Lost And Found is one of my favorite musical groups. I don’t offer this designation lightly; nor do I express it without a great deal of discernment. I think they’re excellent in almost every capacity. Decreeing them to be such an amazing band might raise some eyebrows among those who have known me to be hyper-critical of musicians. Allow me to explain. In exchange for a Music Education degree, my parents gave Wartburg College tens of thousands of dollars and I devoted myself to developing the ability to critique, analyze, and grade music. For this reason, and many others, people often stare in amazement when I profess my love for the creative genius that Michael Bridges and George Baum.
As you can ascertain from their website, their music is a little odd. Before offering their rendition of “Angels We Have Heard on High”, Michael said, “this is probably going to sound like a Christmas carol sing-along with the Ramones.” He was correct.
The instrumentation is simple – Michael on electric acoustic guitar and George on digital piano. Half of their songs are ravenously upbeat and have been given the nomenclature “speedwood“. The other group of songs are tender and reflective. Their voices and harmonies are a bit like Simon and Garfunkel with a sinus infection…which is to say beautifully in tune, just a little nasal.
But none of the aforementioned traits is what makes them so great. The true genius of Lost And Found is their ability to engage the audience in a variety of ways.
- These guys are hilarious! Michael and George are constantly playing off one another’s comments. They’re quick and witty and don’t hesitate to let a funny moment linger for a while.
- They talk with the audience. They demand the house lights to be raised in the auditorium so they can see the faces of the people. They even sing a song at the end of the concert where they make up lyrics based on the conversations they’ve had with audience members throughout the show.
- Their weird faces, strange singing, odd gestures, and general uniqueness give non-verbal permission for the people in attendance to be themselves. There’s no need to worry about having a bad singing voice…or dancing…or looking goofy at a Lost And Found concert. In fact, it’s encouraged and modeled for everyone who is watching the performers.
- Theology, Theology, THEOLOGY! In an industry rife with cheesy lyrics and decision theology, Michael and George have remained stubbornly and faithfully focused on God’s love personified in Jesus Christ. Their songs focus on God’s promises and what it means to be simultaneously sinner and saint. They don’t preach, but they do a beautiful job of describing the kind of God I profess to believe in.
I’m fully aware that not everyone shares my appreciation for Lost And Found’s brand of music / comedy / theology. From where I sit, Bridges and Baum seem to “get it” more than any other music group – Christian or not – and will always remain one of my favorite musical groups of all time.
Here’s a look at some of their t-shirt designs:
Here are my Top Ten Lost And Found song, in alphabetical order:
- Because He Lives
- Can’t Take Away
- Dreamed of Love
- Have Love
- Must Be
- The Church’s One Foundation
- With You
- Your Memory