Monday, September 12, 2016

Music Monday: How to Get Your Morning Off RIght- Live On Forever by The Afters (review and giveaway)

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Back to school is here and if you're liek us, you want to upgrade the music for the car ride to and from school.

Today I've got the PERFECT CD for you, and the kids!

live on forever cd

Live on Forever by The Afters!

This new Christian music CD was released this past Friday, and it is one that adults and teens alike will love equally! It is full of heartache, loss and the strength of recovery through Christ. Just the words of wisdom kids need to hear as they start off their school day, never knowing what will come their way during the day.

It’s easy to assume stories of trial and triumph are just for the Bible or the history books. But miracles still happen, even when adversity hits hardest. Just ask Josh Havens, guitarist and lead vocalist of The Afters. He relates how the band’s latest effort, Live on Forever, began during a season of tragedy.

Just as the band regrouped to record, Havens witnessed the wife of a close friend contract cancer. Drummer Jordan Mohilowski (who produced the new album) had a brief health scare, and a close companion in his church—part of the worship team—was hit and killed by an impaired driver. She was a young woman, Havens says, who had unlimited potential.

But Live on Forever–the band’s fifth with the Fair Trade label-still took shape as a celebration of faithfulness, protection and promise—one that shimmers with strong rhythms, undeniable energy and compelling pop hooks. The album finds Havens in strong, soaring voice as he invites listeners to find shelter and strength in God. “If any theme has emerged, it would be ‘inspiration and motivation,’” Havens says.

Havens himself felt a deep need to hold on after another loss struck: The band’s longtime soundman, Anthony Martinez, saw his newborn daughter die in infancy.

Ask Havens to pick out a song that sums up the spirit of the album, and he chooses “Battles.” “It was the last song we wrote and the fastest we wrote,” he says. “We don’t typically write songs  fast; we’ll change lyrics and melodies and craft our songs carefully. But ‘Battles’ poured out, the music and lyrics, in one day. It’s about standing up against fear and knowing God is always with us,” Havens explains. “It’s one of the takeaways we hope people get: ‘Don’t give up to fear.

Havens shares how, half a world away from his home in Phoenix, he caught a small glimpse of heaven’s reassurance. The place: downtown Amsterdam. The occasion: a dinner between shows with band members and spouses—including soundman Martinez and his wife. For their baby daughter, the Martinez couple had chosen an unusual moniker with an unusual spelling: Pieper. Against all odds, it also happened to be exactly how the intimate restaurant they dined at spelled its name. Still, no one was prepared for what happened at the end of the meal. “We were talking about baby Pieper, and as we got up to leave, we noticed that the only thing on the walls—the only thing—was a framed document, an award for hospitality. And the date on the award—the only date in the place—was Pieper’s birthday. Her mother just started bawling.” Havens sums up the reassurance all took home that night: “We thought, ‘This is where God’s angels fly: right in the middle of the loss.’ God gives us little glimpses to show us he’s here.”

“We worked on this record for almost two years and over those two years, it was a real season of loss,” Havens recalls. “But in the end, Live on Forever is about moving us to trust God, to stand up against fear. It’s an ‘ante up’ record, an anthem for people’s lives: ‘God you are with me in all this. I’m not alone.’”

And that is why it is PERFECT for your kids to hear every day! There is so much that teens have to deal with that we didn't at their ages. But the one thing that has not changed is that God is always with us, there for us and the one we can lean on. But kids don't hear that much in today's world, so why not make sure they do?

Miss Grace and I fell in LOVE with this CD on our first sharing of it, and it's on repeat in the car already! She's already trying to work out an Irish Dance routine to Shadows, as it is such a great piece of music, and the lyrics are a perfect fit! Eyes of a Believer is her other favorite!! I think Wake Up My Heart is the most striking song, lyrically on the CD, but Sunrise is a close second! We love them all, and you will too!

Track Listing:
1. Shadows
2. Battles
3. Sunrise
4. Time of My Life
5. Wake up My Heart
6. Live on Forever
7. Eyes of a Believer
8. Survivors
9. Legends
10. When You’re with Me

Be sure to check out The Afters website for their tour info, they're up North right now, but will be on a Southern leg in October and November!

So we're thrilled to be able to share this great CD with you, so you can hear it before you go see them in concert (which you WILL want to do, after you hear it!)!


One BTHM reader will win their own copy of this super cd!


Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

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