#430: iTunes

I love listening to music on my iPod. I like putting the whole thing on shuffle and being surprised by what comes next. (I’ve gotten some pretty interesting combinations that way) Ever since I got my iPod I’ve gotten the music on it from CDs I already owned, or bought. I liked being able to have a hard copy of the songs so I didn’t just have to listen to them on my iPod.

For Christmas though I bought my very first album on iTunes as a gift for my mom. She doesn’t have an iPod, but there’s a Christmas album that she’s always loved that for some reason has never been released on CD. I bought it and downloaded it onto a CD for her, and that gave me the courage to start buying songs on iTunes. There are several songs I’ve been wanting to get, but didn’t want to get the whole CD. I’m amazed at how cheep it is and easy to download. I still don’t know if I want to get too many full CDs on iTunes, but for individual songs it’s certainly easier and cheeper to get them on iTunes.

#430: Thank you Lord for iTunes and the ease of downloading songs there.

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#400: Keeping CDs

Towards the end of June my nine-year old iPod broke and I just recently got around to getting a new one. I had really hoped Apple could fix it or at least transfer the songs to my new one, but since it was so old they couldn’t. Because I’ve never bought anything on iTunes, and all my music has come from downloading from cds I have a lot of work a head of me to load all my cds onto my new iPod. Fortunately, I’ve kept pretty much all of the cds that I had on my iPod so I still have all my music.

#400: Thank you Lord that I kept most of my cds so I don’t have to buy music all over again for my new iPod.

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Day 337: Christmas Music

I LOVE Christmas! It’s my favorite holiday and I love everything about it. (except Santa Claus who I never believed in, but I don’t hate him, he’s just not important) So as you might imagine I’m probably going to be writing quite a few Christmas related posts this month, starting with today.

I refuse to do anything Christmas related until the day after Thanksgiving, and one of the first Christmasy things I usually do is listen to Christmas music, it really gets me in the mood for Christmas. “O Come All Ye Faithful” is my favorite Christmas Carol, though “O Holy Night” is a close second, both songs remind me of what Christmas is really all about: the birth of Christ. My favorite non-Carol Christmas song is “Breath of Heaven” by Amy Grant, it touches me every time I hear it, thinking about what Mary must’ve felt when she was pregnant with the Son of God!

Now for a fun one! While there are quite a few non-religious Christmas songs I enjoy my favorite is probably “What is Christmas?” by Trans-Siberian Orchestra. It’s really fun and funny, but at the same time makes you think about what Christmas really means.

Day 337: Thank you Lord for Christmas music, it gets me ready to celebrate the birth of your son.

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Day 198: Musical Soundtracks

Yesterday I wrote about Avalon my favorite singing group of all time, and Christian music is definitely my favorite genre because it is so uplifting and glorifying to God. But I have a close second favorite genre: Broadway Musicals, which make up probably half the music on my iPod. Musicals are so much fun to listen to and watch, because they tell a story through their music and take you to another place, I especially like ones that tell an uplifting and inspirational story. I’d like to share with you my top 5 favorite shows along with my favorite songs from each.

#5: Newsies Of my top five this is the only one I haven’t seen live onstage, but it is the most recently produced one so it makes sense. I saw the Disney movie years ago and immediately fell in love with the story of kids taking a stand for what they believe in, and not backing down. It’s a fun show and the music is amazing, I’ve had the soundtrack for almost a year and I love listening to it! The funny thing is my favorite song from the movie and the show are different, in the movie it’s “Seize the Day” and the show it’s “The World Will Know” but in both cases the other song is my second favorite. Here’s the movie version “World”:

#4: Les Miserables Of my top five this is the only one I’ve actually seen on Broadway. I was introduced to this show through PBS’ broadcast of the 10th Anniversary show, and from the first I was hooked. The story is so beautiful and inspirational. There are a lot of songs that I love from this show, but my favorite is “On My Own” and even though I have seen many different performances of it over the years, this one from the 10th Anniversary is still my favorite!

#3: Godspell This is a fun show and I would love to be in a production of it someday, but I also love it because it tells the story of Jesus’ ministry so well. I remember once I had to answer a question about some of the things Jesus calls the Pharisee’s and I just remembered the lyrics to “Alas for You” and got the question right, because that song is taken straight from scripture. It’s really hard for me to pick a favorite song for this one because I love them all, even the three cut from the movie, (Except “Beautiful City” which I don’t really count because it was written for the movie) but if I had to pick one it would be “We Beseech Thee”

#2: Wicked My top two favorite musicals are almost interchangeable, but there can only be one favorite. I’ve always loved “The Wizard of Oz” and from the moment I saw “Defying Gravity” performed at the Tony’s I was hooked, the song itself quickly became my second favorite song, and fell in love with the rest of the show as soon as I heard the soundtrack. I got to see it on the National Tour and was surprised by the twists at the end that aren’t even hinted at in the soundtrack.

Before I move on I have to mention my other favorite song from Wicked which would not surprise me if it someday surpasses “Gravity” on my list, “For Good”. This song is so beautiful and so applicable to people in my life.

#1: The Sound of Music This was the first musical I ever saw, and I remember falling in love with it as a young child. I’ve seen the movie so many times that I can probably quote the whole thing. I remember watching it growing up and pretending to be whichever of the girls I was closest to in age, while I was watching it. (Which might be why Louisa remains my favorite of the kids because I stopped when I was about 13) Of my top five this is the only one where I might actually like for the story slightly more than the music. Growing up my favorite song was “So Long, Farewell” which it might still be, but to be honest I’m not sure anymore. So rather than post a video of a song from the movie I’m going to post something I know I love, the flashmob of “Do-Re-Mi”

Day 198: Thank you Lord for Musical Soundtracks, they’re so much fun to listen to and to remember great shows.

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Day 197: Avalon

The first real concert I ever attended was Twila Paris. I remember how excited I was to see her perform live, and I thoroughly enjoyed the concert, but I remember very little of the opening act, I mainly remember wanting them to be done so Twila could sing. You have no idea how much I regret those feelings now, but I can hardly blame myself, I was young, it was my first concert, and Twila was my favorite artist at the time.

So who was the opening act, and why do I regret it now? It was Avalon, my all time favorite singing group! It was a year or two before I heard anything by them again, and took a bit longer before I really liked them, but by the time I did I was hooked! While the four members of Avalon have changed over the years, their sound hasn’t. Their songs portray powerful images and bring me closer to God every time I hear them. I love each one of their cds, and listen to them a lot.

Their song “Testify to Love” is my favorite song of all time and many of their other songs are some of my favorites. I’ve only missed one or two of their concerts when they’ve anywhere close to me over the years that I know of, and am usually on the edge of my seat through the whole thing. I’ve used some of their songs to bless others over the years too, I had the privilege of choreographing and dancing to their song “You Were There”, I sang “Orphans of God” while holding orphan babies overseas, and have performed American Sign Language onstage to “Testify to Love” (and in my seat during their concerts) on multiple occasions, which is always exhilarating. I’ve never had the privilege of meeting any of the members of Avalon though I do know someone who went to the same college as Jody, and someone else who used to be babysat by Jana, but if I did I would thank them for the wonderful work they’ve done over the years singing praises to God, and bringing me closer to him through their music.

Day 197: Thank you Lord for Avalon, for how they’ve blessed me through the years and the opportunities I’ve had to use their music to bless others.

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