What I’m Listening To

In light of the discussion we had around Christmas and worship music, I thought I’d share some of the music that has been stirring my soul for the past few months. I tend to work with music playing all day long and I usually always prefer to write with some sort of instrumental music playing as well. Even as I write this I’m listening to the movie soundtrack for The King’s Speech by Alexandre Desplat.

I wonder where these albums would fit with my top albums of 2011

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This first song is probably my top nominee for song of the year. It’s catchy, it has substance. I’d say that the whole album from Needtobreathe is as good, but the first song is titled “Oohs and Ahhs.” Sorry folks, that’s lame. But this song, “Slumber,” is awesome.

Katie Herzig is probably my favorite artist who isn’t mainstream in any way. Her latest album came out the same day as Gungor’s and Needtobreathe’s and this is by far my favorite on it: “Closest I Get.”

This isn’t really a new song, but it’s one I’ve listened to a lot. I think it especially relates to Christmas and the incarnation. Josh White is a musician and pastor who lives in East Portland, and he wrote this song, “Our God is Present.”

This is my favorite album of the year so far. It’s been a journey getting to that statement though. I’ve been a huge Gungor fan for a few years now. When this album came out I wasn’t much of a fan. But then I started listening to the whole thing as a story, instead of looking for the single song that I could play on repeat. The whole album is the Biblical story. It’s a must have. Here’s the final track on the album.

And last but not least, the album I’ve listened to most of the past 3 weeks. It hasn’t gotten old yet. Enjoy this album from M83.

What have you been listening to and loving?