"....... for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust" Psalm 103:14

The A - Z of An Eclectic Music Collection: T......

..... is for Third Day, Tina Arena & (Pyotr Ilyich) Tchaikovsky
Firstly, Third DayMy husband and I saw this Christian band in concert a few years ago here in Perth. It had been a while since I'd been to a live concert, and probably longer for my husband, but we both enjoyed it very much. In our own ways. Let me explain.

My husband is a fairly conservative guy, not really the type to let his hair down at a live event, but he still enjoys it. So while the rest of us were clapping and bopping and singing along, there he was, standing, hands in his pockets. We weren't that close to the stage, but the lead vocalist somehow spotted him - and red-lighted him. Not once, but twice. "Up there. You in the checked shirt there." (Who, me??) "Yes, you. No hands in pockets, we're here to have fun!" Luckily my easy-going hubby wasn't too fazed by being pointed out in front of an audience of several hundred!

This same brazen lead vocalist, Mac Powell, definitely lends a distinctive sound to Third Day's offerings. They do a lovely version of Cat Stevens' "Morning Has Broken", as well as songs like "God of Wonders", "King of Glory", and this one, "Your Love Oh Lord".

Tina Arena got her start in the music industry at around the age of 9 years, as part of Johnny Young's "Young Talent Time" here in Australia. I was an avid watcher of this TV show every week, and Tina was definitely a vocal talent even as a child. These days she is one of Australia's highest-selling female artists, and I have several of her albums. Her vocal range is superb, so it can be a challenge to sing along, but that doesn't stop me trying!! Original songs like "Chains" and "Wasn't It Good", and cover versions of songs like "So Far Away", "Everybody Hurts" and "I Only Want to Be With You". But I've chosen a song that I've sung along with too many times to count, "Heaven Help My Heart".

And lastly to Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, but oh how to pick just one piece from this prolific composer. So many beautiful offerings, from his "Swan Lake" and "Nutcracker" suites, to his many piano concertos and symphonies. But I'm going to choose Tchaikovsky's "Piano Concerto no. 1 in B flat minor, 1st movement", in honour of my wonderful dad. He is intrinsically linked to this well-loved piece (and many others), my memories of it almost exclusively from hearing him play it in our home over many years. While I never appreciated it at the time, I can now really see and enjoy the beauty of this rousing and exquisite composition. Just a warning, the piece is over 20 minutes long, so grab a cuppa and settle in to enjoy. Dad, this one's for you!


  1. Well that's another eclectic mix of musicians Sue - I like Third Day and I've enjoyed Tina Arena's music since she resurrected herself from being Tiny Tina Arena on Young Talent Time!

    Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au
    T for Take Control

    1. Thanks Leanne, yes Tiny Tina Arena had a voice that was a little incongruent with her teensy size!

  2. What a fun challenge, Sue. I'd never heard of the Blogging From A to Z challenge. I like your choice for "T." This is an eclectic grouping, indeed. I don't think I've ever heard of Tina Arena before. Thanks for sharing these. And, thank you for your generosity of encouragement in your sweet comment you left on my site this weekend. It warmed my heart. <3 May God richly bless this ministry of words here on your site. So lovely to connect. ((Hug))

    1. Thank you Brenda, it's lovely to "meet" you too! This challenge has been fun and a bit frivolous, but I'm looking forward to getting back to "normal" in a week or so.
      I'm glad to have found your blog and have bookmarked it for further reading. Always so nice to connect with sisters in Christ xx


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