October 10, 2008 at 8:31 pm | Posted in Arts, Theology | 3 Comments

Many moons ago, when I would diligently sit at my computer long into the night, writing papers for seminary, I began to listen to the old to keep myself awake. was a great website, just what I always wanted when I was in high school — a way for anyone to find and listen to music performed by anyone else, without all the dumbing down brought on by the modern music marketing machine.  Naturally, when people found they could upload entire commercial albums under their own name, the RIAA shut them down.  But until then, it was a musical smorgasborg, and it was all for free.

Of course, I found that my high school dream of unfettered music was not perfect — people uploaded a lot of dreck.  But, if one sifted through the dross, there were a number of gems to be uncovered.  Tracks from completely unknown artists like Bolsa de Papas, 24 Idaho, Dawson Cowals, and relative unknown Flight180 were all there for the listening.  But my favorite of all was MadelynIris.

MadelynIris was a husband and wife duo that combined the best layered vocals with lyrics that transcended the Christian pop or pretentious doublespeak of the day.  The sound ranged from lush electronica to tender acoustic piano.  I figure that they must have had a full recording studio in their basement.  Similarly, the lyrics ran the gamut from chanted Latin to a mother’s love poured out in song … can you guess what it is?.  Each song resonated with strong Christian faith, but never schmaltzy.  They even did a fantastic cover of U2’s Drowning Man, which you just have to hear to appreciate.

MadelynIris had CD’s available on, but I was too poor/cheap to buy them.  So, when went under, all I had was a handful of mp3 files that I had stashed away.  Later, I was able to collect a few more from the short-lived MadelynIris blog site.  Then, I finally hit paydirt.  Not one but both MadelynIris CD’s were on eBay for the bargain price of 99 cents.  Naturally, I placed my bid, ready to fend off the hordes of MadelynIris fans that would scrap over this digital treasure.

They never showed.  I won the auction uncontested.  Now I can cruise around in style, listening to MadelynIris on my CD player.

They say it’s a tragic ending, I say it’s a new beginning.  When all is wrong, it’s really all right.  When all is right, you’re bound to deny it…

New Day, by MadelynIris


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  1. Lotsa links but no new posts? What gives? Let’s find Nemo!

  2. Hi! I know you probably haven’t been on here in a very long time, but my name is Madelyn Iris, and this song is written about me. This was my mother’s song to me when I was younger and I just been diagnosed with a disease called alopecia areata. I am so thankful that you are still listening. Madelyn Iris was a huge part of my life (believe it or not ;)), but now I have started writing my own music, influenced with both of my parents. I am so happy that you are still listening. This music will forever be a part of my childhood.

    God bless.


  3. Wow, what a blessing — a note from MadelynIris herself! This was just the pick-me-up I needed today.

    I still monitor this site, though I haven’t posted anything in years due to (a) the little time and energy remaining after taking care of my thirteen children and (b) a severe mental block. I keep telling myself that I’ll do up an article someday, but someday never comes….

    In any case, I’ve been following some of your videos on YouTube, especially the beautiful song you wrote for the tornado victims. Please keep writing and recording — you inherited your mother’s beautiful voice. I hope to hear much more from you in the future!

    And, if you can get permission, keep posting the original MadelynIris videos on YouTube — the world still needs to hear them.

    Thanks again for the note!

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