Cephas Hour
Episode 78
Release Date: December 2, 2022

Music that speaks to heart and soul.

Deborah’s Song Rachel Wilhelm
In Christ Alone Rosalie
King Of Hearts Randy Stonehill
Restore My Soul The Choir
Strong Hand Of Love Mark Heard
I Always Do Phil Keaggy
The Rock That Doesn’t Roll Larry Norman
As The World Turns Daniel Amos
So Wonderful Undercover
Forever Now A Crown Shelly Moore
To The Ones Bringing Home
A Little Light Left Out Of The Grey
When You Walk Kerry Livgren

Cephas Hour
Episode 70
Release Date: September 27, 2022

Lots of classic CCM this time through.

Wake Up My Soul Richie Furay
Forever Now A Crown Shelly Moore
When God Ran Benny Hester
Garden Song Bob Bennett
Fifth Avenue Breakdown Randy Stonehill
Why Don’t You Look Into Jesus Larry Norman
Jerusalem Gentle Faith
Hand In Hand DeGarmo & Key
Grace By Which I Stand Keith Green
The Pain That Plagues Creation Mark Heard
The Lust, The Flesh, The Eyes & The Pride Of Life 77s
A Sentimental Song The Choir
Deep Adam Again
When You Walk Kerry Livgren

Cephas Hour
Episode 69
Release Date: August 30, 2022

Featuring new music from Kerry Livgren.

One Out Of One Kerry Livgren
Hide In Your Love Tykus
Rooftops Vector
Let The Kingdom Come Whiteheart
Come And See Bob Bennett
They That Go Down To The Sea In Ships Kemper Crabb
Selfish Man Oden Fong
Sevens 77s
Touch The Ground Paul Q-Pek
Eleanor, It’s Raining Now The Lost Dogs
Mask Of The Great Deceiver Kerry Livgren
No Standing Still AD
When You Walk Kerry Livgren

Cephas Hour
Episode 65
Release Date: July 28, 2022

Throwback to the latter Cephas Hour on (redacted) Radio days of spoken segments along with the music.

Sentimental Song (Reimagined) Derri Daugherty
Colored By Daniel Amos
Jesus Wants You To Buy This Record Dead Artist Syndrome
On The Fritz Steve Taylor
All The Losers Win DeGarmo & Key
Come Unto Me Veil of Ashes
Never Enough The Prayer Chain
Make A Difference Tonight 77s
Visions (Doxology) / Not Of This World Petra
Heaven Of My Heart Whiteheart
Ground Zero Kerry Livgren
Flesh & Bone Vector

Cephas Hour
Episode 58
Release Date: May 15, 2022

Some country, some blues, and a whole bunch of prog. I’m eclectic like that.

Somebody Like You Richie Furay
Closer 77s
Anthem To Andorath Glass Hammer
Celebration Day Tykus
Ground Zero Kerry Livgren
In The Days Of Thy Youth / Chase The Wind DeGarmo & Key
Flesh And Blood Vector
Raging Of The Moon Whiteheart
Nobody Can Take My Life 2nd Chapter of Acts
Clouds The Choir
Praise Him Ed Raetzloff
Wake Up My Soul Richie Furay

Looking Back: “Art Of The State” by AD Proves No Good Artistic Deed Goes Unpunished

Strange as it may seem in this era of autotune and virtual instruments, there was a time in popular music when adventuresome artists were rewarded, at least occasionally, with something other than puzzled looks. No genre encapsulates this bygone age more than progressive rock, which for a time in the 1970s rode high on the charts with bands such as Yes, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Jethro Tull, and Kansas enjoying commercial if not critical success by seeking to interweave classical and avant-garde themes with rock‘n’roll’s rhythmic power.

Fast forward to 1985. Kerry Livgren, de facto leader of Kansas during its mid to late 1970s heyday and author of its two best known songs “Carry On Wayward Son” along with “Dust In The Wind”, was at something of an artistic/career crossroads. The band for which he was known was firmly in his rear view mirror yet alive once more; the following year saw it release Power which featured the top twenty hit “All I Wanted.” Meanwhile, his own band AD, whose lineup was replete with talent to burn, found itself sort-of on the Sparrow label, thus automatically relegated to the Christian rock ghetto, a place even the most fiercely devoted fans from secular days seldom knew existed. And, given how Livgren’s muse was utterly beyond the comprehension of most CCM fans worshipping at the altar of soft pop, he and his band barely registered in the music machine’s playground. Nevertheless, Livgren and company persevered as long as possible, along the way giving us 1985’s Art Of The State.

Art Of The State reminds me of an interview I watched several years ago with Les Claypool, bassist without peer best known for his band Primus. He was talking about the time when he auditioned, believe it or not, for the then-vacant bassist position with Metallica. He didn’t get the job. The interview then cut over to Metallica leader James Hetfield who didn’t even attempt to contain his roaring laughter as he noted about the entire matter, “He was too good for us!” In similar fashion, AD’s sophisticated melodies, arrangements, and lyrics were so far beyond the scope of 99.44% of mid-‘80s CCM it is little wonder why it made no marketplace impact.

The album lacks the standout, forever a mandatory staple hit à la the aforementioned “Carry On Wayward Son” or “Dust In The Wind.” It is filled with meaty inventiveness, be it the positive lilt of “Lead Us To Reason,” which should have been a hit but wasn’t, the apocalyptic grandeur of “The Fury,” and multiple stops in-between. While the overall sound was familiar to Kansas aficionados, Livgren and company declined to recycle his previous band, adding more group vocal punch and rhythm to the hooks. The instrumental excursions during songs were kept brief, sharp, and sweet. Art Of The State is still unmistakably and undeniably prog, but it’s prog purposefully trimmed down.

Livgren is still with us, working on new music. For those looking to find out what they missed while they were loading up on the latest Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith fan fodder, check out Art Of The State. It was, and is, state of the art.

The album is available on Kerry Livgren’s website.

Cephas Hour on BlackLight Radio
Episode 165
Air Date: June 7, 2020

You can call it AD. You can call it Kansas. You can call it Kerry Livgren AD. You can even call it Kerry Livgren. No matter what you call it, it is pure creative genius. (Click the “Read More” button to pull up the show on demand link.)Continue reading “Cephas Hour on BlackLight Radio
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Air Date: June 7, 2020″

Cephas Hour on BlackLight Radio
Volume 157
Air Date: March 29, 2020

Tip-toeing back into your podcast world …

Anyway, kicking off this return with a terrific new song by Shelly Moore, plus a whole tasty cornucopia of favorites. Thanks for waiting for me to get it back together and get a new show out. (Click the “Read More” button to pull up the show on demand link.)Continue reading “Cephas Hour on BlackLight Radio
Volume 157
Air Date: March 29, 2020″