As we stride ever onward, now into a summer that promises to be one like we have never experienced before, we continue to take a moment each day with music. Throughout these next few months, look for some more offbeat choices, many more of your own community selections and comments, and as ever, a little injection of faith, hope, and love into your day.
Got a song you just love? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to tell Jeff about it!
Today’s artist comes to you thanks to New Music Friday from NPR’s All Songs Considered podcast. British singer-songwriter Laura Mvula has been kicking around the fringes of the indie R&B scene for almost a decade — the commentators raise the question, given her certain similarities to such successful women as Taylor Swift and Billie Eilish, might she be more widely known if she were a white artist? Mvula’s musical identity is unquestionably rooted in her Blackness, and she doesn’t shy away from sharing her whole experience, not just the parts we might prefer to hear. This song comes early in her second studio album and features legendary producer Nile Rodgers (founder of the band Chic). It is an exuberant call to carry on through adversity with faith and tenacity. Incidentally, the rest of this album, The Dreaming Room, is a JOURNEY, and I recommend it in its entirety, along with her other records…I’m not ashamed to admit that I binged them all this morning (still working through the most recent release as I write this…still getting chills!). Perhaps the revelation I had with her will come to you too. Take your broken wings and fly When your head is hanging low, low, low And the tears, they keep falling Take your broken feet and run With the world up on your shoulders Nowhere left to hide Keep your head up, carry on It ain't no time to die, die Even though we suffer Come together, be brave Come together All God's children, come 'Round the mountain, all God's children run
Holy One, Take my broken feet and help me run.
We also lift up the following prayers shared during last Sunday's worship service:
For Freddy -- recovering from major surgery.
Traveling mercies for Len and Judy's daughter as she moves west.
Even in our separation, God, help us to feel the deep delight of your love for all. Amen.