Friday, June 20, 2014

Summer Praise Mix Tape

A suggestion list for a summer praise "mix tape."
(Photo: Aopsan)
If you are of a certain age, you might remember creating mix tapes of some of the best songs you had on hand or borrowed from friends. (If you are not in that age bracket, you might be interested to know that before the internet and CDs, we had to share our music on cassette tapes. If you don’t know what a cassette tape is, stop reading and ask your parents.) Many of these tapes were created during the summer creating fun music to listen to short trips and what not. You get the idea.

If you are like me, you appreciate praise and worship music, but much of what is out there is too slow for a real summer collection. When you’re on the road, you don’t want music that is going to put you to sleep. Here is a suggested list of fairly new praise songs that will keep your toes tapping and give your spirit a lift at the same time.

"Don’t Ever Stop" by Chris Tomlin

Heavy with the electric guitars and synthesizer, this Tomlin tune could be confused with a dance song and doesn’t sound like your typical Tomlin song. It’s a great way to start out.
Sample lyrics: “Whatever is true, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is light, lead me in Your way everlasting, don’t ever stop, don’t ever stop.”

"Thrive" by Casting Crowns

This Celtic-sounding - slightly country song is an anthem and reminder for us to not just settle, but to pursue and stronger, bolder walk with Jesus.
Sample Lyrics: “Just to know You and to make You known - We lift Your name on high - Shine like the sun, make darkness run and hide - We know we were made for so much more than ordinary lives- Its time for us to more than just survive - We were made to thrive”

"Never Gonna Let Me Go" by Kristian Stanfill

If you can ignore the bad grammar in the title, this catchy song with its repeating chorus will bring back memories of songs around the campfire with your youth group. Bring out the s’mores.
Sample lyrics: “His love breaking through my heart of stone, Love breathing to awake my bones, Love reaching out to save my soul, Love never gonna let me go.”