A new iPod

Late this summer my Nano developed a problem. I was no longer able to use the center click wheel. The iPod still played music/podcasts, I was just unable to select what I wanted to play in what order. It started at the beginning of the list, then I had to fast forward to the episode I desired. I attempted to fix this by only putting on a couple of episodes at a time, which was less than ideal, but worked as long as I had enough listening material. I toyed with purchasing a replacement wheel and inside electronics but was concerned about wasting money if I didn’t fix it. I was also a bit envious of the amount of space on newer iPods. When the Nano was in tip-top shape, I regularly filled it and had to leave off music lists or newer podcast episodes. On Friday, I will finishing paying for my “new” iPod Classic. I purchased it before Apple released its new line in September, but overall I’m happy with my purchase. I have a smaller Classic, 120GB, as opposed to the newer 160GB one that was released in September. I looked at other brands, other sizes, other others and decided that between the ease of use of iTunes and a similar price point for other mp3 players with comparable size, the Classic was what I wanted.

And it’s that time of year again, what’s on the iPod in the podcast realm. Many old favorites are still in the mix, some no loner on the list have discontinued new episodes, some have become a bit erratic, some just don’t suit me any longer and some I try again after a hiatus.

I’ve still decided not to review any of the new podcasts nor explain why others are no longer on the list. My skin isn’t thick enough when the podcasters leave me feedback. I feel guilty when I share my opinion which hurts complete strangers. Yes, they put themselves out there. Yes, I am trying to be unbiased, I have no stake in the success or failure of a podcast so I’m not playing favorites. Moving on . . .

Standard disclaimer-not all podcasts in my list are suitable for family listening, please check reviews left on iTunes and the shownotes for the podcasts to determine if you would enjoy or be offended by a podcast.

Still hanging on:

New-ish, but staying for a bit longer:

On probation:

If I add too many more to my lists, I’m going to have to take a screenshot and color code them as old, new, and on probation. If you have a podcast or know of one related to literature, crafting (knitting, crocheting, quilting, scrapbooking, stamping, etc), gardening, real-life stories, etc that is not commercially produced (we all know that Lion Brand Yarn has good things to say about itself, but I’m still not going to listen) leave a comment.


big ticket rock

Of the four stages: indie, main, worship, and rock, I will admit to not spending much time at this stage, but I link so that should I need or want to listen to something it will be easily found.

  • http://www.myspace.com/heathmcnease
  • http://www.joywhitlock.com/
  • http://www.esterlyn.com/
  • http://www.myspace.com/worthdyingformusic
  • http://www.disciplerocks.com/
  • http://www.stellarkart.com/
  • http://www.hawknelson.com/
  • http://www.nailpointmusic.com/
  • http://www.agsilver.com/
  • http://www.wavorly.com/
  • http://www.krystalmeyers.com/
  • http://www.fireflightrock.com/ Iamunbreakable.com
  • http://www.needtobreathe.net/
  • http://www.redmusiconline.com/


big ticket worship

Of the four stages: indie, main, worship, and rock,the Worship Stage had several well known artists as well as a few new-to-me ones with a focus more on worship than entertaining. I spent a lot of time in this venue.

  • http://www.jeremyhornmusic.com/ & http://www.bigticketfestival.com/artists.cfm?artistid=135
  • http://www.meredithandrews.com/
  • Warren Barfield ~ only songs on big ticket http://www.bigticketfestival.com/artists.cfm?artistid=86
  • http://www.brandonheath.net/
  • http://www.markharrisonline.com/
  • http://www.myspace.com/alisaturner ~ not so much-nope
  • http://www.myspace.com/markwhiteband
  • http://www.33milesonline.com/
  • http://www.ayieshawoods.com/
  • http://www.aaronshust.com/


big ticket main

Of the four stages: indie, main, worship, and rock,the Big Ticket main stage is home to more widely known artists and winners of the previous year’s indie recognition. Again, this is a bookmark of all the artists from this summer with a short critique of my thoughts. I am not linking them yet, I don’t know how much return traffic to this site I want as a result of a random visit back.

  • http://www.myspace.com/everlife ~ good music, talked too much between songs
  • http://www.mikefarrismusic.net/ ~ gospel, jazz sound
  • http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=7996847
  • http://www.leelandonline.com/
  • http://www.matthewwest.com/
  • http://www.davidcrowderband.com/
  • http://www.newsboys.com/
  • http://www.myspace.com/andystefanicband
  • http://www.redumbrella.net/
  • http://www.sevenglory.com/
  • http://www.newsongonline.com/
  • http://www.barlowgirl.com/
  • http://www.kutless.com/
  • http://www.tobymac.com/


big ticket indie

So, this year was my first year at Big Ticket and I will admit to not doing my homework before hand. To do over again, I would have spent several days browsing the Big Ticket website and stalking the bands because spur of the moment choosing among the four four stages: indie, main, worship, and rock, proved to be difficult at times, so I wandered back and forth. The big names I know-I’ve heard a fair amount of the ones that were on Main Stage and Worship, but not the other two. Right now it’s a bookmark and critique based on one or more songs from their website. I have a total of four posts, one for each stage. I’ll update them as I listen to more music.

  • http://www.myspace.com/breakingthesilenceonline
  • http://www.myspace.com/ohioavenue
  • http://www.myspace.com/jettyraemusic ~ wishing I hadn’t missed this one
  • http://www.myspace.com/alivedownriver ~ actually heard them in person and they have a better studio presence than stage
  • http://www.myspace.com/jonathancordero
  • http://www.myspace.com/briansmithwebmusic ~ mellow, soft, nice
  • http://www.myspace.com/candlefuse ~ each song is so different, but definitely a must
  • http://www.thechoirvisible.com/ ~ can’t really tell, only short clips of songs on site
  • http://www.myspace.com/redrunsdeep ~ I’d call it rock, not really listening to the lyrics closely, but the beat is catchy
  • http://www.myspace.com/reillytheband ~ interesting
  • http://www.myspace.com/hailyourhighness ~ varies from song to song-heavy metal no decipherable lyrics to softer
  • start here with listening:

  • http://www.myspace.com/only9am
  • http://www.myspace.com/theeffort
  • http://www.myspace.com/seabird
  • http://www.myspace.com/staynlis
  • bird on a wire