Friday, February 17, 2017

The Last Lonely Leaf

This is a song I wrote in response to the Syrian refugee crisis. The song hopefully paints a picture of the darkness that these refugees go through.  We as Christians are called to help the poor, widowed and needy.

He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”  (Luke 14:12-14)

I hope this song shows to at least to a few, the need of the less fortunate.

Can you hear the cries
Of the darkening skies
They howl and thunder
At the love that blunders
Oh they’ve lost it all

Can’t you see the signs
Of the soughing pines
They Whisper the names
Of the dying’ and the lame
Oh they’ve lost it all

The last lonely leaf
Is falling in our frozen world
The old man is walking
Into the west
And he has lost it all

Can you feel the souls
Of the fleeing people
Their silence is strong
Yet they sing a song
Oh they’ve lost it all

Do you know the mind
Of the little girl
Her hopes and her dreams
Torn in two
Oh she has lost it all

The last lonely leaf
Is falling in a frozen world
The old man is walking
Into the west
And he has lost it all

The cold silver bells
Are ringing in our frozen world
The people are fleeing
From the war
Oh they have lost it all

Their hopes and their dreams,
Torn in two.

Yes they have lost it all

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Feeling I'm Awake

"Feeling I'm Awake" appears to be a testimony of from the bluegrass/folk rock band Sleepy Man (previously Sleepy Man Banjo Boys). Testimonies from bands that don't play in the Christian genre are always refreshing.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

NF - "Oh Lord"

Listen, yeah everybody wants change
Don't nobody wanna change though
Don't nobody wanna pray
Till they got something to pray for
Now everybody's gon' die
But don't everybody live though
Sometimes I look up to the sky
And wonder do you see us down here?

These words present a longing for God to do something. Yet, there is a recognition that the God is still there and always has been.

It's easy to blame God but harder to fix things
We look in the sky like, "Why ain't You listening?"
Watching the news in our living rooms on the big screens
And talking 'bout "If God's really real, then where is He?"
You see the same God that you saying might not even exist
Becomes real to us, but only when we dying in bed
When ya healthy it's like, we don't really care for Him then
Leave me alone God, I'll call you when I need you again
Which is funny, everyone will sleep in the pews
Then blame God for our problems like He sleeping on you
We turn our backs on Him, what do you expect Him to do?
It's hard to answer prayers when nobody's praying to you
I look around at this world we walk on
It's a smack in the face, don't ever tell me there's no God
And if there isn't then what are we here for?
And what are y'all doing down there? I don't know Lord

The song, though, is also and maybe even foremost a call to the people to pray. This song is a great reality check for people. Even though the song is pretty much all computer generated (it does start with a guitar intro though, which stays in the background for the first verse), the music presents a longing and NR sings/raps with such a heartache in his voice that the listener can't but feel along with him.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The Sowers Song

Andrew Peterson is one of the greatest Christian Songwriters of this century.  "The Sowers Song" starts with a flowing yet restful piano intro that parallels the first part of the song which comes from John 15:5 - "I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." The second part of "The Sowers Song" takes direct inspiration from Isaiah 55. As Andrew said - "I just made it rhyme."

So go listen to the song as you learn to rest in the amazing power of God.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Post Tenebras - Finding music of light in the darkness

This blog is about finding light and beauty in art.

So I will write about a a song, painting, or some other form of art, that has beauty, and cuts through the darkness of this world. It might just end up being a recommendation and not much commentary. Though please feel free to comment below! 

Jason Gray's song "The Wound Is Where The Light Gets In" tells a story of how even when you hurt, when everything seems to be going wrong, it happens for a reason. The pain and trials are for our sanctification, an everyday example of how God is always with us.