music update

Well, true to my usual style, I still haven’t bought much new music. I’m skittish, you know. After all, this stuff costs money. I just don’t want to commit to anything. And in the end, I just know that I’ll end up with Vivaldi string concertos, or decide to include a symphony per day in our daily routine. (Every baby should be able to recognize a Beethoven symphony, right?)

In the meantime, I’ve been enjoying the old albums I put on my little nano. It’s been awhile, and it’s like brand new music all over — except not, because I already know all of the words.

Here are some albums that I think are worth pulling out and listening to over and over:

:: Jars of Clary: Redemption Songs

This album has classic hymns, along with a few that were new to me. I love Jars, and totally enjoy their arranging and rearranging. But mostly, I love the lyrics. I think they hit the nail on the head with their title; at the end of listening to these rich truths, my soul is fully aware of its redemption.

:: Enter the Worship Circle: Third Circle

Ryan says of this, “Doesn’t his voice totally annoy you?” So let me say quickly, before you listen to any samples and wonder if I’ve gone insane, I have two ways of listening to music: first, for the excellence and auditory enjoyment; second, for the edification. This album falls into the latter. The songs are almost all just Psalms set to music, and how can you go wrong with scripture? I love to sing along. Simple, timeless, reviving truth.

:: Rich Mullins: The Jesus Record

Okay, so here’s another one that’s not totally my “style,” but I keep coming back to it, anyway. Songs like “Man of No Reputation,” and “Hard to Get” are amazing pictures of Jesus. Actually, the whole album is. I’ve ended up in tears on more than one occasion. [There’s some language in it that you wouldn’t typically associate with Christian music. Nothing terrible, just very… emerging. :)]


And I’ll throw one more recommendation in. Just in case you’re like me, and in spite of having a television, you’d still rather borrow videos from the library and watch them on your 12″ laptop screen, may I suggest Foyle’s War? I love this show. I’m just afraid I’m coming to the end and will have to start re-watching — which just isn’t as much fun with mystery shows.

Oh well. On to Inspector Morse!

5 Comments music update

  1. Ryan

    For the record, I’m a huge Enter the Worship Circle fan as well—even if I, after years of repetitious enjoyment, his voice is starting to get tot me.

    …and I’m surprised you not pushing Charlie Hall.

  2. Jackie

    I also received an MP3 player for Christmas and have been a little lost as to what to stock it with. Pandora is awesome – thanks for the tip!

  3. Lisa

    I love the Jars of Clay versions of Be Thou My Vision and The Wonderful Cross. And I am sorry to admit that I say YES to Third Day, too. We did King of Glory in church this morning and while everyone else was rolling their eyes, I CRIED!!!
    I have to also mention that this is the second or third time I’ve heard this crazy news about you disliking the phone…
    HOW COULD YOU POSSIBLY????? I don’t know how or why but if you know, please share…


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