Category Archives: Christian

Grace Tells Another Story – MercyMe

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Oh My Dear – Tenth Avenue North

It has been a while since I posted a new music on this site.  I guess it is because I have been in a music funk lately.  I just do not think what I hear “out there” is worthy of a post.  Again, as a friendly reminder, this site is about music I love.  It really doesn’t matter whether you like it or not.  However, if you do not listen and try to open yourself to new music you may be missing wonderful additions to your music collection.   If the song is  “worthy” to post  for “Those Who Have Ears to Hear” then that is what I will do.

It has been quite the dry spell for a while.

Until I heard this song “Oh My Dear” from Tenth Avenue North.

Rarely has a new band delivered a song with more emotional punch than Tenth Avenue North.  Musically inventive and lyrically compelling.  It tells a simply story of grace found in a place and time that a band member and his future wife had on a cold wintry night.

It all began for Tenth Avenue North when the band members met at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida. They began booking themselves in churches and youth camps from Florida to Colorado. They began creating a buzz that caught the attention of label executives at Provident Label Group and landed a deal with Reunion Records.

Tenth Avenue North’s songs remind the listener of God’s grace and challenge believers to focus more on the things of God, not the things of this world.

“We try to meet with people after all of our shows; it’s important to us to connect,” they say of interfacing with fans in the band’s seemingly endless autograph lines. “The reason we’re in this is to talk to people, engage with people and hopefully, disciple people.”

For me, it is just another worthy song for those who follow this site.  It is definitely part of the excellent archives of music posted here.  Enjoy.

These Things Take Time – Santus Real

Sanctus Real is an American Christian rock band formed in Toledo, Ohio, in 1996.  The group is composed of Matt Hammitt (lead vocalist, guitar), Chris Rohman (lead guitar), Dan Gartley (bass), Pete Prevost (guitar), and Mark Graalman (drums).

In 1996, lead singer and guitarist Matt Hammitt met guitarist Chris Rohman while they were tenth graders attending Toledo Christian School in Ohio.  Thus was the beginning of Sanctus Real and the band released three independent albums over five years.   After signing with Sparrow Records in 2002, the group released their major label debut, Say It Loud, at the end of the year.   In June 2004 it was followed by Fight the Tide, which garnered a GMA Dove Award win in 2005, and two singles that charted at number 1 on Christian radio, according to R&R magazine.   The band’s third album, The Face of Love, was released in April 2006. The single “I’m Not Alright” received a GMA Dove Award nomination in 2007.

Their fourth album, We Need Each Other (2008), was recorded in late 2007 and released in February.   It received a Grammy Award nomination and spawned the single “We Need Each Other“.   Sanctus Real released their fifth studio album in March 2010, titled Pieces of a Real Heart.    The band’s music incorporates a modern alternative rock style, and has evolved from power pop to a more melodic and guitar-driven sound.

“These Things Take Time” is a release from their newest album.   Clearly they have matured with time and it is by far my favorite album to date.  It is one of my all time favorites from them and it is worthy for those who have ears to hear.

Death Bed – Relient K

For Those who have ears to hear, Relient K is an American rock band formed in Canton, Ohio in 1998 by Matt Thiessen on vocals, guitar and piano, Brian Pittman on bass, and Matt Hoopes on guitar between the band’s junior year in high school and their time at Malone College in Canton, Ohio.  The band is named after guitarist Matt HoopesPlymouth Reliant K car, with the spelling intentionally altered to avoid trademark infringement over the Reliant name.

The group is associated with the Contemporary Christian Music culture, most notably the Christian rock and Christian punk scene.   Despite being a Christian band the group has performed alongside secular artists, and has had critical success with mainstream pop punk and alternative rock.   Since its formation, Relient K has released five studio albums, seven EPs, two Christmas albums, and one collection of rarities.   The band has received numerous awards including a Grammy Award nomination in 2003 for Best Rock Gospel Album and two Dove Awards.

Relient K is best known commercially for their two studio albums which peaked in the top 15 of the US Billboard 200 chart.   After signing with Capitol Records, they broke into the mainstream in 2004 with the release of Mmhmm, which debuted at #15 on the Billboard 200.   In 2007, their fifth album brought the most success for Relient K, Five Score and Seven Years Ago debuted at #6 on the US Billboard 200 and sold 60,000 records in its debut week.

From this album, Five Score and Seven Years Ago, comes my favorite song from them.  DeathBed is a song about life, loss, failure and and ultimately salvation.  It is worthy to be a part of this site.    Enjoy the message it brings…

Cinderella – Steven Curtis Chapman

Steven Curtis Chapman was born to Herb and Judy Chapman in Paducah, Kentucky on November 21, 1962.  Chapman’s father is a guitar teacher in Paducah, and young Chapman, along with his brother Herb, Jr. grew up playing the guitar and singing.

Upon finishing high school, Chapman enrolled as a pre-med student at Georgetown College in Kentucky.   After a couple of semesters he transferred to Anderson College in Indiana.   However, he soon dropped out and went to Nashville to pursue a career in music.   While in Nashville he briefly attended Belmont University.   He began working a music show at Opryland USA while dedicating time to songwriting.  Soon he was recognised as one of the leading Christan artists of all time.

Of his many hits, my favorite is “Cinderella”, which is featured here.   This video posted is one of his first performances after the tragic death of his daughter.   With great pleasure, I present “Cinderella” by Steven Curtis Chapman.

She spins and she sways
To whatever song plays
Without a care in the world
And I’m sitting here wearing
The weight of the world on my shoulders

It’s been a long day
And there’s still work to do
She’s pulling at me
Saying “Dad, I need you

There’s a ball at the castle
And I’ve been invited
And I need to practice my dancing
Oh, please, Daddy, please?”

So I will dance with Cinderella
While she is here in my arms
‘Cause I know something the prince never knew
Oh, I will dance with Cinderella
I don’t want to miss even one song
‘Cause all too soon the clock will strike midnight
And she’ll be gone…

She says he’s a nice guy and I’d be impressed
She wants to know if I approve of the dress
She says, “Dad, the prom is just one week away
And I need to practice my dancing
Oh, please, Daddy, please?”

So I will dance with Cinderella
While she is here in my arms
‘Cause I know something the prince never knew
Oh, I will dance with Cinderella
I don’t want to miss even one song
‘Cause all too soon the clock will strike midnight
And she’ll be gone

She will be gone

Well, she came home today with a ring on her hand
Just glowing and telling us all they had planned
She says, “Dad, the wedding’s still six months away
But I need to practice my dancing
Oh, please, Daddy, please?”

So I will dance with Cinderella
While she is here in my arms
‘Cause I know something the prince never knew
Oh, I will dance with Cinderella
I don’t want to miss even one song
‘Cause all too soon the clock will strike midnight
And she’ll be gone

Opposite Way – Leeland

One of my favorite Christian Artists is a band called Leeland.  Passionate, progressive and worshipful are just a few adjectives to describe the heart behind its sophomore album, Opposite Way.   Not only does the GRAMMY and four-time Dove Award nominated band live up to the buzz from Christian music’s most influential artists (including Michael W. Smith, Casting Crowns, Third Day, Chris Tomlin and Switchfoot to name a few), but the Baytown, Texas-bred five piece exceeds expectations through the prayerful power, and life-changing substance of their music.

“A major theme on our new album is to encourage our generation to live passionately for the Lord, even when it means going the ‘opposite way’ of the world,” muses front man Leeland Mooring, (also a respected songwriter outside of the band, who prominently contributed to Michael W. Smith’s recent album, Stand). “It’s OK to be different. It’s OK to ‘live out loud’ for God. Our goal is to be a creative outlet, helping to raise up a new generation of worshippers who do whatever it takes to make that ‘opposite way’ a reality in their lives.”

As you may have noticed,  I have been posting more Christian music on my site.  It is just where I am at right now in my thinking and in my life.  With the world closing in around all of us, I need some positive “HOPE” in my life.  And maybe just maybe …I need to take more time going the “opposite” way than the world.

With great pleasure, I present to you the “Opposite Way” for those who have ears to hear.

Still Calls Me Son – John Waller

I drug his name through godless places
And I’ve known shame that no child of his should know
I’ve seen pain on broken faces
Beyond all thought of hope
I was just too far from home
Still I always wondered when I closed my eyes

After all I’ve done
Could he run to me?
Would he kiss my face?
Could he even look at me?
After where I’ve been
should he take me back?
I would understand
I’ve disgraced him
But it would be amazing
If he still calls me son

With nothing left for me to bring him
I left my pride and turned my heart toward home
I saw my home on the horizon
And from a distance
I saw my Father
Watching for his own with forgiving eyes

After all I’d done
He just ran to me
Then he kissed my face
He would not let go of me
After where I’d been
He just welcomed me
I didn’t understand
But he put his robe on me
It was so amazing
That he still called me son

One day as I breathe my last
And I know my days on earth have ended
When every hour is spent
I will close my eyes in amazement
And I’ll hear angels
They’ll be singing

Amazing Grace
Cause he will run to me
And he will kiss my face
He will not let go of me
After where I’ve been
He will welcome me
I won’t understand
How he’ll put his robe on me
It will be amazing
That he’ll still call me son

Amazing grace how sweet the sound
When he calls me son
I once was lost but now I’m found
Cause he calls me Son