Monday Melody – Say The Name

Congrats to the winning team in the Super Bowl.  Which team won again?  :-p   I am yet to get worked up over this event.  Have never really looked at a Super Bowl.  I hear the ads are amazing.  Ah well, maybe next year I’ll watch… not! 

Song/Album: “Say The Name” by Margaret Becker on the album “Soul.”

Why it made the cut:   Total focus on Jesus!  This is my go-to Jesus song.  

Sometimes circumstances leave you just wanting to hear His name and to be comforted by the reality of who He is.  “Say The Name” does that in spades.  I listen to Maggie Becker’s throaty vocals and rocker chick swagger, neatly restrained to throw emphasis on the One who alone takes first place, and I am calm and at peace.

Artist:  I think Margaret Becker is one of the most underrated Christian artists.  Ever.  The multi-hyphenate (singer-songwriter-producer-electric guitarist) evokes little bits of Kim Carnes, Bonnie Tyler, Teena Marie, and Heart, but she plays for an audience of One:  Jesus.

It’s not too hard to believe that Becker was singing in jazz clubs by age 16 while dreaming of becoming a cabaret performer in New York.  She first came to prominence as a songwriter and segued into a respected career as a Contemporary Christian artist, beginning in the 1980s.  Since then, she’s racked up 21 #1 Christian radio hits, has won four Dove Awards, and has been nominated four times for a Grammy.

The author of two books, and contributing writer to Christian magazines is also well known for her devotion to social causes.

Favorite lyrics:
May I never grow so strong
That my heart cannot be moved

May I never grow so weak
That I fear to speak the truth

Sweet spot:   The vamp at 2:40.  


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