‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ Proves How to Finish a Trilogy

While not exactly a golden rule, it is known fact that if a movie does well in the box office, chances are good that it will be followed by sequel and more often than not, we’ve come to expect that the sequel won’t measure up to the original. Add a third movie to the mix and you’re just asking for trouble. With animated movies, the expectations are often even lower. (Is anyone really surprised that the Ice Age movies keep getting worse?) But sometimes, as is the case with the Disney/Pixar Toy Story movies, we’re pleasantly surprised. Now you can add How to Train Your Dragon to that short list too.

One thing that DreamWorks Animation has understood about this series is that the story comes first, the hijinks come later. The very first Dragon movie proved that way back in 2010 with a strong story and with each chapter that has come after it, that story just keeps getting better. What started out as a cute kid’s story has become a powerful trilogy. We've seen these chara…

Matt Redman Releases 'Glory Song' Album

Matt Redman
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It may be hard to believe but Glory Song is Matt Redman’s 13th album. When I received the CD to review, I sampled each song for about 30 seconds and the thing that struck me was how many of the song sounded alike. A number of them start out very slow, thoughtful and mellow. However, if you listen to the whole song, you’ll find that some change dramatically. For instance, “Gospel Song” starts out very unassuming, but it finishes much stronger than it starts out. From taking the 30 second test, you’d never know that there is a lot more to these songs. They become triumphant or worshipful. Some feature vocals from “special guests.” Almost every song contains a surpise if you listen for it. But you need to be patient. A lot of the songs are really long (one clocks in at almost eight minutes in length).

The other thing that struck me is that it feels as if the song list is in the wrong order. In my own humble opinion, the first song that stood out, “Questions (You are Faithful)” is number 8 and is one of the best. It features honest lyrics not found in a lot of worship songs:

“In all of our questions / All of our searching / When we are wrestling / You don’t let go / In all of our fears and doubts / All of our anxious thoughts / When we are restless / Still we are held / Lord, I believe / But help my unbelief”

The chorus is pumped up with a choir emphasizing the sentiments of the song making it one of the most memorable songs on the album. If you purchase the album, I suggest starting there. The song is followed by the upbeat “Still I Will Sing” with contagious lyrics to match the mood of the song:

“Sing in the battle / Sing in the blessing / Sing through the shadows / Shout with the heavens / I won’t be silent, no / I won’t be silent / Still I sing, still I will sing”

Other surprises include “One Day” that combines this new song with the classic hymn, “When We All Get to Heaven” and lots of special guest singers including Kierra Sheard, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Guvna B, Madison Cunningham and Kim Walker-Smith.

Some of the songs are less eventful, but the bottom line is you are a fan of Matt Redman, you won’t be disappointed.
Review of Matt Redman's "Glory Song."

Song List:
1. All Glory (with Kierra Sheard)
2. Gospel Song (with Guvna B)
3. Greatest Hallelujah
4. Gracefully Broken (with Tasha Cobbs Leonard)
5. One Day (When We All Get to Heaven)
6. Redemption Ground (with Madison Cunningham)
7. It is Finished
8. Questions (You are Faithful)
9. Still I Will Sing
10. Place of Praise (with Kim Walker-Smith)
11. Hope is Marching On
12. Simple Pursuit / Glory Song
13. Your Ways


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