Wednesday, May 6, 2015

five favorites // Matt Maher

Music moves me and keeps my heart moving in a special way throughout our days. Just the way silence has its place so does sound and for that I'm so grateful for beautiful musicians who share their gifts with the world.


My boys have a number of these songs almost fully memorized because sometimes when things get crazy turning on beauty just needs to happen to keep you present, sane, and from losing your cookies.

I've been a fan of Matt Maher since forever. When his very first CD came out I was in college. The songs were so beautiful and so Catholic, it had my heart saying, This!!!, over and over again because his songs were where the passion of my faith and truth met in musical goodness. Through this ministry my family is continually blessed at the sound of all of his beautiful works! I'm so thankful the Holy Spirit has been working in him the way it has over the years; and further, I'm thankful to Matt Maher and his family for saying their Fiat to their vocation and ministry.

Enjoy these favorites of mine while chewing on this beautiful quote from St. Thomas Aquinas!

“Music is the exaltation of the mind derived from things eternal, bursting forth in sound.”-St. Thomas Aquinas

1. Set Me As A Seal. This song is new to me and so very beautiful. I cried the first time I heard it. It's based off of Song of Songs and took my young heart back to days spent in adoration reflecting on these very verses in His True Presence. Now that I'm a married woman, this song brought me to tears for all new reasons. 
2. Lord, I Need You. A song many have heard since World Youth Day happened in Brazil. I saw the version that was recorded by Catholic TV and cried tears that were a sure sign my senses had just been overwhelmed by Beauty. It's a good one that we listen to daily in our home. A prayer that gives me perspective and makes my heart pause and turn to Him.
3. Because He Lives. Oh! This song just shares the Joy and Jubiliation of all that is good in our faith. It makes you want to sing and dance and rejoice. It's so good!
4. All The People Said Amen. I love this song because of the communal aspect. We are all the people! We are here together, meant to journey alongside one another, to our final home. Encouraging, loving, and embracing all He has for us, together. The message, the beat, the images, the fun, the gratitude, the beat, the words, the dancing, the prayer, the smiles....love. it!
5. Hold Us Together. I like this next song for similar reasons I enjoy song number four on this list. Togetherness. Community. We are one body in song.

BONUS: Love Has Come. This bonus song is the one that hooked me back in college. I heard this song and there was just so. much. YES! I listened to it a thousand times then and would gladly listen to it a thousand times more. 

Sit back and enjoy some of this goodness! I'm so thankful for music and all the ways it shares truth and beauty for myself and our little family.

Head over to Rachel's for more five favorites!

13 comments:

  1. Cool! I had not heard numbers 1, 5, and the bonus songs. I just listened to them. Very nice! :)

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    1. Love Matt Maher! His music ministry truly is such a gift! Glad I shared something new for you, Erica! :)

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  2. We danced to Set Me as a Seal at our wedding. I love, love, love Flesh and Bone. It's so hard to pick my favorite from all of his awesome ones.

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    1. So beautiful, Ann-Marie! Gee-whiz, had I known about this song, we would have done the same! So so so so beautiful! I haven't listened to Flesh and Bone yet, but will do so today! I keep meaning to, then crazy brain happens. But, I agree. Favorites from his collection are hard to pick, but these are presently the ones that bless our little home daily :)

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  3. Great post!
    "Lord I Need You" is one of my favorites to turn up on the radio in the car and sing at the top of my lungs! :)
    I've never heard the first one but I'm excited to listen!

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    1. It's such a good song, isn't it?! So beautiful and simple. Love everything about it and am so grateful for the prayer of it!

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  4. I haven't heard # 5 and 6. Going to check them out ASAP. :) My husband and I fell in love with Lord, I Need You after WYD and we listen to it multiple times a day. It's just so good for meditation.

    And maybe I'll just set this as my home page so I can find all of these songs first thing every morning!

    <3 you, Amanda!

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    1. I totally woke up and listened to all of these as I was making breakfast. What a great way to start the day. Thanks again, Amanda!

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    2. Oh, I love it Micaela!!! We listen to a Matt Maher mix in the morning while eating breakfast too. I should start the day with music though rather than while we're eating. My boys heart music a ton so all things music related make them pretty happy. <3 back, Micaela!!!

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  5. Oh I love Matt Maher. We had Set Me as a Seal played at our wedding so it always brings back the best of feelings. I used to sing Lord I Need You every morning to Zilla, so more feels there too. Thanks for sharing, love this post!

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    1. Gosh, had I known about that song, I would have played it a million times at our wedding! So glad it brought all the feels back! Such a blessing to have that song attached to such a beautiful time! And so sweet that you sang it to Zilla every morning! So many beautiful mamas in the world sharing such light with their kiddos! Love it!

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  6. I love Matt Maher and Because He Lives has been on heavy rotation for me lately. I just adore that song.

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  7. Love love love Matt Maher! And I have to agree that Set Me As A Seal is an all time favorite. I think the first time I heard it I was at the FOCUS conference when it was in Dallas and I was in love. So beautiful.

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