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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.

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So Long Self – MercyMe

MercyMe is a Grammy Award-nominated and Dove Award-winning American contemporary Christian band, originally formed in Greenville, Texas in 1994.

The result of a praise and worship band experience, MercyMe was formed in 1994 by Bart Millard, Jim Bryson, and Mike Scheuchzer.   Millard and Bryson met while working on a missions project overseas.   The two agreed to start a new band in Oklahoma City with Scheuchzer, whom Millard already knew.   It didn’t take long for the band to build a solid fan base and they soon found themselves opening up for bands such as Audio Adrenaline.

Following a move to Nashville, Tennessee and then back to Millard’s hometown in Texas, the band added bassist Nathan Cochran and percussionist Robby Shaffer to the roster.   The band signed with INO Records in 2001 and released their first album, Almost There, which propelled them into the mainstream spotlight with the smash hit “I Can Only Imagine. The album went on to sell more than 2 million records in only three years and earned the band an American Music Award nomination.

In 2002, the band released their popular second album, Spoken For, which produced two more Top 10 hits.   The combined success of the band’s first two albums garnered a nomination for the Favorite Contemporary Inspirational Artist at the American Music Awards.

In 2004, MercyMe released Undone which produced two Top 10 hits: “Here With Me” which also hit Billboard’s Top 100 chart that same year, and “In the Blink of an Eye” which, as of the end of 2005, was at #5 on R&R’s top Christian hits.   This album also features the song “Homesick”, which also received notice by Christian and mainstream stations. This song was written in dedication to loved ones that the band had lost that year.

In 2006, MercyMe released Coming Up To Breathe.   While this album kept to the same style and appeal of its predecessors, Bart Millard wrote that the band was not seeking to meet its previous popularity, but rather a more personal album that was written for God.   Despite this conviction, MercyMe’s eleventh album has hit no. 13 on the Billboard charts and features the hits “So Long Self“, “Coming Up To Breathe”, and “Hold Fast”.

On November 20, 2007, MercyMe released their newest studio project titled All That Is Within Me.   The CD includes the hits “God With Us“, “You Reign”, and “Finally Home”.

In April 2009, MercyMe is due to release their first greatest hits compilation, 10 (the title refers to the decade since “I Can Only Imagine” was written).   The package includes a CD with 11 hits and 3 new recordings (including a new version of “I Can Only Imagine” recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra), and a DVD with 11 music videos and two short documentary segments.

It is with great pleasure I present a track from their 2006 album,Coming Up To Breathe .  So ‘for those who have ears to hear”…I give you, “So Long Self“,   by MercyMe.