My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1999

Every Friday I post the Top 5 of one of my classic hit music charts based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay from either 10, 15, 20, or 30 years ago this weekend (rotating each week).

It’s the 3RD Friday of the month, so I go back 20 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday October 17TH 1999:

  1. “Mambo No. 5” – Lou Bega
  2. “Steal My Sunshine” – Len
  3. “Hey Leonardo (She Likes Me For Me)” – Blessid Union Of Souls
  4. “(You Drive Me) Crazy” – Britney Spears
  5. “Larger Than Life” – The Backstreet Boys

Well I was certainly partying to this music during the waning months of the 20TH Century. All 5 of these hits could be heard at any dance club at the time.

“Steal My Sunshine” – what an amazing song that is. It’s one of the greatest songs of my entire life. It spent 42 weeks in a row on my chart from July 1999 to May 2000, and it was a # 1 smash for me. It was also a worldwide pop smash.

Len were Marc (brother) and Sharon (sister) Costanzo, and they were in their late-20s at the time. They took a whole bunch of their friends over to Daytona Beach Florida in March 1999, and they self-produced this amazing music video of the sights and sounds of Spring Break. This video just screams “1999” with its RETRO style and multiple split-screen scenes of fun in the Florida sun. The song and its video were both critically-acclaimed, and they won a bunch of awards.

It’s halftime my friends. I’ll be back on Sunday and Monday with two more blog posts for this weekend. Enjoy your Saturday. Thanks for going RETRO with me !

All rights reserved (c) 2019 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

Weekends Begin On Thursdays …

… and they end on Mondays. Every weekend is a 4-day weekend here at #CountUp – at least when it comes to my blogging. I blog on Thursdays and Fridays. New posts are published at 3 AM EDT (U.S. East Coast Time). On Saturdays I generally go offline, and I stay off social media (for the most part). I may post a tweet or two of Scripture that leads-in to my Sunday.

On Sundays I blog post church service, so usually at or around 3 PM EDT. Finally on Mondays (back at 3 AM) I publish my brand new weekly hit music chart. It’s the continuation of a hobby of mine for the past 40+ years. (Casey Kasem was my idol as a preteen during the late-1970s. I wanted to be just like him when I grew up.)

So this is my Thursday blog that’s unlike my Friday, Sunday, and Monday blogs. My Friday and Monday blogs are music-based. My Sunday blog is Bible-based. My Thursday blog can be about anything that I can think of at the time.

So the big thing this week is something that I’ve been thinking about doing for the better part of the past 6 months. I finally did it this past Tuesday night. I began a weekly subscription with Freshly. Maybe you’ve heard of it ?  Maybe you know how it works ?  It’s basically a service that ships to your front door (via FedEx or a similar company) a certain number of chilled microwavable meals on the same day every week for a set price. I’ve set up my account to receive 6 meals per week every Friday. The meals are cooked by real chefs with high-quality ingredients. I’m not going to say much more about it in advance (prior to receiving and eating a single meal), but I’ve watched a few videos online, and they were mostly favorable towards the service. It’s got its pros and cons. I’ll give it a chance. I can cancel at anytime if I decide that it’s not worth it.

Basically at age 52 I need to take much better care of myself. That starts with eating better. I eat (for the most part) terribly. I don’t cook, so I either eat out (way too much food at one time), or I eat in (prepackaged frozen foods). The Freshly meal service is designed to be refrigerated, microwaved, and then eaten within 4-6 days. Hello Lunch and Dinner !

I’ll have to get used to eating smaller portions than I’m used to, and that’s another goal of mine. I’m actually overweight. My ideal weight (for my height) is right around 165. I’d love to weigh 165. I’d love to be back in the 170s. I’m about 20 pounds overweight. I’m thinking that these Freshly meals will help me lose weight. Oh yeah – that – and far more exercise.

My main form of exercise is walking. How’s that working out for me ?  I’ll let you know on a future Thursday blog.

All rights reserved (c) 2019 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

My Top 10 Hits – Week 139

Every Monday I post my all-new Top 10 Christian hit music chart based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday October 13TH 2019:

  1. “Fear No More” – Building 429 [# 2 last week / 11TH week on chart]
  2. “Nobody (But Jesus)” – Casting Crowns Ft. Matthew West [1 / 11TH]
  3. “Burn The Ships” – for King & Country [4 / 4TH]
  4. “Up Again” – Dan Bremnes [5 / 3RD]
  5. “I’m Gonna Let It Go” – Jason Gray [3 / 10TH]
  6. “Echo” – Elevation Worship Ft. Tauren Wells [6 / 4TH]
  7. “Yes I Will” – Vertical Worship [7 / 9TH]
  8. “Dead Man Walking” – Jeremy Camp [8 / 13TH]
  9. “Faith” – Jordan Feliz [- / 1ST]
  10. “Better” – Pat Barrett [- / 1ST]

# 1 One Year Ago This Week:
“Only Jesus” – Casting Crowns

# 1 Two Years Ago This Week:
“The Gospel” – Ryan Stevenson

Building 429 climbs to # 1 with their debut smash on my chart “Fear No More” – the song that I kept singing along to loud and proud in my car while driving 2,990.5 miles between South Florida and North Texas. It’s a really good song – music and lyrics. It becomes my 40TH # 1 smash since this chart was resurrected from the ashes in February 2017.

Building 429 have been together for 20 years, but they never charted during the original “Salvation Era” of my chart from 2006 to 2010. They scored a couple of big hits during the early-2010s (during my chart’s 7-year hiatus) with “Where I Belong” and “We Won’t Be Shaken”. I discovered both of those tracks for the first time in 2017 as recurrent hits on K-LOVE.

Casting Crowns end an impressive 7-week reign atop my chart. They have now accumulated a total of 18 weeks at # 1 over the past 139 weeks. I believe that they are one of my top artists since February 2017, and I should be able to confirm that soon with a special chart I’ll be producing that will #CountUp my Top 10 artists of this current era of my chart.

This concludes another weekend of blog posts. I’ll do it again next weekend – 4 new entries on Thursday, Friday, Sunday, and Monday. I don’t blog on Saturdays. That’s my day of rest.

Your likes, follows, and comments are always appreciated. Thank You for being part of my online ministry to share God’s Good News and win souls for Christ through His music. Enjoy this week my friends. I’m on Twitter @ChrisMDay, and I’m also the man behind the tweets for my church @LivingWatersHFL. May the God of hope fill you completely with joy and peace as you trust in Him.

All rights reserved (c) 2019 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

Sunday Scripture

Then the LORD told him, “Make a replica of a poisonous snake and attach it to a pole. All who are bitten will live if they simply look at it !” (Numbers 21:8 NLT)

Serpent On The Pole

And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness – so the Son of Man must be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in Him will have eternal life. (John 3:14-15 NLT)

Today our Lead Pastor preached on “Faith – The Steps To Heaven”. It’s all about the God that loves us so much – even when we don’t love Him back. It’s all about the God who has given us unmerited favor – grace – even though we don’t deserve it. He is sinless and perfect in every way. We are not. We will never be sinless. We will never be perfect. But our God sees us as being without fault. If we believe – if we follow – He will lead us forever and ever – AMEN.

Next Sunday I’ll be preaching my new sermon (just completed last night) on God’s “Kindness & Love” based on Ephesians 1:3-11.

All rights reserved (c) 2019 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 2004

Every Friday I post the Top 5 of one of my classic hit music charts based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay from either 10, 15, 20, or 30 years ago this weekend (rotating each week).

It’s the 2ND Friday of the month, so I go back 15 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday October 10TH 2004:

  1. “Let’s Get It Started” – Black Eyed Peas
  2. “Hey Mama” – Black Eyed Peas
  3. “Goodies” – Ciara Ft. Petey Pablo
  4. “She Will Be Loved” – Maroon 5
  5. “On The Way Down” – Ryan Cabrera

♫ Sick and tired of this world
There’s no more air
Tripping over myself
Going nowhere
Waiting
Suffocating
No direction
I took a dive

And on the way down
I saw you
And you save me from myself
And won’t forget the way you love me
And on the way down
I almost fell right through
But I held on to you ♫

What a great pop song that was exactly 15 years ago. Recorded in 2003 it was Ryan Cabrera’s radio-friendly debut smash at age 21. It spent 36 consecutive weeks on my chart at the time – peaking at # 3. Johnny Rzeznik – lead singer of Goo Goo Dolls – performed backup vocals. Ashlee Simpson – Ryan Cabrera’s girlfriend at the time – appears in the official music video.

One look at those lyrics makes me think that Ryan is singing about salvation in Christ, but I don’t know if that was the intent of the song. The music video makes it appear that Ashlee Simpson is saving Ryan Cabrera. (That didn’t really work out.)

It’s halftime my friends. I’ll be back on Sunday and Monday with two more blog posts for this weekend. Enjoy your Saturday. Thanks for going RETRO with me !

All rights reserved (c) 2019 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

Weekend Kickoff Mini-Thoughts

Let’s try this again – a rapid-fire session of thoughts on my mind right this minute:

  • It’s been awhile since I last did this.
  • In fact it’s been since Thursday August 01ST 2019.
  • I’m not sure that some of you “get this” feature.
  • If you’ve been following my blogs for the past 12 years then you “get this”.
  • For those that don’t “get this” no worries – just follow along.
  • Last night was our last sunset at 7 PM or after here until next March.
  • It’s getting darker earlier, and I like that.
  • In a little over 3 weeks we return to Standard Time.
  • I prefer Standard Time over Daylight Saving Time.
  • I wish we stayed on Standard Time all year long.
  • Most people don’t know what Daylight Saving Time is.
  • Pretty soon we’ll start getting cooler here in South Florida.
  • By “cooler” I mean the 60s in the morning instead of the 70s.
  • We’re still a good month away from feeling some 50s.
  • Our 5-month rainy season is almost over.
  • It’s been a below average rainy season.
  • I enjoy our 7-month dry season from October to May.
  • I hope to begin my dry season weekend fitness walks soon.
  • I hope to do much better than I did last dry season.
  • It’s Columbus Day Weekend here in the U.S.
  • I adore 3-day holiday weekends.
  • Maybe I’ll go for a walk in the park this Saturday morning.
  • I mostly plan to continue writing my next sermon this weekend.
  • It’s on God’s “Kindness & Love”.
  • I have another sermon that I’m working on titled “Ways & Memes”.
  • I’ll be stepping completely out of my comfort zone for that one.
  • There’s a few movies that I hope to see on HBO On Demand this weekend.
  • One of them is that World War 1 movie, “They Shall Not Grow Old”.
  • I’m really looking forward to a quiet and productive weekend at home.
  • Tomorrow on the blog my RETRO series continues with 15 years ago.
  • My new blog posts go LIVE at 3 AM U.S. East Coast time aside from Sunday.
  • I blog 4 times per weekend on Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays, and Mondays.
  • I don’t blog on Saturdays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.
  • If I were to add a 5TH day of blogging then I’d add Tuesdays.
  • But I have no plans to do that anytime soon.
  • Programming Alert:  The 50TH GMA Dove Awards are coming soon.
  • The show occurs LIVE in Nashville next Tuesday October 15TH.
  • It airs on TBN the following Sunday October 20TH at 8 PM EDT.
  • I’ll be live-tweeting during the entire telecast !
  • Join me that night on Twitter @ChrisMDay as I talk God’s music.
  • The next morning I’ll reveal my brand new Top 10 music chart.
  • Well those are my rapid-fire one-line thoughts for now.
  • Enjoy your weekend and this 10TH day of the 10TH month.

All rights reserved (c) 2019 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

My Top 10 Hits – Week 138

Every Monday I post my all-new Top 10 Christian hit music chart based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday October 06TH 2019:

  1. “Nobody (But Jesus)” – Casting Crowns Ft. Matthew West
    [# 1 last week / 10TH week on chart]
  2. “Fear No More” – Building 429 [2 / 10TH]
  3. “I’m Gonna Let It Go” – Jason Gray [4 / 9TH]
  4. “Burn The Ships” – for King & Country [5 / 3RD]
  5. “Up Again” – Dan Bremnes [7 / 2ND]
  6. “Echo” – Elevation Worship Ft. Tauren Wells [6 / 3RD]
  7. “Yes I Will” – Vertical Worship [3 / 8TH]
  8. “Dead Man Walking” – Jeremy Camp [8 / 12TH]
  9. “Good Grace” – Hillsong UNITED [9 / 5TH]
  10. “Fighting For Me” – Riley Clemmons [- / 1ST]

# 1 One Year Ago This Week:
“Only Jesus” – Casting Crowns

# 1 Two Years Ago This Week:
“The Gospel” – Ryan Stevenson

I am back with my first new published chart since 3 weekends ago, but while my online activity was on hiatus – my weekly chart remained very active behind the screens. “Burn The Ships”, “Up Again”, and “Echo” debuted while I was on-the-road, and “Good Grace” re-entered my chart (after previously falling-off). “Fighting For Me” is new this week.

I say “on-the-road” because I was on a road-trip from my home in South Florida to my families’ homes in North Texas, and then back again. That’s 2,990.5 miles over the course of 13 days and 6 states. I listened to a lot of K-LOVE on-the-road. Before the road-trip I had noted all of the various radio frequencies between here and there (some 14 of them), and I tuned-in to each of them. I listened to far more K-LOVE on this road-trip than I usually do when I’m at home. There were just a few gaps along the way with no K-LOVE coverage in Central Florida and North Texas – so in these areas I listened to other great radio stations such as The Joy FM, 94.9 KLTY, and WAY-FM.

Building 429 nearly unseated Casting Crowns and Matthew West at # 1 this week, as “Fear No More” was probably the most-heard song on my road-trip. I think I heard I heard it about every 3 hours or less for 13 days. It’s a really good road song, but ever since I returned back home again earlier this week “Nobody (But Jesus)” seems to be picking up steam again in airplay, and I keep singing along to it every time I hear it. Both songs remain at their respective chart positions for a 7TH consecutive week.

This concludes another weekend of blog posts. I’ll do it again next weekend – 4 new entries on Thursday, Friday, Sunday, and Monday. I don’t blog on Saturdays. That’s my day of rest.

Your likes, follows, and comments are always appreciated. Thank You for being part of my online ministry to share God’s Good News and win souls for Christ through His music. Enjoy this week my friends. I’m on Twitter @ChrisMDay, and I’m also the man behind the tweets for my church @LivingWatersHFL. May the God of hope fill you completely with joy and peace as you trust in Him.

All rights reserved (c) 2019 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

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