Inspiration Music Monday: Pioneer, by Honeytree

Last Saturday, my family gathered at my aunt and uncle’s for a night of praise and worship. It was the first time in a long time that we had met up for this, and I was excited to go. 

We sang a bunch of different songs. Some were old and brought back a ton of memories. I mean, I haven’t heard Ron Kenoly or Carmen songs in about 15 years! Then there were wonderful and surprising worship songs from Nigeria and a beautiful song by Leonard Jones I had never heard before called, Bless the Lord.

Then we listened to a song I found especially lovely and, again, it was one I hadn’t heard before. You know, there are many types of singing voices. Every now and then, there comes a voice that is so clear and clean it resonates. Honeytree has one of those voices and I knew the moment I heard the song that I wanted to share it.

So, as I did for Colton Dixon‘s post, I suggest listening to the song without the video first in order to focus on the lyrics. Then listen again and enjoy the video.

Beautiful song. Beautiful voice. Be blessed on this wonderful Monday!

Music Monday: ‘Never Gone’, by Colton Dixon

I remember Colton Dixon from his stint on American Idol a few years back. Aside from his style, which was edgy for AI norms, he hadn’t really caught my eye. I think I had some idea from the backstory packages the show presents that he came from a Christian background, but for a while, to me he was just a contestant with a great voice who killed it on the piano.

That changed one evening. Maybe I was less distracted, in the mood for a great piano performance, or maybe his hair was particularly cool that night, I have no idea. But I was focused. Colton sat at the piano and I sensed there was something…different going on. He began to play, then sing, and I was mesmerized. You know when you can tell the signer means each word and note with every fiber of their being? It felt like he was singing to God, worshiping God on international TV, and we, the audience, were invited to listen in.
I remember watching the performance and thinking, “Alright, then, Mr. Dixon. I will remember you.”

Actually, I forgot him. For a while. But when Spotify came around, I decided to look him up. There are a lot of good songs on his albums, but one in particular, Never Gone, hits me in the heart every time. Even if I don’t sing the whole song when it comes on, I can’t help but join in at the song’s climax:

“‘I never ever left you, never ever left you, no’
He said, “I never ever left you, never ever left you, no”
Jesus never ever left you, never ever left you, no.
He sees us even in the darkness
Now you know you’re not alone.”
Colton Dixon, Never Gone

Every time I listen to it, I am overcome with God’s grace, goodness, and faithfulness. I think about everything He has delivered me from, everything he has forgiven, and am filled with joy.

I hope you’ll listen to the song. I saw the video for the first time today, and it’s powerful. But I suggest first listening to it without the video to see how it stirs your heart personally. Then, watch the video. And maybe have some tissues nearby.

Do you have an inspirational song you’d like to share, or have featured on the blog? Leave me a message to let me know.
Blessings this Monday morning!

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