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Album Review – Lately by Alice Summers

Lately by Alice Summers – A music Review As a music aficionado I am always on the lookout for new and upcoming artists with a new sound. I recently had the fortune to be able to preview the newly released album Behind the Noise by Alice Summers. Disclaimer Alice Summers provided the album “Lately” free of charge for review. So let’s dive right into the track list of the album that should be added to your play-list. For the Rainy Days – starts out with an upbeat almost country-like guitar and is a prayer of thankfulness. The song takes us through mistakes and missteps and yet finding the smile as it is His path not ours. The song of gratitude can make anyone’s bad day a bit brighter while it points us to Him. “A flower never grows if the Sun is all it knows.” This is Grace – A slower tempo song of reassurance through Grace. Alice’s beautiful voice is displayed with precise emotion in this song of God’s Grace. Under the Shadow – Possibly my favorite track on the album, Alice’s prayer to provide comfort through darkness and overcoming of fear. Under the shadow of His wings we are able to find peace through trusting Him to be our refuge. Rock of Ages – No this is not the musical , much better in my opinion, a beautiful ballad of redemption through our baptism and the age of life. May we find healing until our last breath through the cross. It takes the listener […]

There is no end to Amazing Grace

There is no end to amazing grace… how simple words can calm an anxious heart. It is amazing how the words of one song that many people hear and dismiss as just another song can have such an incredible impact on someone else’s life. For the past few weeks I have been going through an undisclosed health complication that has required weekly visits to a doctor across town. Knowing what I do about the music industry specifically the rotations that radio stations use when playing their A,B, and C’s the odds that I would hear the same song about the same time during the same trip each week are well pretty phenomenal. In the middle of the storm I am holding on Click To Tweet Granted there are certain songs that get heavier rotation due to popularity, ratings, etc. but for the song to land in the same five-minute window  of each weekly journey when the appointments may have been the same time but my arrival differed is proof that even in the era of pre-programmed air play there are bigger controls being used.

Blood, Water and a Little Jars of Clay

A chilly brisk breeze was in the air as we waited outside the Murray Hill Theater discussing with others in line about the shows that we had seen there before.  There was your normal fare of the regulars along with some new comers that stumbled across the venue one way or another. This evening was a little different from most as we were there to raise awareness and funds for a nonprofit and the band that started the charity just happened to be putting on the show.  Instead of the normal merchandise and promotions that go along with most concerts this band came in under the limelight almost unannounced and put on a great show. The focus of the evening was the ‘Blood Water Mission’, which is a grassroots organization that is working hand in hand with the African communities to combat the HIV/Water crisis in their area.  The organization was founded in 2004 and has since raised 22 million by creative donors that helps support over a million people in 11 countries. By empowering the Africans and making heroes in their own countries they have been able to provide access to clean drinking water to almost 900k people and medication for HIV treatment for over 40k people over the span of 10 years. The band Jars of Clay started this organization with a simple concept of taking what you would normally spend on a cup of java and donating that amount.  Imagine a world where every dollar that you donate provided clean drinking water […]