I’ve received quite a few e-mails lately asking me about what my music playlist sounds like lately. Yes, I’m aware that I have been somewhat negligent in writing about music lately, and I do apologize for that. So for fun today I thought I would post a Tuesday Tunes Playlist of what I have been listening to lately and what has been speaking to my heart. Enjoy!
#15—The Words I Would Say (Sidewalk Prophets)—Yep, I realize that this is kind of classic. It’s by far the oldest song on this list. Lately, this song has been popping up in my life in weird places when I need a boost. For instance, I was in a real foul mood at Gordon Food Service shopping for a picnic at church last weekend, and sandwiched in between songs by The Cure and Bon Jovi was ‘The Words I Would Say’. Very strange, but in a good way. It definitely brought a smile to my face and turned my attitude around in record time.
#14—Obsolete (Sara Groves)—I really like Sara Groves. She has a haunting quality to her voice and the lyrics to her songs are just flat out brilliant. This song just kind of hits my feelings on the head lately, and in a way that I don’t think even I could describe as well as Sara does in this song. Highly recommended listening, along with the rest of the her album ‘Invisible Empires’.
#13—Redeemed (Big Daddy Weave)—This song just touches my heart every time I hear it, which fortunately is quite frequently as it’s getting a lot of radio play these days in my neck of the woods. I think this may be my all-time favorite BDW song!
#12—Higher (Lecrae featuring Tenth Avenue North)—I have to admit, when I first saw this song listed on Lecrae’s newest album, Gravity, I did a double take. Lecrae…and Tenth Avenue North? How exactly would something like that work, anyway? Well, let me say for the record it works quite beautifully. Great song, I totally love it. Further proof (at least to me) that Tenth Avenue North makes everything better!
#11—Gold (Britt Nicole)—There are a lot of really good songs on Britt Nicole’s latest project. If I had to pick one, I’d say ‘Gold’ is one of my favorites. Without fail, it brightens my day and gets me going no matter what else might be going on.
#10—Pushing on a Pull Door (For King & Country)—Yes, for those of you in the know, this is my theme song. I have written an entire short story based upon inspiration derived from this song. Luckily, I haven’t actually been hanging upside down lately like I was in the story I shared, but I’ve definitely been pushing on some pull doors lately.
#9—Good Morning (Mandisa featuring TobyMac)—Here’s a no fail recipe for a song that I will love: Have Mandisa sing something positive and upbeat, and toss in some TobyMac for good measure. Seriously, that’s a no fail recipe for a great song. These two together are like peanut butter and jelly (well, that might not be the best example since I’m allergic to peanut butter). Anyway, I think you get the picture.
#8—For the First Time Again (Jason Gray)—I’ve just recently discovered Jason Gray, and I’m quickly becoming a fan. This song really hit me the other day while I was driving along in my car, as it very accurately described a place in my life I’ve been feeling lately. I’ve listened to it a lot in the time since then. If you are feeling a little run down, I would recommend listening to this song for sure!
#7—Opposite Way (Leeland)—I had a strange experience with this song over the weekend. Honestly, if I’ve listened to this song once, I’ve listened to it a hundred times as I love the CD Opposite Way. Yet, as I was driving along the highway on interstate I-469 on Sunday, Opposite Way came on the radio and it was as if I heard it for the first time. I was struck by the lyrics, and I swear it was like I never really heard what was being said in this song before. I would encourage you if you don’t have this CD to get it, or at the very least look up the lyrics to this song. Beautiful, poignant, touching. Definitely go check it out!
#6—All I see is You (Trevor Morgan)—I really like Trevor Morgan’s CD, The Blessed and the Broken. If you don’t have it, you should. It’s really, really good. I’ve been listening to All I See Is You a lot lately, and it has become the prayerof my heart these last few weeks. Another highly recommended song, and CD.
#5—Angel By Your Side (Francesca Battistelli)—Her name maybe difficult to spell and kind of hard to say, but definitely worth the effort. I love this song, as it has been both an encouragement and comfort to me lately.
#4—Even If (Kutless)—I’m a longtime fan of Kutless, and as such I have to admit that their latest project “Believer” is one of my favorites. What I like about Kutless is that they sing the truth. They aren’t compelled to make everything tidy and neat, and they tend to cut straight to the heart of what really matters. I really admire them for that. Even If is one of those songs that is a brilliant amalgamation of hard truths amidst a unifying hope in the Lord. For sure, if you haven’t yet, you’ll want to give this song a listen.
#3—Center of It (Chris August)—I posted a review on my blog awhile back about Chris August’s new CD, The Upside of Down. It’s been in a continual state of replay since I got it back in August. It was hard to pick just one song off of the album to include on this playlist, but I decided to go with Center of It because of the reminder it provides me that no matter what is going on in my life, God is in the center of it all. Worth a listen (or a hundred!)
#2—Never (Hyland)—Okay, here’s my rant for today. I think Hyland is one of most underrated groups in Christian music today. They have some really great songs and I so enjoy listening to their CD, Weights and Measures. They also have a single out called “Beauty in the Broken,” which I think is spectacular. Their song, Never, is also a standout in my book. The lyrics are so relatable and heartfelt that I find myself coming back to listen to this song over and over.
#1—Banner of Love (Luminate)—This is such an awesome song it should be mandatory listening for everyone. If everyone listened to this song, and then attempted to live by the lyrics, the world would no doubt be a more beautiful place. Truthfully, if you haven’t heard this song yet, you need to listen to it and you’ll see why it’s my #1 pick on my playlist this week!