Time for Another BOTB!
It's the 15th of the month and that means another Battle of the Bands is here. This is the twice monthly event that is brought to you by the fine bloggers at A Far Away Series and Ferret-Faced Fascist Friends. Be sure to visit both of their sites and vote on their battles. Other possible participants are listed at the bottom of this post. If you'd like to do a Battle of your own let us know in the comments so we can come to vote on yours.
Composer Bruce Cockburn
Since it's Sunday I thought I'd go with a song with a spiritual theme. Lord of the Starfields is one of my favorite songs by one of my favorite singer/songwriters Bruce Cockburn. For those unaware of Cockburn (pronounced koh-bərn), he's a Canadian artist who released his first album in 1970 and has recorded numerous albums since then. His songs often deal with topics of a spiritual or political nature with his music influenced mostly by folk, rock, and jazz. He is an excellent guitar player. Though popular in Canada and having won numerous awards in his home country, he has been sadly neglected by American audiences, yet retains a loyal following in the U.S. His music is worth pursuing for those who enjoy folk/rock with an intellectual flair.
The song Lord of the Starfields comes from 1976 during the period when he was recording more songs reflective of his Christian faith. If you are interested in hearing Cockburn's own version of the song then you can click here. This video has some pretty cool images of distant galaxies and below the video you can find the song lyrics. To me this is among the most beautiful praise songs ever written.
I'm not including Cockburn's version in the contest, but I hope you might listen to it and be interested in listening to more of his fine work.
Ali Matthews "Lord of the Starfields" (2004)
This young Canadian contemporary Christian artist has released six albums since 2000. Her version of Lord of the Starfields remains fairly true to Cockburn's original version.
Nico & Ari Neufeld "Lord of the Starfields" (2010)
Here's a couple more Canadian artists who team up for a live performance of Cockburn's song kicking up the tempo a bit. Nico Boesten who plays drums and provides vocals in this video currently resides in British Columbia. Ari Neufeld, also from British Columbia, is a diversely talented individual who not only performs music, but also is a painter and creator of other visual arts.
Who Will Win?
Who wins depends on your vote. In the comments please vote on the version of Lord of the Starfields that you liked best and tell why you prefer the version you chose.
Here are some other bloggers who may or may not be participating in the Battle of the Bands. Please visit their sites to vote on their battles:
Ferret-Faced Fascist Friends
Your Daily Dose
Were you previously familiar with Bruce Cockburn? Are there any particular Contemporary Christian music artists that you enjoy listening to? Do you think there is a bias by the U.S. audiences or the entertainment industry toward a good many Canadian music artists?