Our fan send a lovely, detailed email requesting songs to teach the Catholic Old Testament. A convert, she knew a lot of good Christian teaching music, but has trouble squeezing "2nd Maccabees and Ecclesiasticus" into the tunes she knows. (BTW, the Protestant group Go Fish has a "Bible Book Bop" that we kind of like.)
This has got the creative team thinking about how to pack the OT into a small handful of songs. There IS a first-5-books-of-the-Bible song by the Dogma Dogs, but the recording is boring (it's much better live! Kids shout out the names of the books), so it hasn't been released. With this new request, perhaps there will be a small collection, if not a whole album's worth, and we're going to see if "The Pentateuch" can be made available sooner rather than later.
For the not-entirely-a-fan, Amy took a chance and reached out to a lady who gave us 2 stars on Amazon. Dogma Dogs aren't for everyone, and we can understand the 1-star lady who said "this is silly," as well as the people who use the 'Dogs with preschoolers instead of ages 6-11 and then find they don't as work well for the little ones. But we had to ask her, what in the CD was "not totally accurate with the Bible"? This was important to learn. We NEVER, NEVER want songs meant without sacrilege and scruntinized for doctrinal accuracy (even if the wording is goofy) to come across wrong.
Well good news, she was super sweet, and we were glad to find out that the song she remembered as "not being totally accurate" was not actually on our CD, but someone else's. She also brought up that "Mount Sinai" teaches the 10 commandments in reverse order --OOPS, although hopefully it will not keep the kids out of heaven if they obey them in reverse order.
But the thing that really struck home was when Amy thanked her for the honest feedback and she said, "I have no musical talent, but I like to use the music with the kids. We people without musical talent, we rely on you." It felt like a benediction.
So with the weight of Elijah's cloak felt on our shoulders, off we go into the Advent Season to create more music!