of LUNG CANCER in a horrible manner.
The man who built the Titanic ?
After the construction of Titanic, a reporter asked
him how safe the Titanic
With an ironic tone he said:
'Not even God can sink it'
The result: I think you all know what happened to the
Marilyn Monroe (Actress)
She was visited by Billy Graham during a presentation of a show.
He said the Spirit of God
had sent him to preach to
After hearing what the Preacher had to say, she said:
'I don't need your Jesus'.
A week later, she was found dead in her apartment
Bon Scott (Singer)
The ex-vocalist of the AC/DC. On one of his 1979 songs he sang:
'Don't stop me; I'm going down all the way, down
the highway to hell'.
On the 19th of February 1980, Bon Scott was found dead, he had been choked by
his own vomit.
In Campinas , Brazil (IN 2005) a group of friends, who were drunk, went to pick up
The mother accompanied her daughter to the car and as her daughter left with her drunk friends the mother said to the daughter:
'My Daughter, Go With
God And May He Protect
Her daughter responded: 'Only If
He (God) Travels In The
Trunk, Cause Inside
Here.....It's Already Full '
Hours later, news came by that they had been Involved in a fatal
accident, everyone had
The car could not be recognized , but surprisingly, the trunk
The police said there was no way the trunk could have remained intact. To
their surprise, inside the trunk was a crate of eggs,
none were broken
Christine Hewitt (Jamaican Journalist and entertainer)
said the Bible (Word of God) was the worst book ever written.
In June 2006 she was
found burnt beyond
recognition in her motor
Many more important people have forgotten that there is no other
name that was given so
much authority as the
name of JESUS
Many have died, but only
Jesus died and rose again,
and he is still alive.
'If you are embarrassed about me,
I will also be
embarrassed about you
before my father
Remember this when you decide whether or not you should forward this??
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia "..an American pop rock group. Assembled in Los Angeles in 1966 by Robert "Bob" Rafelson and Bert Schneider for the American television series The Monkees, which aired from 1966 to 1968, the musical acting quartet was composed of Americans Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork, and Englishman Davy Jones..
"INDIANTOWN, FL (ANS) -- On Wednesday, February 29, 2012, former Monkee and teen sensation Davy Jones passed away from what is believed to have been a heart attack at the age of 66 -- 66, the same year he and his band surfaced to the music charts with their first #1 hit “Last Train To Clarksville”....
And for those who knew him, there was always another side of Davy that many fans never got to see…his love of family and especially his love of God! And I felt it only fitting to share some of this as my way of saying goodbye to a talented man that I’ll deeply miss....
Christian ethics and references had been a constant thread in Jones's life-from his Sunday School plays to his “Pre Fab Four” days. He was well-acquainted with the moralistic tales of Charles Dickens. When Jones was in his storytelling mood he would tell how his youth revolved around the church. His family was poor, and the church became the center for community and recreation. And The Monkees showed direct reverence for Jesus in their music and in their television show. ...
In 1967, they recorded Riu Chiu (the 16th century Spanish hymn) for their Christmas episode. Just like The Beatles, The Byrds, Simon & Garfunkel, and all the other youth-oriented music acts of the time, The Monkees made it OK to have a relevant thought about God and incorporate it into their music. But not just in the music…
In the Monkees episode “The Devil and Peter Tork,” Peter Tork sells his soul to Mr. Zero (aka The Devil) in exchange for the gift of music. As expected, the other three Monkees come to Peter's rescue. The four Monkees and Mr. Zero end up in the Devil's courtroom. Davy, holding The Bible, addresses the judge and jury saying “Can I interest anybody in taking a quick peek at this Book here? It's been on the best-seller list for many years.” The episode ends with Michael Nesmith giving a powerful speech on LOVE. This episode should've won The Monkees another Emmy!
After the Monkee experience ended in 1970, Jones walked his own path of recording and writing. Unbeknownst to many, Jones originally intended to release what could've been a redefining production. It was to be an acoustic guitar-oriented collection of his originals and choice covers by Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Harry Nilsson and Randy Newman (a perennially hip source of songwriters then and now). When Jones recorded James Taylor's “Fire and Rain,” he sang these lines with obvious conviction of the moment: “Won't you look down upon me Jesus, you've got to help me make a stand.”
But at the time, his record company, who apparently wasn't interested in artistic liberty or Jesus, rejected his master. They then cornered Jones (who was under contract) into a formulaic album that prolonged his status as a “poster boy.” One of the more listenable tracks from the album, “Rainy Jane,” (recalling strains of Beatles and Turtles) was a minor hit single in the U.S. However, his appearance on THE BRADY BUNCH television show that same year (in which Davy sang “Girl,” another hit that was never a single) made Jones a “teen idol” all over again!
Jones experimented with new sounds in the 70s-including country (he was a fan of country music), with songs like “Rainbows” and “You Don't Have To Be A Country Boy, To Sing A Country Song” (co-written with Tommy Boyce, who was one of many great songwriters in The Monkees music catalog). He worked in a range of theatrical shows, including the role of Jesus Christ in GODSPELL. ...
On October 31, 1993, Jones performed two full sets at the Four Queens in Las Vegas-released on video (through Hercules Promotions) in 1994 as DAVY JONES LIVE IN LAS VEGAS. While staying in the tinsel town Jones had attended a Catholic Church service. He shared with his audience what he had learned about his faith in regards to being a musical performer.
Jones mentioned that the priest had told his congregation that (before passing on) “you” must go off to a “monastery, or to a retreat or someplace, for three or four days to prepare...to go to wherever you're going to go when you go...(and) the first thing they do when you get there is tell you how much you sinned, whether you have or not. So I thought about it, and I just realized that THIS (pointing to the audience) is my monastery...this is my retreat, THE STAGE! So, I come up (here) and get myself prepared, for tomorrow, the next day, next week, or whatever it might be...and THIS is my retreat!” ...
Around this time David and Anita were going through a divorce. His feelings about the imminent break-up came through in the songs “Couldn't Have Been Love” and “It's Not Too Late”-with lyrics aspiring for a resolution between male and female. Jones later said, “You could take this as a gospel message. There are many ships in life heading the wrong way. They could all be turned around and put right with forgiveness and love.” ...
On December 11th, Jones headlined the 1999 Holiday Spectacular at the Hershey Park Arena (Hershey PA). Also on the bill were The Tokens, Johnny Maestro & The Brooklyn Bridge, and Gary Puckett. Early in the evening, Puckett gave a testimony at the end of his set, telling the audience he has a close, personal friend in Jesus and “...will someday be in Heaven!”
Half way through the show, Jones invited gospel singers Monette Newsuan, Cassie Blair, Deb Wilson, and Linda Wheatley (from a local church in central Pennsylvania) to help him sing “When All Else Fails” (originally recorded in 1994 by Australian pop hero John Farnham). Lyrically the song expresses a transparency which translates into a variety of situations (emotional, romantic, and spiritual)...
He turned the microphone over to Monette, a singer-songwriter that has collaborated with Blair. She led the ladies (along with Davy) into “Satan, We've Come to Tear Your Kingdom Down,” a gospel standard (composer unknown) that has been recorded by numerous artists (including Shirley Caeser). A studio version of the song appeared on Newsuan's follow-up album, with an endorsement liner note by Davy. ...
Unfortunately, one of his unrecorded written songs, “My Heart Belongs to the Lord,” (which I had hoped would surface from the studio one day) is a now a lost gem.
We’ll miss you Davy! And, just as you sang on what may be regarded as your greatest composition, we’ll “Love You Forever!” You’re finally free!
For information on Davy Jones, contact: www.davyjones.net.