Saturday, April 23, 2011

Music for Easter Week-end

The Christ--His Passion--Remembering the Sacrifice
This CD is a family favorite and might be found playing anytime during the year.  I especially enjoy it during my morning reading time.  It is a marvelous collection of meditative contemporary Christian songs, all dealing with the theme of Christ's suffering and death.  It was an introduction to us of many Christian artists we now know and enjoy.  I first picked this CD up off of a bargain table at the local Baptist Book Store.  It had no price tag, so the clerk just gave it to me.  What an amazing gift.

Songs and Artists on this CD:

I Remember You - Mac Powell with Gene Eugene

Jesus Went To The Garden - Derri Daugherty, Paul Colman, and others

Kyrie Eleison - Leigh Nash (My children have often sung this short prayer from this CD.)

Marvelous Light - Derek Webb, Sandra McCracken

Were You There When The Sun Refused ToShine - Maddy Madeira

Precious Jesus - The Choir with Leigh Nash

With Every Breath - Leigh Nash & DanHaseltine

Beautiful Scandalous Night - Sixpence, None The Richer & Bebo Norman

Lamb Of God (Agnus Dei) - Bebo Norman & Mark Hall & Megan Garrett (Casting Crowns)

Yes I Will - Bebo Norman and Joy Williams

Communion - Cliff & Danielle Young & Phil Keaggy

Were You There When They Crucified My Lord - Phil Keaggy

The Stone - Jars of Clay

Another favorite CD is Songs Inspired by the Passion of the Christ.

The Passion of the Christ: Songs Inspired By
Songs Inspired by the Passion of the Christ

The songs on this collection are more wide-ranging and eclectic, some not even exactly Christian, yet overall, quite a moving collection.

This CD includes

1.  How Can You Refuse Him by Hank Williams and sung by his granddaughter, Holly Williams

2.  Stranger in a Strange Land, sung by Leon Russell and the Shelter People

3.  Are You Afraid to Die, with a clip from a Billy Graham sermon.  This is a great Ira Louvin classic, sung by Ricky Skaggs, one of the best Bluegrass artists around today.

4.  Please Carry Me Home, sung by Jessi Colter (Waylon Jennings' widow) and Shooter Jennings (Waylon's son)

5.  Ave Maria by Delores O'Riordan, a beautiful heretical song.  Some Protestant with Latin training needs to correct the song.

 6.  Why Me by Lee Ryan

7.  Darker with the Day, sung by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.  Haunting and strange.

8.  Where No One Stands Alone, sung by Elvis.  He often professed who the true King is.

9.  Harm's Way, sung by The Ghost Who Walks. 

10.  By the Rivers Dark, sung by Leonard Cohen.  Very strange song, but I like it.

11.  Precious Lord, sung by the Blind Boys of Alabama.  The Blind Boys are among the best.

12.  Not Dark Yet, sung by Bob Dylan.  Dylan often hits the nerve of reality.  Great poetry.

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