11/29/07

Glimpse of Glory

I don’t know what a music review is supposed to be, as I am not a musician or a critic, just a listener. So I’m going to simply tell you why I like the CD Glimpse of Glory by Jenny Youngman. And if you comment, even just your name (make sure it clicks to an e-mail address), you might be the lucky winner of this CD in my random drawing! The winner will be announced on Monday, December 3rd. Wha-who! Free tunes!

I have driven around in the car listening to this music and searching for the word I thought best described it. Shark Boy, looking at the CD case, said “This must be pretty music because see the butterfly?”


My word is “authentic.” Jenny wrote all of the words and music on the CD. It is from the heart; it is lilting and lovely; there is tenderness about it. But it isn’t too “sweet”. This isn’t a bunch of mushy-gooey stuff. Its beauty is more sophisticated and the message is more solid and subtle than “sweet” implies. So this is the icing you can eat lots of, not the super-sugary kind that makes you feel icky.

(Jenny Youngman may hunt me down and kill me… Icing metaphors in a music review? You get what you pay for and I am without compensation for this review. Hence, icing comparisons.)

Her voice and her piano playing are somehow in the room with you. After listening through the first time I thought of two artists: Amy Grant, and Michelle Tumes CD Listen. OK, these are the only two Contemporary Christian artists I listen to because it’s not normally my thing, but I do listen to them because they are just so good. And now I listen to Jenny Youngman.

The song We’re Going to Be OK is a favorite of mine. The music is breezy and you’ll sing-a-long by the end! We can all relate to this song. It’s about wanting to fly in with a cape and save the day, but knowing that you can’t do that, you sit with someone, pray with them, and wait for the light of day. I personally am really, really needy to hear that it’s going to be OK. I have to tell myself that all the time. Now, I can also sing along with Jenny.

Ten Thousand Charms is a song with quiet intensity. It’s a beautiful melody and Jenny’s voice is just lovely here. Sophisticated and prayerful.

Love You Like That is the Amy Grant track. Amy would have so bought this and recorded it for herself. This is a fun, upbeat song about loving someone just as they are and it reminds us how powerful that is to give and get.

There are people and places and moments when we are simply struck; we get that heart-in-my-throat glimpse of glory. Jenny’s song Glimpse of Glory is the one that is the soundtrack for your home movies of the kids. The music is soft and light and the words are words of hope, of the old becoming new, of redemption.

This is a perfect stocking stuffer, y’all! Visit her web site and try out the CD.

The winner of my give-away gets a signed copy of Glimpse of Glory which will be really cool in a few years when she wins a Dove Award.

Comment to WIN!

About Jenny:
Married to a full-time minister and a mother of two, Jenny is quite familiar with the demands of balancing ministry, marriage, motherhood, and mission. She understands that others are struggling with all sorts of hurts and trying to make sense of it all. In 2006, Jenny's brother, Jeff, and his family moved to Nashville to be part of this ministry. Jeff sings with Jenny on most of the songs and "adds such depth to the music," Jenny says."My prayer is that these songs give people hope and help them sense a 'glimpse of glory' when they feel the weight of the everyday world."

17 comments:

Trenches of Mommyhood said...

I think I should automatically win since I'm the first commenter! ha ha!

Heidi Hyde said...

nice!

Mrs. Fussy Fussypants said...

She sounds wonderful!

moosh in indy. said...

If I ever release a CD (snort) I want you to review it.

carrie said...

pick me! pick me! i'd love to hear it....

Felicia said...

Excellent review! Also, she has a very nice web site.

Not the Queen said...

Yea! Count me in, please!

topper said...

Lovely music. Meaningful lyrics. I'll take it!! Pick me:)

Rachel said...

You're so cute!
I love it. Not so sugary icing music. That's right up my alley!!
What a fun review. Hope I win!!

BlondeMomBlog (Jamie) said...

She sounds awesome! I love Amy Grant and I'm sure I'd love Jenny's CD. Sometimes mama needs to play a little soothing music to tame the wild beasts in the back seat.

p.s. Personally I think from the heart views are way better than some critic!

Steph said...

I fail to see the problem with the icing comparisons. Icing is universally understood, right?

angelaandconnor at gmail.com said...

I defently need something other than "the wheels on the bus go round and round.." stuck in my head.. for DAYS.. (I so hope by reading this some of you get it stuck too!!harhar!)

I blogged ya too
Http://contestaddict.blogspot.com

slouching mom said...

I think that was a lovely review!

Jennifer aka Binky Bitch said...

What a great review! She sounds like a talented musician.

Heather, Queen of Shake-Shake said...

She sounds great! And I love her website too!

ellinghouse said...

sounds like a great review.....I would love to have a listen for myself...

Rachel said...

She is awesome! I love her music!! I just went and listened to the link you sent, wow. I really hope I win this CD, if not.. I'll have to buy it!

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