Songs we listened to this week and our brief thoughts on them.

“Lead Me Home” – Jamie N. Commons

An original song written for the AMC series The Walking Dead but unabashedly religious:

Oh lord live inside me, lead me on my way
Oh lord live inside me, lead me on my way
Lead me home
Lead me home

Oh lord in the darkness, lead me on my way
Oh lord in the darkness, lead me on my way
Lead me home
Lead me home

Hmmmmm
Hmmmmm

Oh lord heaven’s waiting, open up your door
Oh lord heaven’s waiting, open up your door
Lead me home
Lead me home

Lead me home
Lead me home

Lead me home
Lead me home

“Self-Existent” – Becoming the Archetype

A fantastic metal song on the hope of Easter:

Into the darkened tomb
I walked but only found it empty

My mind is tormented
My soul is shaken

As a flame is tormented by the wind and rain
As the earth is shaken by an earthquake

My heart has accepted
What my eyes could never have believed:
I watched Him die
I watched Him die

In the silence death is defeated
In my spirit the battle rages on

And then I stepped into the light
I heard His voice, I saw His face
And then He stood there before me
A man buried but never dead

My heart has accepted
What my eyes could never have believed
I saw Him rise
I saw Him rise

HE IS ALIVE! and reigns forever
HE IS ALIVE! He’ll reign forever

“Demons” – Imagine Dragons

Explicating our on total depraved selfs and what kingdom we belong to apart from God:

When the days are cold
And the cards all fold
And the saints we see
Are all made of gold
When your dreams all fail
And the ones we hail
Are the worst of all
And the blood’s run stale
I want to hide the truth
I want to shelter you
But with the beast inside
There’s nowhere we can hide
No matter what we breed
We still are made of greed
This is my kingdom come
This is my kingdom come

When you feel my heat
Look into my eyes
It’s where my demons hide
It’s where my demons hide
Don’t get too close
It’s dark inside
It’s where my demons hide
It’s where my demons hide

When the curtain’s call
Is the last of all
When the lights fade out
All the sinners crawl

So they dug your grave
And the masquerade
Will come calling out
At the mess you made

Don’t want to let you down
But I am hell bound
Though this is all for you
Don’t want to hide the truth

No matter what we breed
We still are made of greed
This is my kingdom come
This is my kingdom come

When you feel my heat
Look into my eyes
It’s where my demons hide
It’s where my demons hide
Don’t get too close
It’s dark inside
It’s where my demons hide
It’s where my demons hide

They say it’s what you make
I say it’s up to fate
It’s woven in my soul
I need to let you go

Your eyes, they shine so bright
I want to save their light
I can’t escape this now
Unless you show me how

When you feel my heat
Look into my eyes
It’s where my demons hide
It’s where my demons hide
Don’t get too close
It’s dark inside
It’s where my demons hide
It’s where my demons hide

“Thoughts of a Dying Atheist” – Muse

What atheist are scared of when they fall asleep at night:

Eerie whispers
trapped beneath my pillow
won’t let me sleep
your memories

and I know you’re in this room
I’m sure I heard you sigh
Floating in between 
where our worlds collide

scares the hell out of me
and the end is all I can see
and it scares the hell out of me
and the end is all I can see

and I know the moment’s near
and there’s nothing you can do
look through a faithless eye
are you afraid to die?

it scares the hell out of me
and the end is all I can see
and it scares the hell out of me
and the end is all I can see

It scares the hell out of me
and the end is all I can see
and it scares the hell out of me
and the end is all I can see

“Ex resurrexit” from B Minor Mass – J.S. Bach

The triumphant proclamation that Jesus is Alive!

Et resurrexit tertia die secundum Scripturas, et ascendit in coelum, sedet ad dexteram Patris, et iterum venturus est cum gloria, judicare vivos et mortuos, cujus regni non erit finis. On the third day He rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father; He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and His kingdom will have no end.
Classical, Hip-Hop, Music and Culture, Rock, World Music

Month in Music (March 2013)

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A review of the month in music.

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In the first episode of the final season of Fringe (“Transilience Thought Unifier Model-11”), music plays a vital role in Walter Bishop’s narrative as seen in the clip below.

Music as Walter explains, “helps you shift perspective, to see things differently” which the Observer correlates to hope. Interestingly, the song Dr. Bishop hears in his head is Zbigniew Preisner’s Song for the Unification of Europe (Patrice’s version), a song deriving its text from 1 Corinthians 13, known for its exposition on hope, faith and especially, love. Music, which is lacking in this future world, embodies hope in Walter’s mind and once he has found music, he can see the signs of hope as the following video shows.

This song in the final scene of the episode is Yazoo’s Only You, which views love as hope in a similar manner to 1 Corinthians 13:  

Looking from a window above
It’s like a story of love, can you hear me?
Came back only yesterday
I’m moving farther away, want you near me

All I needed was the love you gave
All I needed for another day
And all I ever knew, only you

Sometimes when I think of her name
When it’s only a game and I need you
Listen to the words that you say
It’s getting harder to stay when I see you

Music has been seemingly all but removed by the Observers in this dystopian future. But yet it remains. A token of hope pointing towards something greater, that amidst a fallen and broken world “love never fails” (1 Corinth. 13:8). For even the Fringe team in this bleak future “neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom. 8:38-39) This is hope. The hope Walter remembered in a song based on an ancient text speaking of a the already/not yet hope not only for Dr. Bishop but for all of humanity.

An incredible story of a people living on top of a landfill, creating beautiful instruments out of garbage. The film follows the children of this village who have found hope and joy in playing classical music through an instrument created out of junk. An amazing story which the filmmakers hope to complete soon and screen to a worldwide audience. If you are interested you can contribute to this endeavor at Creative Visions Foundation.

Classical, Country, Hip-Hop, Music and Culture, Pop Music

Month in Music (February 2013)

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A review of the month in music.

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