“Singing in the dark”
HOW THE ALBUM CAME TO BE
I wrote these songs when the old choruses couldn’t walk me through my hardest season yet. I needed to keep walking, carrying out my responsibilities as a mother and a community leader. And I needed to sing because music has long been my interior lifeline to what's true and real.
But even the hymns had run dry for me. It was as if God led me to the brink of silence and pointed me to the blank page.
"Say what you know then. As you know it".
But it sounds simplistic. Self-indulgent. Unresolved.
"There is no other way".
And so these came. Leaning on their rhythms and rhymes. Confessions about the weight and wonder of a long faith walk. Sounded with a voice I’ve garnered at last as my own. Who'd have thunk it at this point of my life? Time has given way.
Whatever you've been waiting for, here's what I recommend -- Stand your ground, but don't harden your heart. Feel for the light and sing in the dark.
ABOUT THE TITLE TRACK
Katie is a prophetic artist, her oracles drop from heaven to earth in acrylic and oil. On my bedside table, sits her small painting of a blue water kettle heating over flames. An army of endless tea cups extends to the horizon, awaiting the whistle.
You’re waiting for a promise. A judgment. A love or land of your own. So much thirst and such a long wait. Don’t I know it? The outcome is inevitable, but the process is dubious.
Listen. Time is giving way. Time to move from captivity to family. From silence to songs. From dreaming to life. It’s time to get back into position.
Zech. 9: As for you, because of the blood of my covenant with you, I will free your prisoners from the waterless pit. Return to your fortress, you prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you.