Looking for Christian music to stream!

Calling all Christian musicians, managers, A&R representatives, and label executives!

If you are an independent Christian musician looking to get your music out onto the Internet without losing copyright control, GannsDeen.com wants offers you an easy way to promote your music – at virtually no cost to you!

Other larger music websites like MySpace forever for your songs to stream to fans. GannsDeen.com provides a quick audio stream that loads fast and clear, offering potential fans a quick way to listen to your music!

If you are looking to build buzz for your new single, or an album about to drop, GannsDeen.com can post information about you and link directly to your website, helping you build word-of-mouth and giving people searching for info on you a place to go!

Plus, if I think you and your music can serve to edify Filipino youth, I may even arrange for an email interview to promote you more on my other Christian website, the Filipino-Christian youth magazine LIVEtheLIFEMagazine.com! That’s a lot of great online promotion for you – FOR FREE.

What’s in it for me? Nothing much, really. I’m just a fellow Christian musician looking to promote Christian music on the Internet.

(I won’t lie to you; not all songs sent to GannsDeen.com will be streamed. I tend to give priority to songs that, in my opinion, can find airplay on American Christian AC/Inspo charts. If I like your song, I’ll say so. If I’m not so much into it, but the lyrics and/or melody can serve to bless someone online in my opinion, I’ll post it anyway. If I really don’t think it fits the image or mood of GannsDeen.com, I’ll be sure to email you and hope you don’t take it against me.)

In exchange for all I’m to do for you, all I ask is a quick mention (and/or link) on your official website or MySpace page telling people they can listen to your song on my website. That’s all you have to do. One quick link. :)

If you’re interested, email me a short artist’s bio along with an mp3 of your song. I will never upload your mp3s onto any shareware for illegal download. I promise to get back to you within a week of my receipt of your song, regarding whether or not I will stream it on my website.

God bless your ministries!

Tuesday Throwback: Faithful by Go West

This is Tuesday Throwback, a blast-from-the-past type of post entry that I’m going to make every Tuesday (obviously!), streaming you a hit from the best eras of music, the 1980s and 1990s! (Yeah, you 60s and 70s purists may leave now.)

For the very first song spotlighted on Tuesday Throwback, let’s go back to 1993, when a UK duo called Go West logged in an upbeat pop song that exploded across both sides of the Atlantic, peaking at #13 on the UK charts and #14 on the US charts. The track’s name was Faithful, and it was one of my favorite singles from 1993.

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Lyrics to Go West’s Faithful, as well as ways to take a trip down Memory Lane and make a request for Tuesday Throwback, after the jump. Continue reading “Tuesday Throwback: Faithful by Go West”

Thanks, Starmometer

My thanks to the wonderful folks at Starmometer, who recommended GannsDeen.com as one of its seven religious blogs to visit for Holy Week. Truth be told, I visit Starmometer relatively often to keep track of what’s happening in Philippine entertainment. Between that blog and PerezHilton.com, well, I get my daily fix of voyeuristic, none-of-my-business content. LOL

Starmometer writes, “[W]hen you visit his blog, you will learn that it’s not boring to be a Christian and that gospel music is the best genre of music there is.”

Considering I’ve tried to keep the new website relatively clean of preachy content, choosing instead to focus on blogging about Christian music and how God works in my life, I am honored to be part of that list of seven. It’s definitely not boring to be a Christian; best affiliation I’ve ever had, I tell ya. ;) As regards gospel music, well, to each his own. Personally, I love gospel music, but I’ve found God speaks to us using many genres; for instance, I remember having a particular epiphany while listening to to Sonic Youth’s I Am Hell from the Beavis and Butthead Do America soundtrack, and that sure as heck isn’t gospel music. LOL God can use a variety of mediums to speak to us; it’s up to us if we want to listen.

There are many great Filipino-Christian blogs out there, and you can find some of them in the sidebar to your right. For insightful, generally non-preachy content, try locals Tainted Song, RefineMe.org, and Roca Cruz (Kitchie Nadal’s manager); you may also find international blogs Journey Inside My Mind, Bene Diction Blogs On, and What in Tarnation fascinating reads.

Thank you again, Starmometer! :) Mabuhay kayo, at sana manalo ulit si Cheryl Burke!

The Glory

He died, He rose, He will come again.

THE GLORY
Avalon

In the solitary moment of His birth
On this barren dusty land
All of heaven kissed the face of the earth
With a miracle of love
God became a man

But He was sent away to draw His final breath
When He was only thirty-three
And in the shame of dying a criminal’s death
He cleansed an angry world
And in His suffering I see

The glory of the blood
The beauty of the body
That was broken for our forgiveness
The glory of His perfect love
Is the heart of the story
The glory of the blood

Now I have tried to find salvation on my own
In a search for something real
But there’s a guilty heart inside this flesh and bone
I fall upon His grace
nd I begin to feel

The glory of the blood
The beauty of the body
That was broken for our forgiveness
The glory of His perfect love
Is the heart of the story
The glory of the blood

And when I close my eyes I can see Him hanging there
Oh the precious wounded Lamb of God
All the majesty in this world cannot compare to the glory
The beauty of the body
That was broken for our forgiveness

The glory of the blood
The beauty of the body
That was broken for our forgiveness
The glory of His perfect love
Is the heart of the story
The glory of the blood

But He was sent away to draw His final breath when He was only thirty-three

The ties that should bind Christian and non-Christian bloggers

There’s a hailstorm of discussion circulating around the Philippine blogosphere, centering on a few individuals’ disappointment at the Philippine Blog Awards’ invocation. Specifically, Benj, an atheist, was extremely offended at the mention of Jesus Christ as a motivating factor for Philippine bloggers in maintaining their blogs. He was further offended by the response of “a lot of people” (in particular, this fellow) to his post, and has gotten a good round of discussion from Jorge, Tess, and Gail, who defended the organizers and initially encouraged Benj to join the group next year to ensure non-Christians’ rights would be represented better, but later took back the invitation.

(To Benj’s credit, he did say that the organizers were not to blame; to moot the point, he placed the blame somewhere else, when at this point, finger-pointing would not do the issue any additional good.)

Joni, coincidentally, asked me this morning what I thought of the ongoing flurry of activity. Initially, I thought to myself, this is not an issue I necessarily want to weigh in on, preferring instead to just let the issue die. As a self-professed Fil-Christian blogger for the past seven years, I think I should at least say something about how the situation may have been handled better by the Christians in the group, so as not to further stoke the flames of this ‘controversy,’ which may have marred, in one way or the other, the success of the Philippine Blog Awards.

First off, I want to say that Benj and I have not had the smoothest of relationships, thanks in large part to two things: a less-than-stellar-but-more-than-civil exchange of thoughts on PinoyExchange, where we first ran into each other, and a tendency to read too much into each other’s blog posts, hahaha. I have often said things that may have been offensive to him, and he has done likewise. What I think makes our online relationship work – and translated at least into a decent conversation at the BlogParteeh ’07 when we didn’t kill each other – is a common respect for the other person’s beliefs. After all, it is expected and common that, in our individual web spaces, we call the shots. He has the freedom to delete/edit anything I say on his blog, and I on mine; of course, we don’t, out of what I hope is a respect for the person’s freedom of speech, and to my (not-so-perfect) recollection, I’ve never had to delete any of his posts on any of my Christian blogs. Occasionally, he’ll make a post that will push my buttons, intentionally or unintentionally, and I pray for the strength to just let it go. I’ve often apologized to him in public and private, and he has, too.

There is something to be said for an online relationship between a hardcore atheist and a Bible-thumping Christian, that we can have reciprocal links to each other’s websites, and what I hope is a healthy respect for each other’s rights as people.

The Philippine Blog Awards, however, was no longer just a webspace. It was a gathering of people, not all of whom share the same beliefs – religious, political, whatever. What should have united every person in that theater that night was a healthy respect for each other as individual bloggers, all coming together to recognize that we are all equal – as bloggers, and as people.

Despite my being a Christian, I feel very strongly about recognizing and acknowledging Benj’s point that a more universal prayer or moment of silence would have been more appropriate. There was a point in my life when I was on the other side of that fence, when I was just like Benj. There was a time when I denied the presence of God, and did my part in trying to convince others of my beliefs. I can understand why he feels the way he feels. I may not have expressed myself the way he did, but I can see where he’s coming from.

I definitely disagree with how Benj may have phrased his disgust disappointment with that prayer – especially since some have since interpreted his rather angry post in a negative way. That post was written for response and controversy; there’s no way organizers would have not reacted to it because Benj did throw a lot at them.

When a negative response to something is made, it’s human nature for the owners of that something to react in defense. Shari and and a few other attendees who found that prayer a bit disconcerting may have been left out, but Benj spoke out. Whatever results or changes he may have wanted for next year’s PBA, however, were probably diluted because it was so angrily said.

There are diplomatic ways to express displeasure, but in the heat of the moment… well, Christians and non-Christians can all lose tempers and say things they may end up later wishing they had not said.

Of course, the non-Christians aren’t as driven as we are to forgive. Nor are they as smug as we are because we are in the majority.

Frankly, we Christians in the Philippines do not realize how good we’ve got it, that we can pray in public and not be shot. That we can open our Bibles and read it on the subway. We don’t live in the minority, unlike the earlier Christians, or like Christians in other countries like China or Cuba, and as a result, we’ve become complacent, and almost snooty, just because most Filipinos know of Christ, and a few have active relationships with Him.

The problem with many Christians – and I can include myself in that list on several occasions, unfortunately – is that we tend to become almost elitist and high-and-mighty, knowing we have something in our lives that others do not. We forget it is still their freedom to accept the gift we have ourselves been given and accepted. We become so ritualistic that we forget about the non-believer whose impressions of God and Jesus is based on their interactions with us.

How is a non-believer supposed to know our own Jesus Christ – the person we acknowledge is the Son of God – hobnobbed with the huddled masses, the whores, and sinners? He accepted them for who they are, and (I believe) they changed in time because they kept company with Him. He influenced them in a positive way, and one day, that message of love made a difference in the lives of the people.

How can we reach out to these people when we offend them fresh out of the gate? How can we build relationships with them when we leave them out? And how can we expect them to understand Jesus’ message of compassion when we throw stones instead of bread?

My ending point is this: I personally don’t think a message of tolerance is necessarily a message against Christianity. If we automatically shut out people who do not share our views and faith, we would have lost sight of that which Christ specifically told us to do in Matthew 28.

On my new Prince Albert and nipple and navel piercings

Over the course of the weekend, I decided to do my three tattoos and one earring one better and decided to go for the triple threat of piercings. I decided to have my navel and nipple pierced, as well as… um… well, another part of my body that never expected anything sharp to run through it.

Unbeknownst to my wife and churchmates, I went to Cartimar in Pasay City where I set up an appointment with a licensed piercer. I asked him about healing times (two to three months, up to six for the Prince Albert), and about his record of safety. After he assured me that everything was okay, I decided to go for it.

Being the overweight fellow I am, it was easy to deal with the navel piercing because it pretty much felt like flesh through fat. The nipple piercing stung more significantly, and it bled like hell. About 30 minutes later, after the pain subsided, I went through the most difficult, of all, which was the Prince Albert, and I had to convince myself that this was going to improve my virility and all that to make it completely worth it.

When that ring went through, I tell you I think I saw a bright light at the end of a dark tunnel. As I blog about this right now, my head is still spinning, my legs are spread wide open, my shirt is loose to give both navel and nipple enough space to breathe, and suffice it to say that I have never been more thankful to be a boxers guy.

Click Read More to see gory pictures of nipple and navel. Continue reading “On my new Prince Albert and nipple and navel piercings”

Wifely Steps wins Philippine Blog Award! :D

I’m beside myself with joy! Toni, one of my bestest friends in life and blogdom, won the Philippine Blog Award for Home and Living last Saturday, for her blog Wifely Steps! Yahoo! She so deserves that award. Wifely Steps should be on your list of must-visits every day. Every day, you hear me? Every day.
That’s a pretty good run, eh, Toni? She even posted her thank-you speech. In it, she thanks a lot of people, including the mystery person who nominated her blog.

Well, I’m outing myself. I nominated you, Toni! Hee hee hee! Surprise! :D

It’s the Philippine Blog Awards!

belat.gifTomorrow night, more than 200 Filipino bloggers from across the country are expected to converge at the RCBC Theater for the awarding ceremonies of the Philippine Blog Awards.

I won’t be there, not for lack of desire nor nomination, but simply because my son, Nathan, is still without nanny and I cannot in good conscience choose this wanton blogging bacchanalia over my son’s well-being. It’s not like my eight-month-pregnant wife can handle this three-year-old by herself!

But don’t think I don’t want to be there. I’ve been a Filipino-Christian blogger for almost eight years. My life as a Fil-Christian blogger has outlasted several blog templates (their corpses are still littered throughout the web as a testament to my folly); I’ve had hit counts of as little as 50/day to literally thousands/day. It’s nice to be part of the blogosphere. I would’ve left a long time ago if I thought it didn’t make a difference in my life or that I didn’t make a difference in anyone else’s.

At the end of the day, I don’t think I need recognition (although it’d be nice occasionally to get it). That we all contribute to the blogosphere, that we represent the Philippines as blogging ambassadors to the international blogging community, that we still get hits and comments on our blogs, well, that shows you count. I salute the PBA for doing this, but just as importantly, I salute every Filipino blogger who continues to blog, for whatever reason. You rock my socks.

To the nominees, I tell you: you’re all winners in the sense that people – whether they are judges or people who simply nominated you for Blogger’s Choice – think you are important as a blogger. That your life, recording in your blog, for all to read, can affect someone. That your life and your thoughts and the information you disseminate through your blog, that they all matter. That you are relevant, and you make a daily difference in someone’s life.

That, at the end of the day, is what blogging is all about.

Congratulations, everyone. Hopefully, I can join you again next year.

Update: Here’s the list of winners.