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Live in Denver – TobyMac
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TobyMac, who is currently charting with his single “Help Is On The Way (Maybe Midnight)” has released a new live album Live in Denver.  The project features 15 songs from his Hits Deep early 2020 Tour, and includes collaborations with Terrian, Aaron Cole, Cochren & Co. and Ryan Stevenson. This follows his 2016 live album Hits Deep Live. Live in Denver is currently only available in a digital format. A CD/DVD version will be released September 10.
The track list focuses heavily on later career songs, including “21 Years”, the 2020 song he wrote after son Truett died, 8 from 2018’s The Elements, 3 from 2015’s This is Not a Test, and 2 from 2012’s Eye on It. He also includes “Lose My Soul” from Portable Sounds.
The complete track list and the album the song was originally on, is below:

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  • More of this review and a review of The Work Tapes EP by Wilder Woods
  • Music News
  • Song of the Week Lyrics:  Almost Home by Matt Papa and Matt Boswell

I just need U. – The Elements
Everything – The Elements
Love Broke Thru – This is Not a Test
21 Years – Single
See The Light – The Elements
Move (Keep Walkin’) – This is Not a Test
Lose My Soul (featuring Terrian) – Portable Sounds
The Elements – The Elements
Hello Future – The Elements 
Til The Day I Die – This is Not a Test
Starts With Me (featuring Aaron Cole) – The Elements
Overflow – The Elements
Edge Of My Seat (featuring Cochren & Co.) – The Elements
Me Without You – Eye on It 
Speak Life (featuring Ryan Stevenson) – Eye on It  

TobyMac’s The Theatre Tour will stop in Peoria at the Peoria Civic Center Theatre on November 13. Some tickets still remain. To purchase tickets, go here.


The Work Tapes EP – Wilder Woods
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Bear Rinehart, the lead singer of NEEDTOBREATHE is Wilder Woods. The name comes from his two sons Wilder and Woods. During the pandemic, he wrote between 70-80 songs. Five of the songs are included on The Work Tapes EP, and more are planned to be released. Rinehart, who possesses one of the most distinctive and powerful voices in music, has been busy with NEEDTOBREATHE, as well as adding vocals to songs from Chris Tomlin, Carrie Underwood and We the Kingdom. He wrote, recorded and produced the The Work Tapes at his home studio. The EP is a follow-up to his 2019 solo debut Wilder Woods.
Themes on the project include change, love, fear, sin and getting better.

Below are a few comments about each of the songs:
Long Night Coming – This upbeat song features guitar, backing vocals, light drums and keys. He needs a change. He needs to get back on the road and play music, because that’s where his soul is uplifted.
Key lyric:
I wanna sing in a crowd of people I’ve never met before
It makes me love and remember what I’m working for 
Sink Our Love Now – This passionate song features acoustic and electric guitar, bass, keys, and backing vocals. Their love may not be what it once was, but they have persevered and are committed to each other. As long as they are together, they’ll be able to figure it out.
Key lyric:
If the ship’s still floating, you can figure it out
It’s gonna take a lot more to sink our love now
Heavenly Light – This song features keys, percussion, backing vocals, guitar and bass. It is a song for his wife. She is his heavenly light.
Key lyric:
Baby I could die with you by my side
I could do so many wrongs by you’d make them right.
What Are You Afraid Of? – This song features acoustic guitar, keys, and backing vocals. It is a tender song written for his wife about helping her with her fears.
Key lyric:
Trying to be the right kind of lover and friend
So, won’t you let me and Jesus carry your troubles again?
Man Made Weather – This song features keys, acoustic guitar, percussion, backing vocals and guitar. This song finds Rinehart reflecting as a father on the times we are living in. The song addresses sin such as crime and hate. It’s not a foregone conclusion that we’re going to be fine, but he has hope that we can get better.
Key lyric:
I know we can be better
Gotta find some way to get better
There’s a cloud hanging over our kids
And its man-made, man-made weather

Best songs:
Long Night Coming
Man Made Weather


  • New Volume in Bob Dylan’s The Bootleg Series. The Bootleg Series Volume 16: Springtime in New York (1980-1985) will be released September 17, celebrates the rich creative period surrounding Dylan’s albums Shot Of LoveInfidels, and Empire Burlesquewith previously unreleased outtakes, alternate takes, rehearsal recordings, live performances and more. The song “Too Late” has been released in advance.
  • The Bones of Us. Watch the music video for “the bones of us” by Switchfoot from their upcoming album

Almost Home – Matt Papa and Matt BoswellThis week’s song of the week is “Almost Home” from Matt Papa and Matt Boswell, the title song from their album releasing September 10. Their 2019 album His Mercy is More: The Hymns of Matt Boswell and Matt Papa was my top album for that year. The new song is written by Matt Papa, Matt Boswell and Lauren Papa. Watch the lyric video for the song here.

Don’t drop a single anchor
We’re almost home
Through every toil and danger
We’re almost home
How many pilgrim saints have before us gone?
No stopping now
We’re almost home
That promised land is callin’
We’re almost home
And not a tear shall fall then
We’re almost home
Make ready now your souls for that kingdom come
No turning back
We’re almost home
Chorus:
Almost home
We’re almost home
So press on toward that blessed shore
O praise the Lord
We’re almost home
This journey ours together
We’re almost home
Unto that great forever
We’re almost home
What song anew we’ll sing ‘round that happy throne
Come faint of heart
We’re almost home
(Chorus)
This life is just a vapor
We’re almost home
That sun is settin’ yonder
We’re almost home
Take courage, for this darkness shall break to dawn
O lift your eyes
We’re almost home
(Repeat Chorus twice)

Author: Bill Pence

I’m Bill Pence ~ married to my best friend for more than 40 years and a St. Louis Cardinals fan. Before retiring I served as a manager at a Fortune 50 company; I'm a graduate of Covenant Theological Seminary and in leadership at my local church. I enjoy speaking about calling, vocation and work. I am a life-long learner and have a passion to help people develop to their fullest potential and to utilize their strengths more fully. I am an INTJ on Myers-Briggs, 3 on the Enneagram, my top five Strengthsfinders themes are: Belief, Responsibility, Learner, Harmony and Achiever, and my two StandOut strengths roles are Creator and Equalizer. My favorite book is the Bible, with Romans my favorite book and 2 Corinthians 5:21 my favorite verse. Some of my other favorite books are Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper, The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul, The Prodigal Son (originally titled A Tale of Two Sons) by John MacArthur and Crazy Love by Francis Chan. I enjoy Christian hip-hop/rap music, with Lecrae, Trip Lee and Andy Mineo being some of favorite artists.

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