Daily Archives: June 26, 2007

Music review Tuesday

It is rare to find a band with the staying power to continue Lost Highwayrecording albums for almost 25 years. But this is the case with the band for this Tuesday’s music review. That band is Bon Jovi, and the their new album release “Lost Highway”. The release date was June 19th, which was just last Tuesday. I know when the name Bon Jovi is mentioned most people think of the “big hair” bands of the 80’s. While it is true that the 1980’s is the decade in history when Bon Jovi rose to a powerful force in the Hardrock genre and no one, I mean no one had bigger hair than Jon Bo Jovi. But in 1992 with the release of “Keep The Faith”, Bon Jovi shook off the cliche riddled lyrics and began to record music with a more mature sound.

Much like the turn in 1992 Bon Jovi is once again re-inventing itself with their new release “Lost Highway“. While most of what I have read so far about this release is that they have created a more Country oriented sound on this release, I think otherwise. Other reviews have assumed that the reason for this change is because of the popularity of their Country mix release of “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” which featured Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland. Although the music does have a certain Nashville sound to it on certain songs such as “Whole Lot Of Leaving”, “We Got It Going On” featuring Big & Rich, “Seat Next To You”, and “Stranger” featuring LeeAnn Rimes, for the most part the album sound has not changed much from the previous release “Have A Nice Day“. If much of a change exists they have definitely made it a very subtle change.

Highlights on the album are “Summertime” (very reminiscent of the Kenny Chesney song with the same title), “Make A Memory” (the first single), the title track “Lost Highway”, the boot scootin’ “We Got It Going On”, the slow, moving, ballad “Seat Next To You”.

In conclusion I’m not going to jump on the “Bon Jovi has gone Country” wagon train yet, even though some of the songs have a Nashville tint to them. I think Bon Jovi has been blurring the lines between genres for the past few albums. Besides, I am not one to label certain artists to a particular genre anyway. I like the sound of this new release. As I mentioned before it is another re-invention for the hard-working band known as Bon Jovi. I give it four and half stars out of five.

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Check out the video from the new song “Make A Memory” below.


Posted by on June 26, 2007 in Bon Jovi, Lost Highway, Music Review


Love, love, love

As the title might indicate this is not a posting about the The good Samaritanpopular Beatles song. It is about the word love as it is used in the scriptures. Last night at OBC we were lead by Mike Holloway (a former elder to OBC) in a study about the word love, especially as it is used in Galatians 5:22. We are doing a 9 part series about the fruit of the Spirit on Sunday evenings throughout the summer.

Mike first established the definition of the word love as it is used in our culture today and as it is used in the New Testament. As you might suspect there are some contrasts. First of all the word love as we use it today is the Greek word eros, which is used to indicate romantic love. This form of the word love is not used in the New Testament.  Another form of the word love is the Greek word philia. The city of Philadelphia derives its name from this form, meaning brotherly love. This form of the word love is rarely used in the New Testament. It is often used in the context of friendship. The last form of the word love used in the New Testament in the Greek word agape’. This form is used over 250 times in the New Testament. It is mostly used in the context of charity or love with grace. I would content this form of the word is impossible to do without the Spirit of God. This form of the word is used in Galatians 5:14.

For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

Without the spirit of God within you this form of love in the verb since is impossible to do. You may love out of what you perceive as unselfish motives but without God it is not a work in the purist sense, as used in 1 Corinthians 13.

4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.


As Mike summed it up by challenging us to do a self-examination of sorts. How are we as believers in Christ doing in this form of love, agape’ love which we are to walk in. Are we loving our neighbors as ourselves? Are we loving the ugly, the repugnant, the undesirable, the unworthy and unattractive? This same love we have experienced from Christ when we were ugly, undesirable, unworthy and enemies of God. He loved us enough to send His son to die on a cross for us. Below is the link to the audio of Mike Holloway’s sermon on the fruit of the spirit which is love.

The Fruit of the Spirit: Love

This is something for us to consider daily. It is a challenge for me to be sure.