so my thoughts on the new Caedmon’s Call CD thus far (only on 3 songs right now)…
Yeah, I can TOTALLY agree with the commentators who say this is quintesential Derek a la “She Must and Shall Go Free.” I would have known that without knowing who wrote the song b/c of the covor info and I’m not someone who very easily pinpoints music stylistically. Other than that, I like the idea of this song and I like that from it comes the tiltle of the album. Okay, breaking out and talking album-wide right now… I like how the songs revolve around themes… There are songs that lend itself to the theme of the presence of God (Need Your Love; Always Been There; Start Again) and what that presence accomplishes. Quite obviously Love is a theme in several songs… I doubt that’s a surprise… Then there’s the theme that God is Good… Both this song and There Is A Reason lend themselves to the idea that God takes the bad and makes it good… and the good even better… Themes are fun 🙂
I really like this one a lot… it might be my favorite on the CD. I like it both musically and lyrically. I know it could have somthing to do with the fact that I like songs that Danielle sings, but… I really think what I like the most is the “Holy, holy, holy” bridge and the meaning behind the song. I like that it speaks to everything having meaning, even the mundane things we think about like laundry… and I love the significance it gives to being a mom…
Musically, I love this song. The choppy strumming of the guitar and the somewhat haunding harmonies Danielle provides on the refrain… I don’t know… it made me wake up and listen.
Lyrically, I’m torn. Its not that I disagree with the lyrics… Church isn’t a place where everything’s hunky-dorey all the time… it doesn’t always live up to the expectation present because of smiling faces.
But Jesus can still fill up… even when you don’t feel it, I think.
Overall, church marketing I think I always find interesting… like we’re trying to sell Jesus. And I realize in our world today some of that just comes with the territory… we’re a materialistic society, so even the immaterial gets marketed. We worry about image and how the church will be perceived because we’re representatives for Christ. And I don’t think that’s a terrible thing. But I think sometimes we let the world influence TOO much the way we present ourselves. yes, image-wise and advertising-wise, a smiling family on a billboard sign is probably attractive to the majority of the middle-class american society most churches seem to “market” to. But I’m not sure that helps people’s perceptions. When people “percieve” that they must “[dress-up] nice for the congregation/ scared somebody’s going to find him out”… Jesus came not for the well, but for the sick….
And I guess that’s part of the point of the song.
I remain torn… I see both sides, and the benefits of both…
And I see the negatives that will inherently exist whenever trying to market Jesus.
But I CAN totally understand how it makes for interesting subject-material for a song :o)