Andrew made me listen to another podcast. He said it would appeal to me because it was about music and helping people out. I pressed for more info.
“Well, it’s about crowdfunding for musicians.”
I thought that could be interesting if they got the concept right so I agreed to review it. But I can’t remember the last time I actually bought some music, and I know enough about musicians to be skeptical of sending them money before they’ve got a CD out.
“I’ll load the show onto your iPhone and you can write a review whenever you want. No hurry. Anytime in the next 48 hours.”
Later, when I was driving, just after I put on my seatbelt but before I had turned on the engine because I’m a safe driver, I remembered I had been given some homework. I looked for the podcast on the app, and was confused because the only new podcast there was so unexpected. When I realised Andrew, a huge atheist, was asking me to check out a podcast about Christian music, I swerved and nearly ran over a line of Hari Krishnas and
I was so surprised that nothing happened because I am a safe driver.
It’s called Crowdfunding Christian Music and it’s so niche that the word niche isn’t niche enough to describe it.
What is it?
It’s from a guy called Garret who seems to just be a totally nice and genuine person. Andrew made some rude jokes about Christians in his emails to Garret, who just turned the other cheek like that guy from that one book.
He introduces Christian bands that have projects on Kickstarter, plays a bit of their music, and also teaches newbies a bit about how Kickstarter works.
Is it really really weird?
I found the show odd (leaving the topic aside for the moment) until I realised it’s a video podcast that also exists in an audio version. It doesn’t make the audio version unlistenable, it just means you can hear Garret clicking his mouse and he talks about ‘down at the bottom of the screen’ and such things. ‘Cept we can’t see the screen. That might make some of the cuts seem more abrupt – e.g. when he stops a track it just stops, and we don’t have the visual cue of him moving the mouse to the ‘pause’ button so it’s slightly jarring.
But how… Christian… is it? You know what I’m saying.
The singers who are trying to raise money do use words like ‘worship’ and ‘cross’ and sing about ‘surrendering to the lord’. It’s not overwhelming but I doubt anyone who isn’t religious would be able to stand it for too long.
How’s his voice?
It’s quite soothing and he sometimes slightly ‘whistles’ his S, which I like. Other times his plosives are harsh; maybe he could invest in a pop shield. Can Christians afford pop shields (microphone protectors) or do they give all their money to men in polyester suits and wigs? I have no idea. Maybe he could crowdfund it.
Is it a good podcast then or what?
Andrew always rants about how podcasts fail to introduce themselves (long story short – they don’t tell the listener what the point of the show is). It’s only fair to point out that Garret delivers the best period intro period to any podcast ever period. The first 22 seconds of episode 4 could NOT be improved. And then he mentions the Book of Psalms…
If he were talking about something I was interested in, like crowdfunding new podcasts, obscure bands, or just anything, I’d dip into Garret’s show from time to time. For Christians who like music and aren’t allowed to listen to the Beatles because God will melt their ears off, this podcast is going to be quite rewarding.
Some of the music is good and I was unhappy Garret stopped it. The curious thing is, as much as I have no interest in listening to another episode ever again, I did listen to all 7 episodes. That says a lot.
Does this mean there will be a ‘Best Christian Podcasts’ post soon?
Yes. Andrew – a heathen – is going to listen to hundreds of them and write about it.
Will God really melt off my ears if I listen to Fleetwood Mac?
Hope you find this review useful,