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Music Review: Sing The Bible - Vol 3 by Randall Goodgame (Slugs & Bugs)

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Updated June 25, 2018

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The lyrics on Sing the Bible Volume 3 come straight from Scripture, and focus on the life, words, and work of our Lord Jesus, the Savior of the world.

Eleven of the songs draw from His spoken words, while the other verses point to His love, His lordship, and how we live in Him. He is the vine, we are the branches!

I pray these verses take root in all of us as they point to the nourishment that only the Holy Spirit can provide.

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Sing The Bible Vol 3 with Slugs and Bugs
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This is the fourth Slugs and Bugs Sing the Bible Release and the third that I have reviewed. For those new to Slugs and Bugs, it is a series of albums aimed to help children engage with the Bible, putting key verses and ideas to music. Randall Goodgame, the guy behind these albums has a great pedigree, not only working on shows like Veggietales but also working with bands like Caedmon's Call and Jars of Clay. Slugs and Bugs though has been his passion in recent years - setting the Bible to memorable tunes to help your kids remember God's word.

This album is probably the most accomplished of the Slugs and Bugs releases so far. It's so easy for kids songs to become cheesy, or goofy just for the sake of it and to get kids onside. This album delivers fun and there are some parts that are down right weird but it avoids that strange cheese pitfall. It kicks off with a song called "Jesus Christ Is The Same" and this takes a simple piano and vocal, before adding gospel choir hum background and to cap it off features Sara Groves too. The guest list on this album is diverse and impressive, the next track, "Get Up!" brings the album to life with a guest vocal from Christian spoken word artist Propaganda. No sooner have we got up and walked than we have a visit from Mike Weaver from Big Daddy Weave adding his feel to the memory verse of "I Am The Way".

So far, pretty straight forward with some great guests and some nice different musical styles. Things take a little bit of an odd Sesame Street style turn when we have children's author Sally Lloyd-Jones turned hard-nosed reporter investigating a Raccoon contest and ends up learning a lesson about giving in private, rather than making a big deal out of it. It's a bit crazy, but features some great music and ultimately it's brilliant fun! There is a brief drop back to normality for "I Am The Vine" before another strange twist as Propaganda returns to talk about "Carrots" sponsoring Slugs and Bugs!

Then things swing back into proper order for the song about "The Beatitudes" with bouncy piano and horns, this works well to get the important words stuck in your head. "Not By Bread Alone" gives us another little bit of insight into the Raccoon world, but this time presented as a classic music selection! Many people have covered "The Full Armor Of God" in kids songs, this one has Propaganda back for the third time in this album, and it's great because he makes it sound very cool! I'm not sure though that it's better than the Bear Hug Band's "Armor of God" but anything that helps us...I mean kids, remember is great.

The album finishes off with some very familiar passages such as "For God So Loved The World" which is initially sung with a young boy's vocal before Randall joins him. It's a short track, just going through the verse twice. The album rounds out with the return of Sally Lloyd-Jones with a music backed reading in the track "Go".

Over the last few weeks I seem to have had a whole load of children's albums - they seemed to all come at once and Slugs and Bugs is definitely up there with the best. It's not pretending to be kids praise and worship, it's simply bringing Bible verses to life through music and imaginative sketches. Unlike some of the other releases it's also not taking itself too seriously. The only thing I can compare this too, and I have said this already, is Sesame Street, it has got that kind of educational but slightly whacky vibe to it. For me it's the best Slugs and Bugs album so far! It's got some good artists involved in the project and there are lots of different styles and I don't think parents will get bored of it too quickly. The sketches may get skipped because we don't need to hear someone talking about carrots every time it goes around in the car, but generally this is very bearable and believe me the words of the Bible will get into your kids heads, and yours!

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