Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Is God Still "Writing" Psalms?

Honest. Transparent. Hopeful. Those three words that come to mind as I try to describe the heart and soul of Michael Flayhart’s debut album, Sound Manifesto. Michael sings about relationships, with all their messiness, being misunderstood, the beauty of love, the brokenness of life, the hope of grace, learning to see from someone else’s perspective as well as growing pains and hard lessons. Michael wrestles honestly and transparently about all these issues. Yet, even as his lyrics reveal some of his own (and our own) struggles and experiences, there is an overall note of hopefulness. The melodies themselves have a “groove” that play the rhythms of hopefulness. I think a lot of people will find the music itself “catchy,” upbeat and redemptive. I’ve found that not just the lyrics, but also the melodies get “caught” wonderfully in my head. It reminds me of the Psalmist. The Psalms are all songs! Lyrics and melodies. Honest. Transparent. Hopeful. Many of the Psalms begin with honest struggle. Wrestling transparently with the brokenness of life. But throughout the Psalm, and especially as the Psalmist brings his complaint or issue or experience before the Throne of Grace, he gains a new perspective…and he is changed. May Michael’s album lead us all to places of fresh honesty, contagious transparency and most of all…unquenchable hope. I hope you’ll buy it. I think you’ll enjoy it. Buy it TODAY! Go to michaelflayhart.com

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