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Weekly Verse – Music

There’s a first time for everything… and this weekend was my first time attending a marching band competition.  It was the first time for my oldest playing in one.

My youngest daughter and I arrived about an hour before our band’s performance time.  Not knowing what to expect, I wanted to get there a little early.  It’s a good thing too because we ended up having to park about a half mile away.

We paid our admission and got a program.  I was hoping it might have some information about the ins and outs of marching band competitions. It did have a good description of the scoring system and the things the bands would be judged on.

marching-band-wrist-bands-and-programThe stands were pretty full but we found a spot close to the middle and towards the top.  My thought was we’d be able to see their formations better from higher up.

A few marching bands went before ours.  They were pretty good.  It was interesting seeing the differences in size and sound.  Some had thirty-some members while others had over 70.  The program showed there would be bands competing with close to 200 members.

One thing that caught me off guard was a guy wearing shorts and a bright red t-shirt walking on the field among the band.  My first thought was, “Get that guy off the field.  What’s he doing out there? Someone tackle him!”

I saw him talking into a recorder.  That’s when I realized he was one of the judges.  He was good about walking in and around the band without getting hit.  I did wonder if a tuba ever took out an on-field marching band judge.  Note to self… check YouTube to see if such a video exists.

The other thing I thought was interesting was the countdown clock on the scoreboard.  A friend sitting next to me explained that each band has 15 minutes to take the field, warm up, play, and then exit the field.

Some bands left with plenty of time on the clock.  One cut it pretty close.

Our band took the field and was outstanding!  All their practicing over the Summer and early mornings really paid off.


I enjoyed this first time marching band competition experience and look forward to the next ones that are on our calendar this Fall.

Fresh off enjoying some great music, I thought I’d share a few Bible verses this week with a musical theme.  I settled on Psalm 150:1-6 (MSG).

Praise God in his holy house of worship,
    praise him under the open skies;
Praise him for his acts of power,
    praise him for his magnificent greatness;
Praise with a blast on the trumpet,
    praise by strumming soft strings;
Praise him with castanets and dance,
    praise him with banjo and flute;
Praise him with cymbals and a big bass drum,
    praise him with fiddles and mandolin.
Let every living, breathing creature praise God!


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Song Review: Forever Country

What do you get when you mash together three iconic country music songs and have it sung by 30 of the biggest country stars from yesterday and today?  You get “Forever Country”.

The “Forever Country” collaboration was put together to celebrate the 50th Annual Country Music Association Awards and to promote the show November 2nd on ABC.

This song works on so many levels.  First, it mashes together three very recognizable country songs: John Denver’s “Country Roads, Take Me Home,” Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” and Willie Nelson’s “On The Road Again”.

The mashup works so well that it could be used in Pitch Perfect 3.

Once you get past the melding of the songs you have one incredible list of vocal contributors: Alabama, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Brett Eldredge, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Tim McGraw, Ronnie Milsap, Kacey Musgraves, Willie Nelson, Brad Paisley, Dolly Parton, Charley Pride, Rascal Flatts, Reba, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Randy Travis, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and Trisha Yearwood.

Courtesy: Country Music Association

These artist’s voices blend together perfectly… but when each is given a solo line to sing their individual sound stands out.  Hats off to producer Shane McAnally for that.

Then there’s the video.  Watching it for the first time I was amazed.  I think you will be too.  Even if you’re not a country music fan I think you can appreciate it.

What do you love most about the Forever Country song & video?


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Tony’s Top 10 Albums

Music.  It’s very personal.  Certain songs and albums provide the soundtrack for our lives.  Not sure why, but today I started thinking about my favorite albums.

I decided to try and come up with a list of my Top 10 Albums of All Time.

It’s hard to narrow down…. but I approached the task like this… if I could only listen to 10 albums for the rest of my life what albums would they be.

Turns out the list is pretty eclectic.  Here they are in no particular order:

  • Eric Church – Mr. Misunderstood – Great album from start to finish.  You can read my review here.
  • Chris Stapleton – Traveller – This is a return to real country music. Relatable lyrics, steel guitar, raw emotion… this album has it all.
  • Billy Joel – Greatest Hits Volume 1 & 2 – If you don’t like Billy Joel I don’t know if we can be friends.
  • Guns & Roses – Appetite For Destruction – Great music that brings back memories!
  • Toby Mac – Alive & Transported – Toby Mac ranks right near the top of my favorite artists of all time.  Choosing one album was difficult but this one has all my favorite songs and captures the energy of his live shows.
  • Skillet – Comatose Comes Alive (Deluxe) Can you tell I love live albums? This one rocks… and the music has a positive message!
  • Barenaked Ladies – All Their Greatest Hits (1991-2001) I have most of the Barenaked Ladies albums… but if I could only have one this would be it.
  • Nora Jones – Come Away With Me – Her voice is smooth as butter.   This album is perfection.
  • Annie – (Original Broadway Cast Recording) – I have a personal connection to this album.  Don’t think I’ve shared it yet.  Perhaps it’ll show up in a Memory Monday post in the future.
  • Casting Crowns – Casting Crowns – This album introduced me to contemporary christian music.  For that I will be forever grateful.
  • Carbon Leaf – Indian Summer – I honestly don’t remember how I came across this album but I’ve listened to it so much I can sing it from beginning to end without missing a note.
  • Jason LeVasseur – The Opening Guy – Live at Eddie’s Attic – I was given this album to put a radio commercial together for a local show. I wasn’t expecting much but loved the sound and music.  So much so that I ended up going to the show. It was awesome!

If you’re counting you probably realized that my list contained 12 albums.  I just couldn’t narrow it down to 10!

What are your: Top 10 Albums Of All Time?

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