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Death and Desire in the Shadows

I’ve always considered Jon Foreman to be a prophet of sorts to the postmodern world. Ever since Switchfoot, his main musical venture, broke into the mainstream with “Meant to Live,” his songs have challenged us to consider the meaning of our existence here on earth, and our often futile chase after fleeting pleasures. Along with these themes, his songwriting has harbored an increasing focus on death, and seeking out true life in light of impending mortality. The lyrics of “Where I Belong” come to mind, from one of Switchfoot’s more recent albums, Vice Verses:

But I’m not sentimental
This skin and bones is a rental
And no one makes it out alive

Until I die I’ll sing these songs
On the shores of Babylon
Still looking for a home
In a world where I belong

These themes of death and desire come to full fruition in Foreman’s latest solo EP Shadows, which is part of a four EP project called The Wonderlands, a set of twenty-four songs moving through Sunlight, Shadows, Darkness, and Dawn.

One Minute Review: Straight Outta Compton

Fr. Thomas is back with Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, and Eazy-E. Let’s do this.

One Minute Review: Straight Outta Compton from Thomas McKenzie on Vimeo.

Creating a Picture Book: Part II – Things I Didn’t Think About

[This is the second post about the creation of Ellen and the Winter Wolves. You can read part I here.]

After finishing the text for Ellen and the Winter Wolves, I thought I would simply crank out twelve to fourteen illustrations and be done. (I thought twelve to fourteen would be the perfect number because that seemed manageable with my schedule.) So I sat down and broke the text up, attempting to make the breaks at natural transition points. I ended up with fourteen pages.

A problem quickly became apparent to me, however. As I sat on the floor reading the pages aloud, I realized if I was reading this to a kid, each page would take way too long to get through. They would be bored. This story is somewhat text-heavy (at the time it was around 3,400 words) and so fourteen illustrations weren’t going to be nearly enough.

Let’s Take It From The Top

Nick Flora debuted his new music video for “Let’s Take it from the Top” on Monday. How many people in the video do you recognize? Good luck getting that “Only…Lonely” ear-worm out of your head.

Come out to North Wind Manor this Saturday at 7:30pm and see Nick live with Jon Troast. It’s going to be a fun night. Tickets available here.

New Release: In the Round, Vol. 1

Almost four years ago, we published our first issue of The Molehill. The intent for the book, an anthology, was that it would give us an opportunity to showcase the works of different people in the community and hopefully introduce readers to writer’s they hadn’t encountered before. The Molehill, Vol. 4 is now in the making, and I think it’s safe to say the series is a success.

So let me introduce In the Round, Vol. 1. Think of it as The Molehill for musicians. We’ve pulled together a compilation album from within the Rabbit Room community in the hopes that it will not only be a fun collection of music, but that it will give you a first taste of a talented bunch of musicians that you might not have heard before.

So what’s on the album? Something for everyone, we hope. There are brand new songs from Randall Goodgame (w/Pierce Pettis), Arthur Alligood, and Ron Block. There are a few old classics from Andy Gullahorn, Eric Peters, and Jill Phillips (and a new classic from Andrew Osenga). There’s a track from Andrew Peterson that you’ve probably heard at the Ryman, but you won’t find on any album—and similarly, a song from Son of Laughter that has yet to appear on any record. Then there’s a great bunch of music from folks you may not be so familiar with, talented songwriters like Buddy Greene, Ellie Holcomb, and Melanie Penn.

We also want to showcase some new blood. Volume 1 includes debut tracks from Service Unicorn and Cardiff State, good friends here in Nashville. All told, In the Round is an album packed with 14 tracks, and it’s on sale now for the reasonable price of just ten bucks. We hope you enjoy the music. And while your listening, we’ll get to work on Volume 2.

[In the Round Vol. 1 is now available in the (new) Rabbit Room Store.]

The Rabbit Room Store 3.0

The webstore has been showing some wear and tear for a while now, but no more. The new Rabbit Room Store is now live, and we think you’re going to like it.

So what’s new?

—Gift Cards
—The ability to gift downloads
—Pay with Paypal (or any credit card)
—Download links both at checkout and emailed to you
—A working Coming Events calendar
—Better (and more accurate) shipping options
—A shareable wishlist
—Easier navigation
—A review and ratings system that’s actually reliable
—The Rabbit Hole (find out for yourself)
—The ability to update your account and change your password and email settings
—General fanciness

NOTE: Unfortunately you’ll need to create a new account for this new version of the store.

Go check it out, and while you’re at it, you might want to pick up In the Round Vol. 1 or JJ Heller’s new CD that just released last week, Sound of a Living Heart. Take a look around, we’re sure you’ll find something you like. (And if you find anything that’s not working correctly, please shoot us an email at [email protected] and let us know so we can get it fixed.)

Rabbit Room Members–read this…

Your current Membership ID will not work in the new store (yet). We’re presently working on a solution that will apply your discount automatically during checkout.

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