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Trent Yaconelli is putting together a solo project and he needs help.  Please go to this link to get all the info you will need to help a great songwriter get an album made.


On his blog ‘Morphine Life Trent says:

For years, while a member of the band Five A.M, I have been trying to create music that speaks to not only people’s hearts but their souls.  As the band begins to close the door on it’s career a window has opened for me as a songwriter.  Over a year ago I was somewhat depressed as I began to realize Five A.M. was not going to rise to the heights I had wanted.  In the midst of that winter more and more songs began to pour out of me.  Not rock songs but simple – sparse songs that pointed towards the struggle of living a deeper, passionate, and spiritual life.  It was music I have been writing and setting aside for years, but was now ready to come out.  At a retreat in the mountains of Oregon I ran into an incredible violin player, Duane Whitcomb, who opened up these new songs even further.  I played  a few solo concerts and found that this music resonated people.  I received emails and had long talks with strangers who were moved by these new songs.  I was asked repeatedly where my music could be found and purchased but I didn’t have anything.  After many, many restless nights I have decided to do something I have a hard time doing…..ask for help. I don’t have the money to record, so I am asking for people to pre-buy the CD or give more, if you feel so inclined.  Click here for details.

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No… not the sports shop…  Jonathan, my Something Beautiful Podcast co-host!

Sparrow Records has offered up a collection of CDs from Charlie Hall (think Marvelous Light, Passion Conferences, etc.) for Jonathan to giveaway and he’d love you to enter!  Just head over to Jonathan’s Blog and do what it says.

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There is a meme bouncing around Facebook at the moment…

The rules: Don’t take too long to think about it. Fifteen albums you’ve heard that will always stick with you. List the first fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes. Tag fifteen friends, including me, because I’m interested in seeing what albums my friends choose. (If you’re on Facebook: To do this, go to your Notes tab on your profile page, paste rules in a new note, cast your fifteen picks, and tag people in the note– upper right hand side.)??

I’m breaking the rules.  I’m not going to tag anyone but if you feel like answering then fire away in the comments below.  I’d be interested to know.

1. Listen Like Thieves -INXS

2. The Joshua Tree – U2

3. Hats – The Blue Nile

4. Alchemy – Dire Straits

5. Once Upon A Time – Simple Minds

6. Raintown – Deacon Blue

7. 101 – Depeche Mode

8. Blood on the Tracks – Bob Dylan

9. True Blue – Madonna

10. Changes – David Bowie

11. Nebraska – Bruce Springsteen

12. Achtung Baby – U2

13. Play – Moby

14. Collection – Tracy Chapman

15. Van Halen – Van Halen?

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Music-lovers are going to be spoiled for choice at Solas!

We’ve got rock, folk, gospel, jazz, blues, Americana, traditional Scots ballads, Gaelic waulking songs, post-rock,
indie, Russian liturgical music and more to come.

To keep up with the new acts as they’re confirmed, and to see links, videos, photos and reviews, follow us on
our new Solas Festival facebook page


The next ticket deadline is the end of April and represents your last chance to get an early-bird discount.
Please note that the date previously shown on the website was incorrect and discounted tickets will not be available in May.
However, starting in May, we will be selling day tickets for the festival.We need a clearer idea of numbers attending, so if you are hoping to come for the day help us plan (and avoid the queues) by buying your tickets in advance.

For those not brave enough to face the Solas camping field, we have a range of alternative accommodation
available to suit all budgets. Please email office [at] solasfestival [dot] co [dot] uk if you would like us to try and find you a bed or two, with details of your requirements and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
Most of our rooms are available in the very reasonable priced Days Inn at Abington Services and we intend to run
a shuttle bus to and from the festival site. Rooms will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis and payment will be required in advance of the festival.


Join us on Friday 16th April in the Kog Café, Glasgow for a night of music and merriment to whet your appetite for the festival.
Come along to see some old faces, make some new friends and hear some of the fabulous musicians we’ve got lined up for Solas – more info available here

The Victors are Brian McGlynn, David McRoberts, Alex Smith, Paul Baird and Alan Cameron and 2010 marks 30 years since the Glasgow-based gospel-rockers got together. Come and see them – sounding better than ever – at their first public performance since their final gig in 1982.
They’re playing the ABC 2 in Glasgow on Saturday 8th May 2010 and all proceeds from the gig are being donated to Solas Festival.
Joining them for this one-off performance:Tom Morton & Graeme Duffin.
Tom, a well-known and widely travelled singer-songwriter in the late 70s/early 80s, is now one of Scotland’s best-known broadcasters, hosting the afternoon slot on BBC Radio Scotland. Graeme, of course, is the guitarist and producer from Wet Wet Wet.
The Passion Singers.The stunning choir from The Southside Passion – a community passion play staged in Glasgow’s south side a couple of years ago under the leadership of Ricky Ross.

Get tickets here –

We’re still looking for people to help us make Solas a success and are especially keen to hear from potential drivers (or anyone who can lend us a minibus!?) and stewards.
We’re asking for a commitment of up to 6 hours a day. Volunteers will receive training, support and half-priced tickets to the festival.
This is a great chance to be part of Solas right from the beginning and part of the community that will be at the heart of the festival.
Help us to grow something out of the ordinary – email office [at] solasfestival [dot] co [dot] uk today.

Be a shining example – become a SOLAS SAINT today!
click here to visit the Solas Saint webpage

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redemption stories is a collection of stories.

There are words, pictures and verse, but all of them tell a story — a redemption story.

We received input from Adele Sakler, Ben & Joy Thomas, Laura Bridge, Jason Duke, Adam Howie, Christine McIntosh, Trent Yaconelli, Emma Boyd, Angus S. Mathie, Paula Spur, Avril Cutler, Emma Boyd and Rob Griggs-Taylor.

This e-book is definitely worth the read.

And the best part – it’s free.

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headphonesI love when you hear a lyric in a song as though you are hearing it for the first time.

I was walking to a meeting this morning with my iPod on shuffle when an Editors song came on.  For me that’s always a good thing.  The song was Smokers Outside The Hospital from their An End Has A Start album.  It’s a great song which I’ve listened to many times but a line stood out this morning:

I can’t believe you if I can’t hear you.”

Maybe it’s because I’ve been thinking about communication over the past few days but I noticed the line in a way I never have before, maybe it’s because I wasn’t thinking about anything else than the song or maybe it was something else but today I heard it.

It fired all kinds of thoughts about evangelism in all it’s forms and how and when we hear things.  I often wonder not just how we tell the Good News but about who we tell it to and where.

I can’t believe you if I can’t hear you‘ seems to say something about the need for us to tell in a number of ways and in places that people will hear but perhaps it also says something about how and when we listen.

I’ve listened to that song 16 times according to iTunes but I’ve never heard those lyrics until today.  Today, for whatever reason, I was ready to hear.

Didn’t Jesus say something about letting those who have ears hear?  What are you saying and is anyone listening?  And more importantly, do they hear you?

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U2 360

Photo: Jonathan Blundell at

Last night U2 streamed the whole of their 360o concert from the Rose Bowl on YouTube, for free.  The stream is repeating at the moment and will then be available on demand for a couple of weeks.

If you have the time (and you should make the time) have a look at the future of stadium gigs…  It is a truly amazing sight… and the music is pretty good too.

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