Jeff Koch

Jeff is a mortgage lender and graduate of the World Journalism Institute's mid-career course. He lives with his wife and their eight children in the Chicago area.

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Tinariwen's Sahara Desert serenade

Music
by Jeff Koch
Posted 5/23/14, 02:48 pm

What do you get when you cross the music of Jimi Hendrix and Carlos Santana with nomadic tribesmen from the Sahara desert? World music group Tinariwen delivers the answer in their new album Emaar—a beguiling blend of Middle Eastern drumming, chanting, and acid blues-rock.

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All Sons & Daughters' songs of desperation

Music
by Jeff Koch
Posted 5/17/14, 09:30 am

Everything breathes freshness and authenticity in the new, self-titled album by acoustic-folk duo All Sons & Daughters. Leslie Jordan and David Leonard weave scintillating harmonies atop uncluttered arrangements and tasteful instrumentation. Like a rootsy version of Keith and Kristen Getty, All Sons & Daughters expresses scriptural truths in poetic fashion, making music form-fitted for personal, liturgical, and corporate worship.  

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Ode to a harried, happy, homeschooling mom

Family
by Jeff Koch
Posted 5/10/14, 01:23 pm

My wife Cheryl is a homeschooling mom of eight children. Which means she can spit out state capitals and change a diaper faster than John Wayne could empty a six-shooter. But if you ask her what the day of the week is, she’ll freeze on you like a deer in headlights. “Amarillo” she might mutter, in hopes of keeping you at bay. Homeschool kids are not much different, with similarly odd gaps in their knowledge base. Just the other day at the dinner table my 9-year-old leaned over to me and whispered, “Daddy … sometimes I forget Thursdays.”

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