Fresh Life Radio — Enhanced Streaming Player

Our creative team just rolled out a slick new interface that takes listening to fresh life radio on your computer to the next level. The player now tells you the name of the artist, song, and album (with artwork) that you are listening to currently. It also tells you the name of the last song that was played and the song that is on deck.

This is a feature that I think people will really enjoy, because we aren’t exactly a chart-driven radio station. (understatement of the year) We shuffle a blend of: killer teachings, modern worship, groundbreaking indie, and alternative rock. We play music we like and we hope you like it too. We also know that, in our quest to discover and play new artists, listeners will be regularly be asking, “who is this?” as they listen and we are stoked to finally be able to give an answer. And an elegant one at that–kudos to the code monkeys for building this classy little player!

If you haven’t listened yet, check it out. It’s great stuff. I’ll be honest, if fresh life radio didn’t exist I wouldn’t listen to radio at all. I’d just as soon rock Pandora or my own iTunes library. No offense, but on most Christian stations it’s the same 8 artists over and over again…ad nauseum. On fresh life radio, in addition to bands I already know and love, I am regularly being exposed to new artists and having to ask our music director and station manager, “I LOVE this song, who is this?” Fortunately, with our new player, they won’t have to be constantly fielding those texts from me! Plus, radio stations have a personality that playlists, even music genome generated ones, do not.

We also have a streaming app available in the Android market (link) And a stream at that will run in the background on your iPhone, iPod Touch or an iPad.

Try it, you’ll like it. (yo gabba gabba reference)

collide magazine

We were honored to be chosen as the “church spotlight” in the most recent issue of Collide magazine. I was stoked to see our team receive some props from this killer mag that I consider to be an authority on the use of multimedia within the church.

Art, technology and media are a vital part of how we feel God has called us to minister and I am so grateful for the talented and creative individuals that make up fresh life creative. They are some of the most inspired and aggressive humanoids I have ever met and I love how they use their skills to make Jesus famous.

To read the article click here.

(Having never heard of Kalispell before I came here the first time myself, I got a kick out of the opening paragraph)

sheep blog

We just kicked off a five week study of Psalm 23 on the weekends at Fresh Life. This series will last for the month of May and will hopefully be a refreshing and invigorating time of growth and transformation. I know God has been quickening my heart and pruning back the unruly growth of winter as my soul has been steeping in these 6 familiar verses in preparation for the series launch.

What better way to experience the season of spring on the inside than exploring this beloved passage? Alexander Maclaren once said, “The world could get along without many a large book better than this sunny little psalm.” It is written from the perspective of a stoked sheep who is so pumped about his Shepherd that he takes to his blog, bragging about how awesome He really is.

As a whole, our art and graphics tend to have a dark and somewhat macabre feel to them (it’s kind of a part of our vibe–we do have a service called skull church…) And our series media, by and large, tends to be either very hard-hitting, in your face and explosive, or melancholy, mysterious and a little haunting. This isn’t a bad thing necessarily, it’s what we like and we are good at it. But an unguarded strength can become a double weakness.

In a creative planning meeting a while back we were talking about how any one style can be fatiguing and lose it’s impact if it is employed exclusively. We decided that we would go in the exact opposite direction for this series. (As much as I personally would have loved to see an emo sheep shuffling through the valley of the shadow of death to a song in a minor-key.) One important thing to remember in life and in art is to change it up every once in a while and not get stuck or defined by any one style.

So we declared a month-long moratorium on dark colors, war-drums, thundering anthems, and challenged ourselves to paint with a different atmospheric palette. I reassured my creative team that this wouldn’t be permanent, and that they could get back to producing media that depresses people and scares children soon. I begged for some sunshine, lollipops, and a few woodland creatures–just this one time. The end result was a happy “spoonful of sugar” type of a campaign that makes me smile every time I see it. Enjoy.

For the series launch we had live sheep, in pens, at the entrances to both of our theaters to set the pastoral mood as people arrived at church. It was a lot of fun.

What are some things you have done or could do to change the vibe up in your world?