Hiraeth: A Lenten Mixtape (2017 Edition)

Date April 10, 2017

Songs for waiting.

Hiraeth is a Welsh word for which there is no direct English translation. The word evokes a sense of homesickness tinged with grief or sadness over the lost or departed; a mix of longing, yearning, nostalgia, wistfulness, and an earnest desire for a place that is hereafter beyond one’s reach across the echoes of time.”

Hiraeth: A Lenten Mixtape (2017 edition)

01. Ólafur Arnalds – Þú ert sólin
02. Lowercase Noises – I Need Thee
03. Bifrost Arts – Psalm 126 (feat. Molly Parden)
04. Sufjan Stevens – Ah Holy Jesus
05. Young Oceans – Come to Us O Lord
06. Hammock – Hiraeth
07. Sandra McCracken – Have Mercy
08. A Rocha Arts – Tree of Life (feat. Andy Gullahorn)

Sandra McCracken – Psalms

Date April 14, 2015

Beautiful new album from the talented Sandra McCracken. I’ve been listening to it non-stop for a couple of months. Highly recommended.

Easter Mixtape

Date April 18, 2014

Here’s an Easter Mix I put together a few years ago made up of songs by Andrew Peterson and Jill Phillips. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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01. Andrew Peterson – All Things New [0:00]
02. Andrew Peterson – Serve Hymn / Holy is the Lord [3:50]
03. Jill Phillips – All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name [8:02]
04. Andrew Peterson – High Noon [11:34]
05. Jill Phillips – Praise to the Lord the Almighty [16:01]
06. Jill Phillips – Hosanna [18:58]
07. Andrew Peterson – Hosanna [24:15]
08. Jill Phillips – Christ the Lord is Risen Today [28:28]
09. Jill Phillips – Fairest Lord Jesus [32:25]
10. Jill Phillips – Man of Sorrows [36:49]
11. Jill Phillips – Lamb of God [40:08]
12. Andrew Peterson – The Good Confession (I Believe) [45:09]

You can get these songs from the following albums, which are highly recommended:

Andrew Peterson – Love and Thunder

Andrew Peterson – Resurrection Letters, Volume II

Jill Phillips – Kingdom Come

Agnus Dei

Date April 17, 2014

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Wendell Berry – Like The Water

Date September 18, 2012

Autumn doesn’t officially start until Saturday, but we’ve been having a preview here in Charlottesville for the past week or so. Crisp mornings, cool evenings, leaves beginning to change. It’s raining today; everything is green-come-colorful outside, and there are drops on the windows. It’s a wonderful sound in the background as I work the day away.

It’s a Wendell Berry morning, for sure.

Like The Water

Like the water
of a deep stream,
love is always too much.
We did not make it.
Though we drink till we burst,
we cannot have it all,
or want it all.
In its abundance
it survives our thirst.

In the evening we come down to the shore
to drink our fill,
and sleep,
while it flows
through the regions of the dark.
It does not hold us,
except we keep returning to its rich waters
thirsty.

We enter,
willing to die,
into the commonwealth of its joy.