Tuesday, March 11, 2008

But when anything is exposed by the light it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Ephesians 5:13

For me music has an undeniable spiritual component—sometimes it’s explicit, sometimes more subtle. And as Easter approaches I have been thinking about this connection. With this in mind, I have pulled together a list of songs for Easter. These, by design, are by secular artists. I am definitely not a conservative/evangelical Christian. But a Christian I am. To me the whole focus on personal salvation really misses the main point of Jesus’ message. As Obery Hendricks states in his excellent book, The Politics of Jesus: Rediscovering the True Revolutionary Nature of Jesus' Teachings and How They Have Been Corrupted, Jesus’ teachings are those that will “transform our society—and the world—into a kingdom of justice in which all of God’s children, regardless of color, creed, or national origin can have life, and that in abundance, in every sphere of living.”

Or as Jeff Tweedy writes in Jesus, Etc., “Everyone is a burning sun.”

Easter Songs

His Truth is Marching On by Mike Doughty Listen Here

Jesus Is On The Main Line by Mavis Staples Listen Here

Jesus, Etc. by Wilco

Revival by Soul Savers

40 by U2

Lord, Help The Poor and Needy by Cat Power (Traditional)

Redemption Song by Bob Marley


Danielle said...

Lovely post! And I have such a weak spot for "Redemption Song". How did you choose from the extensive U2 songbook?

Dynamic Meter said...

40 is based on the 40th Psalm, which I really love.

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