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Almost Home: The Hymns of Matt Boswell and Matt Papa Volume 2
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This is the second album of hymns from Matt Boswell and Matt Papa. Their first album, His Mercy is More: The Hymns of Matt Boswell and Matt Papa, was my favorite album of 2019. This new album may well end up being my favorite for 2021.
I was introduced to “the Matts” at the Getty Worship Sing! conferences in 2018.  Some of the songs on this album, all of which were written for congregational singing, were introduced at prior Sing! conferences. The album was produced by Ben Shive. Here is a short “Behind the Scenes” video about the album.
Below are a few comments about each song:
Psalm 150 (Praise the Lord) – This song was introduced at the 2020 Sing! conference and highlighted at the 2021 Sing! conference. It was written by Matt Boswell and Matt Papa. The song features piano, guitar, strings, drums, bass and backing vocals.
Key lyric:
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

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All Hail the King of Heaven – This song was written by Matt Boswell and Matt Papa. The song features piano, drums, bass, strings, and choir.
Key lyric:
All hail the king of heaven,
Now join with all creation,
Let endless praises crown his name
All hail the king of heaven.

Almost Home – This song was written by Matt Boswell, Matt Papa and Lauren Papa and highlighted at the 2021 Sing! conference. This song features piano, bass, strings, choir and some excellent drums.
Key lyric:
We’re almost home
So press on toward that blessed shore
O praise the Lord
We’re almost home

Lovingkindness – This song was written by Matt Boswell, Matt Papa and Matt Redman, and was introduced at the 2020 Sing! conference. This song features bass, guitar, drums and choir.
Key lyric:
A life laid down to rescue us
With arms outstretched upon the cross
The greatest Gift there ever was
Of lovingkindness
Your lovingkindness

Christ Our Hope in Life and Death – This wonderful modern worship hymn was written by Keith Getty, Matt Boswell, Jordan Kauflin, Matt Merker and Matt Papa, and was first released in 2020. The song features drums, bass, piano, organ, strings and choir.
Key lyric:
O sing hallelujah!
Our hope springs eternal;
O sing hallelujah!
Now and ever we confess
Christ our hope in life and death.

The Everlasting Love of God – This song was written by Matt Boswell, Matt Papa and Matt Redman, and was introduced at the 2020 Sing! conference. The song features piano, strings, drums, bass, and choir.
Key lyric:
O, the everlasting love of God,
It shall ever be my song
So immense and free; more than life to me!
The everlasting love of God

Unto the Almighty – This song was written by Matt Boswell and Matt Papa. The song features guitar, drums, bass, piano, strings and choir.
Key lyric:
All blessing, all honor, and glory
To him who is worthy
All praises unto the almighty

Christ the True and Better – This song was written by Matt Boswell, Keith Getty, and Matt Papa, and was introduced at the 2020 Sing! conference. The song features piano, bass, strings, organ, drum and choir.
Key lyric:
Amen, amen
From beginning to end
Christ the story
His the glory
Alleluia, amen

With Simple Faith – This song was written by Matt Boswell and Matt Papa. The song features piano, choir, bass and percussion.
Key lyric:
Only trust him
Only trust him
Turn to Jesus now
He will save you
He will save you
With simple faith and childlike trust

Promises – This song was written by Matt Boswell, Matt Papa, Jonny Robinson, and Rich Thompson. The song features drums, bass, guitar, piano, organ and choir.
Key lyric:
You are faithful to your promises
We will trust in what the cross has said
Through the ages, hallelujah you are
Faithful to your promises

O Give Thanks – This song was written by Matt Boswell and Matt Papa. The song features drums, organ, bass, piano and choir.
Key lyric:
O give thanks to God forever
for all he’s done for all he’s given
for every grace, bring every praise
to the giver of all, give thanks 

O Worship the Risen Christ – This song was written by Matt Boswell and Matt Papa. The song features piano, bass, drums and choir.
Key lyric:
O praise the One, the Risen Christ
The name of names, the Lord of Life
Let songs of joy now fill the skies
He lives, he lives
O Worship the Risen Christ

Forever Jesus – This song was written by Matt Papa and Stuart Townend and was introduced at the 2019 Sing! conference. The song features, piano, organ, drums, bass, strings and choir.
Key lyric:
When I meet His gaze, I will sing my praise
To the King, “forever Jesus”
All my sorrows past, I am home at last
With my King, “forever Jesus!”

Almost Home (Acoustic) – This is an acoustic version of the title song, written by Matt Boswell, Matt Papa and Lauren Papa.
All of the songs are excellent. Here are my favorites:
Psalm 150 (Praise the Lord)
All Hail the King of Heaven
Almost Home
Lovingkindness
Christ Our Hope in Life and Death
The Everlasting Love of God
Christ the True and Better
Promises
Forever Jesus


Springtime In New York: The Bootleg Series Vol.16 1980-1985 – Bob Dylan
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The latest volume in Bob Dylan’s Bootleg Series looks a period of his career (1980 – 1985) that is not generally considered to be one of his strongest. But this collection shows that there was a lot of excellent music created during that period, even if some of these songs didn’t appear on official albums – at least not in these versions – and that makes this an essential collection for any Dylan fan.
Springtime in New York comes in a few different configurations. I listened to the 25-song version edition, which consists of previously unreleased outtakes, alternate takes, an alternate mix, rehearsal recordings and a live performance. The deluxe five-CD edition includes 57 Dylan recordings, 54 of them which have been previously unreleased in any format.
Springtime in New York draws from sessions from 1981’s Shot of Love, 1983’s Infidels (one of my favorite Dylan albums co-produced by Dylan and Dire Strait’s Mark Knopfler), and 1985’s Empire Burlesque, and it makes each of those records more fascinating than some have given them credit for. Other songs from the Shot of Love period were included on 2017’s Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series Vol. 13/1979-1981, which I highly recommend.
I enjoyed listening to these songs, some of which are now more than four decades old. Some of the outtakes or alternate take versions sound better than the versions that were officially released on these albums.

My Favorites:
Blind Willie McTell (Take 5, Infidels Outtake)
Too Late (Band version, Infidels Outtake)
Foot of Pride (Infidels Outtake)
Someone’s Got a Hold of My Heart (Infidels Outtake)
Enough is Enough (Live)
Tight Connection to My Heart (Has Anyone Seen My Love) (Empire Burlesque Alternate Mix)
Clean Cut Kid (Empire Burlesque Outtake)
New Danville Girl (Empire Burlesque Outtake, early version of Brownsville Girl)
Dark Eyes (Empire Burlesque Alternative Take)


  • New Music from Keith and Kristyn Getty. Watch the video for “It Is Well With My Soul” by Keith and Kristyn Getty. The video was recorded in Northern Ireland for the film, Sabina: Tortured for Christ, the Nazi Years, releasing worldwide Nov. 8-10, 2021. The song will be on the Getty’s new album Christ Our Hope in Life and Death, to be released in October.
  • A Place Called Earth. Watch Jon Foreman and Lauren Daigle perform “A Place Called Earth” at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. The song is included on Foreman’s new album Roll Tape: Live From Melody League Studios.

Save Me by Mat Kearney  

This week’s song of the week is “Save Me”, from Mat Kearney’s Deluxe edition of his album January Flower. The song is written by Kearney, Jason Lehning, Josh Crosby, and Robert Marvin. Watch the lyric video here.

[Verse 1]
I’ve been on the run for half my life
Trying to tame the sun and raise the night
Over mountains and across the fields of gold
On my own
A man needs something he can hold on to
But that means nothing if he’s scared to choose
If there’s one thing that I can’t lose
It’s your love
Alone

[Chorus]
Save me save me
Can’t you hear me calling
I keep waiting waiting
For you to come and change me
Take me take me
Down to the river
Wash me in the water again
All the way down
Back to where my heart is
All the way round
Back to where we started
[Verse 2]
There’s a gravity in your kiss
And galaxies in your fingertips
There’s a fire burning on your lips
While my soul’s runnin’ cold
[Chorus]
Save me save me
Can’t you hear me calling
I keep waiting waiting
For you to come and change me
Take me take me
Down to the river
Wash me in the water again
All the way down
Back to where my heart is
All the way round
Back to where we started
[Bridge]
Oooooh
I’m trying to find your light
Trying to find your light
(repeat 14 times)
[Chorus]
Save me save me
Can’t you hear me calling
I keep waiting waiting
For you to come and change me
Take me take me
Down to the river
Wash me in the water again
All the way down
Back to where my heart is
All the way round
Back to where we started

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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