The Wilderness Voice - EP 1

by Ben Thomas

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Watch the trailer for "The Wilderness Voice - EP 1" here youtu.be/CyM4qTKfn1w

Subscribe to The Ben Thomas Podcast at benthomaspodcast.podbean.com to listen to weekly meditations on the songs from this release.

10 years ago (WAIT... WHAT?!? 10 FREAKING YEARS AGO???) I released an Advent/Christmas-themed record called The Bewildering Light. The entire album was written, recorded, mixed and released in less than a month. At the time, it was intended to be a quick little recording for my friends and family to enjoy. It went on to sell more copies than all of my other records combined, and became the only album of mine to officially “sell out” of physical copies. All of this, teaching me in no subtle way that God most certainly dwells in the least expected places.
10 years later I still find myself mysteriously drawn to the stories surrounding the birth of Jesus. These are stories that speak to our humanity and the common desire we all share for hope and redemption. Stories about waiting with hope for rescue from oppression. Stories about the reversal of power - where those on society’s fringes are awakened to the Divine within them and among them, empowering them to live out a radical and subversive kind of love. These are stories set with a backdrop of political tension, racism, and hatred that seem difficult not to draw comparison to our present day cultural climate.

Regardless of what you believe about who Jesus was and what Christians say about Him, the whole thing is a crazy, messy and beautiful story. And crazy, messy, beautiful stories need soundtracks. That's my goal with The Wilderness Voice.

The songs themselves will be inspired by readings from the Revised Common Lectionary, which covers a broad and diverse range of Old and New Testament passages for the season. Advent is four weeks long and each song will speak to the readings from each week. Since the lectionary cycle takes place over the course of three years, I plan on writing and releasing songs to go with each week over the next three years as three separate EPs.

If all that sounds like jibberish to you I’ll translate: 4 weeks each year. 1 song for each week. 12 songs released over the course of 3 years.

In addition, I'll be recording and posting some contemplative experiences to go along with each song (subscribe at benthomasonline.com) Each recording will be around 10 minutes long, will guide you through reflections on the readings, and will offer a way for you to more fully engage with the season of Advent through the songs. An Advent Podcast of sorts. Stay tuned for more info!

My hope is that these songs provide a soundtrack for your Advent and a way for you to allow the stories surrounding Jesus’ birth to draw you mysteriously inward this season… awakening you to a love that breaks down walls, heals the broken, includes the outcast and transforms our pain.

Peace,
Ben
Nov 2017

credits

released November 24, 2017

All songs written and performed by Ben Thomas.

Additional performances:
Jonathan Lee - Cello on track 1
Andrew Vogt - Upright Bass on track 3
Lucy Thomas - Vocals on track 3

Mixed by Alex Oh and Ben Thomas at STUDIO3 in Santa Ana, CA
Artwork by Nick Neumann (instagram.com/cosmic_nick)

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Track Name: The Unraveling
Israel cried patient through her pain
“Let your face shine
and let us be saved.
Tear the heavens wide and stream
Glory to our eyes”

All we claim to know and
All the ways we try to define God are being unraveled
…Are being unraveled

A prophecy, a sign coming to life
Fig trees bloom with life in mid-July
Temple walls will crack and cave
Opening our eyes

All we claim to know and
All the ways we try to define God are being unraveled
…Are being unraveled

Welcome the foreigners
Break down the walls
A child will be born bring hope to us all

All we claim to know and
All the words we write to define God are being unraveled
…Are being unraveled
Track Name: A Voice In The Wilderness
A voice, a voice,
A voice calling in the wilderness
“Pave the way
For something new
Rising up around here “

A voice, a voice,
A voice calling in the wilderness
“Lift your voice
Lift it up
There is nothing to fear”

And did you hear that
Righteousness and peace
Are kissing in the shadows of the law?
And out of them
A child will enter in
And level out the ground beneath us all

A voice, a voice,
A voice calling in the wilderness
"Walk away from all your politics
And open your ears"

A shout, an exclamation coming from the wildernesss
"Dead religion never gives life
It only breeds fear"

And Did you hear that
Righteousness and peace
Are kissing in the shadows of the law?
And out of them
A child will enter in
And level out the ground beneath us all

The turning of our hearts and of our minds
Will lead to the evolving of our lives
Among us now
A child will enter in
Baptizing us with Spirit and with life

Rejoice Emmanuel!
Rejoice Emmanuel!
Track Name: Justice Will Sprout From The Ground
The Spirit, Eternal, put all this songs inside my bones
To tell you, the broken, captive and lonely
That all your sorrows and tears
Will spill over
And justice will sprout from the ground

I am the Eternal
Trading your ashes for crowns
I give you your freedom:
Life undivided
Let all your wreckage and pain spill on over
So Justice will sprout from the ground

The Spirit, Eternal,
So magnified by my soul,
Saw me, the lowly and lifted my head
So that all your sorrow and tears will spill over
And Justice will sprout from this ground
Justice will sprout from this ground
Track Name: Reverse In Power
Prepare for an act of God
A turning of the tides that hold you down
Descendent of David’s throne
A warrior, a King who does no wrong
…Who does no wrong

Call it an act of God,
A falling of the powerful and rich
And all of the empires that squash us and that stomp us down
…That stomp us down

Anybody hungry? 
Prepare to be fed
Anybody captive?
Break off those chains
Anybody kicked out?
Welcome home
Welcome home

Reverse in power
God in us
Us in God
God in us
Nothing is impossible now

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