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11) Looking for Background Music for your Next Video?

Consider some of these sites…

http://audioblocks.com/ — Thousands of sound effects and great background tracks. A membership allows unlimited downloads.

http://www.freestockmusic.com/ — Like the name says, it’s completely free and they have tons of choices.

http://freemusicarchive.org/ — You can search by artist or category and it’s all free.

http://freeplaymusic.com/ — Thousands of tunes, royalty free for non-profit or personal use. Commercial productions have to pay royalties.

7) It’s Hard to Define “Spotify.” Basically, $10/month for All Music

musicIn fact, you actually get your first 3 months of music for 99 cents. Then it’s $9.99/month thereafter. They promise “all the music you’ll ever need.” Even after the fourth month, if you buy 8 or 9 songs per month, Spotify is a great deal. You can download the app or use the web interface. Use the “your daily soundtrack,” or click on “new.” You can actually listen for free (with ads).. and still “shuffle play,” but the $9.99 gets you “ad-free” and unlimited “skips.” Plus, if you pay up, you can also listen off-line, play any track, and get high quality audio. And if you register, your family members get the same premium service for 50% off even though you each have your own play list. Great deal.

http://www.spotify.com

14) The BackPage: What if You’re a Musician and You Only Had Bottles?

Seriously. Suppose you have no guitar, no piano, and no synthesizer? What if all you could find were a few bottles in the dumpster. What kind of music could you make with a few old bottles? See the possibilities, in the right hands, at…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkbZlautuUc

Of course, Paul discussed a similar concept in II Cor. 4:7-18. All we have are jars of clay, but God can take those “cracked pots” and make beautiful music with them. If we’ll just make ourselves available to the master, he can take even the weakest vessel and turn it into something beautiful.

So let’s become an army of empty bottles and let him fill us up with his spirit. He will fill us with just the right amount of whatever he wants. And together, let’s become a symphony of praise in his hands.

Of course, sometimes our skills can spark conflict, but if we just work together, practice with determination, and help each other out, we could overcome impossible odds. If you need to see proof of that in a similar musical vein, just have a look at…

(Thanks, Al, for pointing us to the “Bottle Boys.” And thanks, Tim, for pointing us to the drama of the “Competitive Foursome.”)

2) Which are Your Favorite Songs for Mission Trips?

Worship has (rightfully) become a key component for today’s mission trips, vision trips, and prayer journeys. The trouble is, many worship leaders just bring a handful of their normal stuff. There’s nothing wrong with that, but what if we’re missing the boat on stuff that’s really good for mission trips in particular? So, for 100 points :-) (and the opportunity to help a brother or sister who is about to head for the bush), would you ‘Comment’ your favorite mission trip songs? In this week’s Brigada Today (in all the “even” items), we provide some samplers to get you started, making this Brigada Today a Special Missions Music Video Edition:

Live Like That – Sidewalk Prophets

14) TheBackPage: What’s Your Purpose in Life?

The members of the group, Casting Crowns, seem to have the answer to that question figured out, at least for their own lives, that is. Learn more about them at…

 

http://castingcrowns.com/

 

You’ve probably heard their tunes, but what you might NOT have heard is that, all the while they’ve been churning out the music, they’ve kept their jobs serving their local churches. The stuff they sing about is the stuff they’ve taught about in real youth group meetings and student home Bible studies. And if you’ve ever read Matthew 24, you know why they wrote, “Until the Whole World Hears.” Listen to the songwriter’s intro of it here…

http://youtu.be/PD_1CAt3dEI?t=2m32s

Now listen to the whole song with new insight:

Until the Whole World Hears — Casting Crowns

 

11) New CD of Moroccan Christian Songs

Seems like a good deal, this. Here’s a worker, focused on North Africa, willing to send you a brand new free CD of Moroccan Christian songs. He says he isn’t going to charge for the CD; just for shipping. He’s apparently affiliated with WorldVenture and has a website..

http://www.northafricaventure.com/

The way I look at this sort of thing… even if the worker is hoping to expand his list of contacts interested in serving Moroccans, at least he’s doing it in an innovative and positive fashion, you know? :-) Gotta give the guy credit for his willingness to serve, even if, in the process, he’s hoping to get to know you. Love it. You should be able to use the contact form at…

http://www.northafricaventure.com/contact-us

to request the CD. If you try this and have feedback, please comment (immediately below the web version of this item) about your experience. Thanks.

8) Just for Fun: The Most Ridiculously Effective Fun iPhone App —

So I have to ask, in your opinion, what’s the most ridiculously effective iPhone app you’ve seen. Is it some scan-and-send solution? Perhaps something related to a map or location? For me, I tell you… the one that I keep coming back to … the one that seems utterly impossibly beyond a shadow of a doubt weirdly amazing, has got to be [drum roll] SoundHound. First, realize — it’s totally free. Second, keep in mind, you can *sing* to it. Third, it just *works*. So what does SoundHound do? Suppose you’re driving along in the Land Rover and some radio station suddenly plays this gorgeous rendition of a song you used to hum when you were a kid. You can’t remember the words or title though. You want to tell your spouse when you get home… but … how do you describe it? Even if it *were* on YouTube, how do you know what search terms to use?

 

Enter SoundHound. You just hold the iPhone up to the radio speaker, click the big button, and in 20 seconds, it’s collected enough sampling to go to work. (Granted, it relies on a connection to the SoundHound hub — so you have to be within cell range. But even if you’re not, it’ll at least log a history of your search, so when you get back to town, it’ll still dutifully go to work.) So what does it *do*? It takes the music you played and studies the chord construction, analyzes the words or melody, then somehow magically searches through all the music that has ever been written or recorded! In about 15 seconds, suddenly, all the famous “Name that Tune” experts are obsolete. I’ve used it dozens of times and — only once have I stumped it. (It was on an NPR program. The jazz pianist was covering something so unique, I don’t even think it had a name.) In every case but that one time, it has come back with the name. “Pass it on.” “There’s Something about the name.” “Yellow Submarine.” You see, it really doesn’t matter. It knows all.

 

So please — Match that. What’s *your* favorite amazing iPhone ability. Just click in the “Comment” box of the online version of this item. Thanks in advance for your response.

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