Christian Music

New Creation #5: Nailed to the Cross

New Creation #5: Nailed to the Cross

Fifth in a series featuring songs from my CD New Creation. For more information, read this link. The Song Behind the Song Carrie Elizabeth Ellis Breck (1855-1934) was a natural poet. Although she claimed she had no sense of pitch, she wrote more than 2,000 devotional lyrics while holding down the full-time job of homemaker and mother to […]

Return of the Christian Album Covers!

Return of the Christian Album Covers!

Just when you thought it was safe to go to the thrift store…. They’re back!  Yes, you remember those hilariously horrible old Christian album covers I found in one of my old silly posts? Unbelievably tacky pictures from a bygone era of people who were trying to be really cool, and failing dismally, and thinking they succeeded? […]

"New Creation" now on sale!

“New Creation” now on sale!

What is “New Creation”? New Creation: Hymns of Wonder, Love, and Praise is a CD of worship songs composed by Eric Pazdziora (piano, vocals) and performed by Carrie Pazdziora (guitar, vocals), Øystein Torp (violin), and Petras (percussion). With a diverse blend of piano-centered musical stylings, it explores biblical, devotional, and liturgical themes of repentance, forgiveness, grace, and new beginnings in Christ. Theologically rich hymn texts are set to […]

Pop Goes the Worship War

Pop Goes the Worship War

(Or, How to Start Your Own Worship War With 7 Simple Tools You Probably Have Around Your Home If They Haven’t Burned It Down Yet) – A response to “Pop Goes The Worship” –  Why do people quarrel and fight and split hairs and churches over something as seemingly petty as “traditional vs. contemporary music”? In […]

The Problem With "Worship"

The Problem With “Worship”

I'm hoping to start blogging more about worship and church music in the near future. Meanwhile, enjoy this from a while back. A while back on Internet Monk's website, there was a fascinating conversation on worship–you could do worse than to check it out–prefaced by this zinger: (The theological term for this, if I recall from my […]

New Creation #4: Alas, And Did My Savior Bleed?

New Creation #4: Alas, And Did My Savior Bleed?

The Song Behind the Song Isaac Watts (1647-1748) is known as the “Father of English Hymnody” for very good reason. If he wasn’t the very first to ever write a hymn in English, he was the one who showed the rest of us how it was done. A precocious youngster with an inborn knack for rhyme, […]

Recommended Reading on Worship and Stuff

Recommended Reading on Worship and Stuff

Looking for something to read over the weekend? A good place to start is Quivering Daughters’ new series Journey to Grace. Read the stories; add your own. This is a simply inspired idea and I’m excited to see where it will take us. (Well, to grace of course, but grace takes so many unexpected shapes […]

Interview with "The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond"

Interview with “The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond”

As you might have noticed, I haven’t had too much time for writing lately, being absurdly busy with work and life. But somewhere in the past few weeks, I did find time to sit down with an up-and-coming blogger known as Mr. Pond for a discussion on music, writing, faith, spiritual abuse, and many other […]

Christian Album Covers: The Hall of Silliness

Christian Album Covers: The Hall of Silliness

This is an oldie but goodie from my archives; it also got featured on Revelife.com to general hilarity. It’s been on my mind again as I’m trying to decide what to put on the cover of my forthcoming CD. I can assure you, it won’t be anything like these…. As long as we’re on the […]