Back to ordinary, huh?
Is it just me or did that Christmas season kind of go by in a blur?
I've heard a couple people say it anyway - that this one seemed to go faster than others.
(Don't tell anyone but our tree is still up. It's still fairly alive and we just couldn't bring ourselves to take it down this weekend. I don't know…maybe we can make it a thing for St. Anthony the Abbot or St. Valusian day. It ain't going to make it til Candlemas on February 2, that's for sure. But it's so pretty still…I'd hate to see it on the curb already. Some of the other decorations got packed away but I'm still loving my mantle and the candles and wreaths in the windows will stay until Candlemas. In case you were wondering.)
So, yes, ordinary time.
Need a fun transition?
How about a giveaway from acclaimed Catholic Christian singer songwriter Colleen Nixon???
You may have already heard of the music of Marian Grace. In fact I wrote about them last year and how their Christmas album released last year quickly became one of my faves. Their takes on ancient hymns as well as their original songs move my soul and sometimes bring me to tears. If you ever have an opportunity to see them live, take it. They are extremely talented and one of the few artists nowadays who sound just as good, if not better, live as on the album.
What you may not know is that their lead singer Colleen Nixon also has two solo albums where, as she puts it, "the sacred meets the secular." The albums are not praise and worship but are her original pieces where you receive a snapshot of her life. They provide a glimpse into the Theology of the Body, love, marriage, grief and loss, and romance all without being saccharine or, you know, just obnoxiously too much. Her sound is most definitely a jazzy blues sound and she's often compared to Norah Jones but her range of style and tone, I think, goes far beyond that. For a little taste you, see the videos at the bottom of the post.
When I met Colleen back in December, she was super excited to do a giveaway on my blog which made me all sorts of excited, too! I can vouch for the fact that Colleen is just as amazing and pure and beautiful in person as she sounds on the albums.
The winner of this randomly chosen giveaway will receive both of Colleen's albums, Love is in the Air and Lake Ella's Sky. (P.S. Either of these would be a sweet gift for someone else or yourself for St. Valentine's Day!)
I know people are scared of Rafflecopter so I'll make this one easy on you.
To enter, leave a comment below telling me one of your favorite secular artists. If you'd like an additional entry, you can share a link to the giveaway (this post) on Facebook, Twitter, or your own blog but then you've got to come back and leave a comment letting me know you did or I won't know.
The giveaway will close next Sunday evening the 18th at 11:59 p.m.
Don't forget to enter in the comments below.
Happy ordinary time and good luck!
One of the fan favorites: "Perfect"
"To Live is to Love is to Die"…how she was in my head when finding out I was pregnant this time around a full two years plus before it happened is kinda weird.
"You Wouldn't Mind"
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