My Sunday Song – “Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me)” by Casting Crowns

For My Sunday Song #27, my wife has chosen “Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me)” by Casting Crowns. Now over to my wife and let her explain why she chose this song.

“Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me)” is a song performed and composed by the Christian band Casting Crowns from their 2009 album Until the Whole World Hears. While the band composed the music, the lyrics come from the hymn “One Day”, written in 190 by John Wilbur Chapman, and Michael Bleecker at The village Church in Flower Mound, Texas, set the song’s verse melody.

It was a beautiful day and I had just left the mall and was headed home to meet my girls at the bus stop. I can vividly remember the skies being so blue that day.  There wasn’t a cloud to be found and what should have been a somewhat chilly day turned out to be a gorgeous warm one. I recall thinking, “I sure wish everyday could be as nice as this one” and then realized I had better get my thinking back on the road because I was completely zoning out on the beautiful day! Not a good thing when you are behind the wheel.

When you are driving along and it is gorgeous out, what do you need to go with that? Music, right! Loud music! I turned on my radio and then hit the button in my car called “Jukebox” which allows me to store songs there that I like. The song “Glorious Day” came on and at first it was just a song but by the time it got to the second chorus, I was nearly in tears and could literally feel Jesus’ presence in my car. I was rocking out to “Glorious Day” with Jesus! How awesome!!! I don’t know what happened that day but it is a day I will never forget as I drove down Abbotts Bridge Road in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Do you have a song that just gets you like this every time you hear it? I have a few other songs that are not Christian based songs that do this.  I’ll leave you with a quote from Jimi Hendrix, “Music is a safe kind of high.”             

“Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me)”

One day when Heaven was filled with His praises
One day when sin was as black as could be
Jesus came forth to be born of a virgin
Dwelt among men, my example is He
Word became flesh and the light shined among us
His glory revealed

[Chorus:]
Living, He loved me
Dying, He saved me
Buried, He carried my sins far away
Rising, He justified freely forever
One day He’s coming
Oh glorious day, oh glorious day

One day they led Him up Calvary’s mountain
One day they nailed Him to die on a tree
Suffering anguish, despised and rejected
Bearing our sins, my Redeemer is He
Hands that healed nations, stretched out on a tree
And took the nails for me

[Chorus]

One day the grave could conceal Him no longer
One day the stone rolled away from the door
Then He arose, over death He had conquered
Now He’s ascended, my Lord evermore
Death could not hold Him, the grave could not keep Him
From rising again

[Chorus]

One day the trumpet will sound for His coming
One day the skies with His glories will shine
Wonderful day, my Beloved One, bringing
My Savior, Jesus, is mine

[Chorus]

Glorious day, Oh, Glorious day

Written by John Wilbur Chapman, Mark Hall & Michael Bleecker

Friday New Releases – February 17th

Happy Friday.  Welcome to the end of another long work week and hopefully something released today will fit your needs.  Not much out this week, but a couple to look forward to for me.  They are highlighted in Blue.

  • 170x170bb-78  Alison Krauss – Windy City – (Hokker, Inc):  Hard to believe that this is her first solo release in 18 years.  Sadly it is only a covers album and not original material.  I will take what I can get from this bluegrass/country superstar.

  • 170x170bb-28  Ryan Adams – Prisoner – (PaxAmericana Recordings):  Ryan hasn’t waited 18 years for his next solo release.  He has only waited about 3 years.  For him, this is his 16th studio album.  That seems crazy, but he does put out a lot of albums as he averages about 1 album a year.  I am sure it will be interesting as his usually are.

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The Top 20 Songs of Ratt

The band Ratt has been in the news a lot lately and not all in a good way. First with Stephen Pearcy releasing a great new solo album.  And second, the Ratt band mates have been feuding over who owns the band name.  It is sad and disgusting.  To me, Ratt is Stephen Pearcy, Warren DeMartini, Bobby Blotzer, Robbin Crosby and Juan Croucier.  But the band is now two bands fighting over the name.

In one corner you have Stephen Pearcy, Warren MeMartini & Juan Croucier.  The other corner you have Bobby Blotzer.  Robbin Crosby passed away in 2002 and luckily isn’t witnessing this fiasco.  Based on what I have read, Bobby Blotzer will probably lose and Ratt will be with Stephen, Warren and Juan, but what do I know I am not an attorney.

Any other version is a cover band…sorry Bobby that is all your version would look like.  Plus, you were never a song writer on any of the songs so the Ratt sound and style didn’t come from you so not sure I would ever check out your version of Ratt.  I am sorry that was mean.  There were actually 2 songs you have writing credits on and your drumming in the band was actually great.  I still feel your version is a cover band though!!!

Because of them being in the news, I have been listening to their music and I realized they have a lot of great songs.  I figured why not do a list of my Top 20 Ratt songs.  I have gone through all their albums and I feel I have the definitive list of Ratt songs.  I was hoping to have songs from every Ratt album, but their 1999, self-titled reunion album sucked so much that I could  not in good faith include any songs.  Collage was a compilation of rarities and b-sides but mostly stuff from pre-Ratt and I wanted to stick with the main Ratt era.  Otherwise, here the Top 20 Ratt songs.

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Motley Crue ‘The End: Live in Los Angeles’ – DVD & CD Review 

One of the great things in the Motley Crue Box Set ‘The End’ is the live concert CD & DVD of the final Motley show in Los Angeles on December 31st of 2015.  It is a lot a money to spend for the DVD & CD of the show which thankfully, you can buy separately if that is all you want to buy.  For the casual fan, that is definitely the way to go.  Sadly, I am not the casual fan.  I had to have it all.

First up was the CD version.  The track list is as follows:

1.) Intro
2.) Girls, Girls, Girls
3.) Wild Side
4.) Primal Scream
5.) Same Ol’ Situation (S.O.S.)
6.) Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)
7.) Smokin’ In The Boys’ Room
8.) Looks That Kill
9.) Mutherf***** Of The Year
10.) Shout At The Devil
11.) Louder Than Hell
12.) Saints Of Los Angeles
13.) Live Wire
14.) Dr. Feelgood
15.) Kickstart My Heart
16.) Home Sweet Home

I popped the CD in while I was in my car on my commute into the office and I won’t spend a lot of time talking about as my focus will be on the DVD.  The songs were great, but I had issue with the vocals. I had a hard time understanding what Vince was saying or wasn’t sure if Vince was even saying the right words.  It was also lacking the spectacle of a Motley Crue show.

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Al Jarreau – Legendary Jazz Singer – Dies at 76

The jazz great Al Jarreau, dies today at age 76.  He was such an awesome singer and even won 7 Grammy awards. He had so many great songs including, “Mornin'” and my personal favorite “We’re In This Love Together” to name just a few.  I remember him most for the theme from the TV show “Moonlighting” that starred Bruce Willis and Cybil Shepherd.

He was born in Milwaukee back on March 12, 1940 and his real name was Alwyn Lopez Jarreau.  His greatest success was during the 80’s, but his music is so timeless and even now listening to some of his songs you remember how amazing he was.  I keep seeing he was nicknamed the “Acrobat of Scat” for his vocal stylings and I can say there were not many like him and probably never will be again.

Rest in Peace sir!!

 

My Sunday Song – “Unanswered Prayers” by Garth Brooks

For My Sunday Song #26, my wife has selected “Unanswered Prayers” by Garth Brooks. Here is what she has to say about the song and what it means to her.

Written by Garth Brooks, Pat Alger and Larry Bastian and released in October 1990 on his No Fences album.   Brooks said “Every time I sing this song, it teaches me the same lesson…happiness is not getting what you want, it’s wanting what you’ve got.”

I suspect you are already thinking of at least one unanswered prayer that you are mighty grateful the good Lord did not answer. Am I right? Every time I hear the name of this song or see the name of this song, I can’t help but to think of where I would be today had God answered some of those prayers I prayed. And, you know what, I probably wouldn’t be here right now writing this blog for you. It scares me to even think about it. We have the prayers such as “God, please help me make an A on this math test”; or “God, don’t let my parents catch me talking on the phone late”; or “God, please make that boy like me”. Then as we get older, we start asking for bigger and more serious stuff and sometimes we think it is going to be the end of the world if it doesn’t happen, especially in the time frame we want it to happen. Prayers such as “God, I can’t live here anymore so please help me get the job I applied for in this other city so I can move and start a new life”, or “God, I am so in love with this guy and I know he is the one so please make it work between us”. What do these prayers have in common? They are all based on our wants rather than God’s will.

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Michael Bolton – ‘Songs of Cinema’ – Album Review

Now before I get into the album review, let me preface this with that I am a fan of Michael Bolton’s earlier work starting with his 1983 release ‘Michael Bolton’ which had “Fool’s Game” up until ‘Time, Love & Tenderness’ in 1991.  After that it started to go down hill for me as he was doing way too many covers.  More covers than originals, which is disappointing.  He was also getting further and further from his original rock roots (listen to his early releases and you will hear what I am talking about).

Several months back, I heard Michael was signing with Frontiers Records Srl and I was actually excited to hear that as Frontiers is a great record label and they are a ROCK record label.  They have brought back many bands of my youth and signed them including Night Ranger and Stryper and now Michael Bolton.

Imagine my utter disappointment when I heard the new Michael Bolton album was a cover album of movie songs called ‘Songs of Cinema’.  Wow!!  It is just what I wanted (heavy, heavy sarcasm)!  I told myself going into it, I would keep an open mind and give it a solid listen…which I feel I did for about 30 seconds.

What songs did he cover?  I will tell you.

It starts off with “When A Man Loves A Woman”. Hasn’t he done that one before? Why yes he has, but this one is different…it is the 2017 Version.  Oh yeah, that is right…I am supposed to keep an open mind.  I am sorry, but I can’t. That ship has sailed.  When the first song is a rehash of an old song that you have already covered, you lost me.  The original one he did back in 1991 was so much better.

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