- Here For You – Matt Redman (A)
- Holy Spirit – Jesus Culture (A)
- Your Promises – Elevation Church (A)
- No Longer Slaves – Bethel (G)
- You Make Me Brave – Bethel (G)
- This Is Amazing Grace – Jeremy Riddle (B)
- Never Let Go – Matt Redman (B)
- I Am – David Crowder (B)
- Whom Shall I Fear – Matt Redman (B)
- Good Good Father – Housefires (A)
- Break Every Chain – United Pursuit (A)
The band on Sunday consisted of Craig on bass, Ricky on drums, myself on guitar/vocals, Jillien on vocals, and Jaye on guitar/vocals.
It was really good to be back at church on Sunday after a 6 week hiatus. I really appreciate the team for taking on the extra responsibility while I took time off to welcome little Xander into the world.
I also want to thank our STORYCHURCH people for blessing our family during this time. Your generous gifts and warm cooked meals were an amazing help to us.
I’ve never been big into instrumental albums, particularly “worship” instrumental albums.
Integrity Music very kindly sent me SOAK from New Life Worship to review and I have to say I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to it. It is very “synthy” and airy, and at times has a Gungor feel to it.
I’m able to listen to it at work without it being a distraction to what I’m doing, and also works well in the car to help me reflect and relax.
I feel like some of the transitions between songs were a little jarring, and smoother transitions would have made a much better album.
Overall, it’s a great piece of work from New Life Worship, and I’m definitely more open to other instrumental works because of it.
“Tuned To The Key Of Praise” is a new EP that I was privileged to be involved with. The project was put together by Gangai Victor, a worship leader from Chennai, India. You can find out more about the team involved here.
I recorded my vocal for one of Gangai’s songs and sent it to his team for them to work their magic. I love how it turned out. You can download the whole EP from noisetrade now (free download).
It was exciting to collaborate with other worship leaders across the world and I hope we can do that again.
I’m struggling with temptation.
In the past I have not been interested in music subscriptions. I could not see the value in spending $10-15 per month to listen to music I can hear on the radio, or from my own music library.
Now I’m not sure why it tempts me so.
I recognize these feelings of temptation from when iTunes Match was first launched. At first I believed I didn’t need it. I mean I can just sync whatever songs I want to listen to. Right?
Nope. After a few weeks of humming and haa-ing I finally gave in. And now I could not go back. Having every song in my iTunes library available to me wherever I am is so invaluable to me.
Then the new Apple Photos app arrived and dangled the new iCloud storage options in front of me. Every photo I have on every device wherever I am? Think about all those #tbt Instagram posts I could upload!
I tried to resist. I did. Eventually I signed up, once more.
Not long after signing up, Amazon Prime offered unlimited photo storage for free with Amazon Prime membership. I seriously considered switching but it just doesn’t fit perfectly in my Apple ecosystem.
Now my latest deliberation is Apple Music. So far I have even resisted participating in the 3 month trial. Silly, right? But I know if I start the trial the chances are I’m not going to be able to leave. Apple knows this.
I am wondering however, if the $10 per month will reduce the need to buy as much music as I normally do? Again, as a Prime customer, I have Prime music available to me, but the library and playlists have always felt quite limited.
For those of you who use Apple Music already, here are some questions:
- If I subscribe to Apple Music, do I still need iTunes Match? Will my current iTunes library still be available to me with an Apple Music subscription only?
- Are there any artists/albums you listen to that are not available on Apple Music?
- Does the content have an expiry date, like Netflix & Prime movie content, etc?
- Worship Leaders: Is it a good resource for new worship music and discovering new songs for church?
- Here For You – Matt Redman (B)
- Emmanuel – Martin Smith (B)
- I Am – Crowder (B)
- Waiting Here For You – Hillsong (D)
- Great I Am – Jared Anderson (D)
- This Is Amazing Grace – Jeremy Riddle (B)