Posts tagged #Music

Daniel Renstrom: Jesus Wants My Heart

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Y'all, it's your lucky day. "Why?" you ask.

Well... Daniel Renstrom's newest album is out AND it's a children's album!!! If you want to stop reading and just go BUY IT... I'd be fine with that... if you need a little more prodding... continue on.

First off, let me just say something... it's children's music but it is not your typical children's album.

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 You know what I'm talking about... (ps. I love this scene from Life As we Know it). We've all done time in the backseat of our friend's car with their kids while listening to scary CD's that sound like they have small muppet creatures singing weird lyrics in high pitched and terrifying voices. I'm sorry but those creep me out... I'm sure that once the girls get big enough to latch onto something like that I'll also endure and survive that form of torture.

BUT still...

I'm doing what I can to help them latch onto less creepy music. And Daniel Renstrom has so kindly created an album to assist me in my endeavors to escape hours of creeptastic music in the mini. And here's the thing, he's done an AWESOME job! This album is for children, but I will be listening to is without kiddos when I'm flying solo.  Here are just a few reasons why I love it and think you should go buy it:

1. Daniel doesn't sound like a small muppet creature. (in fact he sounds awesome... per the usual.)

2. The lyrics are Biblically sound. I want my girls to grow up singing songs that hold significant theological truths, not just fluffy little kiddy songs. Don't get me wrong, we'll be singing plenty of those as well, but I also want them to have songs that will help them develop and further their understanding of who God is and who they are in light of a loving Father. This album does that. (side note: Read Daniel's 5 things I hope will happen through Jesus Wants my Heart here. Super encouraging)

3. Musically... this album is legit. It's not catchy in a kiddy way, but catchy in a fun for everyone way. Really, it sounds like "real" music (bc it is), especially in contrast to other kids cds that use the synthesizer WAY too much! ;) I love the acoustic driven sound and smooth harmonies.

All that to say... you can purchase the album off of iTunes here. It's SO SO SO good. It definitely received our girls' stamp of approval during a little dance/sing along session with the Mister this morning!

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Family members with kids... sorry you'll be getting these for Christmas/Bdays. And by sorry I mean... Congratulations!

Alright y'all! Happy Tuesday! Go BUY Daniel's album!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Much love,

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Posted on April 23, 2013 and filed under Things I love---.

Old Hymns: Great is Thy Faithfulness

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Lately I've really been enjoying revisiting old hymns from my youth. I've found myself singing them to my girls a lot. It's weird to think that they could grow up in church and never be familiar with some of these songs. I realize that songs & culture change, but some of these songs are just so great that I hate to think that they could miss out. One thing I love about my home church in Kentucky is that it still incorporates hymns alongside of newer worship songs. Growing up though, we stuck pretty much to hymns - which I'm so thankful for because these songs are forever written in my memory. Some days are just so hectic that I don't have a ton of time to spend in the Word, but these songs are so rich in truth that they encourage me throughout the day. I just love the richness in history and writing style of a lot of these hymns and figured I'd bring a few back on the blog to hopefully encourage some of you and also just to document for my girls one day. Today's hymn: Great is Thy Faithfulness. Lyrics written in 1923 by Thomas O. Chisholm, music by William Runyan. The Biblical passage the song is based on is Lamentations 3:22-23, "The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness."

Great is Thy faithfulness, oh God my Father; There is no shadow of turning with Thee; Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not; As Thou hast been, Thou forever wilt be.

Chorus: Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see. All I have needed Thy hand hath provided; Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Summer and winter and springtime and harvest, Sun, moon, and stars in their courses above Join with all nature in manifold witness to Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.


Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide; Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow, Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!


Tis true. Great is His faithfulness!

Much love,

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I have the habit of beating a dead horse when it comes to music (& food). I get a song or band that I like and then I play it... and play it some more... and then a bit more... and then months go by and I realize that I should move on from my obsession but it's too late so I play it some more... And you get the picture. Really... in high school Damien Rice's "O" CD just gave out on me. It literally died. I killed it from being played too much. So I bought a new one and listened to it non stop for another entire semester. Like literally, it didn't leave the CD player in my car. The same could be said of Gavin DeGraw's latest album last fall. Was in my car for 3 months... on repeat. If it wasn't for a Christmas music intervention, it'd probably still be in there. Anyways, this cycle really causes me to get into a musical rut sometimes. Fortunately, I married the Mister who is great at introducing me to new artists. He's been keeping me on my musical toes these past two years and I can appreciate it. Lord knows my iPod does. And I don't only have him to thank, but I also have his musical friends. Robinson is a band based out of Nashville with a winning combination of The Mister's friends. Seriously, hysterically funny guys. All this time I just thought they were funny and BAM they move to Nashville and release an EP. They're funny AND talented. And ladies... a few of them are single... just saying.

Laura over at Meet Virginia did a stellar review of the fellas work and I would encourage you to check it out, as well as her blog! It's a fav of mine! And I agree with Laura. If you like Mumford & Sons, the Avett Brothers, etc. you'll most likely LOVE Robinson.

Here's a little video to give you an idea of their feel:


These guys really are awesome. But as an added bonus it really is grassroots at this point. And let's all be honest, everyone loves to love the band before they become "THE BAND." It's like the ultimate bragging rights in the music industry. Well here's your shot to jump on board, because this band is going places. I keep waiting for their song I'll be Fine to pop up on a Grey's or Parenthood episode. LOVE IT.

So all that to say... give 'em a listen. Buy their EP. Follow them on Twitter. & get ready to be hooked. My iPod is already getting angry with me for the amount of times I've listened to them... Fortunately we just got Taylor Swift's new album and I've been blasting that in the mini this past week. So Robinson's been given a brief break before I go back to playing them on repeat.


PS. No worries, you'll see the twins in their Halloween costumes on Photo Friday - I haven't forsaken you. :)

Posted on November 1, 2012 and filed under Ordinary Life, Reviews, Things I love---.