Rikki Michelle/ Margret Becker News Via The Choir Newsletter



Rikki Michelle of Adam Again talks about her Kickstarter campaign and working with Margret Becker. Click picture for video.

Riki Michele, from the band Adam Again, has been part of the Choir family for years. She’s sung with the band on stage and in the studio, she was also Lisa’s maid of honor when Dan and Lisa got married, and has generally been a dear friend to the Choir. In addition to Adam Again’s music she’s made four great solo records on her own. Now she’s going for a fifth, and we want to tell you about it. Like the Choir, she’s working on a Kickstarter campaign that she just launched. And she’s teaming with another artist of that era, Margaret Becker, to produce the record.

Please take a few minutes to check out the Kickstarter page, watch the video, get a taste of the music, and consider supporting her in bringing some more great music into the world.

Story of the “Gut Level” Telecaster: As Told By Mike Stand/Altar Boys

Someone recently asked about the origins of my “beloved” GLM telecaster. Let me start by saying, that In 1983 I got my first tele from steve Soest at main street music in Anaheim, it was white with black binding. It can be seen on the Cornerstone 84 “I’m into God” video (and was later traded for a Rickenbacker). So back to the story, in 1984 I was down at MRC (ministry resource center) in Costa Mesa talking to “Bugs” – he was more or less the manager of MRC. We were talking about guitars and i told him I was on the hunt for another Tele. Bugs used to roadie for Richie Furay and still had some of his equipment stored at his house. He mentioned that he had one of Richie’s tele’s and that he might want to sell it. It perked my attention, and this lead to that and before you know it, I was the new caretaker of this fine instrument. There were a few things that i needed to attend to on it before it was playable. First, the original pickup was not working – so I replaced it with a seymour Duncan 1/4 pounder (don’t worry, i still have the original pickup). I replaced the tuners that were all bent and broke, and the guitar had all of these rose decals all over itt – I couldn’t have that, not in a punk band, so I took steel wool and carefully removed them. Finally, fearing the bridge would destroy the fingers on my right hand i replaced it with a “kinder and gentler” bridge that I knew would do me no harm. Safe to say, the guitar is still in my possession and was last used on several tracks on the new Altar Billies project: “Head’n out West.”

 Check out the BSR podcast with Mike Stand of the Altar Boys!

Various Christian CD’s For Sale: Batch 1

20140826_110727Ok music fans here is batch one of the cd’s I have for sale. All sales are final and the cd’s are as is, don’t worry they are all in good shape.

They are for sale individually for $2.00 each. You will pay shipping and handling.  Contact  me if you are interested.

12 stones, 12 stones
benjamin gate,
benjamin gate, contact
charlie peacock, full circle a celebration of songs and friends
church of rhythm, not perfect
dime store prophets, fantastic distraction
disciple. disciple 
downhere, so much for substitutes
edl, american standard
extreme days, various artists
FIF, our newest album ever
FIF,electric boogaloo
FIF,upbeats and beatdowns
Gotee Brothers, ERACE
holland,photographs and tidalwaves
human, out of the dust
joe club, over the moon
joe club,leave it up to you
joy electric, christiansongs
leslie Phillips, Beyond Saturday Night
marie brennan,perfect time
massivivid,bright blur
never say dinosaur
not the jonses, not the jonses
one point oh, the rethink collection
parkway,glad you made it
peace of mind, peace of mind
philmore, philmore
rod laver,essence of the game
rod laver,no toque el toro
Room full of walters, el grande
scott krippayne, wild imagination
spark,tomorrow Is today
spooky Tuesday, it’ll never fly orville
start right here,remembering the life of keith green
supertones,chase the sun
t-bone, the hoodlum’s testimony
the echoing green,aurora 7.2
the echoing green,if I could…
the miscellaneous,all good weeds grow up
watashi wa, the love of life
waterdeep,everything is beautiful
waterdeep,sink or swim

My Life In Music: Walmart Jesus/Charlie Peacock, “One Man Gets Around”

[A couple from Anderson South Carolina says that the face of Jesus appeared on their Walmart receipt. Upon reading this story, my first thought was. “Why did they have to be from South Carolina?”

Seriously though, the country already thinks those of us down hey-uh in South Cackalacky are a bunch of loony rednecks. We definitely do not need to be presenting them with evidence that it’s true! I mean look at the receipt in this picture, how is that Jesus? Somebody help me here, because I’m not seeing it. You could make a better case for it looking like Abraham Lincoln, Massachusetts Senator John Kerry, or maybe even Charles Manson! But I’m sorry, the last person I’m thinkin’ is Jesus.

Look, I’m sure that this couple means well, ( I have recently found out that the woman is a student at my alma mater North Greenville University!), they are even quoted in the story as feeling “blessed” by this receipt, and so now they just want to share the “blessing” with others. But I fail to see how a Walmart receipt that supposedly bears the Image of Christ on it could be considered a blessing. Maybe I’m just too cynical, but what is it that drives us to look for the divine everywhere, but where it can be found?

I think a lyric from the song “One Man Gets Around” (Click here to buy ) gives us a little insight on this question.

“…You can’t pick up a newspaper, without
reading a story of somebody somewhere.
Saying they caught sight of Elvis, or witnessed a tear fall,
from the eye, of a statuette of the Virgin Mary…
…Forget about dignity, you could get a spot on MTV
If you only knew, how bad, people want to get a look at you
The multitudes are waiting, waiting on pins and needles
For the one more famous than the Beatles…”

To me, the line that speaks the loudest is this one, “…If you only knew, how bad, people wanna get a look at you…” Humanity is desperate for a glimpse of the divine. We can’t help it. It’s part of our DNA, it’s how we were made. Wether we believe in God or not, all of us have an innate desire to seek out, or discover something bigger than ourselves.

The problem that arises, is in where we go looking to fulfill that nagging hunger for the supernatural. Material wealth, power, popularity, sex and yes, Walmart receipts. It’s possible that all of these things could provide a sense of satisfaction, or even euphoria. And for a few brief moments they may even cause that nagging hunger to subside. But eventually it’s back again, and most times, stronger than before.

So where do we go, where can we find satisfaction and relief from that nagging within? The answer is simple, but most people don’t want to hear it. I John 5:20 says this, “And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.” In other words, the fulfillment of our desire for the supernatural can be found in the person of Jesus Christ!

The good news is you don’t have to go looking for Him on receipts, statuettes, or in the case of one Glee TV episode, a grilled “cheeseus” sandwich. He can be found in His Word (the Bible), His Works (Creation), and on the face of every needy person that shares the planet (Matthew 25:35-40). In fact, if you want to see an image of Jesus up close, take a look in the mirror.(Genesis 1:27)

So if you really want to witness miracles and experience the supernatural, than in the words of Jim Carey from the movie Bruce Almighty, “Be the Miracle.” If each one of us can realize this in our own lives, I don’t know if we’ll “Save money.” But you can bet we’ll all “Live better.”

My Life in Music: Steven Curtis Chapman, “Lord of the Dance”

Currently I am reading Tim Keller’s The King’s Cross: The Story of the World in the Life of Jesus.” It didn’t take long for Keller to blow my mind when early into chapter one he writes the following:

“In the words of my favorite author, C.S. Lewis, “In Christianity God is not a static thing…but a dynamic, pulsating activity, a life, almost a kind of drama. Almost if you will not think me irreverent, A KIND OF DANCE.” Theologian Cornelious Plantinga develops this further, noting that the Bible says the Father, the Son and the Spirit glorify one another: “The persons within God exalt each other, commune with each other, and defer to one another…Each divine person harbors the others at the center of His being, In constant movement of overture and acceptance, each person envelopes and encircles the others…God’s interior life [therefore] overflows with regard for others”

I’m not really sure why this passage strikes me so, it could be because I instantly heard SCC “Lord of the Dance” playing in my head, or maybe it was that I take pleasure knowing that God, Jesus and the Spirit enjoy each other so much. The perfect love, Joy and admiration that the Triune has for each other spills over on to me. I feel it warmly spreading to the core of my being and it makes me happy, it brings me Joy.

The fact that this affects me the way it does should not be surprising, as I see the same kind of joy in my children’s eyes and on their faces, when my wife and I embrace, and kiss one another in front of them. They can’t help it, they’re drawn to it, and soon they are intertwined in our legs letting the love that my spouse and I are sharing wash over them as well. This marital “dance” is yet another reflection of God’s character in humanity, and while the overflow of spousal love brings joy and comfort to our earthly children, how much more pleasure can the children of God enjoy while basking in the Glory, clinging to the legs of our triune Lord of the Dance!

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On the bank of a Tennessee River
In a small Kentucky town
I drew my first breath one cold November morning
And before my feet even touched the ground
With the doctors and the nurses gathered ’round
I started to dance
I started to dance A little boy full of wide-eyed wonder
Footloose and fancy free
But it would happen, as it does for every dancer
That I’d stumble on a truth I couldn’t see
And find a longing deep inside of me, it said I am the heart, I need the heartbeat
I am the eyes, I need the sight
I realize that I am just a body
I need the life
I move my feet, I go through the motions
But who’ll give purpose to chance
I am the dancer
I need the Lord of the dance The world beneath us spins in circles
And this life makes us twist and turn and sway
But we were made for more than rhythm with no reason
By the one who moves with passion and with grace
As He dances over all that He has made I am the heart, He is the heartbeat
I am the eyes, He is the sight
And I see clearly, I am just a body
He is the life
I move my feet, I go through the motions
But He gives purpose to chance
I am the dancer
He is the Lord of the dance

Lord of the dance
Lord of the dance

And while the music of his love and mercy plays
I will fall down on my knees and I will pray

I am the heart, You are the heartbeat
I am the eyes, You are the sight
And I see clearly, I am just a body
You are the life
I move my feet, I go through the motions
But You give purpose to chance
I am the dancer
You are the Lord of the dance

I am the heart, You are the heartbeat
I am the eyes, You are the sight
And I see clearly, I am just a body
You are the life
I move my feet, I go through the motions
But You give purpose to chance
I am the dancer
You are the Lord of the dance

I am the dancer
You are the Lord of the dance

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