Thanks so much for all your encouragement and congratulations on the book. You’re fantastic.
And because you’re so great, I want to share with you even more exciting news. My favorite band in the world – Elliot – is releasing their new album, Borderlines on this very day. Yes, it’s true – it’s all new and it’s getting stellar reviews. I got my copy on Tuesday (because I have a special arrangement wherein I trade home cooked meals for an early release copy) and I think it’s already wearing thin, I’ve played it so much.
Now, full disclosure: I really love Elliot. I love their hearts and I love their music. You know this about me so let’s not pretend my review is unbiased and impartial…but please believe that my review is accurate and honest. This is without a doubt, my favorite thing they’ve ever done. It’s beautiful, rich, meaningful and just really right, while still being fun and sometimes frenzied but always truly Elliot. Their focus as a band is sharper than ever, their lives are deeper (as they’ve grown from high school musicians to husbands, fathers and world-changers) and their music reflects the great grace of God, who moves us through seasons and questions and suffering and into His goodness.
The song Resolute is one of my favorites and will be a song of my life – do you have those? The songs that define a season or a moment so deeply that you always remember how you felt when you first heard it? Some of the lyrics: “Though my eyes can’t see beyond this moment, can’t see the things You’re holding, I know it’s true. Though my faith is more than what I”m seeing, Lord I’ll be found believing, I know it’s true: I’m resolute. Don’t bend, don’t break. Don’t be afraid. Don’t fall, don’t sway. No fear, just faith.” See what I mean? Not a song for the moment – a song for life.
While the overall focus of the album is worship, the sound is fresh and compelling, filled with raw passion and fervency. You will dance in the kitchen to Love is Like a Fire and play air guitar to Weight of the World.
The most personal and dear song on the album for me is Call us Home – a song that I believe was written shortly after Steve’s diagnosis.
If home is where the heart is, I don’t think I’ll ever rest my head. Until You come to save us and take us to the house that You’ve prepared. Where these tents we call our bodies and these temporary homes are laid to rest. We’ll be seeing for the first time, fleeing shadows in the holy luminescence. Oh, we’re reaching out, we’re reaching out, for the hope of our redemption. Oh we’re reaching out, we’re reaching out for the place that we belong. Faces down before Your greatness. The King of Mercy standing perfect in plain sight. I can’t wait to feel completion. Can’t wait to see You Jesus with my own eyes…“
Casey Parnell of Elliot told me that Call us Home has the distinction of being an uptempo song that also makes you cry and he’s exactly right. It’s an odd juxtaposition but it feels just right.
So, I really want you to go to iTunes and buy the CD…but I also want to give a couple away today. If you’d like to win a free copy of Borderlines, just leave a comment and tell me what your favorite genre of music is. Love country? Great! Polka? Awesome! Emo screamer music? Okay. Just leave it in the comments over the weekend and winners will be drawn randomly and announced on Monday.
Good luck and happy listening!