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Another item on the list of Things We Love is any music by Jamie Soles. He is a husband, a father of 8, and a musician with a great talent for putting God’s Word to music. Our children have nearly memorized all of his songs and I’m astonished daily at what they’ve learned. They are unbeatable in Bible games and they usually win by quoting the lyrics from a Jamie Soles song. Can you name Hosea’s 3 children and tell what each of their names means? Do you remember what Jacob asked his children to promise? Do you know what Abiram did? My 10yo can answer all of those questions and many more. Check out his website and visit the individual album pages for tasty samples of all his work.
Mr. Soles has generously given us permission to share one of his songs in its entirety. I talked to the younger girls and they chose “Up From Here” as a favorite. It’s the title track from the Up From Here album, which has an amazing variety of sounds, from humorous to somber and everything in between.
I was very excited to receive news that he is now taking orders for his newest album, Pure Words. Here’s what he has to say about his latest. I tried to shorten it, but it’s really worth reading the entire thing to get a glimpse of Jamie’s motivation:
Pure Words is a collection of songs from the early Psalms…It seems to me that the Church should be singing the Psalms, her ancient songbook. In a number of places in the New Testament the psalms are spoken of or quoted as though they had been uttered by the Messiah. If this is the case, and I believe it is, and if the believer’s task in life is to grow more into the image of Jesus, then mastering the Psalms would be a wise way to learn the mind of Christ. Do you want to be like Jesus? Well, here is a treasure trove of the way that Jesus thinks and expresses Himself in song. Learn to sing them well. Jesus is pleased when His people know how He thinks.
Most of these songs are taken word for word from the ESV Bible. I have taken artistic license in a few places, particularly in older songs, but I have found that the ESV makes doing so unnecessary. There is something very musical about this translation, something which accommodates it to contemporary song without need of revision. This is a very good thing, because today’s churches need to be singing the Psalms, and doing so in a fashion which makes sense to the modern ear.
To the Church of Jesus Christ the King; may these songs be useful for you, and helpful in your pursuit of Him.
We took a poll and below are more favorites in our house. You can click the song title to play the free sample or visit Jamie’s online store to buy any song instantly for $1.75. Click the album title to see the complete lyrics:
- Bethel, from the album Fun and Prophets (this is nearly the unanimous favorite among the children)
- Sign and a Wonder, from Fun and Prophets
- The Man Next, from Fun and Prophets
- Woe Unto Me, from Ascending (this is hubby’s favorite album – he loves nearly every song, from start to finish)
- East Wind, from Up From Here
- Rats (The Philistines’ Lament), from Up From Here (hilarious – you have to listen to this!)
- You Can Go, from Up From Here
- Oh, Absalom, from The Way My Story Goes