Friday, March 16, 2018

New Owl City Music!!!!

Owl City is back with some new music. He's got a movie theme going, so the songs are released in three-track "reels". The stuff he was releasing after his score projects last year (those were INCREDIBLE!!!) wasn't really exciting me. "All My Friends" is okay, as is "Lucid Dream", "Not All Heroes Wear Capes" is a great song, but musically, didn't work for me. So I'm sitting over here, disappointed that I'm not enjoying his songs, because I really like him, and then comes "Montana". Oh my goodness! (I'm like Ruffnut in How To Train Your Dragon 2: "Okay, I love you again." :)

I'm mildly obsessed with that song, and it's much more the style I like. The new release today, "New York City", is awesome too. I'm hoping he keeps this up. Both of these songs are kind of random and goofy, though they definitely have a theme, and are his electro-pop style that he used to do all the time. It's fantastic!

There was a big uproar a few years ago in the Relient K fandom when they changed their style and sound. They have the right to do that. But they have to know that their fans, who became their fans because of their old style, will be upset and that they'll probably lose a lot of those fans, who don't like the new style. If they are fine with that, then great. Make the change.

I was one of the fans who doesn't really like much of what they release now and just sticks to the old stuff. I'm hoping that doesn't happen with Owl City, but if it does, then at least I have a lot of his old music to listen too. 

Happy Listening!

Friday, March 9, 2018

Hawk Nelson Keeps Delivering

If you asked me my favorite artists or bands, Hawk Nelson wouldn't be on the list, simply because I usually judge that based on how many songs I own by a particular artist/band. But that leaves bands like Hawk Nelson off, when they probably should be on my favorites list.

Hawk Nelson has been around forever, or so it seems, and they continue to deliver high-energy music, with great messages. You have your fun or goofy songs in there too, and all around, it's a wonderful mix. 

They have some new singles that have been releasing on Spotify, making me wonder if there is a new album in the making? (Please oh please)! If they are going to be releasing a new album, I am pretty excited about it, based on the singles. (Hmmm, according to Genius Lyrics, they are releasing an album called Miracles sometime this year!)

The first one I heard was "He Still Does (Miracles)". It's so encouraging and uplifting and inspiring. God doesn't usually do miracles like He did in the Bible, and it can be easy to think that He just doesn't work that way anymore. But He does. He still does miracles, but sometimes they are through common, everyday things. He might use a doctor for healing, or open up an opportunity at just the right time. There are still miracles.

Favorite lyrics:
Even if you don't see it now
Without a doubt, He's already moving
There is not a pain that you hold
He doesn't know, and He isn't using

Next up is "Parachute". This is a creative take on the theme of our mistakes and our sins weighing us down, pulling at us. Hawk Nelson does an incredible job in their song writing; penning lyrics that connect with people. Let's be honest, we all pretty much deal with the same things, even if the circumstances are a bit different and we don't feel like anyone else would understand. Hawk Nelson understands how people feel when they are going through stuff and their songs reflect it.

Favorite lyrics: 
The weight of my mistakes
My regrets and all my shame
Like gravity, it's pulling me
The waves keep crashing in
Things I've done and who I've been
The gravity, it's pulling me


And finally, the song I just heard today, (and will probably listen to several times :), "Never Let You Down". Again, how do they do this? It's like they know exactly what I'm going through. But then, it's not unique to me. We all struggle with our thoughts. We all wonder sometimes if God is there or if He's hearing us. This song kind of reminds me of the Footprints In The Sand poem.

Favorite lyrics: 
I've been wrestling with my thoughts, I've been searching for daylight
Tryin' to make sense of the mess, tryin' to feel like I'm alright
All these questions without answers
Feelin' restless and abandoned

Will You hear my call?
Will You be there when I fall?

Happy Listening!!!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Reckless Love ~ Cory Asbury

I have discovered a lot of new worship music lately that I am totally sold on! I'm weird about worship music; I know that. There's not really a rhyme or reason to what I like and what I don't. But "Reckless Love" is definitely a like.

Love is a word thrown around so much in our culture. Everyone has their own definitions and we get hurt by love more often than not. With all the turmoil regarding love, it can be so easy to doubt God's love. This song reflects on the fact that God loved us before we were born and will continue to love us no matter what we do or don't do. Even when we are fighting Him, He is still loving us!

Favorite lyrics:
There's no shadow You won't light up
Mountain You won't climb up
Coming after me
There's no wall You won't kick down
No lie You won't tear down
Coming after me

Happy Listening!


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!