Friday, September 28, 2007

Oh My God

I had the great privilege of spending some time last night with my good friend Chip Webb. We caught up on life, faith, and the things we love. Chip shared some music with me. It was great because this gold nugget that he delivered came from the ccm (Contemporary Christian Music) world- a world that is often shallow and that baptizes the hard earned creativity of others. Of course not all CCM artists do this- especially not Jars of Clay. As we sat in my living room, we listened to a song from their latest album called, Oh My God. It has haunted me and moved me and inspired me for the past 24 hours. Check out below a live version of the song that Jars of Clay did in April of 07 in NYC:

Jars Of Clay -
Oh My God Lyrics
Oh my God, look around this place
Your fingers reach around the bone
You set the break and set the tone
Flights of grace, and future falls
In present pain
All fools say, "Oh my God"
Oh my God,
Why are we so afraid?
We make it worse when we don't bleed
There is no cure for our disease
Turn a phrase, and rise again
Or fake your death and only tell your closest friend
Oh my God.
Oh my God, can I complain?
You take away my firm belief and graft my soul upon your grief
Weddings, boats and alibis
All drift away, and a mother cries
Liars and fools; sons and failures
Thieves will always say
Lost and found; ailing wanderers
Healers always say
Whores and angels; men with problems
Leavers always say
Broken hearted; separated
Orphans always say
War creators; racial haters
Preachers always say
Distant fathers; fallen warriors
Givers always say
Pilgrim saints; lonely widows
Users always say
Fearful mothers; watchful doubters
Saviors always say
Sometimes I cannot forgive
And these days, mercy cuts so deep
If the world was how it should be, maybe I could get some sleep
While I lay, I dream we're better,
Scales were gone and faces light
When we wake, we hate our brother
We still move to hurt each other
Sometimes I can close my eyes,
And all the fear that keeps me silent falls below my heavy breathing,
What makes me so badly bent?
We all have a chance to murder
We all feel the need for wonder
We still want to be reminded that the pain is worth the thunder
Sometimes when I lose my grip,
I wonder what to make of heaven
All the times I thought to reach up
All the times I had to give
Babies underneath their beds
Hospitals that cannot treat all the wounds that money causes,
All the comforts of cathedrals
All the cries of thirsty children - this is our inheritance
All the rage of watching mothers - this is our greatest offense
Oh my God
Oh my God
Oh my God

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Dear Scoobius Pip and XTC

Every now and then an artist reflects on God or writes to God. Recently, Scoobius Pip wrote A Letter From God. A couple Decades ago, XTC wrote to God. I thought it might be a powerful thing to place these two songs side by side. They seem to really reflect the Spirit of each age. What do you think of what these artists are saying?

Scoobius PipA Letter From God

XTC- Dear God

End Note:
I Just found this. It is definitely from an Evangelical Perspective. Seems to be a lot of letters from God, to God, and now an interview.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Rosie Thomas in the Spirit of Natalie Merchant

There is a female voice that I never tire of- the voice of Natalie Merchant. When I first heard Blind Man's Zoo in the late eighties, it played over and over and over and over until the album became a soundtrack for the end of the decade. Verdi Cries still makes it on my play list twenty years later. I recently encountered the voice and lyrics of Rosie Thomas. She is a Washington State singer songwriter. And, what's more, she has also been seen with Sufjan Stevens (too good to be true). If you ache for the beautiful things of this world, check out Rosie's music. If you want to flash back to the words of M. Stipe and REM sung by two amazing voices of today, check out Rosie and Sufjan singing an REM song together.

Rosie Thomas: Pretty Dress

Verdi Cries

Rosie and Sufjan sing REM

Friday, September 21, 2007

Damien Jurado: Dance Hall Places

I have been enjoying Damien Jurado lately. Check out:

Dance Hall Places