I’m a critical person. By nature I suppose, maybe it’s why Human Resources was so intriguing to me in College. Feedback + People = Super fun. I get into trouble with it here though in my blog because we don’t like to think critically about things that have “Christian” labels. Well here I go again because I’ve got another case of the reds!
Last year, By the Tree released a “Best of” project. Initially, I was surprised because the By the Tree that is on the radio now is not the By the Tree I fell in love with back with Invade My Soul. So, with the band’s line-up changes and different creative direction for sound I was curious how they could compile a “Best of” CD and what would be found on it? The name said it all: Beautiful One – The Best of By the Tree. For those of you who may not know, the song Beautiful One (title track to said “Best of” CD) is not even a song written by the band! If memory serves me correctly it’s a Tim Hughes song. A Tim Hughes song that By the Tree covered after Jeremy Camp already covered it from Tim Hughes! I only thought I was disgusted by this and then I noticed another Best of CD released just a few weeks ago.
May 27, Tree63 releases Blessed Be Your Name – The Hits. Blessed Be Your Name might be a bit more familiar to you because back in 2005 there was a CD released called Blessed Be Your Name: The Songs of Matt Redman. You might also be familiar a couple other of Matt’s songs, namely All Over the World and Nothing But the Blood. Tree63 is actually counting on it because they are also found here on Tree63‘s lists of “hits.”
Please, sincerely I implore you, find me another genre of music or band that could get away with this! I don’t know if it’s truly offensive or just plain lazy? Or if even it’s the bands fault? Although if it was the dastardly record label’s thought, who stole the band’s cahones? Since when do we congratulate, life up, exult and encourage Cover Bands by giving them Best of CDs?!?! YES all these songs are good songs but for crying out loud Tree63 didn’t you even get the memo that Matt Redman already named a Best of CD Blessed Be Your Name?!?! WE DID!
I’m officially getting rid of all bands with the word “Tree” in them from my iTunes library and any further purchases, playing, reviewing, suggesting on Last.FM, etc. and will google the record labels with whom promotes these 2 to see who else not to support.