• lenten journal: more songs in the key of lent

    by  • March 19, 2014 • hope, lenten journal, music • 6 Comments

    As I was walking into work this morning, I found myself singing this song:

    many’s the time I’ve been mistaken
    and many times confused
    yes, and I’ve often felt forsaken
    and certainly misused
    oh, but I’m all right, I’m all right
    I’m just weary to my bones
    still, you don’t expect to be
    bright and bon vivant
    so far away from home,
    so far away from home

    I guess it got me thinking about some other songs that are soundtrack for these days. So, tonight I’ll start off with how I started my day. Here’s Paul Simon.

    Dougie Maclean is a Scottish songwriter who has an amazing collection of songs. Here’s one for this part of the journey: “Ready for the Storm” (Kathy Mattea is singing) —

    Give me mercy for my dreams
    for every confrontation seems
    to tell me what it really means
    to be this lonely sailor
    but when the sky begins to clear
    and the sun it melts away my fear
    I’ll cry a silent weary tear
    for those that need to love me

    “Hard Times Come Again No More” has been a favorite song of mine for many years. As Spring appears to be approaching, it’s not a bad time to sing it again. This time, James Taylor will lead us.

    As I left work this evening, this next song appeared out of nowhere. After my last music post, someone wrote and reminded me of Peter Mayer and his music; perhaps it just took a few days for this song to bubble up.

    God is a river, not just a stone
    God is a wild, raging rapids
    And a slow, meandering flow
    God is a deep and narrow passage
    And a peaceful, sandy shoal
    God is the river, swimmer
    So let go

    Even in Lent, we should go out with a little joy. Here is Sarah Jarosz’ excellent cover of Tom Waits’ “Come on Up to the House” —

    There’s no light in the tunnel
    No irons in the fire
    Come on up to the house
    And your singin lead soprano
    In a junkman’s choir
    You gotta come on up to the house

    Can you hear the music through the circumstance?



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    6 Responses to lenten journal: more songs in the key of lent

    1. March 19, 2014 at 11:14 pm

      And now I’m stuck on “Many Rivers to Cross”.

    2. anita
      March 19, 2014 at 11:41 pm

      Strangest musical thing to happen in a while popped up today. Was doing stuff at computer when what should pop into my brain and ask to be sung, mentally at least, but “Climb, Climb Up Sunshine Mountain”, a children’s song/chorus of yester year. Do you even know/remember it?

      • March 19, 2014 at 11:44 pm

        Heavenly breezes blow . . .

    3. March 20, 2014 at 7:39 am

      Love the cover of “Come Up to This House”. Thank you so much for sharing it.

    4. March 20, 2014 at 10:03 pm

      Love “Come on up to the House”, but I’m stuck on “I’m all right …I’m all right I’m just weary to my bones…”

    5. March 20, 2014 at 10:05 pm

      Oh… and:

      Faces all aglow. Turn, turn from sin and doubting….

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