There is far more to music than a series of varying tones, pitches, words and rhythms. More than a scientific exercise – more than we can explain with numbers and charts. Music is filled with emotion in an indescribably beautiful way. Whether it evokes feelings of anger, sorry, hope or happiness (to name only a few), music has the potential to make us feel, and I love that.
Every now and then, there’s that one song that grips you. In my musical capacity at Kerith Community Church, you will probably not be surprised to hear that I listen to lots of worship music. So much in fact, that at times I can find myself dangerously close to becoming desensitized if I’m not careful. You see, when you listen to as many songs from a critical point of view (by that, I mean researching songs that we could potentially use in our own church setting) as I do you, begin to hear the same old patterns, the same old formulas, styles and trends (of which, I’m a culprit too) and forget the point of the song in the first place – but for that one song. That one song that comes along once in a blue moon and it stirs your soul. It reaches into the core of your being and shakes you, reawakens you and moves you. Today I heard a song like that and I wanted to tell you about it.
It’s called ‘Fall Afresh’ by Jeremy Riddle. The version I’ve heard is actually Jeremy Riddle performing it with Bethel Music on their breathtaking album, ‘The Loft Sessions’. Why not spare a minute or four to have a listen to this song? The chorus gripped me so much that I was stunned into stillness as it repeated for over twenty minutes earlier on today. I hope you like it as much as I do: