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Song Review – John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16

I’m a big Keith Urban fan. It’s well documented in my previous song review of Raise’em Up so I won’t go over it again.

Keith Urban Meet N' Greet

What I will talk about is his new song John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16.

John Cougar John Deere John 3-16 Keith Urban

One of the things I love most about the song is all the memories it invokes:

45 records… I had a collection with my favorite songs in grade school.

Pepsi Cola… My Dad drinks Pepsi.  Always has. Always will. It’s how he starts his day.

Don Mc Lean… My folks had the American Pie album and I used to sing that song a lot. Although at the time I had know idea of most of the references or the musical significance of the song.

John Cougar… I always thought he was cool and really dug the song Jack and Diane.

John Deere… My Grandpa and Uncles won’t let a red tractor on the yard.  It’s all green!  That’s what I grew up believing.

John 3:16… I think this is probably the first Bible verse any of us ever learned.

There’s also one line that really hits me… “I spent a lot of years running from believing, looking for another way to save my soul”.

This was me after my parent’s divorce and I headed off to college. I wouldn’t say I lost my faith but I sure didn’t put it into practice.  I credit my wife for helping me get back on the right path.

To me the whole song John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16 is all about simpler and less complicated times.  It’s about youth, innocence, and freedom.

It’s a fun song with a great groove too!  Even though it’s getting played on country radio stations I could hear it on soft rock or adult contemporary stations too.  Give it a listen and let me know what you think.

Raw is a good place for an artist. It's where the truth comes out. - Keith Urban Click To Tweet
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The Music Was The Message

This weekend was the 2015 Iowa Conference for the United Methodist Church.  Our pastor attended leaving our congregation on our own for today’s service.

Previously, when our Pastor was gone we’d get a fill in.  Not today. Today we had a special service made up of music.  No sermon.  Just plenty of music.

There was a music worship video, an amazing pianist & organist, some favorite hymns, a duet with great harmonies… and my favorite… the bell choir.

Handbells and Sheet Music

I’m always amazed at how great they sound!  I think its cool how just a handful of congregation members can make such great music.  It’s fun to hear the different sounds the bells can make.

Even though we didn’t hear a sermon I still walked away from the service feeling uplifted.  Today the music was the message.

What’s your favorite hymn?

Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Psalm 95.1 Click To Tweet
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Keep An Open Mind About Girl Crush

Recently the radio station I work for started playing Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush”.  I’m glad we are.  The vocals are haunting.  The guitar part interesting, and the harmonies tight… but I wasn’t sure the song would ever make it onto our airwaves.

When the song first started being played on other country stations around the United States some people were raising a ruckus saying the song promoted lesbianism.

I wonder if those people actually took time to listen to the song or simply never made it past the title.  If they listened to the song, actually listened, they’d realize the singer’s point of view isn’t that of someone who is gay… but rather a woman who wants “her” man back.

The minor dust-up surrounding this song is a reminder to me to keep an open mind.  Before I get upset about a situation I need to step back and look at it from all sides.

“Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.” – Isaac Asimov

What do you think of Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush”? Does it offend you?

Full disclosure: I’m a Little Big Town fan.  I love their harmonies… and some of their song covers.  Two of my favorites are below.



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