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Friday, September 08, 2006


are you a caedmon's call fan? i am and have evolved into a derek webb fan since he left caedmon's a while ago. he is really awesome at writing acoustic/folky music that have the most challenging messages.

this is something that derek webb wrote recently:

i love music. i have grown up with music as a close confidant. and i believe in the power of music to move people. there's something remarkable about the way a melody can soften someone to a new idea.

as an artist (and often an agitator), this is something i am keenly aware of. my most recent record 'mockingbird' deals with many sensitive issues including poverty, war, and the basic ethics by which we live and deal with others. but i found that music has been an exceptional means by which to get this potentially difficult conversation going. and this is certainly an important moment for dialogue amongst people who disagree about how to best love and take care of people, to get into the nuances of the issues.

one of the things that excites me most about the future of our business is how easy it is becoming to deliver music to people who want to hear it. i heard a story once about keith green caring so much that people were able to hear and engage with his music that he gave it away for free, which was a very difficult and expensive thing to do at that time. it's actually never been as simple as it is today to connect music with music fans. and i want people to have a chance to listen to mockingbird and engage in the conversation.

so this is why, on september 1st, we're launching freederekwebb.com, a place where anyone can go online and not just hear but actually download, keep, and share 'mockingbird' completely for free. In addition, freederekwebb.com will give you an opportunity to invite your friends to download 'mockingbird' in order to get them in on the conversation as well.

i hope you'll go to www.freederekwebb.com and download his album. it truly is good music with several really challenging messages.

here is one of my favorite (and most butt-kicking) songs:

rich young ruler

(vs. 1)
poverty is so hard to see
when it’s only on your tv and twenty miles across town
where we’re all living so good
that we moved out of Jesus’ neighborhood
where he’s hungry and not feeling so good
from going through our trash
he says, more than just your cash and coin
i want your time, i want your voice
i want the things you just can’t give me

(vs. 2)
so what must we do
here in the west we want to follow you
we speak the language and we keep all the rules
even a few we made up
come on and follow me
but sell your house, sell your suv
sell your stocks, sell your security
and give it to the poor
what is this, hey what’s the deal
i don’t sleep around and i don’t steal
i want the things you just can’t give me

because what you do to the least of these
my brother’s, you have done it to me
because i want the things you just can’t give me


Julie said...

I love it!!! Thank you so much for making me privy to this. That is a really great song that you typed out the lyrics too. I also love the Mockingbird song. "I'm like an amplifier, just repeating what I've heard." Sometimes so much of what we say and think as Christians came from a sermon or book or catchy quote or someone else's thoughts and we don't realize how little we actually hear from God ourselves. Love it. Thanks. And by the way, I haven't been able to quit thinking about Swiss Cake Rolls since your last post so thanks.

Chad Billy-Steve Pknicholson said...

OH MY GOSH!!! Free Derek Webb?? Is he in jail?

Brooke said...

you...love...him. he does pretty much rock, though. thanks for the tip.

Anonymous said...

Be sure to check out (I know it's not free) his first album. I can't remember the name of it right now, but it has a number of very good songs on it as well.

Great song that you quoted Jesse, I also love #3: A King and a Kingdom.

"My first allegiance is not to a flag, a country or a man...but to a King and a Kingdom."

Jesse Faris said...

I like his first album too. It's called "She Must and Shall Go Free." ("She" = the Church) Oh man, "Wedding Dress" on that album is such a butt-kicker. And who doesn't like a church song with a good message where you can say "hoar?"

Anonymous said...

thanks for the tip jesse!


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