It’s time for another edition of New Music Monday here on Spin: The Blog! Technically, this week’s musical selection has been out for a few weeks but it is sooo good I’m going to have to go ahead and write a little about it today anyway. (In my defense, there has been so much good new music released lately that I’m almost to the point that I need to win the lottery to be able to afford my iTunes habit; so, please bear with me if I run a few weeks behind on my New Music Monday entries!)
This week, my selection is the latest project from Matthew West entitled ‘Into The Light’. As you might expect from any Matthew West project, ‘Into The Light’ is exceptional. Exceptionally good. Matthew West is nothing if not consistently one of the best singer/songwriters around, and I’d venture to say that’s true of any genre of music, not just Christian music.
Jason Mraz who?
My top four favorite songs on ‘Into The Light’ are, in no particular order, Do Something, Hello My Name Is, Forgiveness, and Unchangeable. With that being said, I honestly think anyone would be hard pressed to find a bad song on this album. Yep, it’s that good.
I want to share one of my favorite moments that happened while I was listening to Do Something. The opening lyrics to Do Something sound remarkably similar to a conversation I routinely have in my head with God and are as follows:
“I woke up this morning
Saw a world full of trouble now
Thought, how’d we ever get so far down
How’s it ever gonna to turn around?
So I turned my eyes to Heaven
I thought, “God, why don’t you do something?”
Well, I just couldn’t bear the thought of
People living in poverty
Children sold into slavery
The thought disgusted me
So I shook my fist at Heaven
Said “God, why don’t you do something?”
This next part of the song, a lyric I never saw coming, really got me:
He said, “I did, I created you.”
Somewhere far, far away, Matthew West smiles and says “Gotcha!” every time someone listens Do Something for the first time and has the same reaction I did.
Now, it’s my turn to encourage you to do something. Obviously, I think you should go buy a copy of ‘Into The Light’, but if you are in or around my locale of Fort Wayne, Indiana, you have an opportunity to do something a little bit more.
For $15, you can pick up tickets here to Operation: Rock the Boxes on November 9th at IPFW’s Auer Hall and help spread the love of Jesus Christ this Christmas by supporting Operation Christmas Child. Can you guess who will be appearing at the Operation: Rock the Boxes kick-off concert? Well, if you guessed Matthew West, Mike’s Chair, Lindsay McCaul, and Everfound, you’re right! For $15, I’m thinking that this concert is a steal!
I hope to see you there! In the meantime, here are some other links you might find interesting: