MUSIC I'M DIGGING

Went back through the old Spotify playlist to see what worship tunes I've been digging. (I've got a few things from my music library but most of it is linkable on Spotify if you care to listen along. I noticed that I don't have a lot of whole albums in the rotation, but a ton of songs I've been digging.

MATT BOSWELL - "O CHURCH OF CHRIST, INVINCIBLE"
As a guy who loves hymns, I am always impressed and blessed by Matt Boswell's music. His most recent hymn project, Messenger Hymns Vol. 2, is full of fantastic hymns for worship. I absolutely "O Church Of Christ" for a couple of reasons. First, I've been feeling the vacuum of church-focused songs for worship and this one came at just the right time. It also helps that its melody is utterly fantastic and the rhythmic turns give this song that catchy/can't-stop-singing-it effect. If you're looking for solid, singable hymns that your team can easily add to your song catalog, check out Boswell's songs.

 

 

MATT REDMAN - "IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL"
I'm surprised how much I love this song, primarily because the chorus device isn't something I usually don't dig. But I can't help myself - there's just so much working in this song. I love that it's a big riffy worship song that uses keys for the riff instead of electric guitar; I think the chorus is fantastic and singable; I love the way he infuses so many of his songs with an understanding of suffering ("You're there in the fast / You're there in the feast"); and yet for all that keyboard love up top, I also I love the guitar solo. Remember guitar solos? Man, I miss them in worship music. For that matter, I miss rock n' roll in worship songs.

 

 

 

THE VILLAGE CHURCH - "O GOD OF OUR SALVATION"
A friend just hipped me to the tune. Even though it's fairly old (and actually on an album I own) I honestly don't think I had ever listened to it. Obviously, The Village does a great job writing theologically-sound, Trinitarian songs, but this song also has a lot of musical "cred" as far as I'm concerned. As a guy who leads a lot of hymns, it seems the majority of hymn releases are couched in overly, obviously folk arrangements. (Banjos, handclaps, mandolin, etc.) I love The Village does a hymny worship song with the same instruments that most of us use each week. I'll admit I'm much more prone to add this song to our setlists if the arrangement is something I can hear us playing.

What about you? What are some worship tunes you're digging?