Friday, August 7, 2009

Pilgrims to a New World: Music for the Soul

Spiritual. Biblical. Progressive. Process. Diverse. These are some of the words we'd use to describe the new CD from The River's Voice. This ain't your average "Christian CD." It has deeper theology, larger metaphors, and more complex music. It's a thing of beauty. But we are biased. The River's Voice is comprised of Iowa natives, Trish and Richard Bruxvoort-Colligan. We like having homegrown, spiritual music in our backyard! Plus, we have seen them in concert at Eden Seminary, sang their songs at Camp EWALU, organized a weekend event with Richard at an Illinois congregation, etc. Needless to say, we've become familiar with them. And don't just take our word for it. The popular theologian-author Leonard Sweet has called their new CD a "playlist for writing." Sojourner's magazine said their music does a good job at "bridging the Church music gap...between organ lofts and praise bands." The bonus is that each of their albums is very different. And this new CD is particularly different - and good. They take their music, theology, and spirituality even deeper this time. The music ranges from rock-pop to meditative. The themes explore pilgrimage as a metaphor for spiritual awakening. The spiritual nature of the CD awakens the deep human longing for connection. Our words don't really do it justice. It's something you have to hear to appreciate. Click here to listen online (for free). And if you like it, well, you know what to do! Enjoy!

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