right quick… the TRu has my reactions to the GMA Music Award Results posted… pretty fast huh?… well i need to do something, since my traffic has all but vanished this month… seriously… i know that people are peeping… but the month is half over and i’ve only had about 15% of my normal month’s traffic… what’s up with that?… speaking of drastic… here’s something new for you to enjoy… my latest playlist… other than that… i do have a lot to talk about but i need to get getting… enjoy…

For reference…. the following commentary is based on my last “palate cleansing icon” iMix… i make these once in a while to listen to in between Tuesdays to clear my head and gather my thoughts on reviewing downtimes… i’ll try to do it more regularly… in fact, i’m considering it as a new regular feature at the TRu… (though i expect that future editions will only consist of around 13 tracks)… so take a breeze through this one and let me know if it’s worth it… anyway, since, average joe’s can’t have the fancy playlist on iTunes… we’ll have to settle for a simple iMix and commentary here… off we go…

“21st Century Darlings” (track 1): ah… kevin max is back in full force… nice euro-pop sound, killer chops… love the guitars on this one…

“A Minute to Ourselves” (track 2): for some reason, i’ve been on a big “early Elms” kick.. something about this debut release that’s just like woah… you know? fresh pop leanings and beautiful melodies…

“Binary” (not in iTunes): it’s a shame that this album isn’t in iTunes… on the other hand, it is an album that relies a lot on the big picture… so in a way it makes sense… with a nod to the Beattitudes, Binary brings to light a new way to live your life in the midst of the world around us…

“Borrow Mine” (track 3): beautiful.. .simply beautiful lyrics on this track… Bebo nails this song… encouraging, touching, and ever so pleasant to listen to…

“Burn For You” (track 4): Toby pulls out his best Sting impersonation on this track that is very reminiscent of “The Police” days… it’s a really hot track actually… love the driving beat… makes me want to speed in my car… ok, i speed anyway, but this song is one of my many excuses…

“End of October” (track 5): I’m a pretty big fan of the music that the David Crowder Band pumps out and this little instrumental is a great piece for reflection and relaxing…

“Enterchange” (track 6): “are you tired of being lied to that’s all we’re asking…” man, Mars Ill just keeps putting out great music to listen to… unfortunately, you have to search for Mars III instead of Ill because someone didn’t do their homework… anyway… enterchange is a strong tune to bang, and that’s what it is i do…

“Follow Through” (track 7): Gavin DeGraw… seriously, what is it about Gavin that attracts such a diverse audience, i mean he’s got the girls and the guys, artsy folks and the pop audiences… i’ll tell you what i like… the soul that oozes through his vocals… that makes the album click for me… follow through is a slick track too…

“For Regulars Only” (track 8): Dexter Gordon is one of my favorite sax players… though this track is a lot heavier on trumpet than sax, the solos are spectacular…

“Forgiven” (track 9): i really like this album more and more everytime i listen to it… the vocals on this track are near haunting… very reminiscent of Dizzy by the Ours…

“Freddie Freeloader” (track 10): as i was looking through this playlist i was starting to wonder if maybe it was too heavy on jazz… but hey, it’s Miles… and on iTunes… wow, 99 cents for just under ten minutes… you can’t beat that…

“He Woke Me Up Again” (not in iTunes): it’s too bad that this album isn’t in iTunes, but it’s still very much worth mentioning… i love the rhtythmic imbalance throughout this track… it creates such a tension… ok… i’m getting too much into it… CHECK OUT SUFJAN STEVENS…

“I Know Too Much About Him” (track 11): one of the songs i had to misspell in order to find it in iTunes… anyway… it’s Smokie Norful… and i’m suddenly a big Smokie Norful fan…the guy has a great voice… and it’s a beautiful song

“Insult Like the Truth” (track 12): i really enjoyed this tribute to Charlie Peacock and though at first i was put off a little by his vocals, they’ve grown on me quite a bit… this has such a crazy rhythm and odd instrumentation to it… you just gotta love it…

“Into What You Say” (track 13): this beat so gets stuck in my head at least three times a week whether i listen to the song or not… i was actually listening to this album earlier today too… whether i agree with Mason or not… he does have talent…

“It Won’t Last” (track 14): Braille Brizzy with one of the better hip hop entries from last year… this track is amazing just in that you have Othello, Braille and Pigeon John all blasting through… just an amazing bit of work on this one…

“Jungle Trail” (track 15): i saw Stephen in concert as a total surprise last year… he opened for Jars of Clay and the people that gave me the ticket didn’t have a clue as to who he was… but they do now… and this is a touching example of his acoustic prowess… not too many people can hold the rhythm as well as he can… and i love the tease (uninentional or not) of the theme song to The Greatest American Hero…

“Lady Luck (Do What I Do)” (track 16): This is one of the dopest beats i’ve heard in a long time… i somewhat skimmed over it when i was reviewing this album last year… then i got the Livin It DVD with skateboarding and BMX tricks… and i was just blown away by this beat… it helped of course that the guy performing during it was amazing too… but for real… don’t sleep on this beat…

“Let It All Out” (track 17): well this track is even beter when preceeded by the outro to Which to Bury…?, but it’s easily on my short list of great songs from last year… Relient K blew me away with this album and this song is a beautiful centerpiece for it…

“Lord (I Don’t Know)” (track 18): i’ve always thought Thrive was an underrated album… this song is a brilliant little worship number, before the ‘boys went off into the land of worship albums… i guess it speaks to me more since i struggle with control a lot… but man… what a powerful lyric…

“Love” (track 19): Cool sassy little beat with a tremendous funk backbone… macho and elsie hold it down nicely on this track from their concept album…

“Lyin” (not in iTunes): first entry from this year… Gentle Revolution is a very solid album and i love how he just lays everything out here for us as listeners… great pop tune with honest lyrics… clap… clap… clap clap…

“Medication” (not in iTunes): talk about weird… Derek Webb has an acoustic set available exclusively through iTunes… but his albums aren’t available… anyway… again with some heart piercing lyrics and a nice bit of musical experimentation… very meloncholy and inrospective…

“Microphone Fiend” (track 20): ha… what can i say… classic Rakim… it doesn’t get much better… my version is actually from the greatest hits issued with The 18th Letter… good stuff though in e-f-f-e-c-t…

“Only Alive” (track 21): i think Jars of Clay deserves far more attention than they get… this album is one of the better albums out there… this is a nice smooth quiet tune that is very fun to listen and sing along to…

“Originalz” (track 22): pigeon john and mikah 9… whew… pure heat… keep up if you can… this is such a hot track… solid solid track…

“Plan B” (track 23): i’m gonna see mute math in concert soon… anyway… this is a cool tune tha displays some of the coolness that makes the group so special… can’t wait for a full length album…

“Quit My Job” (track 24): heh… i played this song for my boss once… he didn’t get it… i think it’s a really cool track… Monkey Business is another fine effort from ill Harmonics…

“Sleepless Night” (not in iTunes): i never got into Fernando before… he was always too boring for my tases… now that i’ve listened and been adoring his self titled effort i’m wondering if i was his fault or mine… i also had a sleepless night the other night…

“Table for Two” (track 25): One of my favorite releases from Caedmon’s Call… actually, my favorite song from that era was on a bonus ep and was called “The Rich Song” but i can’t listen to that much… it’s a tear-jerker… anyway… great litle tune here and as (nearly) always… solid lyrics…

“Take Five” (track 26): easy… a classic staple of piano-based jazz… Brubeck was brilliant…

“Take This Life” (track 27): HA! i bet you thought this would be Jeremy Camp… for shame… this is one of the better songs on a really cool album… i actually got the live CD recently too and it’s pretty good too… but this song is a great prayer… and the piano touches are very nice…

“The Symphony of Blase” (track 28): so this one was out of order because of “the”… whatever… i just really like the vocals of this track and the lyrics are pretty neat… “are there no shadows where you are?”… how can you not want to keep listening…

“To Be Honest” (track 29): all this recent talk about Shaun made me start thinking about listening to his albums again… many people faulted him for this release because it’s too, i don’t know, dirty i guess production wise… but i think that it’s a really sweet piece of music… very endearing track in particular…

“Want For Nada” (not in iTunes): well, i didn’t really expect the Brainwash Projects to be on here… but it’s still a nice song and definitely worth mentioning… oh, hey, three songs with pigeon john on them… how about that… i guess i’m a fan…

“Ways of the Wind” (not in iTunes): this song is an anomaly as the album is in iTunes but this song is one of four that has been trimmed from the listing… beats me, but it’s one of the quirkiest hip hop songs i’ve ever encountered… very cool track…

“What You Want” (track 30): had to put some 4h Ave up on here… and this beat is just plain dope… props to Maj for his cuts… very well done…

“Words That You Say” (track 31): again, an issue with “the”… but Somehing Like Silas raised the bar on modern worship with their release… proving that yes, it’s okay to be creative when you’re worshiping God… this song stuck out because i am often drawn to songs asking God to speak to us…

“World Keeps on Spinning” (track 32): it seems i’m one of the only folks that really bought into Taylor Sorensen’s music… i really enjoy it a lot… i think it’s very soothing and dramatic in tone and content… the world keeps spinning no matter how devestating the events of the day…

“You Didn’t Know Me When” (track 33): harry connick jr… one of my first entry points into vocal jazz… you didn’t know me when i was a little kid with very little musical knowledge… ah well… good times…

so that’s done… it will be over at the TRu soon enough… for now though, consider yourself part of an inner circle of friends who are getting a sneak peak… and, by the way, they will definitely never be this long again… took way too long…

listening…

Pigeon John – Sings the Blues (just purchased off of iTunes)…

seeing…

peace… love… bdg…