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In the Silence of the Mind: March 7, 2014
Being a Band – Part 2 – What’s In a Name?
“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” The immortal poet William Shakespeare penned these words as a way to point to the deeper meaning that a thing (in this case a rose) was defined by what it was, not what it was called. In the same way, a band is more…
In honor of the sophomore album, “Rest & Let Go”, from The Overseer which comes out on March 4th I will be conducting a written interview with the band. Submit your questions you would like asked here.
The “In The Silence of the Mind” Interviews – Part 2 (Silverline, My Ransomed Soul, Merge, This City Awaits)
Continuing the “In the Silence of the Mind” Interviews, I pick up with Silverline, This City Awaits, Merge, and My Ransomed Soul.
The “In The Silence of the Mind” Interviews – (Eyes of Eli, Righteous Vendetta, Southbound Fearing, more)
In preparation for this year’s “In the Silence of the Mind” articles, I reached out to some key people in the industry to get their thoughts. This “super interview” compiles the answers from Righteous Vendetta, Eyes of Eil, Dorean Lives, Declaration AD, and Southbound Fearing.
In a heated battle between popular streaming services, I am coming to you our most loyal readers to get an opinion on which one you use (if you use one) and what your thoughts on it are. Do you use Spotify, Rdio, Beats, Google Play, iTunes Radio, Pandora, or other new service? Name your service and why YOU like it best. What features do you look for most in selecting a “Streaming” service? What media device do you “stream” these…
OH MY GOSH!! Thank you Blood & Ink Records for sending me quite possibly the best HARDCORE release of the past few years. The album is called “Death is Inevitable” and it’s from an on the rise Florida band by the name of With Increase. You fans of that classic 90′s hardcore sound from bands like Focal Point, early Overcome, Strongarm, along with Snapcase, Poison the Well, and Shai Hullud will fall in love with this band’s music. It has that “classic” sound yet they develop it into so much more than just the mundane, over done sound of yesteryear. If you’re hunting for that new band who embraces the hardcore culture and sound, look no further than Florida’s own With Increase. SFHXC 2014
As most of you are aware, the biggest sporting event of the year is taking place tomorrow in New Jersey. It is the matchup many of you have been waiting for the Seattle Seahawks vs. the Denver Broncos. If you enjoy football, I am sure you’ll be watching tomorrow. For me, I’m just excited about all the great commercials and movie trailers that’ll air during the event. I have to be honest, I am admitting right now that I…
Lee invites Seth Hecox of Becoming the Archetype to share his thoughts on a key element of being a band, branding. Read on to find out more and see what life would have been like if Magnified Plaid hadn’t rebranded.
After we had such awesome discussion regarding the ten most impacting albums, this seemed to be a natural progression. List the three shows that you attended that had the biggest impact on your life. Feel free to share why they had a lasting impact or any fun details from your experiences.
Check out my new Fast FWD Feature with Bill Power of Blenderhead on his life making music and what he’s been up to lately.
We are following up our Strongarm “Fast FWD” feature with Part 2, this time with Chris Carbonell answering some deep questions. Let’s relive the past and travel back to the time of DIY hardcore spirit and celebrate the accomplishments of this great Florida band.
I started a feature late last year that sort of fell to the wayside. I apologize for slacking on my job. Here is the latest edition of “Fast FWD – What They’re Up 2 Now” with Jason B. of Strongarm. Enjoy!
This is a spin off of the Facebook thing floating around that prompts you to list your top 10 favorite albums that have made the biggest impact on your life. List those 10 albums below and let’s start a discussion on what music continues to impact your life. Maybe some of you will find some new bands to check out.
In our final (?) In the Silence of the Mind for 2013, I examine the ultimate Christmas Music Playlist. Be sure to chime in with your favorite songs!
As Christmas approaches “In the Silence of the Mind” examines the single most important aspect of life, theology, the universe, and everything.
In this edition of “In the Silence of the Mind” we take a look at some songs that are completely passionate “Love Songs to God.”
In the Silence of the Mind: November 27, 2013
Positivity, Passion, Power, and Praise (Part 2)
Happy Thanksgiving to all. With just one more day until Turkey Day,…
Since not a ton of news has been reported today and/or submitted, I felt it appropriate to share a little with you. I have run this site since July of 2000 yet I haven’t talked about my Faith in God and what it means to me nearly enough. Faith is something of the utmost importance and something I hold dear to my heart. I grew up in a Christian household and I accepted the Lord as my savior at the…
Part two of our investigation into a positively powerful playlist continues with Project 86, Audio Adrenaline, For Today, Blindside, and more.
There are songs that proclaim your death, and there are songs that speak life. In the Silence of the Mind examines some songs that speak life that you need to listen to when you’re down or when you just need a little pick me up.
In honor of Living Sacrifice’s track “Sudden,” In the Silence of the Mind examines the best songs out there for overcoming the fear of death.
In the Silence of the Mind concludes our Thinking/Over/Thinking series with a powerful challenge.
Welcome to another new installment of our new feature, “Fast FWD: What They’re Up 2 Now”. Today’s edition will focus in on legendary Christian punk pioneer and vocalist/guitarist for The Altar Boys, Clash of Symbols, and currently: The Altar Billies.
In the Silence of the Mind continues our trek though the way we think about ourselves on route to what we think about others.
In the Silence of the Mind: October 25, 2013
Thinking/Over/Thinking – Part 2 – Thinking about Ourselves
Trek back through the Silence: Thinking over Thinking Part 1 l Pastor’s Appreciation Month Part 1 l Part 2 l Purity in the Media Part 1 l Part 2 l Part 3
“I’m trying to free your mind, Neo. But I can only show you the door. You’re the one…
I announced a little while back a new feature that would appear on IVM called “Fast FWD-What They’re Up 2 Now” which would give a little insight on former bands and their members. Well it has become a little bit more involved process and is taking a little longer than expected. I did however manage to get our very first interview done with Josh Kemble of Dogwood. Check out what Josh is up to these days along with a discussion on all things Dogwood.
The In the Silence of the Mind column starts taking us on a journey into… our minds. Don’t miss it.
Part two of our look at pastor’s appreciation month is here. To conclude this series, we look at how to “double honor” your pastor.
In honor of Pastor’s Appreciation Month, this edition of “In the Silence of the Mind” examines how you can destroy your pastor, their ministry, and their sanity. Fun times had by all.
I am proud to introduce a new feature I am working called “Fast FWD: What They’re Up 2 Now”. It’s essentially a Where Are They Now type deal where we dive into the past, present, and future of these legendary song makers. I have already sent off questions to members of Strongarm, Focused, Dogwood, and The Altar Boys. The possibilities are endless for future features and there is a wide variety of artists to choose from. I am thinking of…
In the Silence of the Mind: September 19th, 2013
Purity in the Media: Part 2.
In part one of In The Silence of the Mind: Purity in the Media I recounted a pivotal moment in my life where my preferred media choices and my devotion to Christ came to a head. Let’s continue our journey together by starting with a great quote from an amazing author.
“Christians aren’t really so different from non-Christians, certainly not on the scale you would expect considering the…
How does the media effect our purity? Can what you consume, really consume you? Can what you watch and listen to effect your relationship with God?
William Shakespeare once penned a line for one of his most indelible characters to utter; “What’s in a name?” Shakespeare used the rose, which would smell the same if it were called something other than a rose, as an example of how titles can sometimes mislead. Within the journalistic genre in which I put my pen to the test (when I’m not writing books like this that you should read… I know shameless self promotion!) the problem is often…
Just dropping you all a line to let you know that we are on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and a group page on LastFM. There is also Google+ but does anyone really use that site (I Don’t). Anyway, check us out on those networks and join in the fun.
I have decided to come to your our readers for a little feedback on content here at IndieVisionMusic. If you’ve seen our twitter you may have noticed a tweet from myself about scaling back CCM coverage here. Our focus at IVM has always been on independent Christian artists/musicians/bands/songwriters and that fervor hasn’t changed since day one. However, in the past year or so we have been increasing our coverage of more, how do I say this politely, mainstream Christian music.…
I wrote this piece for my Grandfather’s funeral that took place on Friday. In case you didn’t know, my grandfather went into the hospital about 3 weeks ago because of a collapsed lung from a biopsy procedure the week before. They went in to remove the cancerous tumor a few days later and discovered that the cancer had already spread throughout his body. The family decided to let him come home with hospice care and live out his final days. His health deteriorated quite quick and he passed away on August 15th at his home. We knew he was up there in age (84, one week before his 85th Birthday) and had lived a great life but we just didn’t realize it would happen so fast. I miss him and this piece titled “A Remembrance” is for him. This also explains why my involvement with IVM has been kind of sporadic over the past 3 weeks. Family comes first and I put this site on the back burner. Anyway, here is what I wrote.