My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1990

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 4TH Friday of the month, so I go back 30 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday February 25TH 1990:

  1. “The End Of The Innocence” – Don Henley
  2. “Roam” – The B-52s
  3. “I Go To Extremes” – Billy Joel
  4. “Dangerous” – Roxette
  5. “Just Between You And Me” – Lou Gramm

Don Henley’s “The End Of The Innocence” hit # 1 on my chart 30 years ago this past week. Not bad for a single that was actually released nearly 9 months earlier in June 1989. It was a late-bloomer on South Florida Top 40 radio at the time – not really making much of an impact until after it was nominated for 3 Grammy awards including Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year. (It won for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance.)

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“The End Of The Innocence” was the title-track of Don Henley’s biggest album ever (nominated for Album Of The Year), and that album was by far my most-listened to album (cassette) on the sands of Saudi Arabia during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. It essentially became the soundtrack of the war for me. Not bad for an album that was pretty much anti-war. The title-track actually returned to # 1 on my chart dated Sunday March 10TH 1991 – my first Sunday back home stateside post-war. I consider it to be one of the greatest songs ever made from one of the greatest albums ever made during my lifetime.

Well after 13 weeks in a row of blogging – 55 posts in a row on Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays, Mondays, and 3 Tuesdays – I’m ready for a break – Spring Break that is !

I’ll tell you all about it when I return for “Sunday Scripture” and “My Top 10 Hits” on Sunday March 08TH 2020 and Monday March 09TH 2020 respectively.

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. I’m also on Twitter @ChrisMDay, and I’m the man behind the tweets for my church @LivingWatersHFL.

Enjoy the first week of March my friends !  May the God of hope fill you completely with joy and peace as you trust in Him.

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Take A Picture

(Good song by Filter from early-2000.)

Well Happy Thursday February 27TH 2020 my friends. It’s the final Thursday of February, and it’s the start of another blogging weekend for me. But this weekend will be curtailed. In lieu of the usual 4 new blog posts I’m only publishing 2 – this one right here -and tomorrow’s RETRO. After that I’m going on hiatus for a little over a week to hang out with church pastors, preachers, planters, ministers, leaders, and disciples up the road in Orlando. I’ll also be singing and dancing in the middle of the Hertz Arena in Estero Florida with MercyMe and Jeremy Camp performing their greatest hits. That’s how I “Spring Break” at nearly 53 !

So here’s where that Title above (“Take A Picture”) is significant. Last weekend (Friday in fact) I posted original material on Facebook for the first time in 13 months. It was actually quite benign (or so I thought). I swapped out my profile picture. That’s it. I replaced a picture from 2018 with a picture from 2012. It’s a picture of me up on stage with my former church family with a wireless mic hosting a Sunday morning service. I didn’t think anything of it really when I posted it. Some friends recently asked me to change the picture, so I did. In the next few days it garnered 35 likes and loves and 15 comments. It’s one of my most reacted-to Facebook posts ever (since I created my account in 2013).

Incidentally – other than the occasional profile picture and cover photo swap – I don’t post much on Facebook anymore. I still have friends (lots of them) who are only on Facebook, so I keep in touch with them on there and sometimes post a comment on something that they have posted. But this is where I really live on social media – right here on my own blog.

And so – here’s that profile picture that went viral on my Facebook account for a few days. Enjoy, and I’ll be back tomorrow for my Winter Season Finale.

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My Top 10 Hits – Week 158

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 February 23RD 2020:

  1. “Almost Home” – MercyMe [# 3 last week / 10TH week on chart]
  2. “The God Who Stays” – Matthew West [1 / 14TH]
  3. “Rescue Story” – Zach Williams [2 / 20TH]
  4. “Your Name Is Power” – Rend Collective [5 / 7TH]
  5. “Waymaker” – Michael W. Smith Ft. Vanessa Campagna [4 / 5TH]
  6. “One Day” – Cochren & Co. [6 / 5TH]
  7. “See A Victory” – Elevation Worship [8 / 3RD]
  8. “I Will Fear No More” – The Afters [7 / 5TH]
  9. “I Know” – Big Daddy Weave [10 / 2ND]
  10. “Amen” – Micah Tyler [- / 1ST]

# 1 One Year Ago This Week:
“Maybe It’s OK” – We Are Messengers

# 1 Two Years Ago This Week:
“Gracefully Broken” – Matt Redman Ft. Tasha Cobbs Leonard

# 1 Three Years Ago This Week:
“Love Broke Thru” – TobyMac

I have a new # 1 smash this week !  MercyMe’s 4TH single on my chart is now their 3RD # 1 smash. Their only song to not hit # 1 was “Best News Ever” which spent 2 weeks at # 2 last February. I’m looking forward to seeing them LIVE in concert next week. I saw the setlist of a recent concert from this past weekend. It looks solid – 18 hits led at the top by “Best News Ever”. I’ll be singing and dancing along from my floor seat.

My blog is getting ready to go on hiatus. I’ll present my next Top 10 hit music chart 2 weeks from today on Monday March 09TH 2020. I’ll also review the concert then. Did I mention that Jeremy Camp opens for MercyMe ? !

This concludes another weekend of blog posts. I’ll do it again next weekend – with 2 new entries on Thursday and Friday.

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. I’m also on Twitter @ChrisMDay, and I’m the man behind the tweets for my church @LivingWatersHFL.

Enjoy this new week my friends !  May the God of hope fill you completely with joy and peace as you trust in Him.

All rights reserved (c) 2020 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries

Sunday Scripture

5 weeks ago I announced here on Sunday Scripture that I had recently completed writing a future sermon titled “Church & State”, and that I had begun writing my next sermon titled “Malachi & Messages”. That’s still a tentative title, but as I wrap-up the writing of it I think (so far) it makes sense to leave that as the title. I’m into Page 8 of “Malachi & Messages”, so I’m essentially at the 30-minute mark of what will likely be a 40-minute sermon. (I don’t use some fancy sermon-writing software. I simply use Microsoft Word, and each page generally represents 4 minutes of preaching.)

“Malachi & Messages” covers Malachi’s first 2 of 6 messages on God’s love for Israel (1:2-5) and the calling-out of corrupt priests and their worthless sacrifices (1:6-2:9). Once I complete this one I’ll immediately begin working on my follow-up sermon of Malachi’s 3RD message on faithfulness.

This could end-up being a 4-part message series later this year. There’s a lot of great material within those 6 messages, 4 chapters, and 55 verses.

Here’s an excerpt from “Malachi & Messages”:

… You know that out of the 55 verses in the Book of Malachi – that 47 of them are spoken by God ?  47 out of 55 verses. Over 85% of Malachi – is our God speaking. You wanna learn more about our God and gain wisdom from Him ?  Read Malachi, but don’t read the book in 6 minutes. Read it slowly. Read it – one verse at a time.

Chapter 1 Verse 1 sets the tone for the next 54 verses, and it’s 1 of the 8 verses in which God is not speaking:

This is the message that the LORD gave to Israel through the prophet Malachi. (1:1)

So it’s the prophet Malachi – giving a message – to the homeland. It’s the LORD speaking through Malachi, and it’s actually a series of messages – a series of 6 messages on topics such as God’s love for Israel, faithfulness, repentance, and the impending Judgment Day.

Oh ! – and Malachi – means “My messenger” in Hebrew. Malachi was God’s Messenger – just as you and I – we – are God’s Messengers.

What does a messenger do – according the Bible ?  A messenger – carries and sends and spreads a message. A messenger evangelizes. What do you do when you evangelize ?  You spread and preach the Gospel. What’s “preach” ?  How about “proclaim” and “teach” – “preach”. I am going to teach you what I believe to be true, and I will proclaim it to be the Truth. What’s the Gospel ?  The Gospel is the Good News of God. So a messenger – you and I – we – preach God’s Good News – His Message – to the masses. We are God’s messengers. He chose us to do that.

Malachi was God’s messenger. He was a writer, and he wrote letters, and messages, and sermons to the people. He was a Proclaimer. He was a Teacher. He was a Preacher …

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My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 2000

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 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 February 20TH 2000:

  1. “Bye, Bye, Bye” – ‘N Sync
  2. “Blue (Da Ba Dee)” – Eiffel 65
  3. “Better Off Alone” – DJ Jurgen Presents Alice Deejay
  4. “It Feels So Good” – Sonique
  5. “He’s All I Want (All I Need)” – Angelmoon

20 years ago this week European dance music had taken over my pop chart, and it was a sign of things to come as my chart would go full-blown #EDM less than 2 years later. It was also how Top 40 music sounded here in South Florida at the turn of the century.

I’ve been compiling and publishing my personal hit music chart for the past 34 years now with 2 hiatuses of 3 years (in the 1990s) and 7 years (in the 2010s). If I had to label the 1995 to 2002 era of my chart I think I’d call it the “Eurodance Era”. It wasn’t entirely Eurodance, but that was the recurring theme of the soundtrack of my life during the late-1990s and into the new millennium.

Also on my chart from exactly 20 years ago were Santana (# 10 & # 19), Third Eye Blind (# 17), Blink 182 (# 23), and Kid Rock (# 31), so traditional pop and rock coexisted with deep dance music at the time.

#RETRO EXTRA – 20 years ago this weekend I saw “The Whole Nine Yards” at the movie theatre during its opening weekend. I gave it 3.5 stars (out of 4). I don’t remember a thing about it other than Bruce Willis starring in it.

It’s halftime my friends. I’ll be back on Sunday and Monday with 2 more blog posts for this weekend. Enjoy your Saturday. Thanks for going RETRO with me !

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The Major’s Walk-A-Thon

Date: Monday February 17TH 2020
Time (EST): 7:02 AM – 7:54 AM
Sunrise (EST): 6:55 AM
Location: Homestead Florida
Sky: Sunny & Clear
Temperature: 65°F / 18°C
Dewpoint: 64°F / 18°C
Relative Humidity: 96% Steady
Winds: Calm
Barometric Pressure: 30.02″ Falling

What a beautiful morning for my 3RD power-walk of Season 13 on that asphalt track on the hill at the city park down the road from my neighborhood. 65°F felt so good at the start of my walk, but I was drenched in sweat some 50 minutes later, as temperatures began their rapid ascent towards the mid-80s later in the day.

This was a 2.84-mile power-walk in 51 minutes and 50 seconds. That’s a pace of 18 minutes and 14 seconds per mile. (I walked 3.29 MPH.) The track that I walk on is about 0.47 miles around. I did 6 laps.

Some Fitbit heart rate stats – 38 out of 52 minutes in “peak”; 10 out of 52 minutes in “cardio”; 164 BPM at peak; 146 BPM on average.

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That’s a photo of the eastern sky at 7:02 AM – 7 minutes after sunrise.

As I walk I pray for good health, and for the safety and security of my fellow walkers on the track. I also pray for my neighborhood, my city, and the surrounding area.

These 13 songs randomly played on my iPod Shuffle as I walked. They represent the soundtrack of my life – past before Christ – and present in Christ.

7:02 AM – “Afternoon Delight” – Starland Vocal Band
7:03 AM – “Unfinished” – Mandisa
7:07 AM – “Take Me Home Tonight” – Eddie Money Ft. Ronnie Spector
7:10 AM – “Glorious Day” – Passion Ft. Kristian Stanfill
7:15 AM – “I Wanna B With U” – Fun Factory
7:18 AM – “Wait” – White Lion
7:22 AM – “(Every Time I Turn Around) Back In Love Again” – L.T.D.
7:27 AM – “Joyride” – Roxette
7:31 AM – “Into The Night” – Benny Mardones
7:35 AM – “Rapture” – Iio
7:39 AM – “Let It Ride” – Bachman-Turner Overdrive
7:43 AM – “I Wanna Be Rich” – Calloway
7:48 AM – “All Right Now” – Free

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My Top 20 Hits – Past 3 Years

Exactly 150 hits created 157 weeks of Top 10 Christian hit music charts based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay. Here it is – my Top 20 hits of the past 3 years:

  1. “Nobody (But Jesus)” – Casting Crowns Ft. Matthew West [peaked at # 1 for 7 weeks]
  2. “Do It Again” – Elevation Worship [# 1 for 4 weeks]
  3. “Even Then” – Micah Tyler [# 1 for 3 weeks]
  4. “Grace Got You” – MercyMe [# 1 for 2 weeks]
  5. “Church (Take Me Back)” – Cochren & Co. [# 1 for 4 weeks]
  6. “Known” – Tauren Wells [# 2 for 2 weeks]
  7. “Broken Things” – Matthew West [# 1 for 6 weeks]
  8. “Even If” – MercyMe [# 1 for 2 weeks]
  9. “Fear No More” – Building 429 [# 1 for 6 weeks]
  10. “Dead Man Walking” – Jeremy Camp [# 1 for 4 weeks]
  11. “Nobody Loves Me Like You” – Chris Tomlin [# 1 for 4 weeks]
  12. “Different” – Micah Tyler [# 1 for 4 weeks]
  13. “Home” – Chris Tomlin [# 1 for 2 weeks]
  14. “Gracefully Broken” – Matt Redman Ft. Tasha Cobbs Leonard [# 1 for 6 weeks]
  15. “Forgiven” – Crowder [# 1 for 2 weeks]
  16. “Only Jesus” – Casting Crowns [# 1 for 10 weeks]
  17. “Who You Say I Am” – Hillsong Worship [# 1 for 4 weeks]
  18. “Maybe It’s OK” – We Are Messengers [# 1 for 3 weeks]
  19. “Born Again” – Austin French [# 1 for 3 weeks]
  20. “Oh My Soul” – Casting Crowns [# 1 for 1 week]

My # 1 smash of 2019 and my # 1 smash of 2018 are my Top 2 hits of the past 3 years respectively. My # 1 smash of 2017 is at # 7 overall.

All but 1 of my Top 20 hits was a # 1 smash. Tauren Wells’ “Known” placed way up at # 6 overall. It spent 30 weeks in a row on my chart including 17 weeks in my Top 5. The other 19 out of 20 hits represent 77 weeks (almost half of the total number of weeks) at # 1.

Casting Crowns scores a hat trick with 3 of my Top 20 hits. I consider them as well as MercyMe as my 2 favorite bands right now. I’ll be seeing both of them LIVE in concert in March and April. Matthew West opens for Casting Crowns, and Jeremy Camp opens for MercyMe. I’ll be singing along loudly from the floor.

What a fun chart to compile, and what a wonderful 3 years it has been listening to K-LOVE on the radio. This chart was compiled by awarding 10 points for each week at # 1, 9 points for # 2, and so forth and so on down to 1 point for # 10. The points are then added, and the hits are ranked.

This concludes another weekend of blog posts. I’ll do it again next weekend – with 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. I’m also on Twitter @ChrisMDay, and I’m the man behind the tweets for my church @LivingWatersHFL.

Enjoy this new week my friends !  May the God of hope fill you completely with joy and peace as you trust in Him.

All rights reserved (c) 2020 Christopher M. Day, CountUp Ministries