Tuesday, October 24, 2023


Words matter. It doesn't matter where you hear, see or read them. They affect us in so many different ways. These days with the negative pull of the world around me, I choose to find those words that breathe life into me, not suck it out of me. I find myself pulling further away from mainstream music and finding more music that lifts me up and gives me pause to think.

Anyone that truly knows me, knows that music isn't just what I talk about, it's who I am. I love everything about it but the thing I love the most is the power of a song, it's ability to stop me in my tracks and hear the message and it's ability to change lives. These days, those kind of songs seem to be a bit harder to find but they're out there if you listen beyond what radio is selling. If you search, you'll find them. The words matter. To me, a song isn't just background noise, it's much more than that.

Here are a few of the songs that made me rethink things, find a new perspective and realize my own strengths, weaknesses and my purpose. These had a part in making me who I am in this moment and these newer ones are helping build me into the person I want to be moving forward. Thank you to the artists and writers for putting the words on paper that connect with hearts and will be here making a difference long after they have left the world.

“God Made Good” - Scotty Inman
Writers: Scotty Inman, Jimmy Yeary

"I thought I was finished
  Surely He'd give up on me
  But It was in those moments
  He showed me what grace really means"

"Less Like Me"  - Zach Williams
Writers: Zach Williams, Mia Fieldes, Hank Bentley

"A little more like mercy
A little more like grace
A little more like kindness, goodness, love and faith
A little more like patience
A little more like peace
A little more like Jesus, a little less like me"

“Good Morning Mercy” - Jason Crabb & Dylan Scott
Writers: Jason Crabb, Jay DeMarcus, Caleb Ward, Jordan Ward

"Good morning mercy
You call me worthy
Feels like the sun shining on my face
Living's good this side of grace
I feel it working
Goodbye to the hurting
You woke me up put me on my way
Hallelujah it's a brand new day
Good morning mercy"

Brothers Osborne - "Roller Coaster"
Writers: TJ Osborne, John Osborne, Jamie Hartman, Jordan Lehning

"Where are all the songs for people who don't always get along
When breakin' up and makin' up is somethin' we all do
Couldn't find a lyric to describe this road we're on
So, I found a pen and paper and I wrote this song for you

When I am winter, you are summer
When I am autumn, you are spring
When I'm high and dry, you're my drop of rain
Sometimes fallin', sometimes flyin'
But in spite of everythin'
I could ride this rollercoaster for forever and a day"

Jodee Messina - "That's God"
Writer: Jodee Messina

"If you take the time to look around, you'll see it everywhere.
It's right here all around us, even when we're not aware.
It doesn't have to be a miracle,
It might just be the little things,
And even those who say they don't believe,
They may not know it but everyday they see"

Troy Cartwright - "God is Good"
Writers: Troy Cartwright. Billy Montana, Brandon Hood

"Ain't no way of knowing 'bout tomorrow
And it won't always go the way I wish it would
I know time's just something that we borrow
Lord knows I forget more than I should
God is good"

Ryan Stevenson featuring Vince Gill & Amy Grant - "When We Fall Apart"
Writer: Ryan Stevenson

"It's ok to cry
It's ok to fall apart
You don't have to try
To be strong when you are not
And it may take sometime to make sense of all your thoughts
But don't ever fight your tears
'Cause there is freedom in every drop
Sometimes the only way to heal a broken heart is when we fall apart"

Tony Jackson - "Five Dollar Bible"
Writers: Barry Poole, Wynn Varble, Karen Staley

"In a five dollar bible
Someone gave to me
I read it every night before bed
It's really pretty simple
We're the ones who make it hard
It's all right there in black and white and red
Funny how these modern day solutions just can't seem to rival
The wisdom of a fivŠµ dollar bible"

Matthew West - "The Last Song"
Writers: Matthew West, Jeff Pardo

"As long as I am breathing I will lift a melody
It's just my way of saying, "Thank You, Lord, for loving me"
I could sing a thousand songs about how good to me You've been
So I'll just keep on singing until the last song ends"

Todd Tilghman - "Long Way Home"
Writers: Shane McAnally, Ester Dean, Dustin Christensen, Ryan Donald Innes, Ryan Tedder

"Sometimes dreams get lost
Sometimes love takes time
But the greatest things are worth standing in line
And it's never a race, as long as you get where you're going
Sometimes the heart takes the long way home"

Pryor & Lee - "Good Ol' Dogs and God"
Writers: Doug Johnson, Trent Fisher, Elvie Shane, Adam Wood

"Good ol' dogs and God
Won't ever let you down
They listen when you're talking
Just happy you're around
I don't know why they love us
But they do no matter what
Two things you can count on
Good ol' dogs and God"

Tommy Karlas - "Lessons"
Writers: Tommy Karlas, Dave Turnbull, Whitney Duncan

"You can't win 'em all
You can't change the past
Don't take for granted what you've got
Don't always want what you don't have
Take some chances
Have some faith
Make the most of every day
Cause it could all be over in a second"

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