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S.A.N.S. Episode 86: Music Box Superhero

Like the 1996 film That Thing You Do starring Tom Hanks, life is filled with one hit wonders. These may not all be bands who disappeared overnight. Some are athletes who have that one amazing playoff run before turning into an average professional the rest of their career. Such is the case of the Julianna Project and their only memorable and notable song Music Box Superhero.

Speak out to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, offering praise with voices [[e]and instruments] and making melody with all your heart to the Lord, Ephesians 5:19.

Back in the days when Christian Bookstores were in vogue, record companies put the best song they could find from obscure artists and compile these hits into compilation albums. The hope was that if you liked a specific song you would purchase the entire album on your next visit. Since the Sonshine House never carried the Julianna Project’s album, this is the only song worth listening to. I hope you enjoy it.

by Jay Mankus


S.A.N.S. Volume 7: Prayer

The Christian Group In Reach released Waterline in 1992. This initial album was a smash hit as some Christian journalists suggested that In Reach would become the Christian band of the 1990’s. Unfortunately, this never happened as In Reach fell into obscurity, following in the footsteps of many one hit wonders of the past. Like the 1996 film That Thing You Do, In Reach faded into the setting sun.

Sing to the Lord a new song, and His praise from the end of the earth! You who go down to the sea, and all that is in it, the islands and coastal regions and the inhabitants of them [sing a song such as has never been heard in the heathen world]! – Isaiah 42:10

By the time their second album was released, In Reach became Brett Williams & In Reach. Based upon the title, it appears pride got in the way of this group’s success. Power and Promise may not have received the fanfare of their first project but, this album has one of my favorite songs. Prayer is what it sounds like as the lyrics share a powerful confession that you can use as your own personal prayer.

by Jay Mankus

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