• advent journal: songs of hope

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    I spent some time looking for songs about hope in my music library tonight, in search of something beyond the songs I go to first. Here’s what I found.

    The first is from the Milk Carton Kids, who are sort of Simon and Garfunkel for a new century. Their song is called “Hope of a Lifetime.”

    while I pray for Promised Land
    to replace all I have made
    darkness steals the light I bear
    and the hope of a lifetime fades
    the hope of a lifetime fades

    in the newfound reverie
    of quiet peace I found
    freedom comes from being unafraid
    of the heartache that can plague a man
    the heartache that can plague a man

    a Spartan smile and westward stare hold a promise in the air
    that’s the way they used to find their own way home
    by the stars, on their own
    by the stars, on their own

    I first learned of Glen Hansard when he was a part of the Swell Season. His solo work is equally as compelling. Here is “Song of Good Hope.”

    and take your time babe
    it’s not as bad as it seems, you’ll be fine babe
    it’s just some rivers and streams in between
    you and where you wanna be
    and watch the signs now
    you’ll know what they mean, you’ll be fine now
    just stay close to me and make good hope
    walk with you through everything

    may the song of good hope
    walk with you through everything

    Marc Broussard is a soulful singer who knows how to sing a love song. Here is “Hope for Me Yet.”

    I could write a million verses
    every word you’ve heard before
    steal some of Dylan’s best
    but it’d leave me wanting to say more
    ‘cause theres so much more

    baby if you could love someone like me
    theres no end to the possibility
    hopes and dreams push away the pain and regret
    but loving you just lets me know
    there might be hope for me yet

    Kate Rusby is an English folksinger I have listened to for a long time. She sings “Only Hope.”

    there is peace for the restless one
    there is peace for the restless one
    she was on the verge of thinking
    that her soul was lost and sinking
    there is peace for the restless one

    and you, you where my only hope
    but could you really care for me
    l even asked the holy ghost
    are you the one I love the most
    are you the one to set me free?

    I’ll close tonight with a song from Glen Campbell’s album, Ghost on the Canvas, which he wrote and recorded as Alzheimer’s Disease was really starting to take its toll. Here is “Hold on Hope.”

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    campfire flickering on the landscape
    that nothing grows on, time still goes on
    through each life of misery

    everybody’s gotta hold on hope
    it’s the last thing that’s holding me

    Hope is holding us all.

    Peace,
    Milton

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    One Response to advent journal: songs of hope

    1. Kari
      December 7, 2017 at 10:40 pm

      Great picks. Another Glen Hansard that I love is “High Hope.” This is my favorite version. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWrrYikn4Fk

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