I'm always on the hunt for music that reflects the richness of God's character, the thread of redemption through Scripture, and really..."the Whole Big Story" (see Kristen Gilles below). For those of you unfamiliar with NoiseTrade--don't worry, it's not sketchy. Just plug in your email and zip code, and if you want you can tweet/Facebook/etc or go back and tip the artist after you listen. In no particular order:
Indelible Grace Music - The Hymn Sing: Live in Nashville is a fun listen. I have to confess two somethings here: I don't like live worship albums, and I only own the very first Indelible Grace CD (gasp!). (There is just so much good music out there that it's hard to budget for!) But even for non-hardcore-fans such as myself, this album is a great listen. The liveness is more or less a non-issue, as...well, these are Indelible Grace fans, not a stadium full of Passion attendees. So no annoyances there for curmudgeons like me. And musically, the songs are as good as or better than the previously recorded versions. Well worth your time and computer space.
Cardiphonia - Songs for the Supper is a whopping 30-song compilation of songs focusing on, yepyouguessed it, the Lord's Supper. There are far too many artists to list, but they include The Welcome Wagon, Redeemer Knoxville, Zac Hicks & Cherry Creek Worship, and Bruce Benedict. Songs range from your standard acoustic folk sound to old-timey country (in a genuine, non-annoying way). We've already added Redeemer Knoxville's version of Watts' "Jesus Invites His Saints" to our repertoire at the chapel and will probably take more from this handy compilation.
Kristen Gilles - The Whole Big Story is a 4-song EP from the ever-productive Gilles team (unrelated note: I'd sleep better at night if I knew how to pronounce their last name). This post on the their blog sums it up nicely. The songs cover topics like creation and the fall, the tearing of the veil in the Temple (one of my favorite things that happened on earth ever!), the growing of God's Kingdom through His people.
The lyrics are beyond solid; they're a joy to listen to, read, and reflect on. Kristen's voice is another highlight of the EP--it's hard to describe, but distinctive. Just listen to it, OK? Musically, I can see this album appealing to a slightly older crowd than the others here. I'm eager to either try out one of the songs at our chapel and play with different interpretations of the material. I think I'd peg "You Grew The Tree" as my overall favorite. But I have a sneaking feeling that, though stylistically it's least up my alley, "Bold Before God's Throne" will be the one we try out with the chapel band here. I can't resist the combination of theologically rich verses with a clear and simple chorus and a good tune.
The download includes PDF chord charts for each song. And, glory of glories, they're NOT written for a tenor! No key changing required for me!