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The Crossover Connection Week 16: A Combination of Culture Club, Depeche Mode and European Techno

Secular music is full of one hit wonders who disappeared after their only hit song falls off the charts. This week’s featured group recorded 8 albums over 17 years. If it wasn’t for their odd name, the Echoing Green, you probably would have heard of their music on the radio. Nonetheless, the Echoing Green will surprise you by their range with remakes of former hits songs Freak Out and Safety Dance. After refreshing my memory of their collective genre, there’s a definite Culture Club and Depeche Mode vibe with an occasional Techno song.

And God said, See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the land and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. 30 And to all the animals on the earth and to every bird of the air and to everything that creeps on the ground—to everything in which there is the breath of life—I have given every green plant for food. And it was so, Genesis 1:29-30.

Since I spent all of high school and most of college in the 1980’s, this is the era where music influenced by life. Between listening to the radio on my way to school, running with tunes on my Walkman and playing albums on my stereo as I feel asleep, I was living on music like the title of the attached album, hope springs eternal. If you prefer more of a dance/disco music, Oxygen and Supernova will get your feet ready for the dance floor. While eighties music isn’t for everyone, I hope those who lived in this decade will enjoy the Echoing Green.

by Jay Mankus


S.A.N.S. Episode 67: Freak Out

The Echoing Green is one of those groups that has grown on me over the years. One of their talents is creating cosmic remixes of classic song like Safety Dance. Today’s featured song is another remix that my oldest son James loved to listen to when I first bought Freak Out. The Echoing Green’s version contains the same classic funky beat with a modern style and sound.

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control, 2 Timothy 1:7.

Fear is one of those aspects in life that often comes out of nowhere. This emotional shock will catch you off guard and will make some freak out. Perhaps, this is why the apostle Paul writes a letter to a teenage pastor who is struggling with fear. If you are always on the defensive and never switch over to a proactive faith, freaking out will wear you out over time. Therefore, lean on the power of the Holy Spirit to overcome fear.

by Jay Mankus

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