My top 5 worship songs – August 2020

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If you’re like me you have a Spotify playlist for almost every occasion. I’ve got four playlists for softball, two for the beach, a Christmas playlist, dancing music, funeral music, two Disney playlists, and more, but the one I’ll highlight today is my worship playlist. The songs range from artists like Phil Wickham, Bethel Music, Andrew Peterson, Shane & Shane, and many more. From this list, I’ve selected my top 5 worship songs for August 2020. Take a look and a listen below, then scroll down to comment with a few of your favorites from this month!


“The Blessing” – Kari Job, Cody Carnes

I first heard this one on a livestream from Passion City Church in Atlanta, Georgia after visiting the church in person back in March (before everything went online). Side note: come back to this link to read more about my Atlanta road trip, it was awesome.


“My Hallelujah” – Bryan & Katie Torwalt

This one has been a favorite for years… or weeks. Time feels suspended in quarantine, you know? I can’t help but be uplifted and pumped up every time I hear it. The lyrics are like a fight song, a banner, and a comfort backed by a nice drum beat.


“O Praise the Name (Anastasis)” – Hillsong Worship

If this song doesn’t move you, melt your heart, make your adrenaline run faster, and make you want to rise up to any challenge, you’re a robot that should be melted down and sold at an auction for scrap metal.


“Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus / Nearer My God to Thee” – Elvis Presley

I’m sure I came across this during a Sunday morning Gospel session on SiriusXM’s Elvis station and how lucky was I that morning? Aside from the lyrics being gospel, the simple satisfying message to throw earthly things aside, just listen to Elvis’s voice, and especially his passon during the “Nearer My God to Thee” part of the medley. Doesn’t get any better than that, folks.


“Victory Chant” – college campus

I stumbled across this one as I was listening to live performances of “Victory Chant,” and honestly, my best guess is that it’s from the campus of University of Southern California. I like the vibe of the room, the lead worship guy’s voice, and the overall joy in the room.


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-Out of the Wilderness

How many dogs in the history of pup-kind have eaten one of these?

It’s kind of like that one song you’ve heard with a word you’d never expect to hear in the lyrics. Like “spool”… how many songs have ever included the word “spool”? I can tell you there’s probably only one…

That’s right. Just like there’s probably only one song with “spool” in the lyrics, there’s probably only one dog that’s ever eaten…

a sea horse!

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pictured is the sea horse who is no more, in his last sea-lfie

Yep, I hate to say it, but my 10-year-old beagle was feeling a bit horse the other day. Was she sick? No, no… she’s fine. But she ate Sea-biscuit!!! Yes, you read that right. I was at a beach on the gulf coast of Florida and randomly found a sea horse who had apparently passed away recently. He was floating in the shallow waters and wow, what a moment! I’ve only seen a sea horse in the wild once in my life, and now twice. I reverently picked it up and stored it for the trip back to the house so I could show the rest of the family.

A few folks got to see it before the pup-petrator commitedР*ahem* ALLEGEDLY commitedРthe crime. I had set Sea-marty Jones in a spot where he would dry out, safely away from most activity around the house. A few hours later, Snack Beauty was gone! A potential witness stepped forward with some information, very incriminating information, about one of the dogs who shall not be named, but who is known for eating anything that is close to being edible. The witness said he saw this dog near the area of Sea-cretariat.

So we don’t have hard evidence to lock the canine up, but we know her well enough to know with 99% certainty she had a salty snack that day! Plus, that very afternoon when a squirrel ran by, I could swear I heard a neigh where a howl should’ve been ūüôā

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looking awfully pupspicious

So long, BuSEAphalus…

-Out of the Wilderness

17 Elvis Presley songs with a woman’s name in the title

I was listening to the Elvis channel on SiriusXM the other day and the DJ had just played a song with a woman’s name (“Sylvia,” I believe) and threw in an Elvis trivia fact I wasn’t aware of… Elvis has 17 songs with a woman’s name in the title. I hadn’t thought to count them before but don’t you go counting them now… I’ve put together the list! Of course, if I’ve missed any or I’m a little off on one or two, comment below!

17 Elvis Presley songs with a woman’s name in the title…¬†

“Sylvia”

“Mona Lisa”

“Maybelline”

“Cindy, Cindy”

“Judy”

“Polk Salad Annie”

“Mary in the Morning”

“Sweet Angeline”

“(Marie’s the Name) His Latest Flame”

“Lawdy, Miss Clawdy”

“Charro!”

“Long Tall Sally”

“I’ll Take You Home Again Kathleen”

“Santa Lucia”

“Marguerita”

“Mary Lou Brown”

“Proud Mary”

Thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness

Leap Year in music and movies

In honor of Leap Day (Year), here’s a list of a few movies and a few songs that are about (or mention) Leap Day or Leap Year…. or any kind of leaping ūüôā



Movies…

Leap Year (2010) 

Pirates of Penzance (1983) 

February 29 (Korean, 2006)



Music…

“Circle of Life” (Elton John) …it’s the leap of faith…¬†

“Leap of Faith” (Etta James) …And when I went ahead and spread my wings,¬†I found out that I could fly,¬†Sometimes, all it takes is a leap of faith…

“Leap of Faith” (Bruce Springsteen) …It takes a leap of faith to get things going,¬†In your heart you must trust…

**Ok, I need to interject here that originally I was going to list songs that mentioned any kind of leap or leaping, but now I know there are a million songs about “leap of faith,” so the rest are strictly about “leap year” ūüôā **

“Shirts and Gloves” (Dashboard Confessional) …I’ll call your cellular phone to tell you TV night was lonely without you,¬†And so am I, so am I,¬†It seems our day keeps falling on a leap year

“Beach Chair” (Jay-Z) …So I’m ’bout my paper, 24/7, 365, 366 in a leap year,¬†I don’t know why we here, since we gotta be here…

“Just Waitin'” (Hank Williams) …The old maid’s waitin’ for leap year to come,¬†The crooner’s just waitin’ to sing…

“Oxygen” (Switchfoot) …And I’m running out of oxygen,¬†Can’t go back to the first,¬†Losing stories like leap year,¬†Fake smiles and worse…

“I Try To Think About Elvis” (Patty Loveless) …I try to think about Shakespeare,¬†Leap year,¬†The Beatles or the Rolling Stones,¬†I try to think about hair-do’s,¬†Tattoos,¬†Sushi bars and saxophones…

“Curbside Prophet” (Jason Mraz) …At a west end avenue at 63,¬†The beginning of a leap year, February, ’96,¬†With a guitar picked up in the mix…



Honestly, I thought there would be more movies about this rare day, but oh well. Thanks for stopping by… have a good leap year!¬†

-Out of the Wilderness

Nashville to Graceland, part 6

This post wraps up the hunk ‘o love weekend I had with my family. It was a great time, with memories that will last a lifetime! After we finished our tour of Graceland, we returned to Nashville for a couple days of hanging out. On Sunday, we all went to church and then my family started their trip back to Florida. Check out the photos below, and again, thanks for stopping by!

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-Out of the Wilderness