Between deflated footballs and ridiculous press conferences and domestic violence and post-concussion syndrome, I’m honestly ready for this season to all be over with.
Yes, I’ll be watching the game on Sunday, just for the grand spectacle of it all. But I don’t really have the heart to write anything football related right now. (If you’d like to read something like that I have done it before.)
So instead of writing a piece on the big game, I’m going to focus on something far less upsetting: the Super Bowl Halftime show.
This year Katy Perry will perform in front of the biggest crowd of her life. Between the 70,000 or so in attendance at University of Phoenix stadium and what will likely be a record audience watching on television and online, the “Roar” singer will be placed on an incredible platform for arguably the most important 12 minutes of her career.
You might think it’s a pretty special award for Perry to be able to perform on the halftime stage. After all, she is one of the most recognizable pop stars in the world just 7 years after her breakthrough hit “I Kissed A Girl” placed her in the public eye.
But you would be wrong.
Performing the Super Bowl Halftime Show is not an award. It’s an audition.Continue reading →
Welcome to Episode 14 of the POP GOD POPcast – an exploration into the lives of people seeking God in the present tense.
This week’s guest is Zak Todd. Zak is a friend and musician who’s about to reunite with his band Mazes And Monsters for a special concert February 21st at Sky City in Augusta. He’s also part of the worship band team at Redemption Church. Zak has a lot of great thoughts on the intersection of music and faith and we discuss the role of music in the church. Plus we share a little U2 and WWE love, break down the positives and negatives of living downtown, and share some weird fan interactions. A really fun conversation with a really fun guy. Enjoy this deeper look inside the life of a musician truly seeking God in the present tense.
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Welcome to Episode 4 of the POP GOD POPcast – an exploration into the lives of people seeking God in the present tense.
This week’s guest is Jennie Montgomery. This week’s guest is Jennie Montgomery. Jennie is the longtime anchor of the WJBF Channel 6 Evening News in Augusta, GA. We talk about Jennie’s journey into the news industry including a detour with Vidal Sassoon and a career as a makeover artist. Jennie’s faith has played a huge role in leading her to where she is today and we discuss what it looks like to listen to the voice of God. Plus we talk about what it’s like to work alongside the same partner for so many years and how someone stays sane in the news business. It’s a really personal and challenging conversation, and I think you’re gonna love it.
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Who would you say is the biggest band in the world right now? Would it be Mumford and Sons? fun.? Maroon 5? One Direction?
In the late 80s, the answer to that question would have undoubtedly been U2. In 1989, at the peak of their international popularity, U2 decided to take a break. After ten years of constant touring across the world and six smash records, the biggest band in the world took a few years off to, as Bono said at the time, “dream it all up again.”
When they returned with their next album “Achtung Baby” in 1991, most people expected it would consist of the same uplifting, soul-searching arena rock that was a trademark of U2. Instead, “Achtung Baby” sounded like this:
“Achtung Baby” was not just a tremendous departure from anything U2 had ever created, but from anything on the radio in 1991. Why would the biggest band in the world completely deconstruct their sound and release an album so far removed from their previous catalog?