Disciple, “Dear X (You Don’t Own Me)”

Disciple is the first heavy metal Christian band I’m ever going to feature on my New Christian Radio Singles feature, and for good reason. Dear X (You Don’t Own Me), the new single off Disciple’s new CD, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, out September 14 on INO, is vintage Disciple: loud, melodic, and kick-you-in-the-balls awesome! Dear X (You Don’t Own Me) starts off with a pretty terrific string section that kinda tells you, hold on, wait a minute, this is gonna be different. Then Kevin Young’s vocal comes in, and it’s all just that vocal, a kinda smooth vocal, but when the chorus kicks in, BOOM!! An unforgettable chorus that is guaranteed to get the folks in the mosh pit going, with the rough edges, the power-packed drums, the furious guitar…

WHEW!

And you can sing along, too. You can actually understand what Young sings, which apparently makes him different from a lot of other lead vocalists of other Christian heavy metal bands – Petra comes to mind, I’ll never forget buying one of their cassettes in 1992, and my jaw dropping when I realized what I had gotten myself into – and the passion comes through. Dear X (You Don’t Own Me), which actually speaks about the different vices and attitudes to which one bids goodbye when one has Jesus in one’s life, is raw power at its finest. You know what? This should be a Christian man’s music!! Seriously! I haven’t felt this pumped up in a while, and while I may not live the kind of lifestyle that these Christian rockers lead, I totally understand where they’re coming from when they sing about victory. That’s the kind of war cry that we need in the church, and more people – more men – need to hear songs like Dear X (You Don’t Own Me)!

Dear X (You Don’t Own Me) is the second most-added song at Christian rock radio. It’s actually the highest debut of the week at #24, and with an almost 70% increase in airplay from its previous week, I think Dear X (You Don’t Own Me) is a serious contender for #1 in a couple of months. Watch for it!

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DEAR X (YOU DON’T OWN ME Lyrics
Disciple

Dear pain, oh, it’s been a long time
Remember when you were holding me tight
I would stay awake with you all night
Dear shame, I was safe in your arms
You were there when it all fell apart
I would get so lost in your beautiful lies
I let you go
But you’re still chasing

Go ahead
You’re never gonna take me
You can bend
But you’re never gonna break me
I was yours
I’m not yours anymore
Oh, you don’t own me

Dear hate, I know you’re not far
You would wait at the door of my heart
I was amazed at the passion in your cries
Dear anger, you made me so high
You were faithful to show up on time
Such a flame that was burning in your eyes
I let you go
But you’re still chasing

Go ahead
You’re never gonna take me
You can bend
But you’re never gonna break me
I was yours
But I’m not yours anymore
Oh, you don’t own me

Go ahead
Put a target on my forehead
You can fire
But you’ve got no bullet
I was yours
But I’m not yours anymore
Oh, you don’t own me

You tempted me to look back
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But everything that we had together was a lie

Go ahead
You’re never gonna take me
You can bend
But you’re never gonna break me
I was yours
But I’m not yours anymore
Oh, you don’t own me

Go ahead
Put a target on my forehead
You can fire
But you’ve got no bullet
I was yours
But I’m not yours anymore
Oh, you don’t own me

Go ahead
Put a target on my forehead
You can fire
But you’ve got no bullet
I was yours
But I’m not yours anymore
Oh, you don’t own me

Plumb, “Beautiful History”

Plumb’s Beautiful History is a single of her greatest hits album, Beautiful History: A Hits Collection. Released November 3, 2009, Beautiful History was a slow burn, and the second single and title track just recently cracked the Top 20 of the Radio and Records AC chart, making it her latest Top 20 hit in a string of hits. Tiffany Arbuckle Lee, who goes by the single name of Plumb when recording, has had quite a career: Beautiful History is a double CD, containing new songs, including Hang On, and new recordings of her classic songs, including God-Shaped Hole, Stranded, and Here With Me. If I am not mistaken, I think, while the first single was Hang On, I think I saw God-Shaped Hole on one of the Billboard charts not too long ago. Beautiful History also includes a new extended mix of Plumb’s crossover hit, In My Arms..

Beautiful History is a moving track, without a doubt. Plumb says in a press release, “Beautiful History is about all the messes we’ve made and the sovereignty of God, who picks you up, brushes you off and says, “Begin again.”” Wow, right? Now play the video; the person who made it came up with some pretty terrific images to accompany the song.

BEAUTIFUL HISTORY Lyrics
Plumb

I have made mistakes
And I have been afraid
I have felt alone
Then you called my name

Things were crashing loudly
Happening all around me
But your still small voice
Was all that I could hear

“I am here
I’m holding you
You’ll make it through this
I am here
I am here

I am here
I’m holding you
You’ll make it through this
I am here
I am here”

Whenever you run away
Whenever you lose your faith
It’s just another stroke of
The pen on the page

A lonely ray of hope
Is all that you need
To see
A beautiful history

Well I have been such a fool
When I have known the truth
I’ve wasted so much time
Doing what I want to do

I’ve been living solely
For myself and myself only
But your still small voice
Is whispering

Whenever you run away
Whenever you lose your faith
It’s just another stroke
Of the pen on the page

A lonely ray of hope
Is all that you need
To see
A beautiful history

I toss and turn and scream
I try to do everything
With two feet on the ground
I just keep falling down again

I feel so far from home
Completely all alone
And then I hear you say
“I am here, I am here”

Whenever you run away
Whenever you lose your faith
It’s just another stroke of
The pen on the page

A lonely ray of hope
Is all that you need
To see
A beautiful history
A beautiful history
A beautiful history

Yummy Earth Organic Vitamin C Pops

Given the amount of sugar available in most processed candies, Cathy and I were originally hesitant to buy them for our children. That was until we discovered Yummy Earth’s Organic Vitamin C Pops at Healthy Options. These lollipops are a much better alternative to the commercially available lollipops from Jack N’ Jill and the like. There are no artificial dyes and colors; all the flavor and colors come from the real fruit extracts that go into the making of the lollipops. They’re organic, gluten-free, vegan, and free of soy, nut, and dairy. There were no pesticides or chemicals that went into the processing of the fruit that went into the pops. That’s pretty good stuff, if you ask me.

Each bag of the Yummy Earth Organic Vitamin C Pops has three flavors: strawberry smash, tooberry blueberry, and razzmatazz berry. Look at these ingredients: Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Tapioca Syrup, and or Organic Rice Syrup, Citric Acid (from beet sugar), Organic Acerola Berry, Natural Flavors, may contain Organic Black Carrots, Organic Black Currant, Organic Apple, Organic Carrot, and Organic Pumpkin.

I feel better with my kids eating these instead of the artificial flavors and refined white sugar that go into the production of the run-of-the-mill lollipops. How often do my kids eat these pops anyway? At one a day, they get their 100% vitamin C requirement at only 22 calories a pop. I find my kids’ sweet teeth are assuaged with just one pop; they don’t ask for more after that, and snacking is reduced. Sure, it’s pricier – a lot pricier – than other lollipops, but we invest in our kids’ health, we reap the benefits in many, many ways, right? I’d recommend Yummy Earth Organic Vitamin C Pops for parents looking for a yummy candy that’s good for their kids’ health.

Ganns’ Top 10 – June 26 2010

Atlanta Contemporary Christian band The [M]useum, hold at #1 for second week with its powerhouse single, My Help Comes From the Lord. It fends off a spirited attack by Josh Wilson (former #1 hit Before the Morning) and the new single from Jeremy Camp, “Jesus Saves“, which drops this week at Soft AC/Inspo.

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You can read my reviews of the following songs:

  • The Museum’s “My Help Comes From the Lord”
  • Chris August’s “Starry Night”
  • Jeremy Camp’s “Jesus Saves”
  • Jonny Diaz’s “Waiting Room”
  • Beckah Shae’s “Life”
  • John Wilson’s “Before The Morning”
  • mikeschair’s “Keep Changing the World”
  • Ashmont Hill’s “Show My Love”
  • Kerrie Roberts’s “No Matter What”
  • Phillips, Craig and Dean’s “Great Are You Lord”
  • Top Christian Songs (Billboard) – July 3, 2010

    tobyMAC goes three weeks at #1 with Get Back Up, the second single off Tonight, his new CD. Just like last week, most of the Top 10 remain unchanged, only songs at #s 2-3 and 6-7 flip-flopping.

    The highest new entry on Billboard’s Christian Songs chart is Stephen Curtis Chapman’s second single off his new CD, Beauty Will Rise; the title track debuts at #47. The Afters return to the Billboard Christian Songs chart after a two-year hiatus with Light Up the Sky (#50). The Greatest Gainer this week is Remedy Drive’s Speak to Me, up 7, 43-36. (I featured them a few days ago.)

    1. (1) Get Back Up tobyMac

    2. (3) Our God Chris Tomlin

    3. (2) All of Creation MercyMe

    3. (3) Before the Morning Josh Wilson

    4. (4) Healing Begins Tenth Avenue North

    5. (5) What Faith Can Do Kutless

    6. (7) Beautiful Beautiful Francesca Battistelli

    7. (6) Forgiven Sanctus Real

    8. (8) If We’ve Ever Needed You Casting Crowns

    9. (9) Hold Us Together Matt Maher

    10. (10) Better Than A Hallelujah Amy Grant

    Jeremy Camp, “Jesus Saves”

    Jeremy Camp’s Jesus Saves is the first single off the Contemporary Christian superstar’s new worship CD, We Cry Out (BEC/Tooth & Nail). I am so psyched for Jesus Saves; this may be my favorite Jeremy Camp song to date, and that says a lot, considering his massive body of work. Give You Glory is still my favorite Camp track, but come on, Take You Back is still a classic, There Will Be A Day is instantly memorable, and Healing Hand of God, his latest, was no weak single. It became his latest Top 10 hit! Couple that with Adie’s recent #1 Soft AC/Inspo hit Where Could I Go, well, that’s just blessings all around for the Camp family, isn’t it?

    Jesus Saves is a jubilant declaration of the immense joy that comes with knowing we have been saved by Jesus. I can hear Jesus Saves being sung in arenas and churches throughout the world, it’s a jubilant, anthemic explosion of gratitude and love with our Savior. Not since Give You Glory has Jeremy Camp been so unrestrained with his praise, and I think Jesus Saves stands to easily become a Top 10 hit across Christian AC and Christian CHR (it’s one of the most added over at Inspo, so that’s a given). I personally am so edified by Jesus Saves that I’m finding it hard to sit still here at work!

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    JESUS SAVES Lyrics
    Jeremy Camp

    Hope is here
    Shout the news to everyone
    It’s a new day
    Peace has come
    Jesus saves

    Mercy triumphs at the cross
    Love is come to rescue us
    Jesus saves

    Hope is here
    What a joyful noise we’ll make
    As we join with Heaven’s song
    To let all the world know that Jesus saves
    Raise a shout to let all the world know that Jesus saves

    Free at last
    Every debt has been repaid
    Broken hearts can be remade
    Sing above the storms of life
    Sing it through the dark of night
    Jesus saves

    Free at lase
    What a joyful noise we’ll make
    As we join with Heaven’s song
    To let all the world know that Jesus saves
    Raise a shout to let all the world know that Jesus saves
    We’re singing out to let all the world know that Jesus saves
    Raise a shout to let all the world know that Jesus saves

    You save, You heal
    Restore, reveal
    Your Father’s heart to us
    You rose to raise us from the grave
    Your spirit lives in us

    Sing it out to let all the world know that Jesus saves
    Raise a shout to let all the world know that Jesus saves
    Shout it out to let all the world know that Jesus saves
    Raise a shout to let all the world know that Jesus saves
    Sing it out to let all the world know that Jesus saves
    Raise a shout to let all the world know that Jesus saves
    Oh sing it out, a shout ’til the whole world knows His Name
    Jesus saves
    Sing it out! And shout for we will know Your Name
    Jesus saves
    Jesus saves

    Revisiting my role as the “sleepy child whisperer”

    The past few days have been difficult. Last weekend, my kids’ two nannies decided to hie away from our employ. They put my daughter, three-year-old Nicki, to bed, then left six-year-old Nathan, who was watching television, packed their bags, and left. No “Thanks for having us,” no tearful goodbyes, nothing. They up and left our kids in our house, with no one else, save Nathan’s nine-year-old cousin, to watch over them. We later learned of the reason as to why they decided to leave, and, well, while I can’t publish it on my blog, it relieves me to know that both nannies did not have issues with us as their employers, with our kids as their main focus of attention, and with the nature of their jobs.

    While we have two nannies arriving tomorrow – Thank You, God!! – my beautiful wife Catherine and I have taken turns staying home to be with the kids. My kids are bundles of joy, but we all know that nobody’s perfect, either parent or child. I’ve struggled a bit, but it’s always a good thing to reconnect with your children. You’ll always have work around, but you won’t always have your kids’ childhoods around, so best to enjoy it while you still can. The Bible recommends we dads don’t exasperate our kids, and I’ve been trying my best to ensure that doesn’t happen. They, on the other hand, have continued to pay attention to me, so I think I haven’t completely outgrown my role as father.

    Meanwhile, I’m revisiting the book Supernanny by Jo Frost, and it’s reminding me about some solid disciplinary steps to take when my kids (occasionally) misbehave. In particular, it has some solid ideas about bedtime that I’m really interested in reestablishing. My kids, you see, can’t sleep without me. That’s a surefire recipe for disaster, so I’m going to talk to my wife about it tonight. We need our evenings back, and Jo Frost has the master plan for ensuring our evenings belong to us again.

    If your child refuses to sleep, Jo Frost says the answer is “The Bedtime Routine,” which “lets your child know there is a consistent pattern to going to bed, which s/he is not going to be able to change or manipulate at will,” and 2) it prepares for sleep in a calming sequence of events that are designed to help her relax.” Sounds good, no?

    Her tips include:

    • Keep things as calm as possible. Winding down is important.
    • Tell your child that bedtime is approaching. About ten minutes before you start the routine is good.
    • Give a warm bath. Give a warning before bath begins and before it ends. Enlist the child’s help; praise the child when each stage is completed smoothly.
    • Read your child a bedtime story. (I love this part!) Ask questions to engage their attention. (After the story, the child may want to talk for a while; this is a good time to reassure, praise, and single out good moments.)
    • Give a few minutes’ notice before lights out.
    • Don’t get into the habit of waiting with your child until she falls asleep. (Ouch, sorry.)
    • Lights out! No child will learn how to get  to sleep with the lights on.
    • Don’t leave a stage out of this routine.
    • Be consistent with your partner in this routine. Present a united front.
    • Don’t let your child fall asleep on the sofa and then move him into bed. He may wake up in a panic wondering how he got there.

    There are several great ideas in the book, as well as problem/solution situations. (My child can’t sleep alone. My child wakes up in the middle of the night.  My child gets out of bed. My child gets into my bed. My child has nightmares. Etcetera. She has a whole bunch of solutions to these questions, and more. Get the book. It’s awesome.)

    Remedy Drive, “Speak to Me”

    Christian rock band Remedy Drive scored a #1 hit in 2009 with All Along, scored off their major label debut Daylight is Coming (Word Records). Ian Eskelin (Avalon, Francesca Battistelli) produced the CD, and it shows; the quality of the CD is so good that four singles have been released to radio, a rare feat for most Contemporary Christian albums. Apart from All Along, Daylight and Heartbeat also saw generous airplay. New single Speak to Me stands to mimic All Along‘s success. David Zach’s voice has never sounded stronger, and the theme of calling on God to communicate with the singer has always proven popular with Contemporary Christian audiences. (Witness to wit: MercyMe’s Word of God Speak, although in fairness, since when has MercyMe tanked?) I’m excited for Speak to Me; even as Remedy Drive tours with the Rock and Worship Roadshow, with artists such as David Crowder Band, MercyMe, Family Force 5, Fee, and Sidewalk Prophets, more CCM radio stations are picking up the song. Let’s see what happens.

    SPEAK TO ME Lyrics
    Remedy Drive

    I’ve been listening in all the wrong places
    Am I alone?
    Am I missing every word You’re saying
    I don’t know the sound of Your voice anymore
    Anymore, anymore

    Speak to me, please speak to me
    I’m in between and I can’t hear You
    Whisper, shout it
    Give me something
    I need it now, need Your voice, need a sound
    Speak to me

    Is it ’cause of all the times I failed You
    Am I too far
    Did you wonder how long I’d wait for You
    When I can’t hear the sound of Your voice anymore
    Anymore, anymore

    Speak to me, please speak to me
    I’m in between and I can’t hear You
    Whisper, shout it
    Give me something
    I need it now, need Your voice, need a sound
    Speak to me

    Tell me something
    Tell me anything
    I am waiting for You
    Won’t You speak to me