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Baby That’s Love

I admit it, I need a kleenex every time I watch one of those “soldier comes home” videos where they surprise their family. I’m reminded of the sacrifice made not only from the soldier, but of all the family and friends. I wrote a ballad a few years back with my friend, Don Koch, which seemed a nice fit for some of my favorite “soldier reunited with family” clips. It was also fun to include clips from my son and daughter’s engagements.

The idea behind “Baby That’s Love” is enduring love–love that survives through thick and thin even when it comes to saying goodbye. The song is on my “Beautiful Feet” CD which is available, of course, on iTunes. Hope you enjoy it, too…with or without a kleenex.

And he could sing

After Dad died last month, we posted a couple of his songs in our LOGOI.org emails (which, by the way, you really should sign up for).  I guess I naturally assumed everyone knew my Dad had a wonderful voice and could flat out sing.  In the early days of his ministry (back in the 60’s), he was known far more for his voice than for his preaching and teaching skills and was constantly on Spanish radio throughout Latin America.

I was a bit surprised then, how many people responded with a “I had no idea” reply…even from some grandkids.  So, I thought it would be fun to include a song here beginning with one my all-time favorites: a duet I sang with Dad when I was 9 or 10 years old called, “God Spoke.”

Dad got a lot of use from this duet and we sang it frequently. He knew it wouldn’t be long until I could no longer hit those high notes.  As you listen, you’ll appreciate why this, and so many of the other roughly 150 songs Dad recorded over the years, are so special to me now.  I miss him very much.

I pulled this song off an old LP so you get to be reminded of what pre-digitized music sounded like.

Forever!

God Spoke

“Friday” a hit in Northern Ireland

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Hey, wow, I just found out that as of March 28th, “Fridayis #31 in Northern Ireland…just two behind Michael W. Smith’s “Deep in Love with You.”

What’s interesting about this chart is that it’s a Top 40 CCM & CHR chart (Contemporary Christian Music & Christian Hit Radio) vs. the Inspo charts where I seem to do the best.  So it means “Friday” is competing with all the “big” names on this chart.  Here’s what it says on their website:

102.4 Shine FM Christian Contemporary Music (CCM) &  Christian Hit Radio (CHR) Charts – Top 40 is designed to provide an overall picture of the Contemporary Christian music scene.  Rankings are based on a comprehensive calculation using information obtained from major Northern Irish, UK, Irish, European  & Worldwide charts and retailers, as well as Christian airplay, album, download, web streaming charts, Christian Music magazines and new releases. For this reason some entries may not have been released in certain countries. The 102.4 Shine FM Chart is fast becoming one of the leading  Christian Contemporary Music (CCM) &  Christian Hit Radio (CHR) UK Charts and is the only CCM/CHR chart broadcast live in Northern Ireland.Last updated Sat, 28 Mar 2009 20:04:24 GMT

Radio Charts

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“Love Me Anyway” has now officially been on the Christian Radio & Retail Weekly (CRW) charts for 5 weeks and is being played on 180 radio stations across the country.  Last week, it was heard by over 174,000 people (estimated audience impressions).  The single held the #2 spot for two weeks and fell to #3 this past week.  Listen to a sample here: Love Me Anyway

The “Friday” single was released on March 17th and with just a few days worth of charting, ended the week at #49 on the Inspo chart and #58 on the AC chart.  “Friday” has already been picked up by some three dozen stations across the country  including stations in: Guam, Marianas Islands, Northern Ireland, Ontario, Bonaire, and Peru.  Listen to a sample here: Friday

Ed’s 2008 Christmas Letter

Strange things are afoot.

My youngest son’s voice is suddenly lower than mine. I have to hold the newspaper at arms length to read the tiny type.  It’s taking less and less time for the barber to cut my hair and some days, I’ll even watch the news over Sponge Bob Square Pants.  And is it me, or does Santa not look quite as old as he used to…

So, with all the extra time I’ve saved up at the barbershop, here’s a quick family update:

David, Abby, & Matt

L-R: David, Abby, & Matt

Matt (21) is starting to believe he may actually graduate from college.  He’s majoring in advertising with a minor in film so eventually, he’ll be able to advertise the films he’s produced.  He seems to come up with an amazing new idea every week and only lacks a government bailout to fund his dreams.  In the meantime, we’ve tapped into his very creative reservoir and are enjoying “Matt the intern” at LOGOI. He’s also the star of our new music video, which you can see at:

Matt’s Music Video Debut

Not knowing what to get him for his 21st birthday, we decided it was time for him to jump out of an airplane. 10,000 feet later, I broke out into a cold sweat as I watched Matt jump out the door.  A minute later, a very mean man pushed me out, too.

While Matt thoroughly enjoyed the thrill of dropping some 1,000 feet per second going 120 mph, I spent the time screaming like Jamie Lee Curtis in a Halloween movie.  Alas, the harnesses held and my doctor tells me my eyeballs will eventually slide back into place.

Abby (18) excitedly became a college coed in spite of my lucrative bribes to stay home with daddy.  She’s amazed how quickly her freshman year is flying by and between sorority functions, working in the intramural department, and Facebooking her million or so friends, has found a few moments to study.

I’m still a bit traumatized over leaving her standing in the middle of the college campus when we had to head back home.  Just to give you an idea, hearing my heavy sobs, the nice taxi driver who took us to the airport looked at me and said, “c’mon man…you’re starting to make me cry.”  I don’t do “goodbyes” very well.

I was pleased to learn, however, that Abby missed us greatly for close to 15 minutes.  She’s making great friends, studying hard, and still very much wants to be a physical therapist.

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After winning last season MVP awards for JV football, basketball, and baseball, David (15) has finally landed in high school to the great delight of varsity coaches.  As the starting quarterback for the varsity football team, he helped lead his team to an impressive 7-3 record (winning more games than the previous three years combined).  Along the way he became the 10th leading passer and 6th leading rusher in Dade County (3A-1A).

He was also named an “Athlete of the Week” by the Miami Herald. Naturally, I made a highlight video.  Just click here to watch #13 in action: David’s Highlight Video.

He had a full day off before starting varsity basketball and of course, baseball is on the horizon.  He’s having to learn how to study and do his school work in between games and on bus rides, but he’s determined to maintain his high honor roll status. His work ethic and competitive intensity are hard to match and nothing excites him more than “game days.”

Jenn continues her career as an administrator at our Christian K-12 school, but she’s a lot more excited these days about her new kitchen.  She’s only needed one for the last ten years and has somehow managed to prepare amazing meals with a kitchen and stove built in the 1800’s featuring two out of four burners that worked—on occasion.  So it was with great rejoicing that she remodeled her kitchen into a beautiful, granite laden, cabinet-a-plenty, state-of-the-art kitchen Rachel Ray would be proud of.

For several days, she just stood in the kitchen smiling, turning the burners off and on.  To celebrate, we ordered pizza.

Ed & Jenn

Ed & Jenn

My work continues at the ministry of LOGOI.  A highlight this year was having a LOGOI board meeting in Cuba.  Now that’s something you don’t do every day!  It’s a very strange feeling to stand on a beach facing Miami and consider the danger and trek so many have made to reach freedom.  It is a joy to be a part of helping the church proclaim the Gospel in the beautiful country of Cuba and throughout Latin America.

Another highlight was recording my third CD.  I felt like I’d hit the “big time” when multi-Dove Award winning producer, Don Koch, said, “let’s work together.”And just so you can never say I didn’t get you anything for Christmas,click on the link below for a FREE mp3 of one of my new songs:

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“Beautiful Feet” will be released in early 2009…and I’m expecting every one of you to buy at least a dozen copies each!  It’s all original work at an entirely new professional level for me…complete with the Prague Symphony Orchestra.  Nice!

So, Merry Christmas, from our house to yours.  May the love and grace of Jesus fill our hearts and lives.

The Thompsons

Looking for “Beautiful Feet”

I need your help!

We’re now on the back end of our CD project, so we’re starting to think through various ways to get the word out. These days, you have to think along the lines of utilizing what many call, “new media:” things like YouTube, web blogs, and internet communities like FaceBook. For the over 40 crowd, this stuff seems strange and foreign, but there is no debating its influence and popularity.

So I reached out to a “new media” expert…my 21-year-old son, Matt. Basically, my meeting went something like this, “HELP ME!” It was a short, powerful meeting.

One of Matt’s favorite songs on my new CD is a song titled “Beautiful Feet.” It’s based around the familiar passages from Isaiah 52:7 and Romans 10:15, “…how beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news.” The lyrics begin:

Look around at some people these days
Nippin’ and tuckin’ every wrinkle away
Lookin’ for beauty every single way
Search the world out
Except where it counts

But we all know where true beauty is found
Where ever it goes such joy abounds
It’s easy to find cuz it’s walking around
You know when you meet
Beautiful feet

Big ol’ toes and calloused heels
Nothing very pretty by the world’s ideals
But when they’re bringing (all) the Good News
People dancing in the street
Everybody wants to have beautiful feet

Here’s an unedited/unfinished preview of the song: Beautiful Feet

Matt’s idea is to come up with an engaging “New Media” music video and campaign for this song. His initial idea is a video with camera angles primarily focused on legs and feet going about various ministry and service projects. The camera would follow the feet around and finally, towards the end of the song/video, the camera would pull back to fully reveal what the “feet” are doing: helping people in a homeless shelter, service projects, teaching Sunday School, bringing groceries to those in need, etc.

We then thought how great it would be to learn your “beautiful feet” stories…a short paragraph or two about what you (or someone you know) is doing that’s making a difference in the lives of others. We’d love to publish some of these “beautiful feet” stories, pictures, and even videos on our website as an encouragement to others. Some “beautiful feet” stories could even end up in the music video!

So come on! Help me out. The more involvement, suggestions, and ideas the better! You can email me at edthompsonlive@edthompsonlive.com or simply add a comment to this blog. So, tell us more about your “beautiful feet!”

Can’t wait to hear from you,

Ed Thompson

Make me sound like Michael Buble

“Just make me sound like Michael Buble” were my only instructions to producer extraordinaire, Don Koch. I mean, look at all those buttons and knobs and lights and stuff. With all that technology blinking at you, one would think making me sound “Bubleish” would be easy.

Don gave me one of those, “yeah, right” looks, shook his head, and said, “OK, try it one more time…but this time, how about singing in tune?” Producers! OK, Don really didn’t say that…but I bet he thought it.

Unfortunately, Don has not yet been able to figure out all those buttons and lights so I still just sound like, well, me. But he can do amazing things with all that technology, so I’m pretty excited about the NEW CD we’re making. Oh, did I forget to mention that? Yes, I’m making a new CD. That’s right, I make a new CD every 6 years or so…like clock work.

It’s amazing how this new CD came about. Here’s the short version…

A little over a year ago, I received an email from a man named Don Koch. He had found me on the web and saw I had recorded a couple of his songs and sent a friendly email to see if I was enjoying them. I knew his name immediately because he had written many of my favorite songs including two I had recorded on my “Be the One” CD. In fact, Don has written or co-written 38 #1 songs and has won 6 Dove Awards (what a show off).

So, yes, when I received his email, I was excited! But here’s where it gets a bit weird…

A few emails and phone calls later, we discovered that both our parent’s were missionaries in Costa Rica. I was born in Costa Rica. Interestingly, so was Don. We then discovered that not only did our parents know each other, they were good friends. In fact, we learned we had played together as babies in Costa Rica. Wait there’s more…

Don’s family moved to Miami. My family moved to Miami. Don graduated from Westminster Christian High School. I graduated from Westminster Christian High School – except Don is way, way older than me (Don graduated in ’79 and I graduated in ’80). The more we learned, the more we were amazed about all our strange “coincidences.” It was… creepy.

The next thing I know, I’m sitting in Don’s studio just outside of Nashville where we’re writing songs and planning a new CD.

Don with his Dove Awards / Ed with his water bottles

Don with his Dove Awards / Ed with his water bottles

And that just about brings you up-to-date except to say, the recording production phase of the new CD is nearing completion. At the end of the month, Don heads off to Prague where a world class orchestra will be recording some of the music for the CD. Did you hear that? Prague! Is that cool or what!

In the meantime, over the next week or two, I’m going to try and lose about 50 pounds so the photographer won’t have to use a wide angle lens for the CD cover jacket. Maybe I’ll just buy some bigger clothes.

In all seriousness, I am absolutely thrilled with this project. I think you will be, too. The music is beautiful, thoughtful, and powerful and will draw you to Christ. It is such a thrill to be working on this project.

So, do you want to hear a sample?

OK. But please don’t tell Don. Also, please know, this is a very rough sample of the song we wrote called, “Here.” It’s one of the songs that is going to Prague for full orchestration, so the next time you hear it…WOW! The vocals nor anything else have been mixed, it’s just a rough sample of what’s to come. So you are truly getting a behind-the-scenes-sneak-listen.

“Here”

Let me know what you think.

God bless,

Ed Thompson

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