kings kaleidoscope

If you follow this blog, or just drop by from time to time, you know my feelings towards Kings Kaleidoscope. I am absolutely obsessed with them.

I started listening to Kings Kaleidoscope years ago when I discovered Mars Hill Church. Mars Hill had several really good worship bands, one of them being Kings. Citizens and The Sing Team were two others that I really enjoy.

Long story short, I fell in love with the tunes created by Kings Kaleidoscope. I’ve followed them pretty closely for several years. Their album “Becoming Who We Are” is one of my favorite albums ever. I’m not just saying that because I’m Christian and it’s a Christian album. The album is objectively wonderful.

I’m a musician and have been since I was about 9 years old. So I don’t just like music because it’s Christian, it has to be good. Most of the songs on the Christian radio channels are bad to me. I can’t listen to the radio. I use Spotify and YouTube to find great lesser-known Christian artists.

But of those “unknown artists” that I’ve found, Kings is by far the best. And they’re not even that unknown anymore. A lot of the younger Christians I encounter have heard of them, or at least can recognize some of their songs.

The last album Kings released, “The Beauty Between” was really earth shattering for me. I never knew I could love music so much. The first track they released from the album (or mixtape, whatever you want to call it) was the title track “The Beauty Between” with Andy Mineo being featured on the track. IT WAS SO GOOD. I played it over and over.

I never got tired of it. And when the full album came out. Oh my goodness. Words cannot even express how I felt. I was so in love.

So which song is it???

But there was one song in particular that got me. Safe Retreat is my favorite song from The Beauty Between, and my favorite song in general. It’s perfection. I’ve never heard a song like it before, and I probably never will hear one like it again. The earlier songs from Kings that I loved were good, but Safe Retreat was different.

I don’t even know how to express why I love it so much. You could argue it was just the stage of life I was in. Maybe I was going through something, and this song made me feel better. And so now, I have some puffed up idea of how good it is. That might be true.

It’s definitely true that when I started listening to this song, I was having some rough times. I was 20, going through some uncertainty in a relationship, and generally just having a lot of uncertainty in life. When I listened to this song, it gave me escape. It reminded me how comforting and peaceful it is to be able to rest in God.

Now though, it’s been months, actually over a year since that. And I’ve had time to think. What I’ve decided is…that’s not why it’s a great song. It’s a great song because it’s an objectively great song. I cut out my emotional attachment to the song and just listened to it, and it still amazes me.

It’s the most perfect song.

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