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FB Post Tuesday_6.1.2021

Tomorrow is Tuesday, and we have a great lineup of music waiting for your ears to enjoy. Vinyl Revival this week is an album that I was so happy to add to my personal record collection just last week, and I asked Michael if we could share it with you on VR, and he said yes, so we are playing a VERY important album in the annals of Christian music.

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FB Post Friday_5.31.2021

Today we continue mixing some Southern Gospel (the roots of CCM music) mixed with a little bit of CCM.

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FB Post Friday_5.28.2021

What a Great Song of the Week - Amy Grant Once Again “El Shaddai”

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FB Post Tuesday_25.2021

Vinyl Revival This week's Vinyl Revival Album is “Gospel Express” from The Oakridge Boys. This is a 1981 recording on Heartwarming Records and Distributed by The Benson Company. l introduce the album as a prelude to the tracks so be sure and listen. It will be aired at least 2 times a day so you will have many chances to tune in.

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FB Post Thursday_5.20.2021

Be sure not to miss Vinyl Revival’s Rewind With “The Archers” album “Keep Sign’ That Love Song.

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The Archers Rewound: Keep Singin' That Love Song: By Philip Mayabb

Before we begin this week, ask yourself a question...have you EVER known the Archers to produce a bad album, or even a mediocre one, for that matter? Shouldn't take long to answer...the Archers turned out some of CCM's finest recordings from 1972-1991, and even when they took long breaks between releasing new music, they STILL didn't miss a beat. Tim, Steve, and Janice Archer (or Nancye Short, on this album) were able to pack an amazing amount of energy into each one of their albums, and this week, we are featuring one of their very best - 1974's classic "Keep Singin' That Love Song".

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FB Wednesday_5.12.2021

This week's Vinyl Revival album is “Something Beautiful” The Bill Gaither Trio from 1974. This is a 2-album project and I believe that it will be very well received. Each recorded album begins with a short introduction by yours truly. This is why I am not giving you a long dissertation.

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ZZ TOP'S AFTERBURNER FROM 1985

Well, if you just had your biggest hit ever, you'd probably try to replicate it, too. And if you were praised for being visionary because you played all your blues grooves to a slightly sequenced beat, you'd probably be tempted to not just continue in that direction, but to tighten the sequencer and graft on synthesizers, since it'll all signal how futuristic you are.

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FB Post Tuesday_5.10.2021

As someone who grew up in the 80s, I am looking forward to all the great music we will be playing tomorrow, because these are albums and songs that bring back a LOT of memories for me, and I hope they do the same for you.

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Can You Teach Songwriting? By Michael Anderson

I have been having an ongoing discussion with a friend of mine recently, and it mirrors something I have thought about many times over the past few years. It is: Can you teach someone how to write a song?

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Songwriting: Fearless: By Michael Anderson

On the way to the first class of a night extension class I ran into a former student who had really come a long way since she was student originally. I asked her to say a few words to the class before I gave the lesson.I was very interested to hear a former student’s perspective, and I was sure the new students would find what she might have to say perhaps more connecting to how they were feeling and approaching the class. What she said didn’t surprise me.

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The 5 Minute Songwriting Class by Michael Anderson

The first thing is you need a good idea – I have lectured on that over and over here. Creativity is about process – the old “success is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration” routine – but without that 10% inspiration the other 90% of your work is a waste of time.

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Conversational Lyrics by Michael Anderson

Writers by nature are an individual lot – it is their stylistic personality and even idiosyncrasies that give writers their unique voice. To codify and categorize, too attempt to standardize it, or teach a method for it, may by definition be going against the special qualities a teacher may want to encourage.

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