The end of the year usually prompts me to write an article on the three best albums I added to my iPod during the year.
This December 31st of 2019, I need to amend and adapt this article.
Data for this article revealed I added thirteen albums to my iPod on 2019.
Seven of those albums I had owned for years and thus found a new home on my iPod or were restored once again to my iPod after banishment for one reason or another.
The six new albums dowloaded to my iPod this year are all good and fine albums. However, as I looked over each work I remembered only three of these albums garnered significant listening time during the year. Further, one of these albums moved me to another that prompted me to listen to others that had been stored on my iPod for years. The end of all this research and recollection left me with the set of albums below. These albums impressed me such I spent the vast majority of 2019 listening to them at the exclusion of all other albums on or off of my iPod.
In chronological order:
A Love Supreme - John Coltrane
This began the year for me. I had owned the album for a few years but did not understand its music. I decided to listen to it daily until I felt I had given it a reasonable chance to explain itself or enough of an opportunity for me to understand it. When I arrived at the day this album was moving me on to other music I still failed to understand it but I now love the album.
No Guru, No Method, No Teacher - Van Marrison
I had owned this album for a long time. When I heard Mr. Morrison sing the opening lines of the album I knew I had to allow the same opportunity to this set of songs as I had given to Mr. Coltrane’s work. Richly rewarded, yes.
Avalon Sunset - Van Morrison
Moved to this by the previous album (they had been stored next to each other for years), Mr. Morrison does what he does. He left me again very moved and again blessed.
Hymns To The Silence - Van Morrison
The theme and the road were now carved out and I just followed. This is a double set of Mr. Morrison keeping on. There is a lot to be heard and learned from doing what you do because of who were made to be.
Saved - Bob Dylan
Bought with a Christmas gift and quickly became maybe the best album I heard all year - maybe, Van Morrison is quite a hill to climb. This is the best Christian album I have ever heard (I have been a Christian since 1988 and have listened to a lot of Christian albums). No other Christian album I have heard is this straightforward in it’s presentation, performance and purpose. The album is earnest, packed with truth and is starkly genuine. It swings from straight gospel songs to blues, to hymns, to rockers, to ballads with a sound and vibe that is consistent enough it nearly forms a concept album that exudes how much Mr. Dylan is thankful for and loves Jesus.
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