This week The Story CD hit streets, featuring 18 new songs performed by a parade of talent that includes Steven Curtis Chapman, Michael W. Smith, Francesca Bottiscelli, Amy Grant, and Mark Hall & Megan Garrett of Casting Crowns. (A tip for the fans: there are video interviews with the artists, including Mark Hall and others, on their experience with The Story.)
The music on The Story CD was inspired by three recent books: Randy Frazee's The Heart of the Story, Max Lucado's God's Story, Your Story, and The Story. Since reading The Story is like reading the Bible in novel form, I wonder if that makes The Story CD like the soundtrack to the Bible story? The abridged soundtrack anyway. Eighten of the major biblical characters receive their own song. You can see the track listing and sample the songs at thestorycd.com.
The lyricist Nichole Nodeman wrote the lyrics in first-person, which intrigued me. One of my favorite ways to meditate on Scripture is to put myself in the human characters' position, then ask msyself questions like, "How do I behave like this person? What does God think of this behavior? What's a better way?" This seems to fit with one of Nodeman's goals in this project, which she describes as:
...to be able to listen to these songs and feel more connected to these people that walked before us and learned lessons that we're still learning... There's such a tendency to turn them into superheroes and have these big, takeaway, moral-of-the-story moments. For me it was all about the humanity. These were broken people who were desperate and needed God. They were just like us. I really believe that, and I think sometimes we forget.
Preview the Songs
You can preview the songs at www.thestorycd.com.
Based on the samples at thestorycd.com, which song is your favorite? My personal favorite is the Apostle Paul's song, "Move in Me," performed by Jeremy Camp. It's half blues-rock stomper, half orchestral ode to joy, which makes the perfect musical mix to represent Paul's guts ... inspired by Christ's glory. The music styles of the other songs span pop, hip-hop, ballads, and rock.
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