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Never Fold by Tedashii

Never Fold is the fifth studio album from Tedashii. The 17-song, 54-minute album is his follow-up to his excellent 2016 EP This Time Around and is his first full-length album since 2014’s Below Paradise. He did release a few songs in 2017 and 2018 that are not included here (“Way Up”, “Messenger” and “Splash”, though a revised version of the latter song is included), and two that are, “Gotta Live” (featuring Jordan Feliz) and “Smile”. It’s been way too long since we got a new full-length album from Tedashii, but the wait has definitely been worth it. The album features a number of special guests, among them Lecrae, Trip Lee and Crowder, and he uses multiple songwriters and producers. Never fold and the pain of losing his son Chase are themes that show up throughout the album.
My favorite songs are “God Flex”, “Get Out My Way” and “Gotta Live”. Here are a few comments about each song on the album.

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TedashiiMusic Review:  This Time Around – Tedashii

Tedashii follows his 2014 album Below Paradise with this 7-song EP.  He describes the project as completely different from anything he’s ever done before, but still authentically who he is. It features the kind of optimism that comes from overcoming the tragedy of losing his one-year old son in 2013. The project shows his growth in all ways – the sound, lyrics and themes. It shows his growth as an individual and artist, his progression as an artist and being himself.  Although he is still dealing with the tragedy, the new music exemplifies who he has become after everything he has gone through.

Tedashii worked with several producers on this effort, including GAWVI.  Three songs were released prior to the EP release date, the first of which was “Be Me”, produced by GAWVI, in which he states “No matter what happens, I’m still unashamed”.

The second single released, my favorite on the EP, and favorite song thus far this year, is the celebratory “Jumped Out the Whip”, which he debuted at the 2015 Dove Awards. It is also produced by GAWVI.   Watch the video here. The third single was “808”, a slow jam that is a love song for his wife. She makes his heart beat like an 808 drum machine.

You, you got my heart
You got my heart goin’ down in flames
And it’s beatin’
And it’s beatin’ like an 808
Like boom, boom, boom, boom, boom  

The other new songs are:

This Time Around – opens with news clips from today’s headlines, with him singing that with all that is going on in the world these days, we can make it better this time around. He’s tired of all of the funerals taking place around him. He’s realistic, but optimistic as well about a better future.  This is a slow jam that includes some backing female vocals.

I Get It – he really brings it on this track, which features some additional vocals. He gets it, and hopes we do too.

In My Life – a very different track from the others, this acapella number features a female lead vocal, with effective backing vocals. She sings that as long as you’re here with me, I can do anything. Though creative and different, it’s still my least favorite of the seven new songs, and perhaps the one misstep here.

I’m Good – Tedashii sings lead and backing vocals over a guitar backing. It’s an optimistic closer with a very catchy chorus that will leave you humming it throughout the day and will sound great live in concert. Behind “Jumped Out the Whip”, it’s my favorite of the new songs musically, and my favorite lyrically.

music news

  • Watch Bono and Eugene Peterson talk about their common love of the Psalms.
  • Jumped Out the Whip Video. Here is the brand new video of my favorite song of the year, “Jumped Out the Whip” by Tedashii.
  • Illuminate.  Listen to “Illuminate” a new songs from Lecrae, featuring Dria.
  • Melancholy Mood. Listen to “Melancholy Mood”, the first song released from Bob Dylan’s upcoming Fallen AngelsDylan -Fallen Angels
  • Ride with You. Did you see Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Dion perform this song from his 30th solo album New York is My Home recently on The Tonight Show?
  • How was “In Christ Alone” Written? Watch this interview with the songwriters Stuart Townend and Keith Getty on the 15th anniversary of this wonderful modern hymn.
  • Like Any Prince. Jon Bloom writes about follow Minnesota native Prince on the night of his death.  Denny Burk adds his thoughts about Prince here.  Mike Cosper adds his thoughts here. Watch Bruce Springsteen open his April 23 show in Brooklyn by covering Prince’s “Purple Rain”.
  • Artists and Poets. Watch this talk by Lecrae, in which he inspires us all to see the magic inside a personal story put to poetry and a poem put to song.
  • Carrie Underwood on American Idol Finale. Carrie Underwood performed “Something in the Water” with a brief interlude of “Amazing Grace” on the series finale of American Idol.
  • Watch the video of the Newsboys song “Hero”, from their new album Love Riot.

Music Quotes:  

  • People get mad when you don’t fit in their boxes. Boxes were made for products not people. Lecrae
  • If Jimmy cracks corn and no one cares, why is there a song about him? Crowder

Lecrae Quote

Song of the Week  I Saw Her Standing There – Paul McCartney and Jimmy Fallon

Watch the host of The Tonight Show join the former Beatle onstage in Vancouver April 20 for the Beatles classic “I Saw Her Standing There”.

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Music Review:  Selected Songs – Propaganda Selected Songs Propaganda

Propaganda has been described as a poet, political activist, husband, father, academic, and emcee.  In the song “Don’t Listen to Me”, included here, he also tells us that he is the son of a Black Panther with a Mexican spouse and Caucasian best friends. He is a college graduate with teaching credentials, and a rapper who brings a bold message through aggressive battle raps to smooth introspective rhythms. I first heard him via his contributions to some of Lecrae’s songs.   The first of his albums I purchased was his excellent 2014 release Crimson Cord. Five songs from that album are included here in this compilation of eleven of the best songs from his work to date, which includes five studio albums.

Propaganda’s style of rap (poetic, spoken word, etc.) and his excellent use of percussion distinguish him from some of the other artists (Lecrae, Trip Lee, Andy Mineo, KB, Tedashii) that I listen to.  He brings passion to his subject matter, as varied as public education (“Bored of Education”), or what it feels like to a black man when pastors quote the Puritans (“Precious Puritans”), the latter of which particularly got my attention. You see, I love the writings of the Puritans (Jonathan Edwards, John Owen, Matthew Henry, etc.), and use The Valley of Vision (which he mentions in the song) as part of my daily devotional reading. It was good for me – as a middle-age Caucasian male, to hear how pastors quoting some of these writers can impact African Americans (he raps of them being chaplains on slave ships, etc.), something I hadn’t thought of before.

Propaganda will challenge you with his bold messages. It may stretch your mind and heart.  That’s good for me. I highly recommend his music, and this compilation is an excellent introduction if you are not currently familiar with him.

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