Well, I was all set tonight to continue catching up on the Stay Awake Challenge, but that will have to wait until tomorrow, because I just have to share this musical goodness!
Today, a post popped up in my reader from Clearing Customs, a blog I recently started following, which alerted me to the fact that the band Page CXVI (formerly The Autumn Film) has made their entire discography available for FREE during the month of March! I love free music. And I especially love quality free music. I had never heard of this group before, but my interest was piqued when I read that they re-imagine old hymns with a fresh, new sound. I love old hymns. I feel like there is a richness, a depth to them that is often missing in modern “praise-and-worship” music. Don’t get me wrong, I like “praise-and-worship” music, too. But I believe the old hymns can still speak to us, still convict and challenge us, and I’m so glad there are musicians out there with a passion to make them relevant again.
I listened to a few of Page CXVI’s songs (there are several music videos on Youtube), and fell in love. I immediately downloaded all of their albums, and they are playing now on my computer as I type this. Beautiful musical arrangements, familiar words — the combination is like a balm to my soul. (If you decide you want some of their music for yourself, head on over to Noisetrade for the free downloads.)
And… get this… they do a version of “Be Still My Soul,” which is my absolute favorite hymn of all time. Tears blur my computer screen as the words wash over me: “Be still my soul, the Lord is on your side… Leave to your God to order and provide… in every change, he will remain… Your God will undertake to guide the future as in ages past.” And this one thought emerges: I want to believe it. Oh, how I want to believe.