Turn it Over

from Love Convictions CD by Wayne Stoddart

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    If you listen only to the music of Love Convictions, you might mistake it for just another Rastafarian reggae release. But if you listen closely to the lyrics you ll hear the name Jesus praised, not JAH Thus, this is a collection of praise and worship songs, yet with an authentic reggae beat. The track Move On, for example, seems on the surface to be a political/social call to rise up above difficult circumstance -- much like many other back-to-Africa anthems found in reggae s repertoire. Only Stoddart sings, Move on in Jesus name, instead. But once again, if you don t pay close attention to the words, you may completely miss Stoddart s strictly Christian point. One titled Lives in Smoke completely flies in the face of typical Rastafarian sentiments. Rastafarian believe marijuana is a spiritual element in worship, much like way bread and wine are used in Christian communion. Although Stoddart doesn't specifically sing out against pot, his rant about dope likely also includes weed in its bad substance list. He also sings against cocaine and tobacco, explaining how such abuse sends lives up in smoke. Songs like Reggae Rock do just that rock. But Stoddart is equally effective when he quiets the music down. One particularly memorable song is Testify, which includes nice electric guitar fills. The track s easygoing nature may remind you a little of Bob Marley s great Redemption Songs. Stoddart also receives help from musical guests on a couple of tracks. St. Matthew helped write and here performs Love Me, a song that asks where love has gone. Steve Zamar Stoddart wrote and performs on Turn It Over, which is flavored with pumping organ. One of this CD s most pleasant surprises is a take on The Love of God, re-titled and reggae-fied as Bountiful Love and performed slowly and thoughtfully. The Love of God is a song we sing regularly in church. In fact, I couldn't resist sharing this version of the song with our worship team. Although I cannot imagine our conservative, mostly white Baptist church singing it on Sunday morning, I have no problem singing it in the privacy of my home. Maybe we ll actually get the congregation skanking to it one day. Who knows? Reggae music is spiritual music. And while I have severe theological differences with Rastafarianism, reggae music oftentimes brings me closer to God nevertheless. With Love Convictions, however, I have also found a sound theological connection with the artist. But even if theology is not an issue with you, it s hard not to enjoy Stoddart s smooth singing and comforting songs. Love Convictions connects with listeners on multiple levels.

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The Stoddart Brothers return to where it all started... the dynamic duo!! The brothers team up on this smashing single that written by Steve Stoddart (Zamar)... Straight Fire!! Turn it Over!!!


from Love Convictions CD, released October 15, 2008


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