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Alive And Breathing by Matt Maher and Friends with Sunday School Instruments

This seems to be a riff on Jimmy Fallon’s ‘kindergarten instruments’ segment, where Matt Maher and friends sing Alive And Breathing on what are described as Sunday School instruments.
The definition a ‘Sunday School instrument’ seems ever-so slightly stretched, but it’s definitely an acoustic sound, so you get an idea of how the song stands on its own merits.


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Yet Not I, But Through Christ In Me by Selah

Yet Not I, But Through Christ In Me is a track from Selah’s latest album Firm Foundation.
This song has strong lyrics and all three vocalists have space to demonstrate their individual strengths and wonderful combinations.


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Revival Anthem – Sunday Songs

When Rend Collective release new songs they’re worth a listen.
Good tunes, stirring lyrics, singable.
Revival Anthem is self-consciously significant.
It’s not triumphalistic, despite the music.
It expresses faith in God’s power to work in the lives of His people.
The only thing it lacks is an explicit mention Jesus and that the declaration of his redemptive work of Jesus as being the primary work of God’s people.
It’s implicit, I guess.
Apparently they’ve taken some flak over the ‘Holy riot’ line.
I wouldn’t think it’s as big a deal as ‘reckless love’ or ‘sloppy wet kiss’ but your mileage may vary.
All the la-la-las are a bit much for me.
I don’t think we’d use this in Congregational worship.

The lyrics:
1.
Spirit fall down
Start a Holy riot
Fill this place now
With the tongues of fire
Break the strongholds
Come and unleash heaven 
Burn within us
Make us bold as lions
Refrain.
This is our revival anthem
Can you feel the darkness shaking
Oh, we are the dry bones rising 
This will be our great awakening
This is our revival anthem
2.
Fill our hearts, Lord
With a Holy danger
Lead us beyond
Our fear of failure
We’ll fight the good fight
In Your strength and power
We’ll take back the night
Victory is ours 
Refrain.
Bridge.
We will praise You when our hearts are breaking
Praise You when our world is caving
We will not, we will not be moved
We will praise You till we see Your kingdom 
Greater things are surely coming
You are God, and You are on the move
Refrain.

Words and Music: Chris Llewellyn, Gareth Gilkeson
(c) 2019 Capitol CMG Paragon, Rend Family Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)


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See How Eden’s Children Fell – New Scottish Hymns Band

See How Eden’s Children Fell is a track from New Scottish Hymns Band’s album, Joy Will Follow.
Their releases show a desire to vary their sound.
Not contemporary pop, but certainly not traditional either.


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For All The Saints 2019 – Sunday Songs

This morning at MGPC we sang For All The Saints.
When we give thanks for the body of Christ we are praising Jesus.

This track doesn’t have SINE NOMINE for its tune, so apologies in advance, (go here if you need that) but it does have Dan Heseltine on vocals.


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Always Gonna Be by Selah

Selah are an interesting group, one woman and two men with the vocals of all three the strong focus of their work.
Todd Smith, Amy Perry and Alan Hall have been together for twenty years or so now, and their work shows a confidence in the abilities and a willingness to draw on a variety on genre styles in their work.

Always Gonna Be is from their latest album Firm Foundation.


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Use This Gospel by Kanye West

The only other similar ‘conversion’ by a popular artist that I can think of that seems comparable to the attention Kanye West is receiving was that of Bob Dylan in the 70’s.
Of course the immediacy and ubiquity of media in contemporary times elevates the situation to something of a fever pitch.
Current culture does not allow a lot of margin for reflection before its attention moves on to the next thing, which creates an expectation for the next thing before the last thing has really stopped echoing.
Anyway, I can say I’ve posted a Kanye track (and an instrumental by Kenny G, of all people) on my blog.