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Acoustic Sketches 3 – Phil Keaggy
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I’ve long appreciated the music, both instrumental and vocal, of Phil Keaggy. His album Acoustic Sketches was released in 1996, and Freehand: Acoustic Sketches 2 was released in 2003. I would often enjoy these CDs quietly in my office at work, and continue to enjoy them when sitting at our desk at home.
Keaggy began working on what would become Acoustic Sketches 3 in February of this year. He wrote all 23 of the songs, as well as producing the album.
This acoustic instrumental album features Keaggy playing a number of different instruments. For example, on the album cover (from left to right) are the following instruments: Skinner Sunburst Acoustic (L’il Hoss), Brunner Compact Guitar, Oceana Ukulele, Brunner Pocket Guitar, Olson SJ Acoustic Guitar and Langejans Classical Guitar. As the title Sketches implies, at times these are rather short songs, with 5 of them clocking in at less than 2 minutes.
If you enjoy instrumental guitar music, you will enjoy the beautiful music of Acoustic Sketches 3 from Phil Keaggy.


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Psalm 150 (Praise the Lord) by Matt Boswell and Matt Papa

This week’s song of the week is “Psalm 150 (Praise the Lord)” by Matt Boswell and Matt Papa from their new album Almost Home: The Hymns of Matt Boswell and Matt Papa Volume 2. We sang the song a few times with thousands of believers at the recent Sing! 2021 Conference in Nashville. Listen to the song here.

You made the starry hosts
You traced the mountain peaks
You paint the evening sky with wonders
The earth, it is Your throne
From desert to the sea
All nature testifies Your splendor

CHORUS
Praise the Lord
Praise the Lord
Sing His greatness
All creation
Praise the Lord
Raise your voice
Your heights and all your depths
From furthest east to west
Let everything that has breath
Praise the Lord

You reached into the dust
In love, Your Spirit breathed
You formed us in Your very likeness
To know Your wondrous works
To tell Your mighty deeds
To join the everlasting chorus

CHORUS

Let symphonies resound
Let drums and choirs ring out
All heaven hear the sound of worship
Let every nation bring
Its honors to the King
A roar of harmonies eternal

FINAL CHORUS
Praise the Lord
Praise the Lord
Sing His greatness
All creation
Praise the Lord
Raise your voice
Your heights and all your depths
From furthest east to west
You distant burning stars
All creatures near and far
From sky to sea to shore
Sing out forevermore
Let everything that has breath
Praise the Lord

Author: Bill Pence

I’m Bill Pence – married to my best friend Tammy, a graduate of Covenant Seminary, St. Louis Cardinals fan, formerly a manager at a Fortune 50 organization, and in leadership at my local church. I am a life-long learner and have a passion to help people develop, and to use their strengths to their fullest potential. I am an INTJ on Myers-Briggs, 3 on the Enneagram, my top five Strengthsfinder themes are: Belief, Responsibility, Learner, Harmony, and Achiever, and my two StandOut strength roles are Creator and Equalizer. My favorite book is the Bible, with Romans my favorite book of the Bible, and Colossians 3:23 and 2 Corinthians 5:21 being my favorite verses. Some of my other favorite books are The Holiness of God and Chosen by God by R.C. Sproul, and Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper. I enjoy music in a variety of genres, including modern hymns, Christian hip-hop and classic rock. My book Called to Lead: Living and Leading for Jesus in the Workplace and Tammy’s book Study, Savor and Share Scripture: Becoming What We Behold are available in paperback and Kindle editions on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/author/billpence Tammy Pence's Amazon Author Page

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