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That Sounds Fun Podcast Episode 13: Matt Wertz and Gun Shy

on May 29, 2016 in Sounds good to me., That Sounds Fun Podcast with 1 comment by

He’s truly one of my dearest friends and one of my favorite musicians. I’m so lucky that one human can be both of those people. The beauty of Nashville.

I absolutely LOVED having Matt Wertz on the podcast this week. His new album Gun Shy is really so good and perfect for summer and I’m certain you will love it.

But that’s not all we talked about. In fact, I think the math goes like this:

Two good friends +

small recording booth +


years of history +

amazing new album +

true concern for the future of free range turkeys =

the best 50 minutes of your day.

(You can download the episode here, or if you subscribe to the That Sounds Fun podcast, every new episode will drop into your podcast app. Or you can listen below!)

Here are the links to things we discuss on the podcast:

— Matt Wertz

Matt’s new album Gun Shy

Heath Ceramics

Imogene + Willie

NSYNC “I Drive Myself Crazy” video

Matt’s Wertz Wednesday Spotify Playlist

Enneagram Test (Matt and I are both 7s- what about you?)

Capitol City (My FAVORITE Matt Wertz song)

Chris Rice’s artwork

31 Days of Courage

Matt’s album 23 Places

Looking For Lovely Weekend 2016

Ingrid Michaelson’s Snapchat music video

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— Subscribe to the podcast!

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That Sounds Fun Podcast Episode 6b: Dave Barnes

on March 3, 2015 in Sounds good to me., That Sounds Fun Podcast with 1 comment by

That Sounds Fun featuring Dave Barnes

So if you didn’t hear last week’s podcast, the first part of my conversation with Dave Barnes, you need to go back and grab that one too. That will give you a good set up for what we talk about this week.

This interview with Dave picks right up where we left off and the laughs continue, people.

(You can download the episode here, or if you subscribe to the That Sounds Fun podcast, every new episode will drop into your podcast app. Or you can listen below!)

Here are the links to things we discuss on the podcast:

Dave Barnes

Matt Wertz

 Jon McLaughlin

— Funny books Dave recommends:

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Oh friends. I hope you have enjoyed these two episodes with Dave Barnes. Definitely grab his new album Hymns for Her— you will so love it.

Any thoughts/questions/podcast suggestions? Share away, friends!

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That Sounds Fun Podcast Episode 6a: Dave Barnes

on February 24, 2015 in Sounds good to me., That Sounds Fun Podcast with 6 comments by

So I know this is an off week for the podcast. In fact, I know I even TOLD YOU last week that the next one would be March 3.

But here’s the thing. As you know, I was trapped in my house for most of last week because ICE ICE BABY. And after I had watched all the television and spent approximately 30 minutes outside before I felt like my paws were going to freeze right off, I decided to get a jump on editing this podcast with Dave Barnes.

And it was just too good to hold for another week.

But also? It’s long. Dave and I can sit and talk for a loooooooong time. And we did.


So I’ve split this podcast into two episodes- 6a and 6b. 🙂 And you’ve got to listen the whole way through for a fun surprise from Dave!

(You can download the episode here, or if you subscribe to the That Sounds Fun podcast, every new episode will drop into your podcast app. Or you can listen below!)

Here are the links to things we discuss on the podcast:

Dave Barnes

— Our very funny friend Lyndsay Rush

— Dave’s favorite twitter follow @ceejoyner

Dave’s Youtube Channel

Enneagram test

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I’m not going to make you wait two weeks for Episode 6b… it’ll be yours next Tuesday!!

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Stop Singing Oceans.

on September 16, 2014 in Sounds good to me. with 308 comments by


In a manner unlike a normal Annie-post, I’m gonna get my preach on here, people.

You’ve got to stop singing Oceans.

(Here’s the song if you want it playing in the background as I tell you to stop singing it.)

If you are in a contemporary worship church, then you probably sing it. If you listen to Christian radio or keep up with the CCM world, then you probably know it. And you probably love it. I do too.

“And I will call upon Your Name, and keep my eyes above the waves…”

Beautiful stuff.

But you’ve got to quit singing Oceans.

And hear me, I am absolutely not saying anything against the performers, or writers, or musicians, or Hillsong. I’m cheering for them. They have created something incredible.

But this isn’t about them. It’s about you. And me. 

And it’s about when we sing the bridge of the song.

“Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders, let me walk upon the waters, wherever You would call me.”

“Take me deeper than my feet would ever wander, that my faith would be made stronger, in the presence of my Savior.”

Here’s my problem.

If you will ask the Holy Spirit to lead you to where your trust is without borders, do you actually mean that? Because it could look like giving money away. Or it could look like being kind to the mom no one else will talk to at soccer practice. Or it could be fostering even though you aren’t sure you’re equipped. Or it could be asking that girl on a date even though you are scared. Or it could be standing up for your faith when your neighbor makes fun of Christians. Or it could be moving to a foreign country or less-affluent neighborhood or just moving to a different table at lunch.

You are asking God to take you to where your trust has no borders. You know what that means? You have to leave your borders.

Economic borders.

Social borders.

Geographic borders.

Religious borders.

Racial borders.

NOTHING in those two lines of lyrics is going to feel good when you are going through it. You are singing, with your hands raised high, for God to make you uncomfortable… and then you feel the nudge- the nudge to buy a coffee for a homeless man or confess a sin to your small group or share about something that happened in your past, AND YOU DON’T DO IT.

I don’t either.

And every time I hear that song, I feel convicted for the way I sing it but refuse to live it.

Do you get that?

See, you and I are willing to sing the song on Sunday because it feels good, but will we move when the Spirit leads on Monday?

If it is deeper than your feet would wander, it’s going to be unknown and scary and uncomfortable.

Do you know what it is like outside of the borders? It is wild. And unpredictable. And dangerous.

Also? It’s exhilarating and life-giving and exactly the kind of brave people God wants us to be.


If you are only singing the song and not living the life, stop singing Oceans.

If you will really read the lyrics, if you will know what you are singing when you sing, and if you will listen to the Holy Spirit and follow when He leads you deeper and farther, then buckle up and sing your heart out, because it’s going to be a beautifully messy ride.

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Thank you, Switchfoot.

on April 28, 2014 in Sounds good to me. with 4 comments by

Last week, after I had bemoaned a few situations going on right now, my friend Jennie said, “so… what’s fun right now?” Trying, I think, to help me focus on the positive.

I panicked. Because I couldn’t think of anything.

I have to tell you. If there is one thing I prioritize, one thing I absolutely seek out and love, it is FUN. I want to have fun all the time and in every situation. And yet, here I was, unable to think of a fun thing. It was very un-Annie and I did not like it.

I never planned for this to be my life. I never thought I’d run my own business where I have to put on my big girl panties every day and make big decisions that involve money and people and future and in the last month, it has gotten harder than I know what to do with.

And lately, fun has eluded me.

Then last night? Switchfoot.


I’ve been a fan of this band for a while, but the last six months have been different. Switchfoot’s label hired me to write some devotionals to go along with their documentary Fading West. So I’ve watched the documentary about 11 times, front to back, and I feel like these are my dudes, my people. And the album (also titled Fading West) is moving. Writing for this band is one of my favorite jobs I’ve been hired to do in ever.

So when they were headed to town, the label was kind enough to give me a ticket to the concert at one of my favorite venues, War Memorial Auditorium.

Four minutes into the show, I felt fun. I breathed deep. It was almost like a scent that wafted up from the stage. So. Much. Fun. It hit me and I was almost overwhelmed. Tears came to my eyes and I found myself, even in the first minutes, wishing this night would never end.

I set my phone down, rolled up my sleeves, and started to dance and sing at the top of my lungs. Even though I had a seat, I stood for most of the show. I sang loud until my voice was sore, it was hot and everyone was sweaty, but I couldn’t quit smiling.

I had so much fun.

It didn’t make my work problems go away and it didn’t change the situations that are giving me stress, but man oh man did I feel peace and joy and fun and relief for about 100 minutes on Sunday night.

Thank you for that, Switchfoot. Someday, if we ever get to be real life friends, I owe ya big. Remind me.

Afternoon Distraction :: The Story of Nashville

on November 4, 2013 in Afternoon Distraction, Sounds good to me. with 2 comments by

If you didn’t see the documentary yesterday on ABC, I hope you’ll catch it somehow.

Makes me proud to live here.

Also makes me nervous that everyone ever is going to want to move here and people we don’t need traffic so come if you are willing to ride a bicycle as your primary form of transit amen.

Day 22 :: Spotify Jams

on October 22, 2013 in 31 Ways To Speak Love, Sounds good to me. with 4 comments by

31 waysSo a few of you have been asking for the song lists for our two Spotify playlists. My lovely and talented intern Sarah typed them up for you here! We linked to them on Amazon or iTunes in case you want to own ’em.

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Speak Love Spotify Playlist:

(based on the concepts in Speak Love)

Brave – Sara Bareilles
Called Me Higher – All Sons & Daughters
Worth It – Francesca Battistelli
Brave & True – Savannah Outen
The Climb – Miley Cyrus
Words – Hawk Nelson
Skyscraper – Demi Lovato
Mean Girls – Rachel Crow
One Foot – Building 429
Look Like Love – Britt Nicole
Breathe – The Brilliance
With One Word – Shane & Shane
What if We Were Real – Mandisa
Hero – Superchick
We Are – Kari Jobe
Mean – Taylor Swift
Meant to Live – Switchfoot
The Words I Would Say – Sidewalk Prophets
Crave – for King & Country
Who You Say You Are – Britt Nicole
7×70 – Chris August
Speak Life – TobyMac
Speak Love – Rick Mugrage
Born To Love – Capital Kings, Britt Nicole

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Perfectly Unique Spotify Playlist:

(based on the concepts in Perfectly Unique)

Roar – Katy Perry
Beautiful – Group 1 Crew
God Girl – Jamie Grace
Wanted – Dara Maclean
Beautiful – Christina Aguilera
More Beautiful You – Jonny Diaz
Firework – Katy Perry
Brokenness Aside – All Sons & Daughters
Gold – Britt Nicole
I Am Beautiful – Candice Glover
Comes and Goes (In Waves) – Greg Laswell
Just the Way You Are – Bruno Mars
You’re Not Alone – Meredith Andrews
Beautiful – MercyMe

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Why not share some of these songs with your friends? Or support the artists by not only listening on Spotify but purchasing the albums that you really enjoy?

Do you know a song that fits in one of these two categories that we’ve forgotten? Tell us so we can add it! 


This is Day 22 of 31 Ways to Speak Love. You can click here to see a list of all the posts in the series.

Day 7 :: Brave

on October 7, 2013 in 31 Ways To Speak Love, Sounds good to me. with 7 comments by

31 waysEvery Monday of October, I want to share with you a song that speaks directly about the power of words.

Brave by Sara Bareilles is absolutely the first one that came to mind. Not only does she encourage us to say the things we need to say, but to do it even when it isn’t easy.

 Take time to read the lyrics. They are incredible.

Enjoy the video below. I hope it’s a happy part of your Monday.


Post this video on your facebook wall or tweet a link to it. Remember today to be brave with your words, whatever that looks like. Say what you need to say. 🙂 Who needs to hear a kind word from you? Don’t hesitate. Speak Love.

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What are your favorite songs about the power of words? I’d love to hear!

And remember that we’ve made a Perfectly Unique Spotify Playlist as well as a Speak Love Spotify Playlist for you to subscribe to and enjoy!


This is Day 7 of 31 Ways to Speak Love. You can click here to see a list of all the posts in the series.


on September 25, 2013 in Girls of Grace, Sounds good to me. with 49 comments by

You know those songs that just hit you the first time you hear them and you’re all HOW DID NO ONE ALREADY WRITE THIS BECAUSE IT IS PERFECT AND WONDERFUL AND EVERYONE NEEDS TO HEAR IT?!?

Right. So that’s how I feel about Wanted by Dara Maclean. [And probably Wanted by Hunter Hayes as well, but today is all about Dara so try to stay focused, people.]

Here’s the video for the song. It’s beautiful.

So Dara was on Girls of Grace last weekend in Houston and I already think she’s a pure joy as a human and friend but then when those pipes start up? Have mercy. Girl can sing. I feel very honored to share any stage with women like this who love God and people and are using their talents to make Him more known.


Right? She’s the cutest.

Here’s the exciting part. Dara’s new album Wanted released yesterday. It’s absolutely incredible- I’ve listened straight through about eight times and Intern Sarah and I can’t quit singing “you, you are wanted, you, you are wanted” randomly throughout every day.

We’re annoying ourselves to death.

On Saturday, I bought one of Dara’s CDs from her merch table [before she sold out… you can thank me later, winner] and I had her sign it for YOU. Well, one of you.

she signed it for you

And I’m giving it away today, and I’ll toss an autographed Speak Love in there too…. mainly because I have a lot of them and it will fit in the envelope and two things are better than one and etc.

It’s an amazing album from top to bottom. You will not believe how talented this gal is.

So drop a comment below and you’ll be entered to win! Intern Sarah will pick a winner Thursday morning and put this little package in the mail to you.

[PS- have you seen the other cool thing Intern Sarah is working on? Yeah, she rulez.]

TOP 5 FRIDAY: So Long Summer Songs

on August 30, 2013 in Sounds good to me., TOP 5 FRIDAY with 8 comments by

TOP 5 FRIDAY is when we each list five of our favorite things, depending on the topic. Feel free to join in via the comments or by posting on your own blog and linking back here. Play along. It’s Friday.

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I’m back to work, sitting on planes and sitting at airports and sitting at my dining room table, which means we’ve got a lot of tunes running through my brain. And with this being the last weekend of summer, I’m guessing you could use some new music. I’m not trying to be bossy, but I’m going to tell you not only WHAT you need, but WHEN you need it.

Here are the records that are on repeat right now. Might I suggest you get-chu-some?

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WertzI don’t want to exaggerate or make promises that I can’t keep, but if you are looking for a fun send-me-into-fall album, this is it.

Heatwave by Matt Wertz is the brand new throw back that you are absolutely going to want to play with your windows down on a back road Saturday afternoon. This is your heading out of town album, your let’s-send-summer-out-with-a-bang soundtrack.

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EllieSweetness Ellie Holcomb. You know her. We like to spend a lot of time together in cars driving to events and she sings and I speak and we have the absolute best of times.

Her new EP,With You Now, is an absolutely beautiful piece of art that you can spend a mere $6 on and it will truly bless you. Wake up early on Saturday, watch the sunrise, and let Ellie sing about your Creator while you watch His creation.

[I’m not kidding. It is really a gift of an EP.]

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BenThere just isn’t a voice like Ben Rector’s. Nope, not a one. It is one of the most unique and strong and pleasant things you will ever hear.

It has been a BLAST to watch The Walking in Between do so well, shoot up the charts, and get download one bazillion time. Well deserved, I say. This album is calming yet fun, loud and quiet, serious and smooth. It is just what you want when you’re cooking dinner or grilling out.

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Glory RevealedI know, I know. This is such an oldie. BUT SUCH A GOODIE. I’m a big fan of anyone who will put scripture to song, and this is the album is still go back to over and over again.

Glory Revealed is one of the best. If you’re looking for a sitting-by-the-lake album that the whole family will love, this is it.

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JohnnyswimPlease. You know Johnnyswim right? You must.

So, here’s what I’m thinking. You’ve had a great weekend, you’re not sunburned just a little crispy and you are realizing it is Sunday night and you don’t have to go to work tomorrow.

Put Heart Beats by Johnnyswim on as you pour a glass of wine or a warm cup of coffee. This is your night ender, the one you’ll remember when you think back on the weekend.

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My plan for waving summer goodbye for the next four days?

Watching Georgia football of course because THE DAWGS ARE BACK AND THIS IS OUR YEAR. Playing at the lake. Prepping for a buncha speaking opportunities I have next week [I’ll tell you about it after the weekend]. And just having a great time. Because, you know, I love fun.

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What are you listening to that I need to be hearing?

What are your weekend plans?

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