Posts Tagged ‘Christ’


So a few days ago I got an email about something the Wild Heart (a.k.a Christina Lynn – who is the wild heart) has wanted for quite awhile. I’ll give you 3 clues as to what it doesn’t pertain to: marriage, babies or changing religions. For starters, I’m not married nor am I seeing anyone – yet. Children – see aforementioned sentence. Religion – ok Christianity is a relationship and I am never leaving Christ.

Anyways so at the beginning of the year I sent in some of the blog posts I have written to the Houston Press Rocks Off Blog. Houston Press is a local weekly magazine based out of Houston, TX. Anyways, I sent in the one about the Stevie Nicks concert that was held back in August, my open letter to Mtv, a review of Bounce by Bon Jovi, and a write-up about Queen’s frontman Freddie Mercury.

A few days went by and I got a response! The Houston Press Rocks Off Blog is wanting me to do freelance work for them! I have accepted the position. This is literally my dream job – to write about music and get paid to do it. Furthermore, some have even told me that I wouldn’t be a good writer or that I would never make it as a music writer or blogger. I won’t lie – that hurt me a great deal. But, as always, Jesus had other plans for his child because he loves his children

Now, this doesn’t mean the end of the Wild Heart. I will still keep up the Wild Heart the best that I can. Let me make this clear: this is NOT the end of the Wild Heart. I will update this blog as much as I can.

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From the home of the Wild Heart in Houston, TX to wherever you’re at, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Enjoy this clip from the Arsenio Hall Show with the New Kids on the Block and remember to “have a funky, funky Christmas” and a happy holidays!


One of the best things about Contemporary Christian Music singer Amy Grant is that she isn’t afraid to tell the truth. Though the truth can hurt, she does it in a very loving way. This is what makes her rather popular even to this day in Contemporary Christian Music.

On 1982’s Age To Age, Grant shows that she is now a beautiful, young, Christian woman. Grant, whose previous albums included her self titled debut album (recorded when she was only a teenager), My Father’s Eyes, 2 live albums, and 1980’s

Cover of "Age to Age"

forgettable Never Alone.

Grant takes a new musical direction with Age to Age. She and then-piano player Michael W. Smith experiment with some of the musical stylings that made the music of Fame popular at the time on Don’t Run Away.  Grant also grows up lyrically on Got to Let It Go where she exclaims “Lord, here’s my heart/ I’ve been keepin’ it from you/ And I’ve got to let it go/ Holdin’ on just brings me worry.

Other songs, she takes a more classically-inclined approach. Songs such as Sing Your Praise to the Lord, and El Shaddai, which is sung partially in Hebrew. The latter talks about the death of Christ.

Age to Age  was the first Christian music album to gain gold certification status in 1983. It became the first of its genre to be certified platinum in 1985. Upon its release, it became the fastest-selling CCM album during that time – unheard of in that genre back then!

Overall this is a good album, but if you are not familiar with Grant’s earlier work – only her later work, you will be dissappointed.  However this is still a classic.


Cover of "Angels of Mercy"

CCM artist Susan Ashton is perhaps one of the most underrated artists of all time. Not only has she worked in Contemporary Christian music but she has also worked in country music: she is an occasional backup vocalist for Garth Brooks and has even released a country album, 1999’s Closer.

However her better moments were when she recorded 1992 album for Sparrow RecordsAngels of Mercy. This masterpiece has one theme that flows freely throughout the album: mercy and how it plays into the various aspects of life with Christ. Ashton wastes no time in singing God’s praises about how he never leaves or forsakes his children with the rockabily-fused CCM classic Here In My Heart.

One of the most gut-wrenching (and convicting) tracks is the country-tinged Started As A Whisper, which tells the story of a teen mother being turned away from a church because she’s pregnant. It’s a track that almost foreshadows the current state of the church in America, which is in a state of decline. Ashton points out in her own poigniant way “The chance we have today just maybe gone tomorrow and when it comes down to the soul, time may not be borrowed.”

Ashton’s strong points are her penchant for country-rock. She does this well on Walk On By, which speaks of the subject of temptation. Ashton even alludes to her own past struggles in the Trisha Yearwood-fused Walk On By.

This Grammy-nominated album is a little hard to come by these days unless you are able to get it used. If so, I highly recommend it. This album is anything but cheesy.

 


The crowd was clean-cut and full of families, but that did not stop them from rockin’ out to southern Christian rock band Third Day and Matthew West on Saturday night at the Berry Center in Cypress, TX.

Co-headliner Matthew West started his set with the prayerful, Coldplay-like, and soulful single The Motions with the rallying cry “What if I had given everything instead of goin’ through the motions?” West, at times, is known for being a bit autobiographical in his songs and on Next Thing You Know, this was no exception. It tells the story of a young West and how he came to faith in Christ that he currently has – bumps and all.

West talked a bit about his latest album Bigger Picture and how, instead of writing the usual songs about his life as a Christian, he asked people to send in their story of their faith journey. The response he recieved was overwhelming: 10,000 stories from the US and worldwide! One story that he shared was about a Christian woman whose daughter wasn’t a Christian. Her daughter suffered a near-fatal car wreck and was basically brought to her knees by the event.

The audience was all nice and warmed up by the time Third Day, who blasted the audience away with their searing Hendrix-style guitar solos. “Is anybody having a good time?!” exclaimed lead singer Mac Powell. Many people worshipped during their songs.

However, the boys kicked it into high gear when they did a mini acoustic set on a small stage in the middle of the arena.Powell asked for some requests from the audience. One shouted Consuming Fire from their 1996 self-titled debut album. Another shouted “Free Bird” by Lynyrd Skynyrd.

It was an amazing show that at times had you either worshipping the Lord, rockin’ out, or both.

Special thanks to Joanna Bonner and Daniel Jackson for the tickets. 


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So It has come to the attention of I, the Wild Heart, that yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of the death of legendary blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughn. Since I was born, raised, and still reside in the great state of Texas – Stevie is a big deal when it comes to blues music. You could say he is the equivalent of what Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi are to those on the Jersey shore.

However, there’s something about Stevie that makes him a little different than other guitarists. However, it has almost nothing to do with his technique, style or even vocals. It is what he believes. It turns out that later in his life, Vaughn rediscovered the faith of his childhood.

Here is an excerpt from his journal according to topix.com:

“God…I pray that I be cleansed/washed in the blood of Jesus Christ. Born again. I pray that I may be of use to you as you see fit. Help me that I may do my part. Amen.” ……….”God has been very good to me. He is good to all life. The willingness to try to work on my health is another and I am grateful for this opportunity.” ……….”Altho I can get confused about life and it’s lessons, I can say that I am trying very hard to learn. I can see that I am learning how to care for others and for myself. Slowly sometimes, but surely nevertheless. I can play beautiful music. This is a gift that God has given me and a gift that I do my best to use for good and give it all I have. I am loved by many of God’s children for this, and because it does show that I am trying to grow in this life. God saved me among so many and I must accept that he has a purpose for me. If I am good enough for God, I should be good enough for me. Thank you, God!”

Also here is a sample from “Life Without You.”

“You know, right now, the most important thing in my life is to make sure you understand that first of all, I thank God I’m alive today. And I mean that. You see, I spent too many years of my life thinking that the big party was the whole thing. It took me quite a while to realize that the real deal is to be able to be enough of a person on your own to know when somebody loves you and cares about you. You see, we are here, as far as I can tell, to help each other. Our brothers, our sisters, our friends, our enemies. That’s to help each other, not hurt each other…and sometimes, to help them, we have to help ourself…so that we’ll know that they’re around in the first place.

You see, it’s a big world out there…there’s enough pain and misery in it without me going around and helpin’ it out by hurting myself, and consequently, those that care about me. What I’m trying to get across to you is: Please take care of yourself and those that you love…because that’s what we are here for, that’s all we’ve got, and that is what we can take with us.”

Now here is an interesting ordeal: the Wild Heart serves the same God that Stevie is talking about. I maybe a bit imperfect – actually I am VERY imperfect. But Christ makes me perfect.

Sadly for Vaughn, he passed away August 27th, 1990 in East Troy, Wisconsin in a helicopter crash.

His time may have been short, but he was one that will never be forgotten.

Just thought that was super-interesting to share.


What happens when you mix a virtually unknown Christian rock band from Australia that sounds better than its mainstream

The Newsboys are one of the craziest and most serious bands in Contemporary Christian Music.

Australian predecessors (INXS, Kylie Minogue, the BeeGees, and even Men at Work), a rotating drum set, the message of Christ‘s love and forgiveness, and all-around craziness? You get the Newsboys!

Since the landmark release of their eponymous album Not Ashamed in 1992, the Newsboys have been at the top of their game within modern-day Contemporary Christian music.

One of the best things about Take Me To Your Leader is that it is an album that is fun to listen to. You don’t have to be a Christian to love their music because it is fun for everyone. Especially on the title track, where they talk about those that are searching for Christ in all the wrong places. Co-lead singer John James proclaims “I don’t know why you care/ I don’t know what’s out there/ I don’t know how it’s done/ Just take me to your leader son” Breathe, in the same vain, talks about how Christ is all about renewal to humanity.

However, one of the most standout tracks is the disco-friendly Reality, which is a retelling of the story of the Prodigal Son.

The Newsboys are not immune to their own sense of humor, especially on Breakfast where they exclaim “with spoons held high we bid our brother ‘cheerio.'”

On the other hand, the album gets a bit more serious with songs that talk about why forgiveness, though hard, is something that needs to be done because it is what Christ says to do (Let It Go) and even miracles on Miracle Child.

This album is definetly a classic.