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January Flower Deluxe Edition by Mat Kearney
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Mat Kearney returns with January Flower, his sixth studio album, and first since 2018’s CRAZYTALK. The new songs are primarily relationship driven acoustic songs with a beat. His sprinkles in references to his faith throughout the album.
I really enjoyed this album. Below are a few comments about each song:
Powerless – This song was written by Kearney and Eli Teplin and produced by Robert Marvin. The song begins with acoustic guitar and then adds percussion and backing vocals. The song references beginning to work on the album in the desert when they encountered record rainfall. It is about losing control and being powerless.
Can’t Look Back
– This mid-tempo song was written by Kearney and Trent Dabbs, and produced by Kearney and Robert Marvin. The song, about a relationship, features guitar, keys, drums, backing vocals and a memorable chorus. There’s no future in the past and you can’t look back.
Grand Canyon
– This song, about a distance in a relationship, was written by Kearney and Eli Teplin, and produced by Kearney, Robert Marvin, Teplin and Gabe Simon.  The song features synth, guitar, percussion, keys and bass.
Pontiac
– This song was written by Kearney, Robert Marvin, Eli Teplin, Ruslan Rov and Rob Resnick, and produced by Marvin, Teplin, Rov. The upbeat song features keys, percussion, and has Kearney looking back on their relationship driving in her Pontiac.

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  • More of this review and reviews of
    • Let It Be – Super Deluxe Edition – Beatles
    • Change the World (EP) – Ringo Starr
  • Music News
  • Song of the Week Lyrics – “Pass the Promise” by Keith & Kristyn Getty, featuring Sandra McCracken

They Don’t Know – This song is about what it takes to keep a relationship together (faith, a love that comes from above, etc.). She is his heart. The song features acoustic guitar, percussion and keys.
Anywhere With You – This love song was written by Kearney, Robert Marvin, Eli Teplin and Trent Dabbs, and produced by Marvin. The song features a good beat and memorable chorus driven by guitar, synth and percussion.
Say It Now
– This song, about falling in love, was written by Kearney, Eli Teplin and Trent Dabbs, and produced by Robert Marvin, Teplin and Ruslan Lov. The song features keys, backing vocals, bass and percussion.
Stuck in the Moment – This song finds Kearney looking back on a love that has moved on, though he can get caught in the moment, just for a moment. The song features acoustic and electric guitar and percussion.
I Don’t Really Care
– This upbeat song features keys, hand claps and percussion. He wishes that they could just watch the sunset, and not their phones and worrying about how they compare with others.
Running In Circles
– This upbeat song features percussion, keys, hand claps, a memorable chorus and a good beat. He can’t get any peace. She has him running in circles. He’s tired of waiting.
Boulder
– This song is about a coffee shop in Nashville, now closed, when Kearney would bring his child as a newborn. The song features acoustic guitar, backing vocals and bass. You can’t stop a boulder when it starts.
Blame – He was the one to blame, he was the one who changed and lost his way. He knows that that Lord forgives him but it doesn’t make what he did right. The song features acoustic guitar, bass and percussion. 
Something Beautiful
– This is a beautiful acoustic love song. Way back when, they knew their love could be something beautiful

Deluxe Edition:

Odds – This upbeat song was written by written by Kearney, Micheal Pollack and Zach Skelton. It was produced by Robert Marvin and Skelton. The song features drums, guitar, bass and saxophone. If he had listened to the odds, he would have never made it through. Instead, he left it up to God, watched the mountain move and met her.
Save Me – This upbeat song was written by Kearney, Jason Lehning, Josh Crosby and Robert Marvin. It was produced by Marvin. The song features guitar, drums, bass and organ. This song could be about either human or divine love, as the lyrics include elements of both.
Still the One – This love song was written by Kearney, Eli Teplin and Robert Marvin. It was produced by Marvin.  The song features guitar, backing vocals, bass, keys and light percussion. He wants to know that he is still the one.

Best songs:
Grand Canyon
Can’t Look Back
Pontiac
They Don’t Know
Blame
Something Beautiful
Odds
Save Me


Here are reviews of two recent releases of interest to Beatles’ fans:

Let It Be – Super Deluxe Edition – Beatles 
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The Beatles Let It Be album has had a long and complicated history. The album was originally begun on January 2, 1969, as Get Back, a “back to their roots” effort, as the band had not toured since August 29, 1966. I remember listening to a bootleg version of some of the songs as a pre-teen at a friend’s house. Eventually, the tapes would sit unreleased, as the band would go on to record Abbey Road, one of their best albums, just a few weeks after the Let It Be sessions concluded.
The band first turned the Get Back tapes over to engineer Glyn Johns for him to put together a mix for release. Beatles John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr didn’t like the results, so they turned the tapes over to Phil Spector, whose version was the one originally released as Let It Be on May 8, 1970, the band’s final album to be released (though Abbey Road was the last to be recorded). Paul McCartney never liked the version that was released, and in 2003 led the effort that was to be called Let It Be…. Naked.
Giles Martin, as he did with Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles White Album) and Abbey Road, has done the work to release a 50th anniversary re-release of Let It Be. Included on the Super Deluxe edition is a 2021 mix of the original Phil Spector produced album, the Glyn Johns tracks, along with alternate takes, demos and outtakes, songs that would appear on Abbey Road and a few songs that would end up on Beatles solo albums – “Gimme Some Truth” from John Lennon, “Teddy Boy” from Paul McCartney, and “All Things Must Pass” from George Harrison.
The Let It Be sessions, which lasted just three weeks, culminated with a live rooftop concert which was included in the documentary film Let It Be that was released. I remember going to that film with my Dad. A new three-part, six-hour film called The Beatles: Get Back, directed by Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson, will stream on Disney+ beginning November 25.


Change the World (EP) – Ringo Starr
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Former Beatle Ringo Starr recently stated that he would no longer be releasing full-length albums, but instead would be releasing EPs. His latest EP is “Change the World”, which features four songs, and was recorded at his home studio. Here are a few comments about each song:
Let’s Change the World – This song was written by Joseph Williams and Steve Lukather (Toto), and produced by Starr. The song features horns, drums, piano, guitar, and female backing vocals. This is a positive and upbeat song that features familiar Starr themes of peace, love and singing. Christians know however that only Christ can change individuals and thus the world.
Just That Way – This song was written and produced by Bruce Sugar and Starr. It is a mid-tempo reggae flavored song that features drums, keyboards, horns, guitar, female backing vocals and organ. The song tells us that sometimes life and love is just that way.
Coming Undone – This song was written by Linda Perry, and produced by Starr, Bruce Sugar and Linda Perry. The song features Trombone Shorty. It is a likeable easy-going toe tapper about coming undone that features guitar, drums, horns, and backing vocals.
Rock Around the Clock – This song was written by Jimmy DeKnight and Max Freedman and produced by Bruce Sugar and Starr. The song was a number one hit for Bill Haley & His Comets in 1954. The fun song features drums, piano backing vocals, and guitar by Joe Walsh. This is the best song on the EP.  Watch the music video featuring Joe Walsh.

Best songs:
Coming Undone
Rock Around the Clock


  • Roll Tape Check out the live videos Jon Foreman has been making for each of the songs from his recent album Roll Tape: Live From Melody League Studios.

“Pass the Promise” by Keith & Kristyn Getty, featuring Sandra McCracken

This week’s song of the week is “Pass the Promise” by Keith & Kristyn Getty and featuring Sandra McCracken from the Getty’s new album Confession: Irish American Roots. The song, which was written by Kristyn Getty and Sandra McCracken, debuted at the recent Sing! 2021 Conference. Enjoy the lyric video for the song here.

VERSE 1
I will pray rejoicing from my heart
Pray rejoicing from my heart

For in Him my victory’s lifted high
His salvation is my cry

He has overcome my enemies
Our praises scorn the enemy

I delight in His deliverance
The Lord is our deliverance

CHORUS
Pass the promise
To our sons and daughters
God most high, God our Father
We bear witness

VERSE 2
There is no one holy like the Lord
Holy, holy is the Lord

Our Rock and refuge is our God
All the earth belongs to God

Do not speak with pride of noble deeds
The Lord will weigh our every deed

See the strong have lost, the weak have gained
And from the dust my life He raised

CHORUS
Pass the promise
To our sons and daughters
God most high, God our Father
We bear witness

VERSE 3
He will guard the feet of faithful ones
He will hold His faithful ones

But the wicked they will not prevail
Not by might will man prevail

He is coming soon to judge the earth
He is coming soon to judge the earth

For the Lord gives power to His King
All Strength to His Anointed King

CHORUS
Pass the promise
To our sons and daughters
God most high, God our Father
We bear witness

CHORUS
Pass the promise
To our sons and daughters
God most high, God our Father
We bear witness

CHORUS
Pass the promise
To our sons and daughters
God most high, God our Father
We bear witness

CHORUS
Pass the promise
To our sons and daughters
God most high, God our Father
We bear witness

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We bear witness
We bear witness

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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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