As I write this, we are on the far side of a historic presidential election, and the world and our nation are abuzz. There appears to be a worldwide agenda behind much of what is happening right now. In times like this, it can be hard to maintain a positive outlook. Yet it’s amazing, the power of music and the power of prayer to bring healing
I don’t intend to be preachy, but it comes naturally to me. You see, I did go to seminary and actually have a Masters of Divinity. Now, in these times where many are disagreeing and at each other’s throats, Jesus tells us we should love our enemies and be good to those who hate us. There are many bruised and unhappy people around us right now. And it’s easy to be angry at what is unfair and unjust. But my question is, how can we put Jesus’s teachings into practice?
One way I think is by being calm, and spending some time in prayer and in meditation, to simply breathe and gain some composure so we can understand how best to respond.
Another way is through the power of music. And these days particularly, I’d love to point you to some songs to speak to these times.
The Story Behind “Backstory”
First of all, my political song “Backstory” describes the corruption that has taken hold of America through a group of human beings that consider themselves our masters… My hope is that through becoming aware of this oligarchy at the center of our world, we the people can unite and forge a brighter path for the future.
On “Streets of Any Town”
Next, my song “Streets of Any Town” centers around the larger story of men and women across America who now live on the streets. Few are there by choice, and many of them have been forced there for economic and social reasons which will only be deepening now. What is our responsibility to these souls? What is our government’s responsibility? And is it really okay in the United States of America to allow people to live on the street? The song also packs a religious punch with its refrain “the least of you”, recalling Jesus’ words from Matthew 25:45 —- ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
Christmas is Almost Here
And finally, stay tuned for my upcoming Christmas EP, In The Bleak Midwinter which will be released November 27. You will be able to pre-order the album in the prior week through iTunes. The EP will have six glorious carols for your holiday enjoyment.
And while you wait, here are 3 Christmas songs I have available for you to listen to right now.