The last eleven miles of the journey are a cathedral in nature, a strip of road cut though a tunnel of majestic fir trees.
It was a fitting accompaniment in sound to the visual representation of the glory of God in nature.
Our friend Duane Arnold (who wrote and composed the music and lyrics with Michael Glen Bell) had sent me a copy to review.
The liner notes say that the music on this album was inspired by the Easter liturgies of St. John Chrysostom.
That explains why it sounds a bit like Tom Stipe meets John Michael Talbot or The Jesus Movement meets Eastern Orthodoxy and they learn to sing together.
The album tells the story of a person who is weary and for whom real faith has become a vapor…and the journey back to faith.
It’s a beautiful, coherent, journey in word and sound that evokes both worship and deeper meditation on the truths presented.
The lyrics and music are impeccably written and performed…they carry you though the album without distracting one from the experience of listening.
I highly recommend buying the physical CD as the poetry inside the liner notes is worth the cost of the album.
So much of Christian music today is shallow and sallow lyrically, theologically, and musically.
We have here a remedy to all those ills and I commend it to your listening and enjoyment…even if you can’t take the same journey I did.
There’s one journey common to us all…and this is a fitting soundtrack to it.
Thank you, Duane for allowing me to hear this and expose it my readers…it is a gift.