First apologies, profusely, for being so late! Life is so very full right now! Jerry put out a fantastic group of sunrise photos! ‘Morning’s Glory’! We are both so glad to get some of the glorious beauty of the Lord into people’s hands, in order for people to appreciate the hand of God at work for us.
“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.” — Psalm 19:1
So, how are y’all doing so far this year? We are running our race this year strong and steady, counting the literal work days and until Batman retires! And counting the months and weeks until each two grand babies are born!
Not gonna lie, having a hard time processing all the emotion of joy of this year and the work to make time for writing or making podcasts. But, my heart is so here every day, looking for opportunities. I am sure we all struggle with that juggling thing though.
What are you listening to lately? This year has brought some wonderful praise and worship music and just uplifting music in general. My sound track this year has included Dante Bowe and his album Circles. All. Of. It. What I loved about this album is he is a devout Christian artist writing and singing with so many in the current Praise and Worship circles, like a bee from one group to the next, cross pollinating from one part of the Body of Christ to the next, which I think is one aspect of the epitome of healthy Christian living. The kicker though for this project, in my mind, is it is a Christian singing his faith as it looks in his every day life, like we ought to live every day, not as a praise and worship project but just reflections on life, naturally reflecting his faith. Totally relatable to anyone, whether they care for Christian music or not. Every song has a reason to choose it. I think ‘Joyful’ and ‘Family Tree’ are great choice to give a listen.
The Maverick City, Elevation Worship project called ‘Old Church Basement’ is a whole experience!! There is no skip song at all, on this or any of the great albums I’m digging this year! Some faves? ‘Wait on You’, ‘Shall Not Want’, ‘Million Little Miracles’, ‘Come Again’, and ‘Build Your Church’. It just transports you.
And can I just say I am superrrrr late to the Crowder party???? The Crowder ‘Milk and Honey’ album is a whole entire planet of wonderful!! A Southern Rock girl to my core, this music feeds my soul because it magnifies Jesus AND gives me that bit of the South sound that makes my heart happy. Again, no skip songs! Listen to it all…twice or thrice!
Also, I forgive y’all for not telling me about ‘We The Kingdom’. Did I mention I’m a Southern Rock girl? Yes! These people are making music that just isn’t out there, Jesus and the Kingdom and sung in Southern! ♥️♥️♥️ My heart sings and my windows rattle as I’m driving down the road! ‘Don’t Tread on Me’! Kicks the devil in his teeth and EXALTS our Jesus!! All the while making my Southern roots tingle! ‘Take Me on a Ride’ is such a great picture of the adventure our faith walk is supposed to be. What a great witness and joyful song!
An extraordinary experience I had one Friday before work, back in early May, was impulsively purchasing an old album by Pastor Clint Brown, from about 12-15 years ago.
Background: The church I spent 20 years in, and raised our boys in, sang so much of his music! He visited a good number of times and preached with fire and he’s just a work horse for the Kingdom of God. Good man. Super anointed. Well, I had been missing Praise and Worship from my old days at Family Worship Center. Which inspired me to get ‘Fall Like Rain’ that fateful Morning.
WOW! It lifted my spirits so much. I had not realized how VERY MANY songs we did of his until that day! It blessed me beyond anything I could have imagined, because I knew literally every song, and it was such a wonderful, joyful experience to get to sing these songs at the top of my lungs, while also remembering Sunday after Sunday and Thursday after Thursday doing the same, and it took me back, in the best way, to service after service of knowing that the Holy Spirit had just done surgery in my heart before the preaching even had begun! Again, no skip songs, some of my faves being ‘Awesome God’, ‘I Can’t Get Enough’, ‘I Will’, ‘I’m Forgiven’, and ‘Fall Like Rain’. He’s from Louisiana. And it shows!! Fan-flippin-tastic!! Music is such an incredible gift of God.
What brought me here tonight though, was Batman discovered a YouTube channel by the sweetest, most fun young couple, it’s called ‘Rob Squad Reactions’ . Not only are their music choices SUPERB! But, their heart shows through every upbeat amazed reaction, as they discover old music that Batman and I just love because it’s music from the soundtrack of our lives as younguns. They are all about the joy of musical craftsmanship and it’s a lot of fun to watch them discover and/or just enjoy it with us. Like us, they see music as a unifying element that people across all groups can appreciate and take pleasure in. We all need more of this!
Tonight as we sat listening to Stevie Nicks signing ‘Landslide’, I actually was overwhelmed with gratitude and emotion that made my eyes tear, which is not a reaction I have to music hardly ever. So many thoughts about appreciation for Batman, and our life together. It was like a wave washed over me. Or maybe bubbled out of me is better expressed.
I met him 5 March 1982 with friends on the way to an Alabama concert in a neighboring city. Our journey amazes me. It’s not that we have a flashy story. Nope. We are not flashy people. But, we were kids. Born to people who were extremely working class. Salt of the earth people. Our parents were born to people born and raised during the Great Depression. They had some wisdom to live by. And we had things to learn beyond that. Like every generation does. Just very grateful how the Lord has helped us to learn and grow and GROW TOGETHER. What a gift.
I think listening to these old songs and the memories and joy and the tears and the MILES the Good Lord has brought us through just has really moved me tonight! So, I wanted to jump on here and talk about what the gift of music is doing in my life this summer!
I hope you will be inspired to catch a sunrise, and try out Rob Squad Reactions, and maybe Dante Bowe or Crowder and ‘Milk and Honey‘, or We the Kingdom.
So tell me, whatcha listening to lately?
“It is of the Lord’s MERCIES that WE ARE NOT CONSUMED, because his compassions fail not.
They are NEW every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” — Lamentations 3:22-23
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Hey, Peach. Talk about being late to the party. I am way, way behind in my blog reading; but I cannot just ‘delete’ y’all’s notifications without even reading them!
So, yeah, music is my life. A couple of things about what I have been listening to lately:
1. Our adult son recently (a year ago) moved back in with us, and, among other things, he brought with him about 500 black vinyl LPs; all of which I had gifted to him years ago when I was downsizing my music collection. I have been listening to those albums – literally every one of them, methodically. So much fun! Music from the ’60s and ’70s. Chicago, Eagles, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Janis Joplin, Starship, Bee Gees, Peter Frampton… on and on, and including some great old crooner disks from the likes of Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, and Dean Martin, and much more.
2. A while back – about 2 years ago – we re-discovered the Gaithers. Primarily, the Gaither Vocal Band. Now, I grew up with the Gaithers. My folks raised us in the same “denomination” as the Gaithers, so my first exposure to them was in the mid-’60s when they were just starting out. Anyway, we have been seriously enjoying The Gaither Vocal Band – so many great songs and incredible vocal harmony arrangements. I think one of my favorite projects of theirs is “Pure and Simple” – available in two volumes of DVDs. If you bring up the Gaither Vocal Band on YouTube, you pretty much can’t go wrong.
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Oh, I have heard of them, had them on the TV, but never really sampled them, paid attention, so now I must do that! I love the title and idea of ‘Pure and Simple, so I will look for songs from that project!
Jerry (Batman) and I actually watch more YouTube than TV these days, but not a whole lot of either. Times, they are a changing!
Wonderful gift to have your son back home for a bit! I pray lots of good comes from this temporary season!
That MUSIC!!! What a fantastic collection!! So much greatness in there!
So, parallel to that, around August we started watching this young couple on YouTube, endeavoring to build a channel, one of those ‘Reaction’ channels, they are the age of our youngest son, and know ZERO about music, and their commenters make all the recommendations you mentioned, and it’s sweet to hear these old songs we had forgotten about and appreciate them all over again, and funny to hear the couple try to break it down. They are very nice people who want to build bridges between different types of people. And it just is a fun lighted hearted thing to catch every day!
Hope y’all are doing good! I so appreciate you taking time to stop by!
May this year be filled with the blessing of the Lord upon you and your family!
Oh, and btw, LOVE to listen to Elevation Worship, Maverick City, We the Kingdom, Dante Bowe; and I have been a Crowder fan for many years – one of my favorite projects of his – “American Prodigal” – so, so good. You might also enjoy Misty Edwards, Holly Starr, For King and Country, and We Are Messengers.
“Child of Love” one of my favorite WTK tracks.
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Oh. Thank you so much for the recommendation! I will certainly try them all!!
Our oldest son is a big fan of For King and Country’ and I like them as well!!
Elevation has a new project coming out in March and the first release was today, ‘Same God’!! I’m liking it!!! 🤩🙏🏻🙌🏻