Just got a cool email yesterday about a new site called Brite Revolution. It's a music website committed to social justice - if you join for $4.99/month, you get two new songs from a great selection of artists, and 10% of the proceeds go to various social justice orgs, most of which serve in the name of Christ.
My two songs this month were by Caedmon's Call and Randall Goodgame. Caedmon's is probably my favorite Christian band. They consistently produce utterly outstanding music AND significant and authentic lyrics. Their song Table for Two probably is the best summary of my life ever written. I'll just leave it there.
My other off-the-charts, can't-say-enough-about-'em bands right now is The Welcome Wagon. These two folks - a married couple, Vito & Monique Aiuto - pastor a church in Brooklyn and are friends with Sufjan Stevens. Their music is winsome and totally fresh. I read an interview of theirs in Paste Magazine and was intrigued. They did not disappoint upon further inspection. Check 'em out. (PS I sorta wish I had a name like "Vito Aiuto," don't you? Or even "Sufjan"?)
Off Topic P.S. If you lost any sleep over the near tragic toaster oven experience reported yesterday, rest assured all is well again in my kitchen. Got a great deal on a new t.o. at Kmart, along with a replacement fire extinguisher. Phew. Still gotta figure out why my smoke alarms, which go off when I snuff a candle or one of us takes an extra steamy shower, did NOT go off when I actually HAD a fire. Hmmm.