• lenten journal: still singing in the key of lent

    by  • March 29, 2014 • grace, lenten journal, music • 1 Comment

    We’ve had a grey and somehow hopeful day here in Durham. As the rain stopped, people seemed ready to wipe off benches and chairs and fill the sidewalks and patios for supper. Ginger and I met friends for coffee that turned into dinner and I came home humming, ready to add to my on going soundtrack for the season. First: Tom Waits singing “Time” —

    and it’s time time time
    and it’s time time time
    and it’s time time time that you loved
    and it’s time time time

    David Rawlings wrote a song made popular by Old Crow Medicine Show that pulls me every time I hear it.

    so while you sit and whistle Dixie with your money and your power
    I can hear the flowers growing in the rubble of the tower
    I hear leaders quit their lying, I hear babies quit their crying
    I hear soldiers quit their dying, one and all
    I hear them all, I hear them all, I hear them all

    Mumord and Sons write songs that are informed by both the grace and gravity of life. “Roll Away Your Stone” is one of my favorites.

    it seems that all my bridges have been burned,
    but, you say that’s exactly how this grace thing works
    it’s not the long walk home
    that will change this heart,
    but the welcome I receive with the restart

    Patty Griffin is one who always seems to make my song list, and tonight is no exception. This is from her Downtown Church record, “Little Fire.”

    my friend, you know me and my family
    you’ve seen us wandering through these times
    you’ve seen us in weakness and in power
    you’ve seen us forgetful and unkind

    all that I want is one who knows me
    a kind hand on my face when I weep
    and I’d give back these things I know are meaningless
    for a little fire beside me when I sleep

    “Before I Go” is a deep cut from John Hiatt. I have come to love this song for it’s persistent and tenacious hope:

    I will try, but I will stumble
    and I will fly, he told me so
    proud and high or low and humble
    many miles before I go
    many miles before I go

    Our closing song tonight is one that has had a long history in our family: Nanci Griffith’s “These Days In An Open Book.”

    these days my life is an open book
    missing pages I cannot seem to find
    these days your face in my memory
    is in a folded hand of grace against these times

    And onward through these days we go . . .

    Peace,
    Milton

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    One Response to lenten journal: still singing in the key of lent

    1. Julie
      March 30, 2014 at 8:12 pm

      Thanks for all of these – we share similar musical taste!

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