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The 30 Day Music Challenge, Day 1: Green & Red

Not too long ago, I found out about something some younger person probably came up with called the 30 Day Song Challenge. I thought I might look through the songs featured on the albums I put in the Top 100 Christian albums list (plus the Honorable Mentions) of the 1990s, but I thought that would be too difficult to narrow down.

So for each entry of this challenge (which I don't think I'll be able to do daily, let's be honest), I'm going to look at 2 songs -- one that's from an album on the list, and one that's not. To kick things off, we're going to dive right in.

DAY 1. Choose a song with a color in the title.
From the 1990s list: "The Color Green" by Rich Mullins
This song from the classic A Liturgy, a Legacy, and a Ragamuffin Band album sticks out to me, as it was the first Rich Mullins song I remember hearing that wasn't stuck in the CCM formula of songs. This one used a slightly different tack of finding praise for the God of Heaven and Earth in nature itself.

And the wrens have returned and they're nesting
In the hollow of that oak where his heart once had been
And he lifts up his arms in a blessing for being born again
And the streams are all swollen with winter
Winter unfrozen and free to run away now
And I'm amazed when I remember
Who it was that built this house
And with the rocks I cry out

The color green is almost synonymous with nature -- the grass, the leaves of the trees, the winter wheat, the first stages of life in many forms of plant varieties. The color provides life for each plant, as the sun allows the chlorophyll to convert carbon dioxide into food for the plant, expelling oxygen for its fellow man. We speak of recycling, or leaving a smaller carbon footprint, and we use the term "going green". It's only fitting that seeing the majesty of nature in its unspoiled splendor would remind us of the Father of all creation. That he saw fit to not only give us what we needed to live, but that it would be enjoyable, vast, even pleasing to the eye, is a testament to His love and care for us.

Let us worship Him in the colors of the hills.


Off the list: "Don't Stop Living in the Red" by Andrew W.K.
What in the world would this life be like if Andrew W.K. wasn't in it? Boring, that's what.

Push it into overdrive and go forward with everything you have -- that's the message in this song, where the only lyrics are the title, and nothing else. A short, powerful, kinetic anthem full of adrenaline. Worth listening to for an intense, short workout, or a 90-second sprint.

There Is No Box.
Zach

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