Sara Kay (the Sara from this blog) is planning on having her album done by March of 2011. It has been a long time in the making. But she is finally ready. Sara has been re-working her previously written material as well as writing a few new songs. The songs are driving-yet-acoustic, warm-yet-edgy, spiritual-yet-grounded, and progressive-yet-ecumenical. And they are ready to be laid down. Or whatever cliched saying is popular for recording an album!
Most of the songs bring Biblical texts to life in relevant and modern ways. For example, her song "Victory" is based on Psalm 3, which is a Psalm about war. After hearing stories about people battling cancer, Sara wrote "Victory" as a song of war against cancer. Some of the lyrics include: "Healing and strength, God / We ask for your blessing / Lead us like Esther to victory / You are our hope / and in You we take comfort / Grant us the will / and the courage we need." Basically this song is about finding Divine hope in the midst of a war against "the enemy" of cancer." And that is how Psalm 3 is brought to life. In all of her songs, Sara hopes to connect the Word of God (Scripture) with the World of God (real life).
The title of the album is "On The Way." It has this name because Sara believes that as we move through life, God moves with us. No matter where we are, or who we are, God's abiding presence is with us. Throughout life, Sara has noticed God's activity in surprising places and times. She has faith that God will continue to be present in all of our lives as we grow - and as the Church continues to emerge.
Sara calls this album "emergent music for an emerging church." Many of her songs have been inspired by writers such as Brian McLaren, Philip Clayton, and other leaders in the Emergent Church. She hopes that her music will help to provide the soundtrack for the Emergent Church as it continues to develop. But it's not just for the Emergent Church crowd. Sara's songs would be equally "at home" in the new congregations of the Emergent Church as well as the established congregations of the Mainline Church.
After hearing for many years that "there isn't any 'Christian music' for progressive Christians," she decided that she needed to write some music herself. So, if you're looking for music that is deeply spiritual yet theologically progressive, then this is the music for you. No longer can people say that there aren't any progressive Christian songs! At the same time, this ain't traditional churchy music by any means. This is folk-rock-blues with a spiritual edge.
Be sure to keep your eyes open for "On The Way" by Sara Kay in March 2011!