Friday, September 9, 2011

Ginny Owens "Get In, I'm Driving" Review & GIVEAWAY

I was sending IMs back & forth with my daughter Connie (a senior at Grace College) when I got the e-mail asking me to review Ginny Owens' new CD "Get In, I'm Driving." I sent Connie a message saying, "Ever heard of Ginny Owens? I can review her new CD." 

Connie responded very quickly: "She was here at Grace! She's great. You'll like her music." 

Apparently Connie knows me and my musical tastes well. I've been listening to Ginny's new CD for several days now, and I love it. She has a unique musical style... mellow, and laid back with a little bit of jazz in there. I was a little puzzled about her first song, though. "Get in, I'm driving?" Hmm.. Connie mentioned to me in her IMs that Ginny Owens was blind, but she's singing about driving? As I listened to the words of the song, though, it all clicked in: 

I use to be afraid I’d never figure out
Who I was meant to be; what I should be about;
Seemed everyone else had a secret I didn’t know;
Guess you could say I was the square peg in a round hole-
But as the time has passed I’ve come to understand,
God made them who they are
And He made me who I am-
So now I march to the beat of my own drum
Sing out the words to my own song,
Give thanks to the One who gives me life;
Every day is like a new adventure,
I can almost hear Him whisper,
“If you wanna take the ride of your life then
C’mon, get in, I’m drivin.”

 Okay... I get it now. 

As I listened through the songs on the CD, I couldn't decide which one was my favorite. There is a song called "Daughter of Destiny" that started when she was challenged to teach a group of middle-school girls how to write a song... in five minutes. 

Or "Lay It Down: 

Lay It Down: Words and music by Ginny Owens
Verse 1:
“You don’t know what I’ve been through,”
She said to me
“Oh I carry the weight of empty promises and broken dreams
And I can’t climb out of this black hole where I live
Oh, I’m trapped in the darkness of the things I can’t forgive.”
You’re holding on tight to the pain that haunts you
But in the end, letting go is all that you can do-
Lay it down,
Everyone’s got a burden;
That’s just part of livin,
So take the one you’re given
And lay it down;
Don’t let it define you,
You’re not strong enough to
Carry that around-
Go ahead and lay it down.
You can read more about Ginny and her music at her website or check her out on Facebook. If you would like to follow her on Twitter, here's that link

I am giving away a copy of Ginny's "Get In, I'm Driving" CD to one lucky winner! To enter, you need to go to Ginny's website and find the answer to this question: How many times has Ginny won the Dove Award? Send me an e-mail ( with the correct answer, and you're in the running for the CD! Open to residents of the US, age 13 & over. Limit one entry per person. Giveaway ends Friday, September 30th at 11:59 PM (EST). 

Winner is: Susan from Quincy, FL. Congratulations!

"Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the Ginny Owens CD mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255:  "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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