ANOTHER WORLD IS POSSIBLE… SO LET'S SING ABOUT IT ///
It’s been a wild ride after a hiatus of almost seven years from making music to feel the tug back into the studio. These seven years have been slammed full of life, family, kids, traveling the nations, life in war torn countries, witnessing violence, poverty, racism, putting up a fight against those realities, failures, growth, death, life - you name it. They have also been slammed full of meaningful relationships with marginalized communities scattered all across God's world who are doing outlandishly beautiful things in often outlandishly difficult situations as they try to follow Jesus and give a witness that another world is indeed possible.
As I have traveled this world I have found myself consistently turning to music, once again, as a primary tool to try to make sense of it all. "Making sense" is something I think we all tend to try and do, which is why I believe worship is such an instrumental part of the life of faith. As I've journeyed I have personally found a tremendous solace in the joint histories of African American spirituals (particularly the sorrow songs), folk music, various streams of protest music, as well as anglo/catholic spirituality and liturgy. The intersection of those wildly contrasting traditions seemed far and wide to me for years until one day I realized something...
WORSHIP is PROTEST ///
The unifying reality of all the aforementioned streams is one of a "voice crying out in the wilderness" for another world and another way. One sitting in the tension of the violence of our world, choosing to see it as it really is, while still trusting stubbornly in the reality of Resurrection. Like grass wiggling it's way through the cracks of concrete, worship, at its core is the affirmation that the concrete slab is bound to break and give way to something new.
"SONGS OF SORROW / SONGS OF HOPE" is my attempt to reaffirm the place of lamentation within the world of congregational worship music. My prayer is that these songs, songs written all over the world in all kind of circumstances, will be both a comfort and a challenge to communities of faith. A comfort and affirmation for all of us who mourn and struggle and weep and doubt and a challenge for us all to love deeper and wider and more recklessly.
Peace be with you,
released December 19, 2014
Words & Music by Steve Schallert
Produced by Nathan Horst @ Attic Recording Studios (Harrisburg, PA)
Steve Schallert - Vocals, Acoustic Guitars, Electric Guitars
Mika Ariel McClurkin - Vocals
Nathan Horst - Electric Guitars, Vibraphone, Percussion
Andrew Aitken - Drums, Percussion
John Schallert - Pianos, Organs, Rhodes
Christopher Flinchbaugh - Bass
Community Singing - Steve Schallert, Mika Ariel McClurkin, Megan Fischer, Lindsey Horst, Nathan Horst, James McLaughlin & Josh Lamb
A HUGE THANKS TO ALL THE ALBUM SUPPORTERS WHO ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS MISCHIEF -
Mary & David Schallert, Tom & Peg Byrnes
THE MOVERS & THE SHAKERS:
Ben & Kandice Peterson
Rog & Deb Andruss, Sadie Krahn, Karl Bratnober, Jon & Mary Catherine Schallert, Donovan Mattole, Liam & Rachel Byrnes, Daniel Chae, Christian & Sharee Fox, Kathrine Fosstveit, Emily Whetsler, Jeff & Christie Lothamer, Mark & Dorota Mimms, Ryan & Jeanette Wojton, Jacob Wagener, Jeff Pratt, The Nystrom Family, Kyle Nabors, Melissa Chinworth, Tristan Gilmour, Steven David Branon, Michael Dyer, Joan & Trevor Godard, Ben Bradshaw, Oliver Schwendemann, Andreas Garphammar, Brandon Patrick Stark, Christine Fontaine, George Hsia, Paul Michaud, Johnny & Jenni Gillespie, Chelsea Sumner, Steven Soto, Samantha & Daniel Stedman, Clint & Hailey Gooch, Hannah Choi, Mika Ariel McClurkin, Graham & Alissa Malinowski, Matthew Scott, Tino Taake, Justin Seo, Alessandro Pereira, Cambria & Max Melchert. Ryah Arthur, Jay Lutgen, Tanisha Hough, Cassandra Bambridge, Henri & Tata Hermunen, Andrew & Jess Aitken, Deborah & David de Graaf, Giselle Stadler, Hailey Laine Bland
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