ell, it has been many months in the making, but we’re now getting set to celebrate the official release of Music is Worthless, the new saint ben’s sponsored recording by Mike Koop’s Multitude of Sins. We’ve offered a series of posts along the way: one about hauling a Hammand B3 organ into the studio; one with some early mixes of a few of the songs; even a post that was ostensibly about a Bob Dylan album, but which gave us a great excuse to share a bit of Mike’s cover of “Pressing On.”
The release concert takes place on Friday December 3 at 8:00pm at the Exchange Community Church, 200-75 Albert Street. Alana Levandoski will be there as a special guest, offering an opening set of music, and then that Multitude of Sins will take over for the rest of the evening. Admission is $10 (or $25 including a copy of the CD).
Click on the arrow for a sample of the title track
The folks at the Exchange Church have graciously invited us to move in and basically take over their wonderful warehouse loft space for the better part of three days, because along with the concert we’ll also be holding our art show there from the evening of December 2 though the end of the day on December 4. Entitled Beautiful Mercy and Other Works, this exhibit will showcase over fifty pieces of visual art created by people connected to our community.
So what about that CD title, Music is Worthless? Well, it is on to something that is found somewhere in the spiritual space between the darkness of the book of Ecclesiastes and the deep lament of Psalm 137 (“How can we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?”). While in his bleaker moments Mike might be afraid that “music is worthless,” as was the case with the writer of Psalm 139, the only way to say such a hopeless thing is to write a piece of music.
And though Mike would probably be devastated to think he was being accused of writing a concept album (which is a terribly 1974 thing to do), there is movement and flow to this CD that takes the whole into a pretty powerful affirmation of how the light shines in the darkness.
You’re going to like this one, both in its CD edition and in the live concert version. If you can join us, please do.