They Call Me Melody Cool: Songs of the Universal Spirit
God's Music Is My Life
by Tim Dillinger
2d ago
Subscribe now When I started curating July’s Church of the Good Groove playlist for SoulandJazz.com, the songs I was picking started to tell a story. The thesis of God’s Music Is My Life is essentially about the universality that gospel and contemporary Christian music, when in their highest place, possesses. Yes, in some ways, the music is specific about who it recognizes as The Source, but there are other ways in which is understands a broader way of being and believing or not believing. Part of that broader way of being comes through in testimony—the survival of and journey through life’s c ..read more
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4 Albums Turning 40 That You Should Hear
God's Music Is My Life
by Tim Dillinger
6d ago
Subscribe now I had high hopes of being able to write extensive pieces about a dozen or so albums that are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year—but other obligations and the strictures of time are making that impossible. Nonetheless—they are important albums and I want to acknowledge their importance in the ways that I can. When we talk about the eighties, particularly 1983-1986, we’re talking about one of the most commercially and creatively interesting eras of contemporary Christian and gospel music. The tension between fundamentalism and free expression is most evident in listening ..read more
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Russ Taff: I Want to Change
God's Music Is My Life
by Tim Dillinger
2w ago
Subscribe now Hello again! It’s been a big week! Don’t miss The Second Disc’s feature on the forthcoming First Choice box set which was a collaboration between them, myself, and for SoulMusic Records and Cherry Red Records. I’m also wrapping up a series of reissues for two of my favorite artists ever…but there is more coming on that soon! This week’s newsletter is centered around the incredible Russ Taff. Russ’ music is part of the soundtrack of so many of our lives. I first heard him as a child when he was a vocalist in The Imperials and he led some of their biggest hits of the seventies. His ..read more
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Church of the Good Groove--1st Anniversary Edition
God's Music Is My Life
by Tim Dillinger
1M ago
A year ago, I began compiling a monthly playlist called Church of the Good Groove for SoulandJazz.com. My tastes are—shall we say—eclectic…and the ways that music from different genres and eras can converge has always been an emphasis of mine. I also tend to prefer the road less travelled—so the “usual suspects” are less likely to appear on my playlists. If people are already more than familiar with certain songs and artists…what’s the point!? My aim is to mix it up and surprise people. So, for this June edition, my first anniversary with SoulandJazz.com, I wanted to reach back and grab some s ..read more
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The Two Tons, Loleatta Holloway & Reba Rambo
God's Music Is My Life
by Tim Dillinger
1M ago
Subscribe now Hello friends, At the risk of repeating myself, 2024 is flying by at warp speed. We’ve been in our own swirl of vacillating weather—beautiful, sunny days are suddenly taken over with torrential rain and severe thunderstorms in the blink of an eye—and we’ve also had the cicada plague which has brought out skunks, snakes and all matter of vermin. So, it’s been interesting to say the least! But in the midst of that, music continues to provide the soundtrack. Reba Rambo Last Friday, Reba Rambo’s 1980 release Dreamin’ was digitally re-released by Sony’s Legacy Recordings (Read more a ..read more
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Reba Rambo's 1980 classic 'Dreamin'' Reissued Digitally!
God's Music Is My Life
by Tim Dillinger
1M ago
Subscribe now SONY LEGACY RE-RELEASES REBA RAMBO’S DREAMIN’ FOR 44th ANNIVERSARY In the year that marks its forty-fourth anniversary, Sony Legacy will be releasing Grammy and Dove Award-winning Reba Rambo’s 1980 album Dreamin’ to digital outlets for the first time. Remastered from the original master tapes by Greg Hand, the album will be available for download/streaming on May 31. (TODAY!) By 1980, Reba Rambo was one of the premiere artists in contemporary Christian music. Since her 1976 breakthrough release, Lady, she’d accumulated two Grammy nominations, a Dove Award and three additional ..read more
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Love Is On My Mind: The 20th Anniversary Edition
God's Music Is My Life
by Tim Dillinger
2M ago
I was the kid who dreamed of making an album. From as far back as I can remember—and the stories I hear from before that!—music has always been it for me. My mother says it was Andraé Crouch & The Disciples Live at Carnegie Hall that put me to sleep when I was a baby and it was The Rambos’ harmony that takes me back to my first active memory. I sang my first solo in church standing on a Folder’s Coffee Can when I was three. For the next thirty years, singing was my primary focus. I started taking myself in the studio in my late teens, determined to figure out how to produce myself and b ..read more
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Church of the Good Groove: The April Edition
God's Music Is My Life
by Tim Dillinger
3M ago
The brand new Church of the Good Groove playlist that I curate for SoulAndJazz.com dropped this past Sunday and I thought it was a good opportunity to share some new materials and past articles that many of our newcomers may not have seen yet (Sidebar: It’s hard to believe we are approaching 1,000 subscribers!). You can listen to the playlist HERE! THE PLAYLIST: Arthur Baker & The Backbeat Disciples (featuring Leee John & Tata Vega)—Let There Be Love (New Vocal Mix)—12″ Single—1991 Putting Tata Vega and Leee John on the same track isn’t exactly intuitive, but the producer Arthur Bake ..read more
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The Staple Singers, the Black Music Archive & more
God's Music Is My Life
by Tim Dillinger
3M ago
Share The Staple Singers I’m incredibly excited to share about this upcoming Staple Singers release from Omnivore Recordings, Africa 80. It’s a rare live recording from a less celebrated and less documented era of The Staple Singers’ history. The early seventies were the height of the group’s career at Stax Records. When Stax folded, the migrated to Warner Brothers where the hits decreased. But even without a label deal, the group was able to tour consistently. In partnership with the US government, the Staples embarked on a tour in 1980 that took them through Europe and on what is believed t ..read more
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March Radio Show/Episode 4 [For Paid Subscribers]
God's Music Is My Life
by Tim Dillinger
3M ago
Welcome to the new paid subscribers! Here’s March’s God’s Music Is My Life Radio Show which broadcasts on DAF Gospel Radio! I upload every episode here when it goes out of rotation for paid subscribers who aren’t able to listen live! I hope you enjoy! HOUR ONE He Brought Me Joy—Willie Neal Johnson and the Gospel Keynotes Are You Ready For a Miracle—Patti… Read more ..read more
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