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Noted Without Comment – Felines Taking Over Edition

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Morning Song – Hotel Happiness

Hotels can be bleakly, or even terrifyingly, lonely and sad places.

But not for Brook Benton. (At least, not anymore.)

I’m checking out of Hotel Loneliness;
All my lonely days, they’re all through;
I’m checking into Hotel Happiness,
Because, darling, I found you.

Morning Song – O Come

For commentary on Israel Houghton’s “O Come”, we’re outsourcing this morning to the talented blogger/composer/worship leader Kirk Ward of Worship In The City:

“This is basically a ‘Thriller’ groove for Advent.”

No more need be said.

Morning Song – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

If you like your Christmas songs swinging and bopping hard, it’s tough to do much better than Dexter Gordon’s soulful saxophone riding over his impeccable quartet on “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”.

Enjoy.

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Beauty All Around Me – A Spinnaker Of Leaves In Autumn

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Morning Song – Thunder

This little blog doesn’t often outsource commentary to singers, but Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds explains their new hit single, “Thunder”, better than we ever could:

“ ‘Thunder’ is: ‘I’m so happy for a really (crappy) middle school and high school existence and getting kicked out of college. It’s reflecting on all those things and saying, ‘Good, I’m happy for all that because that brought me to this place of being. It created angst inside of me that bred art.’ ”

And the music—with its beatbox-meets-marching-band-drumline rhythm, its drone-line bass-and-keyboards, its processed electronics, and its double-tracked vocals—captures all that angst, anger…and triumphant exultation.

Just a young gun with a quick fuse,
I was uptight, wanna let loose;
I was dreaming of bigger things,
And wanna leave my own life behind;
Not a yes sir, not a follower…
I was lightning before the thunder.

h/t: MPH

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Beauty All Around Me – A Swirl Of Birds

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