my music playlist

Those of you who know me well know that I listen to a lot of music. To be honest, I don’t listen to nearly as much music as I used to. Perhaps rejoining a gym in the near-future will help that a bit. Still, I like music. A lot.

And even though I don’t listen to nearly as much music as I once did, I often get asked by somebody at South Ridge, “What are you listening to right now?” Or, “what song is this that’s playing before the service begins?”  So, I thought I’d just take a few minutes to write about some of my favorite albums currently on my playlist.

On My Playlist:

1. Jars of Clay – Inland

Jars of Clay has had a great 20 years, so when they had a campaign to record this album last year, I backed it immediately. Bottom line, I was not disappointed. In fact, Inland has probably been my most listened to album over the past 12 months.  In my opinion, it’s slightly too mainstream for the indie crowd, yet slightly too indie for the mainstream crowd. Lyrically, Inland is fantastic from start to finish. A gem of an album and one I’ll continue listening to for years to come.

2. NEEDTOBREATHE – Rivers in the Wasteland

NEEDTOBREATHE picked up where Third Day left off many years ago – having a great gritty southern rock sound. Their newest album Rivers in the Wasteland doesn’t disappoint. While a number of tracks are standouts on their newest release, “Difference Maker” would be my favorite. The entire song is about your own pride, believing that you and you alone are the greatest difference maker on earth.

3. All Sons & Daughters – Live (and their self-titled album, too)

While I’m not personally a huge K-love fan, I still listen to quite a bit of worship music. Sure, I enjoy Crowder, Matt Redman, Hillsong, etc. But All Sons & Daughters is by far my favorite worship band. Their Live album is probably the very best worship album I’ve heard in over 5 years. No, I’m not exaggerating, it’s really THAT good. Their newest studio release (self-titled) is also lyrically and musically engaging. If you are a lover of worship music but you don’t own anything by All Sons & Daughters, purchase their Live album immediately.

4. John Mark McMillan – Borderland

Never heard of John Mark McMillan? Have you heard the quite popular worship song, “How He Loves”?  Then you’ve heard of him. He wrote it.

That said, John Mark McMillan continues to have more of an indie-rock sound, and his newest album Borderland is even more unique than his former releases. But I use the term unique in a good way. You may not fall in love with Borderland on your first listen, but give it a full 3-4 listens, and you’ll soon discover it’s an album with tremendous depth and beauty. And the repeat button will keep it playing over and over and over again.

5. Sleeping At Last – Atlas (Year 1)

Sleeping At Last is most likely in my top 3 songwriters of today. In a good mood? Listen to some Sleeping At Last. Feeling low? Listen to some Sleeping At Last. Don’t feel like listening to anything? Listen to some Sleeping At Last. It’s rare than an artist can write this well consistently album after album after album. But Sleeping At Last does it. Great, great stuff.

Other mentions:

Paul Baloche – Live (worship)

Aaron Sprinkle – Water & Guns (indie pop)

Switchfoot – Fading West (rock)

The Choir – Shadow Weaver (indie rock)

Crowder – Crowder (worship)

Elevation Worship – Only King Forever (worship)

Kye Kye – Fantasize (indie synth)

The War On Drugs – Lost in the Dream (indie rock)

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What’s on your playlist? Let me know in the comments below.

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