STARS, GUITARS AND MEGAPHONE DREAMS (A Dad in the Middle Review)
Last week I posted about a brand new CD from Yancy that came out this past Tuesday. We are still giving away a CD/DVD combo as part of that article. I am going to the leave the contest open until midnight tonight (EST). So, you still have time to enter. All you have to do is one or all of the following (the more you do, the more times you are answered):
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Today, I wanted to take some time to review the album. It seems to me that the best way to do that is song-by-song, so that is what I am going to do. Before I do that though, I wanted to make some general observations. First, I am not the type of person who usually likes a CD in its entirety right out of the box. There are a handful of CDs where I can honestly say I really like all of the songs, but for most of those there were at least a couple of songs that took a little while to grow on me. I can honestly tell you that the first time I listened to this CD from front to back, I fell in love with the songs. I love them as someone in children’s ministry who can definitely use them in class. I love them as the father to a daughter who really likes Yancy. Most importantly though, I just love them myself. I could, and will, listen to this album whether the kids are around or not. To me, that is an essential element in good children’s ministry music – it relates to both kids and parents. So, without any further introduction, here is my song-by-song review:
1. Make It Loud
I love this upbeat song. It’s a great way to start the album. Part party song, part anthem, I get the impression this song expresses the internal motivation of Yancy herself. This song is all about the passion that comes with following Jesus Christ and the desire to share him with others.
You can find out more about the song from Yancy here.
2. Love God Hate Sin
This is a remake of a song from the 80’s Christian band Mylon LeFerve & Broken Heart. I have never heard the original, but I am so glad Yancy chose to remake it. This is one of my favorite songs on the album. It is upbeat, catchy and gives an important message about what really matters.
Make sure to check out Behind The Song: Love God, Hate Sin.
3. Every Good and Perfect Thing
I love James 1:17, and that is what this song is all about. Yancy reminds us to be grateful for the big and little things in life and that God is good even when things might not seem that way!
Find out more about this song from Yancy: Behind The Song: Every Good and Perfect Thing.
4. I Love You
What a great love song to our savior! This slower and captivating song expresses the gratitude and love we should feel towards our Lord and Savior. We should love him with all of our heart and all of our life and all of our dreams. I really found this song as moving as Third Day’s Love Song.
Make sure to read Behind The Song: I Love You
5. Sing Your Praises Out
I love the pure worship of this song: “Sing your praises out. Our God is big and He is worthy.” All about how worthy God is of our praise, this song will teach kids, and many adults, why we should constantly worship our Creator and Savior.
You will definitely want to read Yancy’s article Behind The Song: Sing Your Praises Out.
6. Forever and Ever
This distinctly rock sounding song is all about how our time here on this planet is temporary and our eternal home will be beyond imagination. I think this one is definitely going to be a hit with the kids.
Take a look behind the scenes here: Behind The Song: Forever & Ever
7. God Is For Me
I love music which is not just about God’s Word but full of it. This is one such song. This catchy tune is based on Romans 8:31 and would make a great song to help kids remember that verse.
You will want to check out Behind The Song: God Is For Me for more information on the song.
8. Sincerely Completely Yours
This slower song expresses a sincere desire to live a life for God – “sincerely completely yours.” I love the heart-felt desire to live for God, not when it is convenient or fun, but always. This is absolutely a message that our kids need to hear!
9. Time To Celebrate
We’ve got no time to waste. It’s time to celebrate!
If this song doesn’t get you moving a little bit, nothing will and you might want to check the batteries in your pace maker! I am definitely going to add this one to my pre-class song lineup with the likes of “Good Morning” by Phil Joel. It definitely sets the right tone for worshipping God.
10. Don’t Stop
That’s right – it’s a Fleetwood Mac remake baby! This one took me back to my younger years, and at the risk of offending you diehard Fleetwood Mac fans out there, I think it actually better than the original.
I also appreciate Yancy’s distinctly Christian take on the song which she writes about here: Behind The Song: Don’t Stop
11. I Belong To Jesus
This song demonstrates everything I love about Yancy’s music. It is simple enough, engaging enough and catchy enough that kids will love it. That said, I could see us singing this in the “adult” worship service as well. I set out simply to review this CD for the blog, but in the end I ended up having a worship experience.
12. Be Glorified.
This song continues the true worship feel of the prior track and expresses the true desire of my own life – “Jesus be glorified. Jesus be lifted high.” The best thing I think I can say about this album, is that Yancy has accomplished exactly that!
If you have kids or work with kids, you need to buy this album today! If you don’t have or work with kids, you need to get this album today. Don’t take my word for it though, head on over to Yancy’s site to preview it for yourself!
In the interest of full disclosure, I should note that I was provided a free review copy of this album. Yancy was also kind enough to provide the copy of the CD/DVD combo being given away as part of our contest.