Friday, February 9, 2018

Matthew West Releases New Album Featuring "Never Ever Give Up"

I have been waiting for this since I heard the song during the KLOVE Fan Awards movie event. He wrote "Never Ever Give Up" for a little girl named Brooke who was battling cancer. I loved it the first time I heard it and was checking YouTube every couple months to see if he'd released an audio for it yet. I wanted to listen! He finally released it on his newest album, "All In".  

This post has been a long time coming, but album reviews take time to put together, and each time I'd come to post, I wouldn't have time. Better late than never! I'm going to review my favorite songs from the album (which may end up being the majority, we'll see :)

We'll start with the title track. What I like about this song is how it truly is about every single person. West sings, "we're all dying to live, but we're all scared to death". Doesn't that just about sum up everyone? This song, with its message and beat, is a great foot forward for the album.

You've heard this one on the radio long before the album came out. How does he do it? This song, like Mended, speaks to us when we feel useless to God. "The pages of history, they tell me it's true/ that it's never the perfect, it's always the ones with the scars that you use". The end of the chorus ties this song with the "all in" theme of the album as it says, "then here I am, Lord, I'm all yours". Wonderful, incredible song. 

This is like a biography of West's life in a song! I love it. He starts off as a broke college student, attending a SCC concert (yes! :) and he hears God say, "that's gonna be you someday". How cool is that? Then it switches to him singing and "you're in the crowd, looking at me/ singing Child of the One True King" and he's thinking that any one person in that crowd could be experiencing what he did years ago. 

I love the way West is so humble about being used by God: "I'm no Billy Graham, but I come as I am, and you know that you can too". Any one moment can be the moment our life changes. 

Oooh! Here's the story of the song!

West has great lyrics, but he also has great music. This beat gets stuck in my head a lot. "Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah" :) In '1 Song' the idea is that if he could only sing one song, it would be for God, but I also think it is a good reminder that we never know when our last is, so it should all be for God. 

And the finale.... NEVER, EVER GIVE UP
As I said at the beginning of this post, this song was written for Brooke, but I think it's going to encourage a lot of people who are going through incredibly challenging seasons. My favorite aspect is the upbeat music :) I can't help but smile and want to dance a bit when I hear this song. Added to it are the lyrics which are just so encouraging. Here's the song and then the video of Matthew and Elizabeth Hasslebeck surprising Brooke with the song. It's super sweet.

I don't know that I could pick a song off this album to be my favorite. I listen to all of these almost equally. Depends on what's in my head at the time. Usually I'm singing one of them and then I want to listen to the real thing. Hope you enjoyed this!

Friday, February 2, 2018

God Of All My Days ~ Casting Crowns

Casting Crowns has been releasing some incredible songs in the last few years. These songs speak to people who are down, lost, and broken. I'm imagining that a lot of it is born out of Mark Hall's bought with cancer, but whatever the case, they really help me when I'm going through something difficult. 

The latest release to the radio is the song, "God Of All My Days". It reminds me of Psalm 77:10-12, which is the psalmist saying that in hard times, he will remember who God is. That's what this song is about. 

My seasons change, You stay the same
You're the God of all my days

Happy Listening!


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Follow Your Heart

I should have known better. 

Anthem Lights wouldn't make a song about following my own heart. But guys (I'm talking to AL here), seriously, the title makes some people shy away. 

You shouldn't, though. LISTEN TO THIS SONG! And I'm giving you the opportunity right now, aren't you lucky? :)

This is not about following your own heart. No. It's actually about how the world tells us to do that very thing and it's folly. Instead, we need to follow GOD'S heart. (That's the "your" to which they are referring).  

I really like this song and wish I'd discovered it much earlier. 

Happy Listening!

 Behind the Song!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The List ~ Matthew West

I don't know about you, but it's so easy to get sucked into my own head, listening to the lies of the Enemy. He likes to get us to dwell on our past; our own mistakes and failures. 

Matthew West has written a beautiful song about Love (Jesus/God) based on 1 Corinthians 13 all about how if He doesn't keep a list, why should we? 

Pull this out when you're having one of those days where you just are stuck in the lies. Love keeps no record of wrongs, He tears the list in pieces. 

Happy Listening!


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

I Am A Christian ~ Newsong

I have been waiting ALL YEAR for this song to come out. They performed it at Winter Jam 2017, but it wasn't released until a week or so ago. I don't understand. But it's finally here! 

This song is like a Pilgrim's Progress summary in song form. (I've never read that book, but I know what it's about). In my season of life, the reminder that I just take one step at a time and He is leading is so helpful. I want to have more control, but all I can do is put one foot in front of the other. 

Favorite lyrics: 
Head high keep your eyes above
Don't think of giving up
He brought you this far He won't stop now

Don't ever run away no matter what you face
Don't be afraid 'cause He will not back down
Remind yourself that He is with you now

Happy Listening!


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Whole Heart ~ Brandon Heath

As someone who struggles with opening up to people, this song is kind of convicting. Do I try to hide parts of myself from God? How silly that is, since he's GOD! 

I like the contrasts that Heath puts in his chorus. Read these lyrics: 
The less I trust you, the less I grow
The more you love me, the more I know
I don't have to be afraid to show all of me, all of me
Where there's hurting
You show me what healing can do
Where there's hatred
You show me how kindness can move
Where there's fear deep inside
I won't run, I won't hide

 The beat is catchy and helps the words stick in your head, but the words are pretty deep.

Happy Listening!


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Come To The Altar ~ Elevation Worship

I don't generally like songs like this (musically, not lyrically), but this one speaks to me. They lyrics are restful and soothing and the music works well with them. 

Favorite lyrics:
Leave behind your regrets and mistakes
Come today, there's no reason to wait
Jesus is calling

Bring your sorrows and trade them for joy
From the ashes, a new life is born
Jesus is calling

Happy Listening!