Tuesday, June 16, 2009

SOTD: Sandra McCracken, "Halfway"

Why it's song of the day:

In the past few days, God has been so so good to me. And with each new moment, Ephesians 3:16-19 is becoming more and more of a reality in my life.

This album just came out today, and this song is track 1. Word for word it is the story of my life right now.

“all that I knew I am having to learn again.
and it’s taken me over
taken me over
and the heart I thought was full
was halfway.”

Why you should love it:

Sandra McCracken is a modern psalmist. Her lyrics are poetry. Metaphoric, honest, vulnerable and just genuinely beautiful. And the way she sings and plays, it’s raw and open, strong but still sweet. Hers are songs that cut to the core of human emotion yet even the saddest of her songs are painted with hope.

If you don’t know anything about McCracken, she’s the wife of musician Derek Webb (who is the harmony you hear in this song and visa-versa for yesterday’s SOTD, “Beloved”). He heard her singing in a coffee shop one day and soon invited her to tour with his band Caedmon’s Call. Today, they each have several solo albums, one collaboration (Ampersand E.P.), and a son. This album, Live Under Lights and Wires was recorded live (under lights and wires) in their living room in front of an audience of friends. You should probably listen to all of it. I'm slightly obsessed.

1 comment:

  1. Wow! 2 great days in a row! I love both Sandra and Derek's voices. I'd never heard this song before by Sandra...I might have to spend some money on itunes!!