• lenten journal: words and music

    by  • March 12, 2019 • hope, lenten journal, music • 1 Comment

    As we finish up our first week of Lent, it seems a good time to offer some songs for the road. I’ve chosen songs that have come alive to me for one reason or another over the past months. Gillian Welch’s “One Little Song” seems a good place to start.

    gotta be a song left to sing
    ’cause everybody can’t have thought of everything
    one little song that ain’t been sung
    one little rag that ain’t been wrung out completely yet
    ’til there’s nothing left

    Pierce Pettis released a new record this winter, which is reason enough to have hope in the world. His song “Don’t know where I Am” is an honest search in these days.

    I thought that I was homeward bound
    but I don’t know where I am
    now I’m in so deep that I might drown
    and I don’t know where I am

    Kathy Mattea is another who released a record after many years. She went through a period where she could not sing and had to relearn how to use her voice. Her song “Tell Me What You Ache For” puts melody to an adaptation of a poem by Oriah Mountain Dreamer.

    tell me what you ache for
    tell me what you wait for
    tell me what you long for
    what you’re holding on for
    tell me what you’re dreaming
    what would give your life real meaning
    you’ve been afraid to pray for
    tell me what you ache for

    Patty Griffin’s silence was because she was battling breast cancer. Her new record is another statement of tenacious hope. Here is “Luminous Places.”

    love flows out of these luminous places
    love lies down in the deep of the sea
    falls out of the sky in millions of pieces on me

    John Prine’s latest record is not brand new, but it keeps following me, so he will bring our closing hymn. He has now survived cancer twice and he still sings with an abandon that makes my heart smile. Here is “Boundless Love.”

    if by chance I should find myself at risk
    a-falling from this jagged cliff
    I look below, and I look above
    I’m surrounded by your boundless love

    surround me with your boundless love
    confound me with your boundless love
    I was drowning in the sea, lost as I could be
    when you found me with your boundless love
    you dumbfound me with your boundless love
    you surround me with your boundless love

    May you feel surrounded by a boundless love.

    Peace,
    Milton

    About

    Blogging since December 2005

    http://donteatalone.com

    One Response to lenten journal: words and music

    1. Leah
      March 13, 2019 at 7:39 am

      Milton, what a collection of song!

    Leave a Reply