“Beautiful” Tunes for a Tuesday

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

MercyMe -Beautiful

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

Purple Knights – The Most Beautiful Girl in the World
(because Spotify didn’t have the original Prince song)

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

Ben Harper – Beautiful Boy
(of course John Lennon’s original is the best, but sadly not available on Spotify)

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

April 18 (P)…The Politics of Dancing

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…

Tune in Tuesday – James Durbin

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 Sweet and Awesome is the Place

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.

How sweet and awe-some is the place
   With Christ with-in the doors,
While ev-er-last-ing love dis-plays
   The choic-est of her stores.

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.

‘Tis the Season (part 2)

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.

Highlights:
Pretty much everything
Highlights:
What Child Is This? (Greensleeves)
The First Noel/Mary Mary
Song for a Winter’s Night
In a Bleak Mid Winter
Christmas Time is Here (featuring Diana Krall)
Highlights:
Elf’s Lament (with Michael Buble)
God Rest You Merry Gentlemen / We Three Kings (with Sarah McLachlan)
Deck the Stills
Auld Lang Syne
Highlights:
That’s What I Want for Christmas
Twist of the Magi
Highlights:
All I Ever Get for Christmas is Blue
Darlin’ (Christmas is Coming)
Little Town
Highlights:
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
I’ll Be Home for Christmas
Highlights:
Go Tell It on the Mountain
Oh Little Town of Bethlehem
Highlights:
Coming Home
Gold and Green
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
Highlights:
Christmas Lullaby
Gabriel’s Oboe
Welcome to Our World
Highlights:
Here Comes Santa Claus (with Leanne Rimes)
Silent Night (with Sarah Evans)
If I Get Home on Christmas Day
Highlights:
O Holy Night
Ave Maria
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
I Wonder as I Wander
Hands
Highlights:
I Know What I Want for Christmas
Merry Christmas (Wherever You Are)
Noel Leon
Highlights:
If Every Day Could Be Like Christmas
Reason for the Season
This Christmas Time
Highlights:
Coventry Carol
One King

‘Tis the Season

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.

Highlights:
Gabriel’s Message by Sting
I Wish Every Day Could Be Like Christmas by Jon Bon Jovi
Highlights:
Christmas All Over Again by Tom Petty
Christmas Time Again by Extreme
Highlights:
I Saw Three Ships by Sting
Christmastime by Smashing Pumpkins
Children Go Where I Send Thee by Natalie Merchant
The Christmas Song by Hootie & the Blowfish
Christmas Song by Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds
Highlights:
Please Come Home for Christmas by Jon Bon Jovi
Merry Christmas Baby by Sheryl Crow & Eric Clapton
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) by Jon Bon Jovi
Highlights:
Christmas Day by Dido
Highlights:
Silent Night by Reba McEntire
Please Come Home for Christmas by Willie Nelson
Peace by Norah Jones
Highlights:
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! by The Carter Twins
Santa Baby by Kellie Pickler
Tune in tomorrow for more selections.  I’m looking forward to some fabulous listening this Christmas season!

Favorite Christmas Album

This is probably my favorite Christmas album ever, due to it’s meeting all of the criteria that are important to me for good Christmas music.  It’s well done, not cheesy, and it has a hilarious Christmas story in addition to great music done by modern artists.  This is truly MY kind of Christmas music.