Detailed Review Sample
of some of the Songs:
"A HUNDRED SMILES AN HOUR"
- A favorite of this reviewer - Celtic dance style music that starts
off with a snappy straight Celtic march drum snare, with the Celtic
instruments joining in with syncopated dance Irish tune. The snare turns
into a hard rock beat after 5 stanzas, but temporarily disappears during
the chorus. When the vocals come in, the musical tune complements the
melody which is carried by of the vocals.
A unique praise song,
that explains the joy one feels when empowered by the Holy Spirit to
do a ministry for the Lord. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we
find ourselves doing things we never thought we could do. (Romans 8:2
and Galations 5: 22-23). When the Lord asks us to become involved in
something, he always empowers us to complete the task, if we rely on
Him. (Philippians 1:5-6)
Lyrical Sample: I ran
from my house, all the way to your house, But I swear I don't care,
sunshine or rain, nothing can make me slow down on the way. Nothing
can stop this hold you have on me.
Chorus: You've got me doin',
a hundred smiles an hour, a thousand times a day, there's a million
bolts of your power, pulsing through my veins. May it always be like
this, all the rest of my days. Hay!
"EVERYBODY CLAP FOR EVERYBODY"
- Nice symbol, electric piano intro, then full Celtic band with rock
beat, with few electric guitars added to this unique mixture, in the
musical interlude, just before the third verse. A real toe tapper, HIGH
ENERGY, rousing praise song! (Verse 3 refers to the events on 9/11)
The message of this song
reminds me of Ephesians 4:29;32 and Hebrews 10:24-25.
Lyrical Sample: 1)Well
that's my boy, he's wearing #12, well its such a shame, last Tuesday's
game he didn't do so well. From the other team, # 9 is his best friend.
Well, win, lose or draw I pray that they will be friends in the end.
Chorus: So everybody clap
for everybody, Everybody cheer for everyone, Everybody clap for everybody,
yeah, yeah the game is won.
Transitional hook: Everybody
clap, everybody, everybody. Everybody clap, everybody, everybody,everybody
3) Well Winston Word,
he votes Democrat, his gal Megan Quin is Republican, she don't go for
that. One horrible day, something happened that made the differences
seem so small, that love stands up, all for one and one for all!
"EVERYTHING GOOD IS YOU"
- A heartfelt melodious song of gratitude and testimony sung prayerfully
to the Lord, praising him for His love, compassion, strength, mercy,
and His ability to empower us in in our journey to become more Christ-like,
if we seek, ask, and depend on Him.
The music has a melodious
Celtic- gospel style feel to it. I enjoyed the lovely intro, with shimmering
symbols, flute, violin, and piano. Simple Piano accompanies the vocals
with the verses. Chorus: has violin, flute with piano, light drums.
Vocals are expressive and touching, well done by Bob Halligan.
Lyrical Sample: Everything
good in me, is You, everything I should be, is you. All the unbridled
glee streaming through, everything good is You. All this hope I have,
is You, Where I go when I'm sad, is You. What you say is automatically
true, everything good, is You.
Everything strong in me
is You, All that belongs in me, Is You. Your wisdom that is old, make
me knew, Everything good is You. Everything brave in me, is You, Everything
saved in me is You, All the love that comes crashing through, everything
good is you.
Chorus: Everybody is searching
for the truth. We say it isn't clear, hardly ever near, barely even
here, but here it is.....
"PING PONG" - We love because
the Lord first loved us. (1 John 4:19). His love is infectious and transforming.
(Ephesians 3:17b - 19) It is inspiring, with the ability to empower
us to reach out to others in His will, sharing God's love and the gospel
of Jesus with others. (Galations 5: 22-23)
Another favorite of this
reviewer! I describe it as being another lively, high energy, joyful
tune of praise, featuring the full Irish band, and syncopated rhythm,
which is all tied together with strong rock beat.
Lyrical Sample: Well,
I had an idea that I didn't have, until you gave it to me, boy you gave
it to me good! I had a lot of love that I didn't have, until you gave
it to me, like everybody says you would. And you did, now it's my....
turn to give.
Chorus: Watch love go
ping pong, You to me, me to You, You to me. It goes ping pong, me to
You, You to me, me to You. So sing a song joyfully, from the Ivory Coast
to the Zider Zee, we go ping pong, me to You, You to me, me to You.
I have a big heart that
I didn't have, until you gave it to me, until you showed me how to care.
There are so many things that I didn't have, until you gave them to
me, until you made me want to share, who I am, I knew I could, now I
"NO YOU - NO ME" - This
title song is another beautiful, stirring ballad, celebrating how much
we need God's love in our lives. Music: Blends beautifully with the
vocals which carry the tune, with Celtic instrument/ piano background
chords, and counter melody.
This song tells the story
of a young man who leaves his beloved Bridget to go to another land,
despite her pleading that "without you there is no me." He discovers
the Lord in a bookstore from a clerk that witnesses to him. He discovers
his dependence on God's love, mirrors a relationship in his life.
Lyrical Sample: 2) Johnny
lands on foreign shores, eager to be born anew. Walks into an old book
store, and the clerk says I've got a tale for you. About a man who sets
off for for Nepal, to seek the meaning of it all, His teacher said,
child, here's the key: You Must Bow to God, and say faithfully......
Chorus: No You, no me,
no water, than there's no sea, without your love I'll cease to be, No
You, no me.
Johnny says: This God,
He reminds me of someone...if I were to crave Him, I'll probably crave
Him, like someone I left behind. Bridget, Have I lost my mind? Johnny
make the journey home, praying Bridget still may care, he sees through
the window that she is alone, when he reaches the door, she is standing
there. He said that I prayed to this God that I met, who listened awhile
and led me here, tell her what you told me. Bridget, that I had to leave
Chorus: No You, no me,
no water, then there's no sea, without your love I'll cease to be, No
You, no me.
"QUEEN FOR A DAY" - Another
favorite song of this reviewer, that really touched my heart. The song
reminds us that we need to show God's love to others in need by giving
of ourselves and our resources. (1 John 4: 7-8) and (Galations 6:9-10).
It also reminds me of the teachings of Jesus found in Matthew 25:34-36.
Stirring arrangement of
piano, Irish flute, violin, strings, interesting Celtic rhythms; ballad
form. Expressive vocals, with some nice harmony. Nice use of dynamics
in music and vocals.
A poignant, heart-breaking
picture of a very poor, but resilient little girl, who lacks basic necessities
of life but does her best to keep her chin up, hang onto her hope, with
faith in her heart....
Starts off with solemn,
soft piano chords, setting the somber mood of the song. Chorus has Celtic
sounds, interesting rhythms with light snare in the background.
Lyrical Sample: A puddle
for a mirror, admiring the dress that is dragging on the ground, so
pleased with how she has put herself together, a plastic hand bag, the
two left shoes, and the floppy hat she found in the garbage, she cleans
off the dirt, for a moment she forgets to hurt
Chorus: She's Queen for
a day, she holds her head high, her crown is her hope, her robe is her
pride, her spirit is strong to dig up this road, she is the Queen for
Early next morning, she
watches her brother go off to school, and wonders what its like to watercolor,
or read from a book that is not just pictures and picture girls who
never are hungry, have blankets, and a bed, with that picture in her
With her floppy hat on,
with faith in her heart, no one can tell her that she's not the Queen
for a day....
"LIVE LIKE A KING" - A personal
faith song, expressing Bob Halligan's heart-felt desire to live like
Jesus would, to become more and more like Him. A beautiful song, with
strong vocals, nice musical accompaniment of piano, Irish instruments,
light rhythm in background. Again, it has nice dynamics, starting soft
and building to the finale.
1) My thirst for the things
of this earth, isn't quenched by diamonds and pearls. One man lived
the life that I want, He's the one they said ruled the world. Though
he only wore a crown of thorns, and He never owned a thing.
Chorus: I want to live
like a King, I want to live like a King, and my decree it will reign,
love will rule everything, I want to live like a King.
2) This King did the strangest
of things, He befriended the sick and the poor. There was no one too
wrong, too right, too black too white for him to love, put up no walls
or left unopened doors... There is just such power, healing power is
everything that he says, in every deed that he did.
"I LOVE YOU" ALWAYS WORKS.
- Reaching out in love to others can build walls of support, trust and
spiritual connectedness that lasts, creating lives and situations that
benefit everyone and please the Lord.
Another energetic song
to encourage people of faith that has an easy rock beat with a lively
Celtic tune, expressive vocals, with nice harmony in parts.
There's a buzz across this
nation, you can feel it shake the walls, like Jimmy Stewart when he
yells, Hello, Bedford Falls! People want to reach each other, build
up trust brick by brick, the right stones and the right mortar will
make it stick, saying...
Chorus: "I love you," always
works, It gets them every time. I love you, is what to do if you want
to see them shine. What you do, becomes true so I love you is what I
do for thee, me, and mine.
Julie Carr - Reviewer for ChristianMusic.com
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CEILI RAIN VIDEO * "NO YOU - NO ME" VIDEO
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