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BEST OF 2017- PART 9: TOP 20 SONGS OF 2017 (OCTOBER – DECEMBER)

It’s that time of the year again. December time means that we’re due to post another best of 2017 list! Excited? This time, it’s time to reveal our favourite songs from October – December 2017. You can check out our previous ‘best of 2017 song lists’ here (Jan-March 2017), here (April-June 2017), and here (July-Sept 2017) and be sure to let us know your thoughts on your favourite songs!

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TOP 10 ___: (10 FAVOURITE TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS SONGS OF All TIME)

On our latest Top Tens post, our first Christmas themed blog post of the year, we listed our favourite 10 original Christmas songs from 2017. This time, we will be listing our all time favourite original carols, and the most impacting rendition also. Check out these 10 inspiring traditional holiday themed melodies- which is your favourite?

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TOP 10 ___: (10 ORIGINAL CHRISTMAS SONGS FROM 2017)

It’s been ages since we posted a new Top Tens post! I reckon the last one was about which 30 popular songs Cimorelli could/should cover. So here’s the next post- this time Christmas themed.

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BEST OF 2017- PART 8: TOP 15 EPs (July – December)

 So here we are, in December. You know what the time is now? Yes, seriously, another post about my favourite EPs that have been within the months of July – December 2017. I can remember back in July when I compiled my favourite EPs from January – June, and now, I have 15 more EPs that have spoken into my life since then. So, I guess when I look at the year as a whole, I can safely say that 2017 is the year of the EP. I’m sure if you take a look at my favourite 30 (15 for the first half and 15 for the latter half) EPs this year, I’m sure you can tend to agree. Anyway, enough preamble. Here’s my top 15 EPs of the last half of the year, that have made a great impact on myself both spiritually as well as enjoyableness.

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Message Mondays- Why Christian Music & Mainstream Music Do Not Have To Be At Odds, & how God can use Both to further His kingdom at the same time.

I reckon this year, the year of 2017, is the year where I have branched out the most in terms of listening to mainstream music. Just like how I think 10 years ago in 2007 was the year where I branched out in listening to Christian music (as prior to that I only listened to Carman and Delirious?…yep, call me old fashioned, or sheltered, or both!), this is the year where I have sat up, and taken notice of many of today’s current pop songs. Not that I wasn’t that much in the know before (I knew several mainstream artists, like One Republic, Katy Perry, Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, One Direction, Justin Bieber, Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Justin Timberlake, and others, but I wasn’t following them religiously- I didn’t go out of my way to purchase an album of theirs!), but it was this year where my eyes and ears were opened to the realities of the type of music people listen to these days. Partly from exposure to Cimorelli’s covers (of which you can check out on iTunes here!)- and then  from there I wanted to see how the original sounded- and also partly because some of the neighbouring stores surrounding our café played pop music very loudly every single day; but whatever the case, I was exposed to more and more mainstream music each and every day this year, with some songs being inspiring, and others on the other end of the spectrum and quite disturbing.

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WOW HITS 2019: WHAT’S YOUR PREDICTION (PART 1)?

Hi everyone, how has your week been? Seeing that it’s late October yet again, and this time last year, we posted our first WOW HITS 2018 predictions, it’s time for us to predict…you guessed it, the track list for WOW Hits 2019. In fact, I’m sure you all are thinking about which songs are shoe-ins for next year’s compilation even now! Because, let’s be frank and honest here, WOW Hits has always been and will always be the most talked about Christian compilation album released in any year. So, what better time than now to make a prediction of WOW Hits 2019…sure probably half of my predictions will be correct (or maybe even less than half)…but, who knows. WOW Hits has always been known for placing dated songs on the annual WOW albums… So without further ado, here’s my stab at the tracklist for WOW Hits 2019. Some are independent artists, some are signed, some songs aren’t singles (yet!), but mind you, all of this is just speculation! Anyway, stay tuned to more predictions later this year and into next year! Happy predicting!

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BEST OF 2017- PART 7: TOP 15 ANTICIPATED ALBUMS OF 2017 (OCTOBER – DECEMBER)

Hello again! Two times in one day, isn’t this a treat! If you’ve read my previous best of 2017 post, then you’ll know I delved into my favourite 20 songs released from July – September 2017. So what else could I post about, given the posts we’ve already written about in the ‘Best of 2017’ series? Well, it’s time to speak about 10 releases that are most anticipated (by myself!) that are set to release within the next three months. Though the year’s gone by and there are thousands of releases that have been unveiled in 2017, let us remember that there are 90 odd days remaining in the year for us to be blessed with new music and up and coming artists. So let us without further ado delve into 10 albums releasing in the last quarter of 2017 that we are excited about!

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BEST OF 2017- PART 6: TOP 20 SONGS OF 2017 (JULY – SEPTEMBER)

It’s that time of the year again. The end of September/beginning of October means that we’re due to post another best of 2017 list! Excited? This time, it’s time to reveal our favourite songs from July – September 2017. You can check out our previous ‘best of 2017 song lists’ here (Jan-March 2017) and here (April-June 2017), and be sure to let us know your thoughts on your favourite songs!

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TOP 10 ___: TOP 30 SONGS CIMORELLI COULD AND/OR SHOULD COVER

Welcome to the latest instalment of our most recent blog series Top Tens. Last time, we explored a few of our favourite covers of all time, from well-known and up-and-coming artists, as well as their original counterparts. This time, we’re continuing on that same vein, but going deeper and more specific to a certain artist.

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Message Mondays: Just Follow the Headlights, and Know that Nothing Is Wasted When We Realise that God is God and We are Not!

There’s always a beauty and a tension in life. In the moments when you make a plan about how you want your life to look like and go. And then in the end, 99% of the time, it doesn’t end up that way. Rarely when you do make plans, does it do go to plan. Usually we are left with hindsight and looking back, and realising that where you are right now is far from where you wanted to be, either good or bad. And it is in that moment when we realise that there’s always a tension, from wanting to just follow the plan, to accepting that not only is the plan going to change, but rather, we’re going to end up in a place far from what we have initially expected. How do we reconcile these thoughts? How do we come to a peaceful place of being at a restful state, accepting that yes, I do have plans, but I have to be content that my plan will change? Because frankly, we are a controlling bunch of humans, aren’t we? We love to plan things and line it all up in a nice neat row. Never once do we realise that to follow a path, especially the one that we know God has laid out for us, is far more rewarding than we can ever fathom. But what happens when we can’t see what’s in front of us? When God doesn’t make it clear? When our plan goes out the window, and the Lord encourages us to follow Him- into the unknown, the places where we travel with only faith and trust as our guides, into the places where plans and maps are of no use? What then?

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