This Week's Top Gourmet Songs of 2016 - Episode #367 - January 20th, 2017

Top Gourmet Songs of 2016 - Episode #367

On the full list of the Top Gourmet Songs of 2016, the UTR Critics cited over 50 individual tracks.  We share several of them on this podcast.  At 80-minutes long, this is one of the longest episodes in show history!  We also get the UTR debuts of Blessing Offor and Karen Choi.  (Dave)

  • Day By Day
    on A Mirror Dimly
    by Citizens & Saints
  • The Fire
    on Love Be The Loudest
    by Ginny Owens
  • I Wanna Know
    on Dearestly
    by Lauren Mann
  • Some Birds
    on Before the Bright Lights
    by Anthony Quails
  • I Love The Way You Love Me
    on All At Once
    by Phil Keaggy
  • Looking For America
    on Where The Light Shines Through
    by Switchfoot

Songs in the Queue, Pt. 2 - Episode #360 - October 11th, 2016

Songs in the Queue, Pt. 2 - Episode #360

We used to release mid-week bonus podcast episodes fairly regularly... at least 5 or more each year.  But that tradition ended in 2014 when UTR became an independent ministry.  We had to scale back production some, so we just focused on our regular weekly podcast.  But now, for the first time in 2 years, we bring you a bonus mid-week podcast of UTR, featuring more songs that we've been "saving" for a future show... and now it's time to "spend" those songs.  There are now only 5 more episodes of the UTR Radio program (in this format). We'll still be doing podcasting, video content, album compilations, and more excellent content as we move into 2017.  In fact, keep your eyes open for our Kickstarter Campaign (launching 10/13) that will help make this new vision possible.  (Dave)

Songs In The Queue, Pt.1 - Episode #359 - October 7th, 2016

Songs In The Queue, Pt.1 - Episode #359

Music festivals. 5-course meals. Fireworks shows. With many things in life, sometimes the best is saved for last. Since we rarely repeat a song on UTR, we are careful about what we play and when we play it. Sometimes we want to play the best song(s) by that artist right away.  In the case of today's show, sometimes a song WOWed us so much, that we decided to "save" it for a rainy day down the road. Now that there are only 5 more weeks of the UTR radio show (in this particular format), it's time to SPEND all the songs we've been saving in the queue - all the songs that we have really wanted to play for some time. We'll hear a song by Green River Ordinance which was one of the most spiritual concert moments I've experienced in recent years. We are also playing my #1 favorite song of 2015 (which we haven't played yet). And we'll hear a Bob-Dylan-esque war protest song by Griffin House. I share some extra details about the future of our ministry (which we are very excited about). AND... we had so many songs in the queue, that we'll be spilling over into a bonus mid-week podcast for Part 2!  (Dave)

Special guest Tanya Godsey - Episode #358 - September 30th, 2016

Special guest Tanya Godsey - Episode #358

I can remember the first time I heard a song by Tanya Godsey.  It sticks with you.  It was 2013, shortly after her music was requested by a UTR listener.  The powerful piano melodies, compelling lyrics, and strong alto voice took me by surprise.  We've been playing her music on UTR ever since.  Tanya was a part of the Artist On The Rise Showcase at Escape To The Lake 2014... and of course we were a Kickstarter backer for her brand new project (releasing the same day as this podcast), Love Lines The Last Horizon.  I'm glad we did, because this is one of the best albums you will hear in 2016!  And it's fun on this show to dig a bit deeper into the making of the project. We are so happy that Tanya is our third-to-last interview guest on the UTR radio show!  (Dave)

DIY Artist Debuts - Episode #357 - September 23rd, 2016

DIY Artist Debuts - Episode #357

One of the comments we receive quite often about what folks love about UTR is that we are a place of music discovery.  It's an honor to be a trusted voice in a crowded musical marketplace, and we often get tips, recommendations, or personal interactions with up-and-coming DIY artists before most people have found them.  So this week it's a lot of fun to showcase some of the brilliant talent of some hardworking indie songwriters -- like Tess Wiley, Chasing Summer, & Anthony Quails.  Plus, for the many DIY artists that listen to our show, we are also featuring some sage advice from established names like Jenny & Tyler, Audrey Assad, Tim Coons, & Julie Lee.  Are there any new artists that truly "wow'ed" you this week? Please share below.  (Dave)

Special Guest Andrew Peterson - Episode #356 - September 16th, 2016

Special Guest Andrew Peterson - Episode #356

One of the main reasons why UTR exists at all is that in 2007 I "rediscovered" the music of Andrew Peterson, and it turned out to be the most encouraging spiritual balm for my soul that year. Most of my friends, family, and co-workers had never heard of him, and a flame had been lit with a desire to share this soul-connection music with others.  First, it resulted in hosting Andrew for 2 concerts.  Soon after, like the Narnia "wardrobe," it was a gateway into discovering a whole world of well-crafted music that was largely undiscovered by the masses.  By the middle of 2008, I had developed the format and pilot episodes of UTR, and in the middle of November 2008, UTR launched on the air.  Andrew was the first interview we conducted for UTR, and he's someone that has been a frequent guest on the show through the years.  It's an honor to have him as the VIP guest one more time in this final chapter of our radio program (I'm sure we'll have him as a guest in the next chapter of UTR programming as well).  And I am so thankful for more and more new fans coming to the table as Andrew's listenership (and readership) grows.  We are also excited to have Andrew as our guest performer at the upcoming UTR 8th Anniversary Concert & Auction.  If you're in Chicago (or want to take a road trip to the Windy City) on November 19th, we would love to have you at our celebration!  (Dave)

Songs on Death & Grief - Episode #355 - September 9th, 2016

Songs on Death & Grief - Episode #355

In June 2009, only 7 months after UTR launched, I took a road trip with a couple of friends.  We were talking about music and what UTR was aiming to accomplish, and one of those friends (Mike Geertsma) said, "You should do a show on the theme of death." I thought it was a great idea, and we even both agreed on the song that was a must-play for that episode. For the next 7 years, we didn't move forward on that episode, but it always lingered in the background as a theme I wanted to explore. Several of the songs played on this show were ones that I heard since 2009, but immediately thought, "THIS would be a perfect addition to that 'death' episode -- whenever I pull that off."  When the decision was made to intentionally end production of the UTR radio show this coming November (and please note that our overall ministry is moving forward at full speed, just the radio show is ending), this meant that we have a window for only 12 more episodes to be produced.  I immediately knew that THIS theme was one that I HAD to do in this final season of the radio show.  I'm really excited for this episode for several reasons, but none bigger than the ministry value it carries to help people devotionally, or maybe even offer some comfort during a time of grieving.  Before I finalized my song list for the episode, I Googled "Best songs about grief," and the results were quite shallow.  Several websites list songs they suggest people play at funerals or offer encouragement in the face of sorrow... but many of the songs were just simple praise songs or somewhat generic songs about Heaven.  I wanted this hour of music to dig a little deeper and present a bit more vulnerability on this topic.  My hope and prayer is that these thoughtful melodies and poetry connect with you personally and help offer comfort, healing, and hope.  (Dave)

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