mix tape monday: top 50 edition

So, this is a little different…every year since 2004, I’ve thrown together a compilation of my 50 favorite songs from the year. They don’t have to have been released in that year; I just have to have listened to them a lot and liked them and found them worthy of sharing with other people. If you’re interested in getting a copy, drop me a note in the comments. Feel free to ridicule or praise anything on here.

Disc 1
1. Rihanna, “Don’t Stop the Music” (Good Girl Gone Bad)
2. Daft Punk, “Technologic” (Musique, Vol. 1 (1991-2004))
3. Party Ben, “Galvanize the Empire”
4. Robert Randolph and the Family Band, “Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong With That” (Colorblind)
5. Shaded Red, “Rat Race” (Red Revolution)
6. Michael Franti & Spearhead, “Say Hey (I Love You)” (All Rebel Rockers)
7. No Doubt, “Hey Baby” (Rock Steady)
8. Róisín Murphy, “Ramalama (Bang Bang)” (Ruby Blue)
9. Eric Darby, “Scratch and Dent Dreams (live)” (The Secret Dream Lives of Engineers)
10. In the Heights OBC, “96,000” (In the Heights)
11. Jamie Lidell, “Another Day” (JIM)
12. The Submarines, “You, Me, and the Bourgeoisie” (Honeysuckle Weeks)
13. Duffy, “Mercy” (Rockferry)
14. Robyn, “Cobrastyle” (Robyn)
15. MGMT, “Time to Pretend” (Oracular Spectacular)
16. Coldplay, “Lovers In Japan/Reign of Love” (Viva La Vida)

Disc 2
1. Billy Bragg and Wilco, “Airline to Heaven” (Mermaid Avenue, Vol. 2)
2. Foy Vance, “Shed a Little Light” (Hope)
3. Counting Crows, “Los Angeles” (Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings)
4. Eric Hutchinson, “Rock & Roll” (Sounds Like This)
5. The Khrusty Brothers, “Whittle Down” (The Khrusty Brothers)
6. Taylor Mali, “Totally Like Whatever” (Totally Like Whatever)
7.The Verve, “Bittersweet Symphony” (Urban Hymns)
8. Brandi Carlile, “The Story” (The Story)
9. Iron & Wine, “Boy With a Coin” (The Shepherd’s Dog)
10. The Weepies, “All That I Want” (Happiness)
11. The Duhks, “Mighty Storm” (Fast Paced World)
12. Adele, “Hometown Glory” (19)
13. Bruce Springsteen, “My City of Ruins” (The Rising)
14. Matthew John Conley, “Prayer”
15. U2, “Bad” (The Unforgettable Fire)
16. Hillsong, “Mighty to Save” (Mighty to Save EP)

Disc 3
1. Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, “Falling Slowly” (Once)
2. Rent OBC, “I’ll Cover You (Reprise)” (Rent)
3. Collin Herring, “Punches” (Past Life Crashing)
4. Jars of Clay, “What Wondrous Love” (Roots & Wings EP)
5. Sufjan Stevens, “For the Widowers in Paradise, For the Fatherless in Ypsilanti” (Michigan)
6. Raúl Esparza & Company, “Being Alive” (Company)
7. Colin Melloy, “Wonder (Live)” (Colin Melloy Sings Live!)
8. John Mayer, “Slow Dancing In a Burning Room” (Continuum)
9. Bob Dylan, “Ring Them Bells” (Oh Mercy)
10. Derek Webb, “Wedding Dress” (How to Kill and Be Killed)
11. Andrew Peterson, “Come Lord Jesus” (Carried Along)
12. Keith Lancaster and the Acapella Company, “We Will Glorify” (Awesome God)
13Joe Pug, “Hymn #101” (Nation of Heat EP)
14. Jon Foreman, “White As Snow” (Winter EP)
15. Sandra McCracken, “Saturn’s Fields” (Red Balloon)
16. Andrew Osenga, “Good Things Always Are” (Letters to the Editor, Vol. 2)
17. Andrew Osenga, “Let Us Know You” (Letters to the Editor, Vol. 2)
18. Obadiah Parker, “Hey Ya” (Obadiah Parker Live)

fourth week of advent

And the herald went forth through the city,
Shouting to the people both inside and out:
“Come, all ye faithful to the true King,
Come and rejoice in his triumph over our enemies!
Come and pay your homage!

“And come all ye unfaithful, you adulterers
And thieves and traitors, come join and receive
Forgiveness and blessing!
Come receive mercy and clemency,
Reconciliation and peace!

“For he comes with healing in his wake,
Riches for the poor, justice for the oppressed,
Food for the hungry, exaltation for the humble!
He will come and turn the world upside-down.”

And the king came to the city with his bride,
Now both arrayed in royal splendor,
And looked on the people, and he started the work
Of rebuilding.

Thursday 13.

I know I’ve done this one before, but I’m curious: The thirteen last albums you bought or otherwise obtained.

1. The Duhks, Fast Paced World
2. The Decemberists, Her Majesty The Decemberists
3. Derek Webb and Sandra McCracken, Ampersand EP
4. Sean Watkins, Blinders On
5. U2, All That You Can’t Leave Behind
6. Sixpence None the Richer, Sixpence None the Richer
7. Ben Folds Five, Whatever and Ever Amen
8. John Mayer, Continuum
9. The Khrusty Brothers, The Khrusty Brothers
10. Paste Sampler #48
11. Sandra McCracken, Red Balloon
12. Paste Sampler #47…
13. Jon Foreman, Fall & Winter

music check

Because we haven’t done one in a while, and I’m not having any good ideas for blog posts…

1. U2, “Ultraviolet (Light My Way)”
2. Radiohead, “Electioneering”
3. U2, “One Step Closer”
4. The Frames, “Revelate”
5. The Scott Silipigni Band, “San Francisco”
6. Jimmy Eat World, “Dizzy”
7. Rosie Thomas, “I Play Music”
8. Caedmon’s Call, “Climb On (A Back That’s Strong)”
9. Old Crow Medicine Show, “I Hear Them All”
10. Quiet Lovely, “What a Good Boy Am I”
11. The Normals, “We Are the Beggars At the Foot of God’s Door”
12. Pedro the Lion, “A Mind of Her Own”
13. Caedmon’s Call, “Oompah Loompah Song”
14. Terry Kelly Band, “All My Life”
15. Michael W. Smith, “Thy Word”
16. Ben Folds Five, “Adelaide”
17. Ben Folds, “The Ascent of Stan”
18. Robyn, “Cobrastyle”
19. Christ Tabernacle Choir, “We Have Overcome”
20. Charlie Hall, “Glorify”

mix tape monday

This week: Christmas songs (yes, even though it’s still Advent).

1. Hangnail, “Do You Hear What I Hear?” (Happy Christmas, Vol. 3)
2. Jars of Clay, “Love Came Down At Christmas” (Christmas Songs)
3. Mariah Carey, “All I Want For Christmas Is You” (Merry Christmas)
4. Broadway Inspiration Voices, “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” (Great Joy: A Gospel Christmas)
5. Sufjan Stevens, “Put the Lights On the Tree” (Hark! Songs for Christmas)
6. Baylor Chamber Choir, “Ding Dong Merrily On High” (Christmas At Baylor)
7. OC Supertones and Sarah Masen, “Heaven’s Got a Baby” (Happy Christmas, Vol. 3)
8. Rich Mullins, “You’ve Gotta Get Up (Christmas Song)” (A Liturgy, A Legacy, and a Ragamuffin Band)
9. Sandra McCracken and Derek Webb, “Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus” (Your King Has Come)
10. St. Joseph Catholic Church Choir, “Carol of the Bells”
11. George Winston, “The Holly and the Ivy” (December)
12. Death Cab For Cutie, “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home”) (Maybe This Christmas Tree)
13. Dave Matthews, “Christmas Song” (Remember Two Things)
14. Eden’s Bridge, “How Brightly Shone the Moon” (Celtic Christmas)
15. Robin and Linda Williams, “Brightest and Best” (The First Christmas)
16. Matthew Smith, “O Holy Night” (Your King Has Come)
17. Caedmon’s Call, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”

third sunday of advent.

And the king quietly stole into the city
To seek a woman, lovelier than lovely,
His beloved, his betrothed, his queen.

But he found her on the streets,
Threadbare, homeless, covered in dirt
And tears, garments rent, eyes filled with shame
And fear and doubt when he came to her and
Took her hand–

“Beloved? It’s me. I came back for you.”

She turned away from him and cried,
“You don’t know, you don’t know all the
Things I’ve done while you were gone,
I thought that you weren’t coming back,
And I gave myself to others…”

He didn’t say a word, but folded her in his
Arms a long while, then turned to his friend
And aide and said, “Friend, you’ve heard all
That’s been said. So go and get from the treasury
The finest crown, the best of robes,
The most precious of jewels…for I came
For my beloved, to give her glory and beauty
In place of her shame; my battle scars were
Won to make her mine.”

And he looked at her and said,
“I know everything. And yet–and yet, my love,
I’ll still take you in, if you’ll but pledge your trust.”

And his friend went forth crying out through the city,
“The king has taken for himself a wife–
Come join the wedding feast a while.”