May 2

Music and Photography

2012 at 4:43 pm   |   by Janelle Bradshaw Filed under Fun & Encouragement

As many of you know, if we ever have to review music here on girltalk, my husband Mike is our guy. He is a talented musician (yes, I’m biased) and what photography is to me, music is to him. Mike and I love to talk to each other about music and photography. Most of the time we don’t even understand each other. He lets me go on and on about f-stops and shutter speeds and I stare blissfully into his eyes while he tells me about drum beats and vocal range. But you know what? I have come to enjoy music so much more. (I even had a conversation about music with my dentist recently!) And Mike actually likes to go shooting with me.

This post is going somewhere. Sovereign Grace Music just released a new album and so we called on Mike to give us and you the inside scoop. And well, it’s like we invited you to listen in on one of our little conversations. I haven’t got a clue as to what an “ambient guitar bed” sounds like, but after reading his review, I’m gonna go press play on that album again. Gotta be ready for my next trip to the dentist.

Timeless truth calls for songs that stand the test of time. “From Age to Age” is Sovereign Grace Music’s latest 14 song album filled with theologically rich lyrics, as we’ve come to expect from Bob Kauflin and Sovereign Grace Music, coupled with an updated indie-hipster sound, sung with a soulful edge. Ambient guitar beds, creative percussive arrangements, banjos, xylophones and trumpets all come together to create this distinct sound entirely recorded “in house” at the Sovereign Grace Studio. But don’t just take my word for it, listen for yourself and let us know that you think. Consider the newly arranged classic, “O My Soul, Arise” or “How Great You Are” sung by guest vocalist, Brooks Ritter to get a feel for the album before permanently adding it to your iPod playlist.

You can sample the entire album on the cool new Sovereign Grace website, and sample/download the album from iTunes ($9.99), Amazon ($7.99), or Bandcamp ($9.00). As always, you can buy a physical copy of “From Age to Age” from the Sovereign Grace Store. And yes, free charts, lead sheets, and piano scores are coming soon so you can play these songs yourself at home or congregationally at your church.

May 1

Mother’s Day and Toilet Paper

2012 at 4:11 pm   |   by Nicole Whitacre Filed under Homemaking

First of all, a reminder: You have a little over 24 hours to take advantage of the 52home sale. At midnight on Wednesday the “MOM” coupon code will expire and you will no longer be able to get 25 percent off an order for your mom. So hurry on over there!

And we couldn’t resist—we just had to choose one more person to be runner-up in our “Pick One Spot” contest! So congratulations Rachel! You win a $50 gift certificate to any home store of your choice. Here’s what Rachel had to say about her once messy spot:

I chose our “storage room.” It’s intended to be “usable storage” but things were so bad in there that I didn’t even know what we had and certainly couldn’t get to anything I might need. For example, every time I would buy a package of toilet paper (24 rolls no less), I’d toss it on top of the stack nearest the door so that we could get to it. But when I would go to get some, it would be no where to be found, and I was left wondering how we went through it so fast! It turns out that the stack I would set the pack on was unsteady enough that invariably the package would fall off to the other side so that I couldn’t see it. I was surprised at how many packages I found when I started to clean things out!

Even though our contest is over, consider tackling that spot in your house this week—you never know what you might find!