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Big Ideas's Veggie Tales Worship Songs
Artists: Various Artists
Label: EMI
Length: 12 Tracks / 44:37 
Where Veggie Tales Worship Songs succeeds is the transition from DVD to CD audio is virtually seamless. The only thing that is missing is the visual. All the familiar characters are back; Larry the Cucumber, Bob, Jimmy Gould, Mr Lunt, and Junior Asparagus. 
Matt Redman who remains my favorite worship maestro of the 21st century appears as a guest. Redman is joined in singing his tune "Better Is One Day" and the song he penned with wife Beth "Blessed Be Your Name".  The later has become a song that is often covered by others. The CCLI charts which keep track of churches and worship bands performing copyright songs had "Blessed Be Your Name" as the number one song sung in Canadian churches. The song ranks number three in America.  
In its heyday Sesame Street got a lot of mileage through incorporating celebrities into its shows and whether it is coincidental or on purpose the formula works well in this instance. Redman would probably shun the word celebrity but certainly he is a highly visible and well respected singer / songwriter.
While there is a lot of programming on this CD we would do well to remember the intent is to create a fun environment for small children. The critique of any piece of art is whether or not it communicates what is intended to its audience. Veggie Tales Worship Songs succeeds in communicating a message of God's love to children who don't become entangled with theological or liturgical debates but simply accept grace the way it was intended freely and without question.
The children's choir combines with the character vocals to stir up a lot of fun. The late Keith Green's "You Put This Love In My Heart" will be a winner for children grade two and under.  Other familiar tunes you will find on this CD include the wonderful solo Rachel Melius performs with "I Could Sing of Your Love Forever" (Martin Smith). "Come, Now Is the Time to Worship", "In the Secret" and honky tonk version of "I am a Promise".  
Steven V. Taylor did a good job with the arrangements and we owe this kiddie's worship wonder to Lisa Vischer who scripted the record. The Bible lessons flow naturally in and out of the dialogue.
Make an impression on your children today, one that will last a lifetime and bring home this musical treat.
By Joe Montague, exclusive rights reserved

Joe Montague is an internationally published journalist / photographer. His ministry is dedicated to the memory of his late son Kent David Montague who went to heaven at the age of 18. All copyright and distribution rights remain the property of Joe Montague. 


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