Happy Friday. No really, it’s Friday and it’s happy. And I have some Music of the Day to share. Today, we dive into June, which was kind of a slow month. As such, this is the ONLY June edition – the cream of the crop, so to speak. In case you’ve forgotten how it works, here’s a brief reminder. I summarize my thoughts on each album in less than 25 words, then assign a random item (today it’s one of the presents from the 12 Days of Christmas). I top it all off with 2 song recommendations and 2 other artists to check out if you like what you hear.

Children 18:3 – On the Run
http://amzn.to/VwBPcE (CD) | http://amzn.to/VwBUx8 (mp3)

I anticipate the energy and pomp of each new release. There’s singing and a-shouting, unexpected rhythmic breaks, guitar riffs aplenty, and more. Twelve Drummers Drumming.

SEE ALSO: House of Heroes, Sent By Ravens
DON’T MISS: What About Justice, All in Your Head

Bellarive – The Heartbeat
http://amzn.to/WJynqt (CD) | http://amzn.to/VwC5sf (mp3)

It’s not a perfect album, but it’s pretty close. A balance of modern rock sensibilities, moody overtones, haunting, melodic vocals, and quirk. Five Gold Rings.

SEE ALSO: Fair, Leeland
DON’T MISS: Hope Is Calling, The Father’s Heart

The Rocket Summer – Life Will Write the Words
http://amzn.to/WJysuc (CD) | http://amzn.to/TI50Gw (mp3)

WANTED! The fervor of his earlier releases. There are a few glimpses and plenty else to like, but it could be better. Eleven Pipers Piping.

SEE ALSO: Shaun Groves, Anberlin
DON’T MISS: Old Love, Scrapbook

BeBe Winans – America, America
http://amzn.to/TQonKX (CD) | http://amzn.to/R86VGt (mp3)

Patriotism, if nothing else, reminds us of our blessings. BeBe reminds us, God is the source of those blessings. A Partridge in a Pear Tree.

SEE ALSO: Twila Paris, Vashawn Mitchell
DON’T MISS: America America, America the Beautiful

States – Room to Run
http://amzn.to/R871hf (CD) | http://amzn.to/VDDIR3 (mp3)

So enjoyable. If Leigh Nash fronted a chick-rock band, it might sound like this. Think The Runaways, but kinder and pleasantly melodic. Seven Swans a-Swimming.

SEE ALSO: Paramore, Sarah Macintosh
DON’T MISS: Right or Not, Follow It Home

That will do it for today. Next week, I’ll tackle a two-part look at July releases and that will have us pretty much caught up, since I started updating again in August. Also of note, I don’t expect to post on Monday or Tuesday of next week, but plan to have a Music of the Day piece ready for Wednesday. Merry Christmas.

peace… love… bdg…