Though I’ve been writing / posting recently, I’ve been experiencing some writer’s block on a post I’ve been working on for several weeks…a sentence here & there, but not coalescing quickly. I ran across today’s post from You Must Be From Away, and I was inspired to do my own Tunes for a Tuesday post. So here are some selections I love from my other passion…music.
Stuart Townend – Beautiful Savior
Rage Against the Machine – Beautiful World
Queen – It’s a Beautiful Day
U2 – Beautiful Day
Darryl Worley – Awful Beautiful Life
10 Years – Beautiful
Prince – The Beautiful Ones
Jimmy Buffett – The Weather is Here, Wish You Were Beautiful
Bellamy Brothers - If I Said You Have a Beautiful Body (Would You Hold It Against Me)
Darren Hanlon – I Wish that I was Beautiful for You
Duran Duran – Too Bad You’re So Beautiful
One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful
R.E.M. – At My Most Beautiful
Joe Cocker – You Are So Beautiful
Darius Rucker – She’s Beautiful
INXS – Beautiful Girl
Van Halen – Beautiful Girls
Bon Jovi – When We Were Beautiful
The Cure – How Beautiful You Are
Christina Aguilera – Beautiful
Beck – Beautiful Way
Big Head Todd & the Monsters – Beautiful
Smashing Pumpkins – Beautiful
Creed – Beautiful
Rascal Flatts – Long Slow Beautiful Dance
Sister Hazel – Beautiful Thing
Annie Lennox – A Thousand Beautiful Things
Josh Woodward – I Want to Destroy Something Beautiful
Shawn Mullins – Beautiful Wreck
Kelly Clarkson – Beautiful Disaster
Tina Turner – Something Beautiful Remains
Maroon 5 – Beautiful Goodbye
Day 5 of the 31 Day Blog Challenge
I participated in a market research interview this morning on politics…something I’ve never done before. For 90 minutes, I sat at my computer, cell phone set to speaker, and answered questions about my political opinions. It was a really interesting experience, and I’m glad to have done it…not just for the compensation (yep, it was a paying gig), but because I learned that I can, indeed, articulately clarify my political convictions in a way that is understandable and appreciated. No dancing around the issues…not that I could have, as the interviewer was excellent at encapsulating what I had to say in statements that properly reflected my beliefs. For someone who can sniff out bias from miles away, I can confidently say that he did not display any particular bias during this interview, and that quality gave me assurance that what I had to say will actually be presented accurately.
Why on earth it causes me to recollect the following song is a complete mystery to me, but there you have the peculiar ponderings of my coffee-fueled brain on 5 1/2 hours of sleep. Presenting…
This weekly meme is hosted by Ginger at GReads that showcases music. Each week you can post an old or new song so that it gains more interest! So head on over and link up. If you are a regular follower to her blog, you probably have figured out by now that outside of books, music is a passion as well.
And if you follow my blog, you’ve probably noticed that music posts appear on a fairly regular basis. It is a passion here, too.
This Tuesday’s Tune:
Love Me Bad by James Durbin
How Deep the Father’s Love for Us – Stuart Townend
How Sweet & Awesome is This Place – Old Irish Hymn
His Eye is On the Sparrow – Lauryn Hill & Tonya Blount
One of my favorite hymns ever, written by Isaac Watts (1674-1748). This was introduced to me about 10 years ago when I was attending St. Andrews Chapel in Sanford FL and listening (weekly) to the magnificent sermons of R. C. Sproul. The music there was glorious, and the music director, with discerning taste and a keen ear, chose this hymn as their “hymn of the month.” It was so well received that it ended up in the regular rotation of hymns, and I was always extraordinarily lifted up when we sang it.
Here are the lyrics, and you can listen to the music here.
Here ev-ery bow-el of our God
With soft com-pas-sion rolls;
Here peace and par-don bought with blood
Is food for dy-ing souls.
While all our hearts and all our songs
Join to ad-mire the feast,
Each of us cries, with thank-ful tongue,
“Lord, why was I a guest?’
Why was I made to hear Thy voice,
And en-ter while there’s room,
When thou-sands make a wretch-ed choice,
And ra-ther starve than come?
‘Twas the same love that spread the feast
That sweet-ly forced us in;
Else we had still re-fused to taste,
And per-ished in our sin.
Pit-y the na-tions, O our God,
Con-strain the earth to come;
Send Thy vic-tor-ious Word a-broad,
And bring the strang-ers home.
We long to see Thy chur-ches full,
That all the cho-sen race
May, with one voice and heart and soul,
Sing Thy re-deem-ing grace.
As promised, here are several more suggestions for some fun & contemporary Christmas music. These (for me) are great because they are artists of my generation, and I love listening to both their takes on Christmas classics and their own original Christmas songs.
The Christmas season is upon us. Actually, it’s been skulking in since August, but I refuse to acknowledge it until there is no other choice. My sentiments for the holiday aside, I LOVE good Christmas music. Good, as defined by me, includes interesting arrangements, non-traditional artists (for Christmas music, that is), artists from my generation, collaborations (i.e. Bing Crosby & David Bowie), new songs, a general lack of cheesiness (although Christmas songs, in general…well…). Here are a few albums that fit the bill for me.