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My Top 10 Hits – Week 228

Every Monday I post my all-new Top 10 Christian hit music chart based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay from the previous week. It’s the continuation of a weekly hobby that goes back 40+ years. Here’s this week’s chart:

1 1 8 Yes He Can
[2ND week @ # 1]
2 2 16 Help Is On The Way (Maybe Midnight) TobyMac
3 3 23 Fires Jordan St. Cyr
4 5 4 Under Grace Tauren Wells Ft. Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts
5 4 5 When We Fall Apart Ryan Stevenson Ft. Vince Gill & Amy Grant
6 6 5 Be Alright Evan Craft X Danny Gokey X Redimi2
7 7 12 Gospel Song Rhett Walker
8 9 3 Rattle ! Elevation Worship
9 8 14 Child Of Love We The Kingdom Ft. Bear Rinehart
10 10 2 Believe For It CeCe Winans

# 1 This Week In:
2020 – “Keep Me In The Moment” – Jeremy Camp
2019 – “Church (Take Me Back)” – Cochren & Co.
2018 – “Do It Again” – Elevation Worship
2017 – “Home” – Chris Tomlin

Logan, Madison, and Taylor Cain remain atop my chart for a 2ND week in a row with “Yes He Can”. It’s currently # 11 at U.S. Christian radio (large market), and # 6 (small market). It registers the 4TH most – and 3RD most increased plays respectively at each market size. Needless to say it’s likely headed for the Top 5 and perhaps the Top 3 as we enter July. Not bad for a band that almost gave up before they rose up with “Rise Up (Lazarus)” last October.

“Be Alright” is the debut smash from Evan Craft. He loves his Lord & Savior Jesus Christ, and he sings about Him in both English and Spanish. “Be Alright” also features chart veteran Danny Gokey and Dominican rapper Redimi2. The song ends with a sample from the early-20TH Century standard “He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands”.

Here’s its official music video:

This blog is # 42 worldwide on the Top 60 Christian Music Blogs and Websites in 2021 chart. Thank You for including us Feedspot !

This concludes another weekend of blog posts. I’ll do it again this upcoming 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 and Flickr.

Be blessed my friends !  May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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Sunday Scripture

Shortly after 1:30 AM EDT on Thursday June 24TH 2021 disaster struck my South Florida community when about half of a fully-occupied 12-story residential beachfront condominium complex collapsed and pancaked onto itself along the Atlantic coast in the small town of Surfside (about 40 miles / 65 kilometers from my home).

It will very likely be the largest instant loss of life in Florida in nearly a century.

I realized the horror unfolding on the local TV news about 4 hours later as I was preparing to drive to work. At one point I got overly emotional, and I started crying. I haven’t stop grieving ever since. I weep with those who weep.

Search-and-rescue operations continue this weekend as our first-responder heroes continue to be hopeful that there are survivors underneath the rubble. We pray to our Lord for the safety and security of those heroes in the elements day and night atop the rubble. We pray for the comfort and peace of the family and friends who lost loved ones on that morning. We pray for the healing and restoration of the survivors who made it out alive. We lift up the town of Surfside to our God Almighty. #SurfsideStrong

I don’t personally know anyone who was in those towers, but I know that men and women, parents and children, and entire families went to bed on Wednesday night just like any other normal night with an ambitious schedule for Thursday, and in an instant they were physically gone along with the building they slept in. I didn’t know any of them, but they were my neighbors. They were God’s creations.

God is our refuge and strength – always ready to help in times of trouble.
So we will not fear when earthquakes come, and the mountains crumble into the sea.
Let the oceans roar and foam. Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge !

(Psalm 46:1-3)

Thank you for reading my blog for this day, and may:

The LORD bless you, and keep you.
The LORD make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you.
The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. AMEN.

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My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1986

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, 25, 30, or 35 years ago this weekend (rotating each week).

It’s the 4TH Friday of the month, so I go back 35 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday June 29TH 1986:

  1. “Edge Of Heaven” – Wham!
  2. “New Beginning” – Bucks Fizz
  3. “Sun Street” – Katrina And The Waves
  4. “Nasty” – Janet Jackson
  5. “Mountains” – Prince And The Revolution

I estimate that I’ve attended over 150 concerts in my entire lifetime. I attended 17 during a less-than-17-month stretch over in England in 1986 and 1987 when I lived there. I’ve attended at least 88 since 2000. I have no record-keeping of my concerts and other live events from 1988 to 1999, but I estimate about 4 per year. 

I came of age into the concert scene 3 weeks after turning 19. My very first concert – the final Wham! concert at Wembley Stadium in London England. It was an 8-hour Saturday event. Gates opened at 2 PM, and the show started about 2 hours later with a few opening acts and special guests making appearances. It was a hot and steamy late-June afternoon and evening in a packed stadium in London, and I was a singing and dancing (and sweating) maniac during the entire show from start to finish.

After the show was done and over with, and me and my concert buddy were heading home on the M4 I asked him “What’s our next concert, and when is it ?”

(The eventual answer was “The Art Of Noise” on August 15TH 1986.)

Reaching # 2 on my chart exactly 35 years ago was the lavishly-produced HI-NRG “New Beginning (Mamba Seyra)” from Bucks Fizz. Despite its more European (continental) sound it was only a hit in their native United Kingdom and nearby Ireland, Belgium, and The Netherlands.

Here’s the music video for “New Beginning (Mamba Seyra)”. To my Christian brothers and sisters of today this is a “feel good” positive and encouraging song that speaks of hope and love in a new world. There is a gospel choir performing back-up vocals. Feel free to get up and dance !

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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My Summer Vacation 2021 Road-Trip

It’s Part 3 of my multi-part Thursday blog series on my recent 77-hour / (4-day / 3-night) / 472-mile road-trip spanning Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee Counties (in that order). It was my first extended visit ever along Florida’s Treasure Coast. While there I was always within about 5 miles of the Atlantic Ocean and the adjacent Indian River.

Last Thursday we left off at the Elliott Museum on the barrier island off the coast of Stuart known as South Hutchinson Island. From there I headed north along Florida’s scenic State Road A1A. I soon entered St. Lucie County, and once I reached the Fort Pierce Inlet I headed inland (along A1A since there is no bridge over the Inlet). In downtown Fort Pierce A1A and U.S. 1 share a concurrency for a little over a mile. A1A then heads back out to sea to the barrier island on the other side of the Inlet. I stayed on U.S. 1, and I took that most of the way up to Vero Beach – my hotel destination for 3 nights. Once I entered the city limits of Vero Beach I believe that it was the first time in my life that I had done so – as a 33½-year resident of South Florida.

After I checked-in to my hotel and room I walked over to the nearby Bonefish Grill. I got there a few minutes before they opened for the day at 3 PM. I was not only their first customer of the day, but I was their only customer during my entire meal ! The service was great, and the food was great. I think I’ve eaten at Bonefish Grill once or twice before in my life (while on vacation). There’s actually one about 18 miles from home, but I’ve never been to that one. (I should visit sometime. They are actually open for Lunch.)

After my early dinner I drove over to the local movie theatre in town to see “A Quiet Place Part II“. It was my first movie seen in a movie theatre in 2021. I saw 3 last year in 2020. During much of the 2010s I was averaging about 35 movies per year !

After the movie I headed over to South Beach Park (a city park) on the Atlantic Ocean. When I got there at about 6:35 PM I noticed that lots of people were leaving the beach and heading for their vehicles. I was the only person getting out of his car and heading towards the beach. Once I arrived surfside I realized why everyone was abandoning the scene – including the lifeguards. A raging thunderstorm was quickly blowing in from the sea. I took a few photos of the darkened sky, and I too headed back to my vehicle. I drove back to my hotel 2½ miles inland. It was starting to rain lightly as I walked inside my hotel. As it turns out the thunderstorm was a complete bust. It pretty much fell apart as it swept inland, and only light rain fell from it for a few minutes. I should have stayed in my car at the beach until the storm passed, and then enjoyed the beach after.

That’s the end of Day 1 of my road-trip adventures. That was Wednesday June 02ND 2021, and I drove 203 miles on that day. I’ll present Part 4 for you next Thursday, and we’ll head back over to the barrier island, and we’ll visit some fun places on both sides of A1A and U.S. 1 in the Fort Pierce area.

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