Emotional Relation – Bought for a Price

The band Emotional Relation has always been somewhat eclectic.  Even so, over that last year or so, I’d grown to expect certain things from the typical ER song.  Things like energetic guitars, multi-layered vocals, and hyperkinetic drumming wrapped up in a pop punk package held together by curiously creative song structures.  That said, the ER song we feature today, “Bought for a Price”, has a more deliberate and relaxed pace than usual.

 

Guitarist/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Stephen Wendt explains.  “The goal was not to… make the best or most energetic song… but rather just …this pretty song singing to God.  Like… those songs that they sing at camps or weekends where… every one sings it and is moved by it…. they sing out to God without caring about the music or the worship leader or whatever…  It’s just real, sincere worship.”

The opening verses repeat the enigmatic line “I was cost for you and I” hypnotically.  The pensive confusion is broken by a clearly understandable chorus of faith and encouragement.

But You love me save me and you heal me
 Keep me close… keep me close.
But you keep me in your arms of true love
Singing all the while something just like this…
‘La la la la la la la la la la la.

In this section, he confides envisioning “being satisfied and happy and safe in God’s arms” adding “I really hope someone else can feel that too…  That’s really what I wanted to do… I hope maybe I can sing that song and give some other people that same feeling. That same peace, that same emotional movement.”

When we pause to really ”think about just how awesome God really is and just how much he loves us and keeps us close”, it should inspire a sincere outpouring of devotion and praise.  It only makes sense, then, that “Bought for a Price” closes out with the following pledge of devotion.

I will sing this song to You alone.
For You have kept me through Your love!

Special pricing for Emotional Relation’s debut double CD is available at CD Baby.
Or stream many of their tracks online for free at SoundCloud.

DJ Dee Kimble talks back to temptation on his new song “I Couldn’t”

Take a dash of Toby Mac, add a little Will Smith to the mix and then modernize everything for the 21st Century and you’ll be in the general music territory DJ Dee Kimble deftly explores in his new song “I Couldn’t“.

Like most good rap, the spoken words flow freely, quickly and rhythmically with cleverly placed timing to keep things interesting.  The musical hook is catchy and the instrumentation is well produced.

Lyrically, Kimble speaks of challenges that will strike a chord with many new followers of Christ.  Especially during the first few years after we give our life to Jesus, and to some extent from time to time throughout the rest of our days on earth, there will be moments of nagging temptation to fall back into old habits, as though the voice of our former self is somehow calling us back to destructive behaviors.  “Society makes it hard to have good values, morals and integrity”, he says.  Properly taking a stand and metaphorically “talking back” to those voices of  temptation is what this song is all about.

1 Peter 1:14 instructs us: “Do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.” Kimball puts it like this. “Now that God is in my life… I cannot go back to my old ways… I couldn’t I couldn’t I couldn’t.”

DJ Dee Kimble also has a preview video of “I Couldn’t” available at YouTube.  Check it out!

New inspiring track from Derek Homer coming soon: “More to You”!

Derek Homer has a new song on the way named “More to You”.  
I look forward to sharing a link with you as soon as it’s officially released!  

If you are already familiar with Derek’s music from his online presence, you know to expect high quality production, smooth vocals, and thoughtful lyrics.  This song is no exception. It opens with gentle electric piano chords as a lead vocal repeats a catchy refrain  “I want to give more to You Jesus – more to you.”  A subtle splash of organ emerges and is soon joined by tasteful guitar.  Light and clean guitar gets layered on to the mix for a first verse. Only then does the rhythm section emerge to continue building things up during an abbreviated chorus.  Everything continues to grow more emotional and powerful as the track builds toward a crescendo without ever losing its sense of peaceful happiness..

The theme of “More to You” came to Derek during a time of prayer.  Finding himself increasingly thankful for what God had done and continued to do in his life, he “just kept saying ‘I want to give more… I want to give more…” he confides.  “Truly Jesus has done so much more than I could ever count!.. I am blessed to be a blessing and my sprit longs to do more – more for Him and for His Kingdom!”

According to Ephesians 2:10, each of us who has been born again in Christ Jesus is blessed with opportunities to serve, “good deeds God has prepared in advance for us to do”!  As these opportunities arise, may we all joyfully and sincerely sing along with Derek.  “I want to give more to You Jesus!  More to You!”

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Ray Mizzi – I Will Call Your Name

Gifted Australian composer and performer Ray Mizzi has been writing songs for as long as he can remember. Drop by his SOUNDCLOUD page to hear some of his intricate and complex works of art.  His song we feature today, however, is a more simple piece which allows the spotlight to shine on vocals and lyrics to great effect. Without much clutter to distract us, “I Will Call Your Name” comes through “loud and clear” as a personal statement of faith even in the face of hard times, a gentle anthem which calms the spirit as it promotes a sense of hope and peacefulness within the listener’s heart. Mizzi’s vocal clarity and beautifully layered harmonies only serve to enhance the effect.

As is often the case, this meaningful and thoughtful song came into being during a time of hardship. Without going into detail, let’s just say that the last decade or so hasn’t exactly been “smooth sailing” for Mizzi. Broken relationships, lost connections and more recently economic hardships have sometimes challenged his resolve. But through it all, he continues to cling to the grace and peace of Jesus.

When Ray sings “I can do anything for you (Christ) give me strength”, he echoes the apostle Paul who wrote in Philippians 4, “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty” adding that he had “learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” Even the powerful leader and apostle Paul didn’t just automatically know the secret of contentment. He tells us that he learned it through experience. What was this amazing secret that Paul learned? What was this key hidden truth that enabled Paul to keep moving forward even during the times when he was “hungry” or “in want”? Fortunately for us, Paul didn’t keep us in suspense. “I can do all things through him (Christ) who gives me strength.”

That’s it. That’s the secret! When we depend upon and follow Jesus, we can persevere through whatever comes our way. Of course, that doesn’t make our trials easy or painless. But it does give Christians something very important. It gives us a true source of hope to which we can cling through difficult times.
If that explanation somehow doesn’t quite seem to resonate fully in your heart yet, don’t be discouraged. Give it time! For even the amazing apostle Paul had to learn this secret through experiencing Christ’s faithfulness through all things, “well fed and hungry”, “in plenty and in want”.

In the meantime, I recommend we all pause in a quiet place and listen to “I Will Call Your Name” by Ray Mizzi. I recommend that as we do so, we consider the fact that this beautifully peaceful declaration of faith was written and recorded during a time in which its singer and composer was “in want”.
Yes. When we seek and follow Jesus, He will mend our broken hearts. He will bring rivers of water to the desert. This song “minsters to me” Ray confides. Let’s give it a chance to minister to us as well.

Mabel Annobil – Cool Breeze

Listening to Mabel Annobil sing “Cool Breeze” is a relaxing and soothing experience.  The song’s production is impeccable.  The musicianship is top-notch.  Her voice glides smoothly from phrase to phrase with a combination of subtlety and confidence.

But hearing her speak about the song is even more special!  When she expresses hope that it might help someone hear God speak His love into them so that they will become increasingly enabled to love those around them more deeply, it is obviously much more than merely a  Christian cliché or truism to her.  It is a deeply held conviction, one born of personal experience and shared freely from her heart.

 

For although she believed in and was a follower of Jesus, like so many of us, she  struggled as she learned how to more fully live out the victory which belonged to her in Christ.  Doubts, fears and feelings of inadequacy, she says, sometimes unconsciously limited her ability to fully and unconditionally show the love of Christ to those around her.

The first step in her journey of transformation was to strip away some of the masks she had grown accustomed to wearing in order to hide the pain from others and to some extent even from herself.  “I was going through the motions” she sings. “Thought I was making headway but fear was running my life. Darkness wanted to take over. This faith in me was begging don’t cave in. So I had to run into God’s arms and believe.”

For Mabel, part of “running into God’s arms” involved memorizing Isaiah chapter 41 verse 10.  She hid it within her heart, and allowed God to slowly, yet powerfully use it within her over a period of time.  It wasn’t fast and easy. It took time and it taught her patience. “Though I didn’t like the process,” she recounts, “…there was a purpose… You won’t always feel like …things are changing… but when you really believe in His words, and hide them in your heart, you will see transformation, transformation in your character, transformation in your interactions with people, transformation in your thought life – in a number of ways!”

Fear not for I am with you.  Be not dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you. Yes, I will help you. Uphold you with my righteous right hand.  Isaiah 41:10

Like a cool breeze blowing over me, He’s preparing me.
He’s restoring everything the way its supposed to be
My God my King. He sits upon the throne and my heart is torn
He says just come boldly.
LIke a cool breeze….

When we humble ourselves before the Lord and allow HIm to strip away the masks of insecurity, fear and – yes – sometimes even selfishness – we truly can depend upon Him, believing in His Word.

Cool breeze is available online at Spotify and Amazon.

 

Spring Cleaning – Barnabus (Feat. Amy T)

I know it’s the heart of winter… but the brand new year is actually a pretty good time to consider whether God wants us to do some SPRING CLEANING.

Check out this catchy and meaningful hip-hop song of encouragement from Barnabas!

Here are just some of the lyrics.  (Like many great Christian rap songs, they just keep flowing out with more and more thoughtful rhymes!)

Lots more where this came from.  Check out Barnabas’ extensive catalog on-line at REVERB NATION!

Lyrics – Spring Cleaning

Here I go head to toe – Time to see where I stand.
I’d like to take a closer look at the person I am.
I need a deep soul cleaning,
A fresh new meaning
From the ONE who is giving me a reason to live.
I need to Spring Clean ! !

This ain’t a spring fling.  It’s an everyday thing!

I got to go make some changes
It’s time for a cleaning
I know that I need it
Time to return to the basics
Got issues that need to be dealt with
Got things that I gotta work on
Let it go for too long
Now its overgrown
Need to mow the lawn
I need to get down and dirty
Like pullin’ the weeds
Distracting things
and bad influences growin’ on me
My life is rusty
You know the story
Need to pray more often
That’s my WD-40

Let’s get to business
Not gonna compromise
Even when they legalize drug abuse
Like smokin’ weed but
Even when they legalize drugs and crime
I’m gonna stay clean like 4-0-9
Cause I know I was made to shine
To live with Jesus for all time

Here I go head to toe – Time to see where I stand.
I’d like to take a closer look at the person I am.
I need a deep soul cleaning,
A fresh new meaning
From the ONE who is giving me a reason to live.
I need to Spring Clean ! !

Divine – by Monty Seward (written and produced by Mark Edward Hood)

Monty Seward creates a jazzy and soulful vibe throughout his inspired Bible Song titled “Divine“.

Nice piano and harmonica set an inviting introductory tone.  Add a clean and soulful vocal capable of soaring in celebration and sonic comparisons to Stevie Wonder inevitably spring to my mind!  The piano chops may actually trace back more accurately to the influence of the late great Nat King Cole.  (And who doesn’t like a little Nat King Cole this time of year!!!)

It is the message that shines most brightly of all.  “Come and humbly show our God the worth of His great deeds. He traded Heaven’s mighty throng for skin that breaks and bleeds.”

The baby we celebrate every year is in fact the God of the universe wrapped in fragile skin. For 33 years he astonished and blessed scores with love and insight. But, His death and resurrection still deliver the greatest gift ever. Salvation.

“Divine” was written and meticulously produced by Mark Edward Hood on Cloudy House music.  The mission of Cloudy House music is to encourage, equip, and inspire intimacy with God through the arts.  As in 2 Chronicles, powerful things happen when God’s people unite for His glory.  Cloudy House music prays that you find yourself singing their songs both in and outside the walls of your church, transforming whatever your environment, into a cloudy house.  Check out their wide variety of inspiring video and audio on their Website

Humble inspirational heartfelt ballad (Derrick Green – It’s all for you Lord”)

Derrick Green ministers from his home base of Chicago. IL, USA.

Born in Chicago, Derrick was taught about God from a young age.  Unfortunately, his early life had many unanticipated twists and turns before God helped get him more fully on the right track.  God graciously bailed him out of trouble and allowed him to crawl back to safety time and time again.

In 2002, he committed himself to the LORD.  That’s when things started changing for the better!  God knows what is best for us.  God’s ways are always better than our ways!

Green thankfully vowed to share God’s love through song and through good deeds, seeking to honor the LORD by helping those around him!  And that’s what he seeks to do in this humble ballad titled “It’s all for you Lord“.

 

Ps. 66:1-4 – All of Creation sings God’s Praise!

 

 

 

Song: All of Creation

Band: Ten Days
Scripture: Psalm 66:1-4

Psalm 66:1-4 (New International Version)

Shout for joy to God, all the earth!
    Sing the glory of his name;
    make his praise glorious.
Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!
    So great is your power
    that your enemies cringe before you.
All the earth bows down to you;
    they sing praise to you,
    they sing the praises of your name.”

Lyrics:

I can’t look too far without finding proof
Everything I see is evidence of you
This whole earth proclaims Your majesty
From the tallest mountain to the deepest sea

And all of creation sings Your praise
Even the breeze cries out Your Name
You are perfect in all Your ways
All of creation sings Your praise
Sings your praise

With your mighty voice You made it all
From heaven to earth you let your glory fall
Perfectly the universe reflects
Your sovereignty and holiness

And all of creation sings Your praise
Even the breeze cries out Your Name
You are perfect in all Your ways
All of creation sings Your praise
Sings your praise

Holy and perfect the whole earth proclaims “You are worthy
Holy and perfect the whole earth proclaims “You are worthy of all our praise”!