Yesterday when I went to bed, I did not want to write a blog post today. I knew that I should, and I knew that I was probably going to, but that didn’t increase my desire. When I got up this morning though, I had new energy. I knew what I wanted to talk about. It was the words that my mother has said at least a hundred times:
Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. Matthew 7:24-25 NKJV
When hurricane and flood warnings are issued, cities begin to prepare for the storms by sandbagging, boarding up windows, and buying supplies. They heed the warnings and they are prepared.
Of all Neal Morse albums, perhaps none is more maligned than 2008’s Lifeline. After a string of weighty concept albums, Morse released Lifeline, a traditional rock record featuring a collection of seven songs with no common narrative, recurring musical themes, or progression. Because of this, some considered it a disappointment that lacked the substance of Morse’s earlier work. Those who put expectations aside, however, will find great songs that rank among Morse’s best – and an album that serves as an easy entry point for new fans.