POV: You're a disciple at the last supper, and Jesus has dropped the bombshell that this is the last time you'll be together for a while.
There's an awkward silence, and this is playing in the background:
I sang this song live and acoustic for a lunch time recital last week. I won't subject you to a version of me singing it.
Having spent hours listening to it, trying to find a key where I could sing the whole range, and practising it endlessly, I think I still like it.
But what's it about!?
It seems it's a fairly mixed, messed up and damaging journey, including trying and failing, but ultimately somehow still singing, albeit with eyes open.
I wonder if we get to the point where we're wrecked we can still sing?
This one is about forgiveness.
Watch this long, uncomfortable and difficult TED talk, and then have a listen to the song.
Lament and request.
"Lift Me Up" is an "emotive" R&B ballad
that "speaks from the heart".
To me it sounds and awful lot like a worshipful heart-cry of prayer.
I took the kids to see Sing 2 at the cinema and was reminded that Scarlett Johansson doesn’t just kick ass but also has a fine set of lungs on her… Trading her Black Widow leather cat suit for a porcupine-tailored rocker’s leather jacket, for me she steals the show!
As a result I jumped on Spotify and looked up what she’s done outside of films, and I stumbled across “Iguana Bird.” Further Google rabbit-hole wanderings confirmed magnificent creature pictured above doesn’t actually exist, and I have absolutely no idea what the title is in reference to. That said, the simplicity of the whole song, tune, rhythm and lyrics drew me in to hearing God’s voice speaking to me.
"Dexter and Sinister" - Elbow
An advert flashed up on my Facebook feed for the Elbow album "Giants of all Sizes", with single lines playing from a few of the songs.
Perhaps understandably the line that jumped out at me was the one above... "I don't know Jesus anymore."
A quick Ecosia search and I found the song and had a listen, and the disappointment flowed out of me...
If you'd rather listen and come to your own conclusions about the eclectic mix of songs I worked through in Lent 2023, here's the Spotify Playlist!