Press the “play” button to listen now. This is the free 5 song sampler version of the full-length 11 song album via Noisetrade.
JOYFUL! is a worshipful celebration of Christmas infused with vibrant choruses, energetic jangly guitars, rock orchestra strings, and soaring harmony vocals. Features “wall of sound” hymns of high praise and intimate, spacious arrangements of acoustic guitar, strings and percussion.
THIS DOWNLOAD ALSO INCLUDES SHEET MUSIC AND CHORD/LYRIC CHARTS FOR 3 of the songs in the accompanying Joyful! Songbook.
TO BUY NOW> Complete Digital Downloads of the whole project are available on iTunes, CDBaby, and Bandcamp.
Well it’s finally finished and available everywhere, the full length 11 song version of my new album “JOYFUL! Christmas Praise and Worship”. Complete Digital Downloads* of the whole project are available on iTunes, CDBaby
, and Bandcamp
. There’s also a limited 5 song “sampler” version on NoiseTrade.
The feedback from listeners has been great!
- I am SOOO enjoying your new Christmas CD. I knew it would be good but WOW! The music was beautiful and unique!! I can hardly listen to the radio during this time of year, but your CD has played continually since I got it. Thank you for bringing a new joyful sound to Christmas this year. ~ Karen L.
- I love your new Christmas CD! Of course I really like the background singers. ~ Gaylora W.
- I normally hate Christmas music but really digging this worship album by Nashville artist Rob Still. Also, if you’re a worship leader and need last-minute arrangements (trust me, I’ve been there) just uh, “cheat” using this project. ~ Mike Kim
- I like the arrangement – thanks for sharing! - Janet D.
- Ooo! I love this song. ~ Christina B.
- Whether or not you are religious, you should listen to this. Rob Still is the former worship pastor from my old Nashville church and is the primary reason I know how to improvise on the viola and play anything else because classical music (especially “commercial” percussion). We worked on his Christmas album this summer. This song [As With Gladness Men of Old] I think is one of the best things we have done together; he is playing guitar and singing, and I am playing both of my violas and percussion (Finger cymbals, triangle, trine, singing bowl, chinese cymbal, nut rattle, 2 different djembes, frame drum, floor tom, surdo, udu, cajon-bongos, ghungroo bells, tambourine, toy cymbals, etc.). Enjoy! ~ Christopher Lowry, Principal Violist, Acadiana Symphony Orchestra and Conservatory of Music, Orchestral Assistant at Louisiana State University, Principle Violist Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra
Available at these fine outlets. You can listen and check it out right here.
Listen to short samples and download the album in iTunes.
NOISETRADE – 5 SONG SAMPLER, includes Songbook excerpt
BANDCAMP, includes Songbook excerpt
* Note: If you want a physical CD before Christmas, send me an e-mail [rob at rob still dot com]
One of the traditional Advent readings is Isaiah 11:1-10, in part a description of the kingdom of heaven established on earth. Ferocious and dangerous enemies are transformed into peaceful playmates … so gentle that a child will lead them.
The wolf will live with the lamb,
the leopard will lie down with the goat,
the calf and the lion and the yearling together;
and a little child will lead them. Isaiah 11:6
This is the vision of “peace on earth” – a state of tranquility far more than we could hope or imagine.
The meek shall inherit the earth. This is the reward of childlike faith.
It’s interesting how Jesus esteems children. He did not marginalize them nor ignore them. He assigns them a leadership role in the work of His kingdom.
“Unless YOU come AS A CHILD…”
2 Jesus called a little child to him and put the child among them. 3 Then he said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. 4 So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. Matthew 18:2-4
Advent reminds us to engage our faith with the innocent, wholehearted trust of a child. And it shares a beautiful picture of a brighter future.
Stress kills. Peace establishes and restores life.
Genuine, powerful, effective, lasting PEACE can only come through the spirit.
The gift of peace is a supernatural impartation from the Prince of Peace. The peace God gives transcends all sources of distress.
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
Advent reminds us Jesus came to bring peace to our troubled souls. The peace God gives transcends all sources of distress.
May the Peace of The Lord be with your spirit today!
Delay and silence seem to be part of God method for redemption and transformation. Our predecessors in the faith struggled with God’s “slowness”. Can you relate?
How long oh Lord? My soul is deeply distressed! (Psalm 6:3)
Lord, how long must I wait? Will you forget me forever? How long will you turn your face away from me? (Psalm 13:1)
God’s timing is the manifestation of His perfect wisdom. Advent reminds us – “God will show up”.
We only have a limited window of time to turn to God. Advent reminds us of God’s invitation to return to Him through His Son.
But the time will come when the people of Israel will once again turn to the Lord their God and to a descendant of David their king. Then they will fear the Lord and will receive his good gifts. Hosea 3:5
The old fashioned word for “turning to God” is repentance.
Now is the time.
Holy matrimony represents the ultimate pledge of love and loyalty that two humans can make to one another. Love is proved by the depth and strength of the commitment to cherish “til death do us part”.
During Advent, we remember God’s faithfulness fulfilled through Christ to love His children forever.
He kept His promise.
And we anticipate the glorious wedding day when the Bride of Christ will be joined to the Son of God. The promises that are yet to come, will happen.
“His love endures forever.”
Centuries before the birth of Christ, the prophets gave hundreds of clues and foreshadowings to this next phase of God’s rescue plan for His creation.
Through His Incarnation, the supernatural presence of God as a man is manifest in the natural world. Through Christ as a human, the stage is “now” set for the fulfillment of this prophecy, that the whole earth will be filled with the knowledge of God.
The tension, of course, is that there is also a “not yet” component to the fulfillment of this promise.
During Advent we remember God’s prophetic promises fulfilled, and prophetic promises yet to come.
We need hope when all seems lost. We need hope when our circumstances do not confirm the promises and dreams we have been given.
Advent means our hope is not in vain. Jesus came in fulfillment of prophetic promises that had been delayed and dormant for centuries. And Christ will come again in fulfillment of prophetic promises that have been delayed and dormant for centuries.
Though it may seem impossible, by the authority of God’s word, you can count on it.
So, my friends … HOPE in God!
The message of God’s PR team? (You know, the angelic heavenly hosts …)
“Don’t be afraid.”
The evil lords of this dark world rule by fear and intimidation. Jesus destroyed their power by His life, His death on the cross, and His resurrection.
Now He stands in the gap on our behalf. We can be fearless only because we have the source of ultimate power on our side.
During Advent, we remember it all started with a “powerless” baby. His name is Emmanuel – God with us.
The Advent season is not a “warm-up” for Christmas. It is a time to prepare. It is a time of longing and anticipation.
Worship helps us remember and anticipate.
We remember and celebrate the Incarnation, God becoming human. And we “re-live” and “re-enact” that historical moment when Jesus entered the earthly dimension of time and space as a baby born of human flesh.
But we also anticipate the future. Christ the King is coming back again to rule and to reign. Advent reminds us again of this part of The God Story, too.
Happy Thanksgiving to You! This is a re-post I wrote a while back, but it’s still appropriate for today.
The command to be thankful, to “give thanks” permeates scripture, appearing over 40 times. It is a foundational heart attitude that God requires.
Why is that?