If you took a listen to my IPOD today, you’d find an eclectic mix of Christian music with artists like SCC, Michael W. Smith, Derek Webb, Avalon, Jaci Velasquez, Jeremy Camp, Brooklyn Tab, Lincoln Brewster, Mark Schultz, Matthew West, Chris Tomlin, MercyMe, Michael Card, Steve Camp, NewSong, Passion, Petra, Steve Green (only time you’ll see the last two in the same sentence!), “Voice” (thank you, John Piper) and Wayne Watson. There’s even a smattering of Josh Groban (one song) and Mandy Moore (one song). I suppose the most heady music I have is some downloaded songs off U2’s “How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb.”

Yeah, that kinda baffles me, too.

I have to say, however, that I can really worship to some of the stuff on this album, especially “Yaweh.” Just peruse these lyrics and tell me there’s not solid Truth in them. Yeah, Bono and The Edge are ‘out there’ and their lyrics can be artsy, methaphorical and layered with meaning, but I believe I have picked up on a not-as-subtle surrender ballad here. Think of it as a “Take My Life And Let It Be” for the postmodern generation.

Take these shoes

Click-clacking down some dead end street

Take these shoes and make them fit.

Take this shirt

Polyester white-trash, made in nowhere

Take this shirt and make it clean.

Take this soul

Stranded in some skin and bones

Take this soul and make it sing.

Yaweh, Yaweh

Always pain before a child is born

Yaweh, Yaweh, still I’m waiting for the dawn.

Take these hands

Teach them what to carry

Take these hands, don’t make a fist.

Take this mouth

So quick to criticize

Take this mouth, give it a kiss.

Yaweh, Yaweh

Always pain before a child is born

Yaweh, Yaweh, still I’m waiting for the dawn.

Still waiting for the dawn…sun is coming up

Sun is coming up on the ocean

This Love is like a drop in the ocean

This Love is like a drop in the ocean.

Yaweh, Yaweh

Always pain before a child is born

Yaweh, Yaweh, tell me now

Why the dark before the dawn?

Take this city

A city should be shining on a hill

Take this city if it be Your will.

What no man can own, no man can take

Take this heart

Take this heart

Take this heart

And make it break

I know it’s a style, a method of communicating, but I like it a whole lot better when I don’t have to read between the lyrics to find out where someone’s faith lies. Gleaming cities on hills are pretty evident to everyone, not at all vague or opaque. They’re loud, too. Lives lived in the key of heaven tend to be noticed and the residents of such a city like to rock the house and wake the neighbors.

A city should be shining on a hill, indeed.



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15 Replies to “Play It Loud”

  1. Man, I LOVE Derek Webb!
    Heard “Ringing Bell” yet?
    Great album…took me a little while to like it,…now I can’t get enough.
    “Mocking Bird” is good also.
    Honestly, I love ’em all!

    I’ve been eyeballing the U2 album (“what’s an album?” 😉 ) that you cite here for the last few weeks.

    I may just have to go pick it up now.

    The “Take this mouth…” line resonates deeply with me.

  2. JT, I knew I liked you…imagine, two brothers who may not see eye to eye on every jot and tittle, sitting in a mood-room somewhere side by side just leaning back with a good cup o’ joe (Starbucks?) and letting the tunes wash over…yeah, you nailed one of the same verses that gets me, too. “Take this soul…” is another.

    “Ringing Bell” is on my list;I shall do the same as you.

    ‘Album’…ha! Yeah, that’s pretty funny!

  3. Wow, sound about right.

    You know Derek is one of few artists who will actually stick around after the show and hang out and talk with his fans.
    I’ve always appreciated that about him.

    He’s very patient and down to earth.

    There was a time when his music was the only thing that held me together (in God’s sovereignty, of course)…it was his She Must and Shall Go free cd.

    I can’t believe I missed his last show in Decatur!

  4. I saw him in Roswell a couple of years ago. Derek is in my Top 5 list of favorite arists. My son and I watched his DVD “How to kill and be killed” just the other night. So Derek Webb is our “benchmark” of unity. 🙂 I want to be at the Inaugaral Derek Webb Fan club Coffee Clique meeting!

  5. Count me in!
    We just need a workable date.

    (Hmmm. Maybe Derek is the forth part of the Holy Quadrinity…Just thinking ahead of the possible theological conversations we could have.)

  6. Oh, I gotta be in on that one…

    Or, try this one on for size: his name has 9 letters which is an upside down 6 and multiplied by 3, THREE TIMES!

    …so…6-6-6…maybe the UNholy Quadrinity?

    Just a thought.

  7. I have heard of this guy and he’s a sickoid…no wonder people like him: no sin, no devil, no hell…live as you please and indulge ALL you want; follow him and he’ll make sure you get into heaven.

    Try this link for some more info. It’s so tragic that many are swept away by this.

  8. Yeah…it’s really not all that different than (or “from”?)
    the “prosperity” gospel, really.

    I think most folks will “fall away” from his charisma once they get burned badly enough.

    I just hope no one gets seriously hurt in the meantime.

    Crazy…,just crazy.

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