Ed Purcell
I've always aspired to be a musician, rather than a writer...but my passion for music and my faith drives me to want to communicate and share that passion through writing and social media. Christianity and rock & roll have been intimately intertwined for nearly my entire life, and that combination led me to obtain a prestigious college degree in Contemporary Christian Music...and if I'm educated in the field, then surely I'm qualified to write about it. I have always had a vision to be involved in 'music ministry', which has evolved into a passion for artistically expressed worship. My attempts at making music for God have taken me through 20 years of playing in a dozen or so bands, teaching a class on recording studio technology, and even attempting to start my own studio and recording label.

When I'm not making music, I want to be discussing it, or faith, or how we interact as fellow citizens...and how music and faith affect how we interact as humans. And since I've failed so successfully at making my own music, I'm certain that makes me the perfect candidate to critique and discuss others' music.

Blank Books With Sprinkles: The Poor Old Brothers Still Got It!

Oh the words that could fill the pages of Blank Books. Tales of veteran musicians who have rocked the world for decades, yet remain under-appreciated for their contributions. The Brothers Sprinkle are such protagonists. Getting their start in the “Christian” Alternative Rock band Poor Old Lu in the early-mid 90s, Aaron, guitars/vocals, and Jesse, drums/bgvs,…

Woe to the Brilliance

After retiring from a respectable, if under the radar, career in Christian music in the 80’s, Steve Taylor returned in the early 90s with Chagall Guevara, proving that the formerly solo artist could certainly play well with others. When Steve returned to music again in 2014, with another ‘supergroup’ of CCM veterans, he once again…

Still Learning From the Class of ’95

Note: This is part 2 of a 2 part piece, so read this first. In the midst of my nostalgic binge over the past year, my wife and I recently watched several of the classic high school movies from the 80’s. It seems that John Hughes and other film makers really understood the dynamics and…

Reunited… and it feels so ????

This past weekend was my 20 year High School reunion. Now, I realize that it’s not really that original to write or create something based on the kinds of reflections and observations that these reunions can cause, but I’ve been in an uber-nostalgic place for about the past year now (see THIS), and a significant…

We Rock to Worship The Rock of Ages

When my family switched churches from the First Church of God to the First Assembly of God, the most noticeable difference was the music. Instead of singing songs out of a book with lyrics that made virtually no sense to my child mind, the Assembly sang shorter, simpler songs with the words displayed on a…

What I REALLY want for my birthday…

My birthday is this week, Friday July 24. I tend to use my birthday as an excuse, maybe even an entitlement, to try and get some social attention. This coming weekend, I’m trying a rouse I used a few years ago: an all day open house celebration, where people can stop by at any time…

Sacred vs. Secular vs. Christians

Over the past couple of years, I’ve been involved in a group in social media that celebrates a major part of my youth/teen years: 1990’s Christian music. In discussions we have in this group, one debate continual comes up: what artists/bands/songs/records qualify for discussion in the group…in other words, what qualifies/defines “Christian music”. Of course,…

All Worship To Hymn

I always knew there was a more ‘traditional’ crowd that preferred hymns over worship choruses, but I kinda always figured it was an ‘older’ crowd that didn’t like the more rock and roll approach of contemporary worship. Well, I’ve recently come to find out that’s not necessarily the case. I’ve been kind of surprised to…

12 Cassettes or 8 Memories for a Penny

*plus shipping and handling   In case some of y’all aren’t familiar, The Columbia House Record Club began as a way for the CBS/Columbia record label to distribute it’s roster through mail order. Over the years, the service came to include music from other labels, a wide variety of genres; multiple formats like 8-track, cassette…

Relating to Your Heroes

[Editor’s notes: Before you read this, it’s actually the second of two parts, so read this first. Also, based on the sexy kitten photo in part 1, Ed’s wife made me promise to ensure the readers all know that he’s taken.] But, how exactly do I feel about those that are making a living in…

Can Playing Guitar Pay the Bills?

[Editor’s Note: This is the first of a two part reflection piece. It’s a great read, so read it!] A few weeks back, I got the opportunity to hang out with one of my favorite musical heroes. We connected through Facebook, and over the past couple of months, sorta formed something that I think goes…

#takebacksaturdaymorning

When I was a kid, Saturday Mornings were a special time. I remember getting up as close to 6:30 as I could… hoping to catch at least some of the Dukes of Hazzard or Berenstain Bears (wasn’t so excited when it turned out to only be Mr. Peppermint)… but I definitely had to be ready…

Content vs. Form (Discriminating Taste)

One day, a couple years ago, I was working in a room where my co-workers were listening to a Christian radio station…playing mostly contemporary/modern worship songs. Many of which I recognized from playing on the worship team at church…but I was not enjoying those particular recorded versions at all. When I made a comment or…