1. My blog is still pretty under the radar.
2. I've NEVER ASKED!
So when a friend commented on my last post with a request for a future post topic I thought, "Hey! That's a great idea! And one I probably never would have thought up on my own! Yay for cool suggestions!"
So hey! All of you who read this blog! What would *you* like to read about? It can literally be anything, be it something very specific to me and my life, or a question/thought you have about the world/life in general that you'd like me to talk about. Comment on this blog with your topic and in the words of Mr. Darcy, "I shall be happy to oblige, only tell me what you'd most like to hear."
Now, on to the requested topic: songs that I listen to on replay.
So glad you asked, Luke. Here's my current top 12:
(P.S. - Yes, I tried to narrow it down to 10. No, I didn't succeed.)
12. "Love Is An Open Door," Disney's Frozen.
Now, before you close this tab in frustration at my supreme girly-ness and intense mainstreamity (Yes, I just made up a word), hear me out. This song is funny, romantic, clever, and SHORT. (2:07!!) Like, I can listen to it probably 15 times in a row on my drive to work. (Not that I've actually done that or anything....) Also, it's vocally super fun, and I geek out about Kristen Bell's masterful use of thin fold twang with thyroid tilt (aka, the Disney princess recipe), and Santino Fontana's exceptional tenor (those high notes sound like a breeze for him! I love that!!) and charm. I JUST FREAKIN' LOVE IT, OKAY??
11. "The Resistance," Josh Garrels
I have recently come to LOVE Josh Garrels' music, and this is my current stand-out favorite song of his. The lyrics are strikingly good, and the melody haunting. Not to mention that he is one of the only white guys I've ever heard successfully rap. Definitely worth your time. "How do good men become a part of a regime? They don't believe in resistance."
10. "Happy," Pharrell Williams
Discovered this super-catchy-fun tune in Despicable Me 2. It's a great "dance out all your feelings in your kitchen" kind of song. And the harmonies - UGH STOP IT. I love it.
9. "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus (Look Up)," Nichole Nordeman
My mom recently made me aware of this wonderful take on the classic hymn, and I'm ever-so grateful. This song has gotten me through many-a tear-filled drive to work, church, or school, and I love everything about it - the lyrics, the instrumentation, Nichole's vocalisms, everything. Sometimes takes on old hymns are weird - NOT THIS ONE. Give it a listen. I bet it will really encourage your heart.
8. "You Make Me Feel So Young," Frank Sinatra
I'm a big-ole fan of this rat-pack classic. And it's largely due to that one scene in "Elf" when Buddy and Jovie are ice-skating and running around the city looking at Christmas trees. It just makes my heart so happy, and while there are many cases that I prefer Michael Buble to old Blue Eyes, I have to say that in this case I prefer the original.
7. "I've Got You Under My Skin," Michael Buble
Speaking of MB, this is my favorite song of his, and one of those cases where I really do prefer the cover over the original. Though I will say this, I think one of the reasons I like it so much is because Michael has a really good idea of what "If it's not broke, don't fix it" means. He adds just the right amount of himself without losing the integrity of the song and I so appreciate that. And COME ON - It just so gosh-darn romantic!
6. "Undone," FFH
This song hits you right in the feels. It is so gut-wrenchingly honest and very powerfully sung, and I am constantly belting this one out in my car. So good.
5. "The House You're Building," Audrey Assad
I happened upon this album one night on iTunes and after previewing all the tracks quickly bought it. It is honest, worshipful, and different from a lot of stuff out there. It feels a lot like the Psalms, like the way David asks a lot of questions and doesn't always have the perfect thing to say, but still trusts the Lord. I love the whole album, but am especially fond of the title track. How many of us feel like vagabonds sometimes, homeless strangers wandering through this life, until we are reminded that God is calling us to a home He knows we're needing? Oh Lord, lay me in the house You're building!
4. "My Dear," Bethel Music feat. Hunter Thompson
I found this song via an adorable wedding video on Pinterest. I've actually been finding a lot of really great music lately from artists I've never heard of before through wedding videography. This is one of my particular favorites, and I hope to include it in my wedding someday. :)
3. "Carry My Soul," Phil Wickham
I heard this on a Christian radio station that plays more than just the top 40 (why don't more of those exist??) while driving home one night and was like, "WHAT IS THIS??? I LOVE THIS!!!" So when I got home I googled the lyrics I had done my best to keep in my brain for the rest of my drive ("I will run, Lord, and I won't quit, chasing Your heart just like David did.") and found this beautiful song by Phil Wickham. I ended up getting the whole album because it's just that good. I love this song because it makes me think about where I'm really going, and spurs me on to keep running, and it also breaks my heart a little, which I've come to believe all truly worthy songs do.
2. "In The Light," Anthem Lights feat. Jamie Grace
Okay, just so we're clear, I'll always love the original, and props to DC Talk for being so cool and writing this crazy good song. That being said, I'm currently digging this fantastic cover. Shout out to my friend Elisa for being the one to introduce me to it!
1. "No More Faith," Andrew Peterson
While AP considers this album his underdog (you can't even get it on iTunes), I'm a huge fan, and have found so much comfort in this song - the first track on the album - as well as his amazing "Steady As She Goes," and "Mary Picked the Roses," which is the song that inspired my blog! (More about that in a another post, perhaps.) For now, I'll just let the lyrics of the bridge and final chorus speak for why I love this one so much:
So I will drive these roads in thunder and in rain
And I will sing your song at the top of my lungs
And I will praise you, Lord, in glory and in pain
And I will follow you till this race is won
And I will drive these roads till this motor won't run
And I will sing your song from sea to shining sea
And I will praise you Lord, till your kingdom comes
And I will follow where you lead
Till there's no more faith
And no more hope
I'll see your face and Lord, I'll know
When there's no more faith
And no more hope
I'll sing your praise and let them go
Cause only love
Only Your love remains
What about you? What songs can you listen to over and over again?
Don't forget to comment with what you'd like me to blog about! :)