Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Take Time to Be Holy - Joseph Habedank- CD Review

Joseph Habedank released a collection of hymns on March 24. The project is full of his personal favorite hymns. It's entitled Take Time to Be Holy: Hymns for Quiet Reflection.

There have been a lot of great hymn projects released in the past few years, but I love the simplicity of this project. The arrangements allow these timeless songs to speak for themselves. It's simply Joseph's voice and the piano. The project is exactly as the subtitle suggests - hymns for quiet reflection. It speaks to you as you hear these familiar lyrics allowing you to really dwell and mediate on what it's saying.

Joseph's wife Lindsay joins him on "It Is Well." This is her first recording to be on. She is also an incredible singer. Her addition to this song definitely makes it a highlight.

The song that probably strays the most from the way I typically hear it is "My Jesus I Love Thee." Joseph adds a little more pep with a faster tempo and more than just piano accompaniment.

I know it's hard to go wrong when choosing songs for a hymns project, but I do love the song choice of the album. It's hard to do a song by song commentary on a hymns project. I tried to come up with a list of favorites and ended up changing it about five times. So suffice it to say, listen to them all... on repeat. You won't regret it.

For gospel fans and hymn lovers, this is a must add to your collection. They are songs you know by heart and love. Joseph sings them in a pure form that really showcases the feelings of the songs. So take the time to purchase "Take Time to Be Holy."

Song List -

  1. "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God"
  2. "It Is Well" (with Lindsay Habedank)
  3. "There Is a Fountain"
  4. "Hallelujah! What a Savior!"
  5. "What a Day That Will Be"
  6. "Be Thou My Vision"
  7. "My Jesus, I Love Thee"
  8. "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross"
  9. "Come, Thou Fount"
  10. "Take Time to Be Holy"


  1. Thanks for reviewing this CD. Don't know I was aware it was coming out. Having listened to the samples on iTunes it is definitely a "must buy" on my list. Great album.

    1. Thanks for your comment! Yes, it's a great album!! Glad you checked it out!


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