Words & Music

Secret Light No Longer a Secret

Fresh vision for your Christmas service.

Back in May a friend — Stephanie Samuel — of my dear brother-in-law (check him out in the ‘about’ section of this site) visited my house because I sensed some creative chemistry and thought she might help me with some demos of a song, “Winepress of the Cross,” and a children’s musical, plus a Christmas song I wrote some 40 years ago. We did none of the above. (Good, since I decided the theology on “Winepress” needed adjusting.) Instead, our conversation about the band Elbow and their song “One Day Like This” (Stephanie introduced me to this band) prompted me to write a new lyric “The Night is Silent”… I sent it to Stephanie, and in days she sent me an amazing a cappella version with a quirky alt melody. We decided to ditch the previous ideas I had and pursue an EP together, at first a modest EP and soon a little more ambitious one that required additional funding via Kickstarter. Through all the twists and turns, generosity, kindness, failed communication, surprises and disappointments, God has worked. “We make our plans and God establishes our steps.”

I’m attaching the lead sheet of that first song (See bottom of page “The Night is Silent – Rev 3”) for you to introduce to your congregation this Christmas and a link to YouTube https://youtu.be/Ef5fHEEHojQ. I think they’ll like it. I know I do (You can give a listen on iTunes or Spotify as well). I feel Stephanie’s amazing artistry throughout. It’s a little more Lorde/Enya than Elbow, and you can make it whatever you like: faster or slower, more percussive, or more dreamy, guitar-driven, orchestral, synth, add backing vocals, a choir (or all of the above). The song lends itself to myriad interpretations. That’s the beauty of music and our walk with God, we may be foreknown and predestined, but there are a lot of different routes to our final meet up with Father, Son, & Holy Spirit. Then the hope-filled words of this song, “It’s a new beginning, the beginning of the end of death,” that celebrate Jesus and His first coming will be complete.

And together we will say “death is swallowed in victory!”

53For the perishable must be clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 54When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come to pass: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” 55“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” (1 Cor 15:54-55)

and also

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the former things have passed away (Rev 21:4).

The Night Is Silent – Rev 3