cut short

Posted in: Christian music, nostalgia, reviews, theological raves- Mar 29, 2014 No Comments

The Jesus RecordI was digging through some old papers tonight, and ran across something interesting. It was two excerpts from the start of a review that I was writing (for TLeM) of Rich Mullins’ posthumous recording, The Jesus Record.

Like Rich’s life, this review is far from complete. It has an abrupt stop in the middle and some question marks where I needed to go back and fill in details. And I even make a couple bracketed edits here for clarity. But I thought I’d share what I had written, anyway.

Here is a lyric video of the song to which I refer in the review.

In recent years, Rich Mullins spoke often about his desire to fall in love with Jesus and to know Him better. So it was not surprising that he decided that his first project for his new label, Myrrh, would consist of ten songs all about Jesus. Having written and co-written nine songs for the album, Mullins sat down with a guitar, piano, and a simple jambox to record demos of the songs to present to the label.

??? weeks later, Mullins was killed in a car wreck in ???. Still wounded by the loss, his friends and family decided that The Jesus Record should be recorded ….

Two things struck me when listening to disc one of this set — Mullins’ jambox recordings [of the songs]. The first was the haunting nature of hearing his voice again, just when the reality of his death was starting to really sink in. Compounding this sensation is the fact that the first song, “Hard to Get”, is a troubled, psalm-like prayer that questions if a seemingly-distant God is actually listening and understanding our pain. The opening lines, in particular [capture this idea]:

You Who live in heaven
Hear the prayers of those of use who live on earth
Who are afraid of being left by those we love
And who get hardened in the hurt

UPDATE: For you historian types, here are the two original hand-written pages. The scary thing is that my penmanship was better back then.

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