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Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Happy birthday, Rebecca St James
Happy birthday, Rebecca St James!

Rebecca is one of my favorite singers and songwriters out there today and one that I really would love to see in concert someday. (I've got her live CD, but I still think it would just be awesome to hear her in person).

Last year, I wrote a belated and long post about Rebecca and her music on the day after her b'day (I got mixed up on the day). Not to toot my own horn here, but that post is one of my favorites from last year and my blog as a whole. So, if you're interested, please go and check it out. (But I will warn you to pack a lunch because it could take a few minutes).

I was listening to a rotation of Rebecca's music the other day and was struck, once again, by the sheer variety and power of it. If you were to pick up her Greatest Hits CD and give it listen, you'd be struck by the different levels of worship experience you can have all in the course of one CD. There are songs on there that are a celebration of God, some that are targeted toward encouraging each other in our walk and some that are prayerful. One of my favorites (and if you asked me to pick one favorite song of hers, I'd be hard pressed to do it) is "Speak to Me." In a lot of ways, it's a prayer and a challenge to myself as a believer. "Speak to me Lord, for your child is near...listening" is the opening line and it's a line I've found myself using in my own prayer life.

So, as I said last year, thank you Rebecca for the music and ministry. I've never met you and I may never get the pleasure, but I do want to thank you for the encouragement and witness your music has been in my life. I may be outside the general target demographic for your typical RSJ fan, but please know that I'm one of your biggest fans.

Happy birthday, Rebecca. And many happy returns.

(And if you're interested, she's got an account on MySpace to help keep up with her).

posted by Michael Hickerson at 7/26/2006 07:51:00 AM | |
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