A Coffee and Some Reflections Friday
I had planned to write here about my disappointment in regards to my previous blog post. But suffice it to say, sometimes a certain piece simply does not connect with the reader in the same way it does with the writer. And it is also likely Tuesday was simply a slow day for the reading of blog posts, what with it being the day after Easter Monday and the like.
So there goes that idea for a post … (But it’s for the best, I think.)
There are times when I really like a wordy, thought-provoking song and/or album – when it’s something that carries a theme or story from beginning to end, that is best listened straight through from beginning to end, no mixing things up with the ‘shuffle’ function on at least the first listening.
Two prime examples for me of such albums are Michael Card’s The Ancient Faith and David Crowder*Band’s Give Us Rest or (A Requiem Mass in C [The Happiest of All Keys]). Both are long albums – 2 CDs for each when CDs were a thing. I remember listening to Michael Card’s album in the apartment I had been sharing at the time with my younger sister, closing my eyes to listen to the music when I wasn’t flipping through the accompanying booklet to check out the lyrics. And the David Crowder*Band album was listened to over the course of a day on my iPhone, either by headphones when I was at home or over the car stereo while driving. And it was beautiful. Both were and are still, really.
It’s good to take the time to savor good art.
I’m trying to get some new (at least for Jeff and I) artists into our music library. We were listening this past weekend to a few tunes from Audrey Assad’s new album Inheritance that she performed in-studio for the RELEVANT Podcast and may I say that woman can sing. It was simply beautiful to listen to only her voice and the piano. She did an interesting combination of two songs as a part of the album, taking the melody from the classic Cat Stevens’ song Morning Has Broken and inserting the lyrics from the classic hymn Oh, the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus. It’s a fantastic pairing, I think. Why not take a moment to listen?
I suppose today’s post was less a reflection and more a sharing of things I like. Either way, I hope you enjoyed it and that you have a happy Friday.