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Live from Bridgestone Arena – NEEDTOBREATHE

NEEDTOBREATHE recently released a surprise concert film (and accompanying audio version), of their October 29, 2021 concert at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. I say surprise, because we saw them on their Into the Mystery Acoustic Tour in Peoria just eleven days before this project was released, and the band made no mention of this impending release.
NEEDTOBREATHE is an excellent, high energy live band. This is the band’s fourth live album, and second in two years. The twenty-five songs here span their career. Highlights include “Carry Me”, featuring Jon Foreman of Switchfoot and “I Will Remember” featuring Carrie Underwood.
If you are not familiar with NEEDTOBREATHE, this would serve as an excellent introduction to the band.
Watch the entire concert film here.

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  • More of this review and reviews of
    • Dreamland (Deluxe Edition) – Amos Lee
    • Stand (Deluxe Edition) – Newsboys
  • Music News
  • Song of the Week Lyrics ~ You’ve Already Won by Shane and Shane

Dreamland (Deluxe Edition) – Amos Lee
*** ½

Amos Lee’s Dreamland was one of my favorite albums of 2022. Here’s my review of the album.
Lee has released a Deluxe Edition of Dreamland, featuring four new songs and two acoustic versions of songs from Dreamland.
Here’s a few brief comments about each song on the Deluxe Edition:
Beeline – This song is about driving away fast from the sirens. There is only broken glass behind them. The song features synth, finger snaps, backing vocals, drums, and bass.
Key lyrics:
But there’s only broken glass
Behind us, so keep going fast
So fast, we’re set to the sky

Gameshow – This R&B flavored song features Lee singing in a falsetto, guitar, synth, drums, bass and keys. The song is about a girl living a superficial Instagram life.
Key lyrics:
But I ain’t playing games
And I ain’t on your gameshow all my life

I Won’t Let Go – This beautiful and encouraging song features synth, keys, bass, drums, strings and guitar. He has her back and won’t let her go.
Key lyrics:
I hope you know
That I won’t let you go

Shine – This upbeat love song features strings, bass, drums, guitar, percussion and backing vocals.
Key lyrics:
I love the way you shine, shine, shine, shine, shine, shine

Worry No More (Acoustic) – Lee has said that this song is about walking out into the city listening to music, and disappearing into the crowd.
Key lyrics:
Worry no more
Oh, worry no more
There’s an open door for you

See the Light (Acoustic) – This song has a gospel flavor both musically and lyrically.
Key lyrics:
When I fall off the map and disappear without a trace
Even when I can’t breathe in
And I’m falling out of line
Everybody ’round me says that everything gonna be alright 

Favorite songs:
I Won’t Let Her Go

Stand (Deluxe Edition) – Newsboys

The Newsboys have released a Deluxe Edition of their 2021 album Stand (you can read my review of the original album here). The Deluxe Edition includes three previously unreleased songs and two new versions of songs included on the original album.
Here are a few comments about each of the new songs:
King Of Kings – This cover of a song by Hillsong Worship was written by Brook Ligertwood, Scott Ligertwood and Jason Ingram. The song was produced by Seth Mosley and features Bart Millard of MercyMe. The song features guitar, bass, drums, keys, and backing vocals.
Key lyric:
Praise the Father, praise the Son
Praise the Spirit, three in one
God of glory, Majesty
Praise forever to the King of Kings

Stand – This song, which was included on the original album was written by Michael Tait, Ben Glover and Jeff Sojka. It was produced by Sojka and Glover and features TobyMac.  The song is about who we will be when trouble comes calling for us. This version of the song retains the original song’s production with TobyMac’s vocals in the bridge instead of Tait’s.
Key lyric:
I’m gonna stand in a world that’s breaking
Stand for a truth unchangin’
I’m not ashamed, I’ve considered the cost
I’ll stand right here at the foot of the cross
And stand

Jesus Did – This song about Jesus setting us free, was written by Michael Tait, Micah Kuiper and Juan Otero and produced by Kuiper. The song features piano, drums, cello, guitar, bass, and vocals from Kuiper.
Key lyric:
Nobody else could’ve reached for me
Could’ve pulled me out, could’ve set me free
Hallelujah, Jesus did  

All Things Are Possible – This song was written by Michael Tait, Micah Kuiper, Bryan Fowler and AJ Pruis and produced by Carter Frodge. The song features strings, cello, bass, backing vocals and drums.
Key lyric:
For all my days, I will sing it
With all my heart, I believe it
All things, all things
All things are possible

I Still Believe You’re Good (Acoustic) – This song was written by Michael Tait, Micah Kuiper and AJ Pruis and produced by Kuiper. This is a remix of the song included on the original album. The song features keys, acoustic guitar, drums and backing vocals from Pruis.
Key lyric:
Even in the valley, I still believe
You’re good

Favorite songs:
Jesus Did
All Things Are Possible
I Still Believe You’re Good (Acoustic)

Music News:

  • Rejoice. Enjoy Keith and Kristyn Getty, along with Shane and Shane, performing “Rejoice” at the Grand Ole Opry House during the 2022 Sing!

You’ve Already Won by Shane and Shane

This week’s song of the week is “You’ve Already Won” by Shane and Shane. It was written by Shane Barnard and Bryan Fowler with our brothers and sisters in Ukraine in mind and inspired by Revelation 21:3-4. Watch the live performance of the song at Liberty University here.

Verse 1:
There’s peace that outlasts darkness
Hope that’s in the blood
There’s future grace that’s mine today
That Jesus Christ has won
So I can face tomorrow
For tomorrow’s in Your hands
All I need you will provide
Just like you always have

I’m fighting a battle
That you’ve already won
No matter what comes my way
I will overcome
I don’t know what you’re doing
But I know what you’ve done
I’m fighting a battle that
You’ve already won

Verse 2:
There’s mercy in the waiting
Mana for today
And when it’s gone I know you’re not
You are my hope and stay
When the sea is raging
Your Spirit is my help
He’ll fix my eyes on Jesus Christ
And I’ll say that is well
Oh I know that it is well

I’m fighting a battle
That you’ve already won
No matter what comes my way
I will overcome
I don’t know what you’re doing
But I know what you’ve done
I’m fighting a battle that
You’ve already won

I know how the story ends
We will be with you again
You’re my Savior my defense
No More fear in life or death
I know how this story ends

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.

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