A Song For Every Year, Part 2: 1988-1997

This is part two of a series chronicling each year of my life as viewed through the lens of a song that was meaningful to me in some way that represents a significant aspect of my life experience in that year. This segment covers the second decade of my life. Be sure to catch up on Part 1 first.

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Jars of Clay – The Shelter: Shelter Skelter

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Artist: Jars of Clay
Album: The Shelter
Year: 2010
Grade: B-

In Brief: Better than most “worship albums” on the market these days, but not as good as anyof Jars of Clay’s previous albums. 3.5 stars.

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Divad’s Soundtrack #49: March-April 2004

The spring of 2004 found us settling into a comfortable groove. Christine and I went on hikes together, attended our fair share of concerts, and in general just came to love the rhythm of our lives. Life wasn’t without its challenges, but for the most part, we had attained the stability I had spent most of 2003 longing for.

In with the New:
Falling Up
Abra Moore

Out with the Old:
Dave Matthews (as a solo artist – appears later with Dave Matthews Band)
Avalon

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Divad’s Soundtrack #6: January-March 1996

Here’s the music the got me through most of the rest of my freshman year. I think I had the hang of things a little more during my second semester of college, but there were still a lot of embarrassing moments this semester, most of them involving girls I liked, and me finally deciding to be bold enough to find a way of letting them know, only to find out that they had never even seen me as someone on their radar of possible boyfriends. Classic.

In with the New:
Iona
Ashley Cleveland

Out with the Old:
Lisa Bevill
Tamplin
John Elefante

It Was Worth a Try:
Imagine This
Gary Chapman
S.K.B.

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Divad’s Soundtrack #5: August-December 1995

This particular “soundtrack” was actually the one that first inspired the idea to go back and blog about all of the mixes that I had made. Back in 2004, when attending my 5-year college reunion, I talked to some people who I hadn’t interacted with much since college, or even since my freshman year, and we even had a reunion “hallspread” in the dorm that I lived in during that first year. It brough back strong memories, to the point where I really wished I had the whole thing on video, so I could go back and relive some of the stuff I’d forgotten. I started relistening to my old mix tapes, with this one first, just to bring back some of those memories and think about what I’d learned and the people who had stuck by me through that difficult, but highly rewarding, phase of my life.

In with the New:
Church of Rhythm
Christafari
Carolyn Arends
John Elefante
Phil Keaggy

Out with the Old:
Chris Eaton
East to West

It Was Worth a Try:
The Basics

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Divad’s Soundtrack #2: September-December 1994

Here’s a mix of songs from the first half of my senior year of high school. It’s a bit more varied than volume 1, I think, which is a good thing, but it makes the quality of songs rather hit-and-miss. I was trying a lot of new and different things (within the bounds of radio-friendly Christian music, of course) in those days, claiming that I liked “all kinds of music” and wanting to be able to reach out to friends whose tastes covered varying genres. That whole reaching out thing never really worked (though not for lack of trying!), but I think the boundary-stretching was important for me.

In with the New:
Steven Curtis Chapman
Lisa Bevill
Eric Champion
Rebecca St. James
Newsboys
Out of Eden
Greg Long
Margaret Becker
Amy Grant

Out with the Old:
DeGarmo & Key
Billy Sprague
Dakoda Motor Co.

It Was Worth a Try:
Twila Paris
David Meece
Bryan Duncan
Take 6
Kathy Troccoli
Whitecross
Ray Boltz

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