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Eliminate the Expletives with @musicbleeperapp – plus $50 iTunes giveaway (11/5)

This post made possible by the musicBleeper app. All opinions are my own.

Cuss.  We’ve all heard it.  Some of you may even do it.  I personally don’t cuss.  Haven’t in a long time.  That said, I often hear expletives fly around me.  Whether at the gym, watching television, watching a movie, or listening to music, it seems that the prevalence of cuss is pretty high.  When I can, I remove myself.  At the gym, I walk away.  When it’s on the television, I switch the channel.  When it’s on a movie, I fast forward.  Since I’ve never been able to find a viable solution for eliminating the expletives in music, I am very selective on which artists I will listen to. I’m a firm believer in the old adage, “Garbage in, garbage out.”   I just recently learned about the free musicBleeper app, which is  available for download in the App store, and think it could be a viable alternative.  It’s like ClearPlay for your ipod.  I like fast paced upbeat music when I work out.  Most of the music that has the tempo I like for working out has a lot of cuss in it.  Now I can eliminate the expletives with musicBleeper and keep the song.  Score.

musicBleeper App

musicBleeper is a censorship app that allows you to personally control the words you feel are inappropriate in your music.  Now you can relax and listen to music with your children without being embarrassed or worried about profanity or inappropriate language.  It can be custom tailored to your own personal taste. Simply choose from among 91 words in PG-13, R and Religious categories to customize the words they want to skip or silence based on your children’s ages, religious affiliations, personal morals or family values.

How musicBleeper Works:

  • Once the app is downloaded to an iOS device and parameters are set, the app immediately starts scanning and scrubbing the songs that live on the device.
  • If a song title is shown in bold, it has already been scanned and scrubbed for offensive words. If the song title shows in grey scale, it means the song has not yet been scanned and scrubbed, but will be available soon.The words and phrases noted are removed from all songs on the device – users can select either “skip” or “silence.”
  • The ability to manage the app is password protected, so parents can identify the words they want eliminated, without children having access to change them.
  • The app can be turned on and off, so parents can turn the app off when children are not around. This feature is password protected as well.

There’s a short demo video on  www.musicbleeper.com which you can check out to see how it works.

I primarily use an android phone, so I’d love to see musicBleeper on the Android operating system, too (I hear it’s coming by end of this year or beginning of next year!).  I’d also expand the actual unsafe words list.  At present, it’s primarily profanity and sexually related words, which is awesome, but  I’d add words that relate to suicide, guns, gangs, and such, which are more popular in some music.  It’d be awesome if users could submit their own unsafe words list to the app to have them added.  I definitely see the usefulness of this app and think it would benefit many parents.

Now musicBleeper would like to give one lucky reader a $50 iTunes gift card, so you can expand your music library and give musicBleeper a whirl! Download musicBleeper in the App store to give it a try.

iTunes Gift Card Giveaway

Get social with musicBleeper by liking them on  Facebook, and following them on Twitter or Google+ and enter below!  Good luck!

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Kyle Sherman Hear Me CD Giveaway (11/25)

I mentioned yesterday how much I am enjoying my new CD Hear Me by Kyle Sherman. The albums title song, Hear Me, keeps rolling through my head.  Let me tell you, if you have to have a song stuck in your head, this one is a great one to get stuck on!

Kyle Sherman Hear Me

Kyle Sherman has the honor of being the flagship artist for the brand new label RayLynn Records, and I have the honor of partnering RayLynn Records to offer one lucky TBC reader a Hear Me CD of their own.  Check out The Greatest Tear video on the RayLynn Records YouTube Channel.

 

Get a jumpstart on the giveaway by liking the Kyle Sherman Hear Me CD review, liking Kyle Sherman on Facebook, following Kyle Sherman on Twitter, and following Kyle Sherman on YouTube.

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***Product sample received to facilitate review.  All opinions are my own.***

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Seeds of Faith CD Review

I was chatting with the junior high age daughter of a friend recently about memorizing Scripture.  I mentioned that I attempt to have Mister and Sister memorize one verse a week, and she excitedly said, “We (my brother and I) love the Seeds CDs for memorizing verses.  It makes it so easy and fun.”

I had NO idea what she was talking about, but didn’t want to look like a dumb adult, so I kept my mouth shut.  Later, I asked her mom what the Seeds CDs were, and she pointed me to the Seeds Family Worship site.

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When I visited the site, I couldn’t believe the veritable treasure trove of help that was before my eyes.  One of my children memorizes Scripture quite easily.  The other?  Not so much.  That child, however, loves to sing and can memorize a song in nothing flat.  I could use these CD’s to help BOTH children.  SCORE.

After looking at the tracks, I was initially most interested in the Seeds of Faith CD and the Seeds of Courage CD.

seeds of faith cdseeds of courage cd

After listening to the Seeds of Faith CD, I want to add the whole Seeds of Worship library to my music library.  These CD’s are great for the kids, but they are great for ME, too!  The cool thing about the Seeds Family Worship CDs?  I mean, aside from the fact that they make it easy and fun for the whole family to hide God’s Word in their hearts?  Each package contains two identical CDs – one to keep and one to give to a friend.  Now THAT is planting seeds!

The Seeds Family Worship CD’s are available at in the Seeds Music Store, on Amazon, and at Christian retailers nationwide.

***Courtesy sample received to facilitate review.  All opinions are my own.***

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Hear Me by Kyle Sherman

One of my favorite quotes is that “Music is the prayer the heart sings!” I am clueless as to it’s origin, but I often use music as a portal to worship.  There is just something about singing to, and about, the Lord that softens the heart and allows one to hear from Him.  Such a powerful thing.

music is the prayer the heart sings

I recently had the opportunity to review a new CD, Hear Me by Kyle Sherman. Hubs and I often watch Lifechurch.TV, and Kyle Sherman was a full-time worship leader at their campus in Fort Worth, TX.  I knew that I liked his worship style, so I agreed to review the CD.

Hear Me Kyle Sherman

 

I was NOT disappointed.  The albums title song, Hear Me, is astonishingly poignant.  It certainly is a prayer the heart sings!

Hear me…
Hear me when I cry…
When I’m tangled up inside, hurting and empty.
Hear me…
When I get so mad at you, don’t understand the things you do, drives me crazy.
Hear me…
Hear me…
Lord, I need you near me,
Oh, hear me.
Hear me…
Hear me, Lord, I need your help.
I can’t do this by myself, Life gets too heavy.
Hear me, keep my children n your grace.
Guide them safely on their way. Show them your mercy…

It is one of those songs that you could listen to a thousand times and it speak to your heart differently each time.

The album is an eclectic mix of soulful worship.  It is contemplative, fun, and the music is technically spot on. The song Build It On the Rock has me dancing in my seat and doing some “Uh huh, oh yeah’s” every time.  LOL.

This is one CD that is sure to be a fast favorite.  The Kyle Sherman Hear Me CD is available on Amazon, on iTunes, and wherever Christian music is sold.

Learn more about Kyle Sherman on Facebook, Kyle Sherman on Twitter, and Kyle Sherman on YouTube.

***I received a courtesy sample to facilitate this review.  All opinions are my own.***

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Cultivation Generation- My Foundation

In the 70s and 80s, when most mainstream denominations limited their worship to more traditional hymns, Vineyard Worship (formerly Vineyard Music) was using the unique nature of contemporary worship music.  Over the years, their music has gained a large following, and is now used by many churches.
Their newest album, Cultivation Generation- My Foundation, is a continuation of that tradition.
Track Listing:
Cultivation Generation My Foundation
My Soul Longs – The Neverclaim
Love Has Come, Love Has Won – Jesse Meyer
God Don’t Never Change – David Linhart
My Foundation – Anabeth Morgan
Let It Shine – Stephen Lampert
The Bridegroom – The Neverclaim
Your Kingdom’s Here – Jesse Meyer
Worthy – Anabeth Morgan
Life To Us – David Linhart
Enthroned On High – The Neverclaim
Walls Come Down – Stephen Lampert
They That Wait – The Neverclaim
Song Of Hope (Digital Bonus) – The Neverclaim
I will start by saying that I haven’t listened to any Vineyard Music in several years.  I have been listening to other albums, in more of the contemporary Christian category rather than the worship category.  So my music has been focused on mainstream artists such as Casting Crowns, Newsboys, Mercy Me, Jeremy Camp, etc.  I do have the Dwell Album from Vineyard (2003) and while it was great,  I haven’t listened to anything from Vineyard since then.
The Cultivation Generation- My Foundation album starts with “My Soul Longs” which I think was a great way to start an album with the mix of music that it has.  Whether it is a slower worship song, like,  “Let It Shine,” or the electric-guitar driven “The Bridegroom,” or the upbeat songs “Walls Come Down” and “Your Kingdom’s Here,” this album has a song that can mean something for everyone.  Every song in this album is powerful.  From a worshiper’s perspective, every song, in my opinion, is meaningful and authentic.  Each song can lead different people, regardless of the types of music they like, into worship just by listening to them.  The authors of this collection are Vineyard’s best musicians and leaders, which results in an album with tracks that are recorded flawlessly.  The live setting of the album does lend to a livelier sound and encourages the listener to join in worshiping.  It was also neat to hear a Vineyard rendition of “Song of Hope.”
All in all, if you are looking for some fresh, up-to-date worship, you should get this album.
Album available wherever Christian music is sold and on iTunes.
Learn more by checking out the Vineyard Worship Website, liking Vineyard Worship on Facebook, following Vineyard Worship on Twitter, or checking out Vineyard Worship on Youtube.

***My wife received a complimentary digital download to facilitate this review.  All opinions are my own.***

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