Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Wonderful Wednesday Review & Giveaway {Hilary Weeks-Say Love album}

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"Wonderful Wednesday Review & Giveaway."

Listening to the right music is important in my life. So, I was excited when I was contacted to review an album by Hilary Weeks. She is an amazing and inspiring musician. I was privileged to meet her at a Time out for Women conference in Texas. It was a few years ago when I attended the conference and I loved every minute of it. Hilary Weeks performed a few songs. Not only do I think she is amazing but she agreed to do a guest post on my blog. Yippee!

Here is a little background to her new album...

 
Hilary Weeks will release her 10th album, Say Love, on September 9th!

You can find her album at...

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/say-love/id682057122
  
About Hilary:
 
Hilary Weeks made history two years ago when she became the first LDS artist to break the top 10 on the Current Contemporary Christian Albums Billboard list.
 
 
 Hilary Weeks grew up in a home filled with music. Born in Colorado and raised in Alaska, she began playing the piano at age eight and wrote her first song at age fourteen. Her first recorded song, “He Hears Me,” was featured on the 1993 EFY album, and from there Hilary quickly became a favorite in the inspirational music industry. She has released eight solo albums, has been featured on numerous compilation albums, and has been the recipient of multiple awards from the Faith Centered Music Association. Her most recent album, Every Step, reached #6 on the Top Current Contemporary Christian Billboard list. She also published her first book in 2009, Believe in What You’re Doing, Believe in Who You Are. Hilary and her husband, Tim, reside in Lehi, Utah, with their four daughters. 

She is also a favorite inspirational speaker at Time Out for Women events, and has started a movement based on positive thinking called BilllionClicks.org.
        
 There are special package options available for Say Love, click on each to learn more:
 
 
In my opinion:

Well, you already know that I admire Hilary Weeks. So, it shouldn't surprise you when I tell you how much I loved listening to her new album, Say Love. It was sweet and endearing. I have enjoyed listening to her album on Sunday mornings (right before church). Her lyrics were beautifully written and inspiring.

Also, Hilary Weeks was honest when she wrote, "I wish I could tell you that songwriting is easy for me. These songs took more time, energy and effort than I expected or I thought I had." One doesn't realize how much work goes into each song. We just see the finished project and think it was easy for them to create. But, Hilary explained that even though she wanted to give up, the Lord helped her finish. And I'm so grateful she did finish because now millions of people get to enjoy the fruits of her labor.

I also loved that she included the words of each song with her album. My favorite words were in the song titled, Hero. The chorus goes...

You're a hero
Quietly changing one life at a time
You may never know
What a difference you've made in mine
I hope someday you'll see
You're a hero to me

Are we heroes? What can we do to make a difference in our community, family life, etc? Through Hilary's music, we can learn about patience, love, hope, and discipline. Her music is truly inspiring and I definitely recommend her new album, Say Love.

Hilary Weeks agreed to do a guest post on Sweetly Made (Just for you). Here is what she wrote...
 
"Emilee invited me to share "My Top 10 Reasons that Music is Important in my Life."  At first glance, I actually wondered if I could list ten things.  For me, music is like air - I need it.  It is part of my life everyday.  But I'd have to stop and think about what I love about air - the way it smells after it rains, the feel of a soft breeze on my cheek, a warm summer evening.  Okay, ya, I could list lots of specific things I like about air.  And as soon as I started thinking about things I love about music...I could hardly stop.
 
1. Vicki Arnold.  She was my piano teacher from the time I was 10 until I was a junior in High School.  Her home smelled like coffee and she had long, beautiful fingers.  She moved to Texas when I was a senior - I was so sad.  She believed in me and I felt it.
 
2. Music = Memories.  A woman who was dying cancer told me she and her children danced and sang to "If I Only Had Today" for an entire afternoon.  They used spatulas and wooden spoons for microphones.  She passed away shortly after, but told me she would be forever grateful for that memory.
 
3. We are never alone.  Even if no one understands what we are going through, there is always a song that does.  And when we can't express what is in our hearts, often a song can say it for us.  "Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent." 
 
4. Music Reminds.  On a particularly frustrating and sad day, Heaven spoke to my heart and reminded me that I was loved and cared about by God.  "As thy days may demand, so thy succor shall be," is a source of strength and peace every time I hear it.   (How Firm a Foundation, #85)
 
5.  The Spirit Speaks through music.  I could never even begin to count or recollect the number of times I have felt the Spirit while listening to music.
 
6.  Sacrifice.  When I was ten years old, my grandma gave my mom and dad her motor home.  Instead of keeping it, my parents sold the camper and purchased a grand piano.  I will always be grateful for the many sacrifices my parents made so that music could echo through our home.
 
7.  Overcoming Fear.  My greatest fears are associated with music - I used to be terrified of performing.  I still get quite nervous, but I am grateful that the fear brings me to my knees and teaches me to depend on the Lord.
 
8. Another Testimony.  I love sharing what I know about the Savior through music.  He loves us - always.  No matter what we are struggling with, no matter how many times we fall, even when we disappoint Him.  He loves us still.  I'm grateful to sing that message.
 
9. Girls' Camp.  Seriously...what would we do at girls' camp if we did haven't camp songs to sing?  I remember camping with our Stake YW in Alaska and singing camp songs around the fire at the top of my lungs.  (Kept the bears away and stirred my heart.)
 
10. I am struggling to type Reason #10 - I don't want the list to end. Thirty minutes from now, I'll wish I could add one more reason to the inventory.  And then tomorrow, I'll think of six or seven more things I want to include.  So, instead of "ending" my list...perhaps I could invite you to begin yours.  What are your top 10 favorite things about music?"

One more thing...one of my fabulous readers will win a copy of her new album, Say Love

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Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services from Shadow Mountain for free in the hope that I would mention them on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Thank you to Hilary Weeks for providing a guest post on Sweetly Made (Just for you).
 
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