Alright guys, I am really excited about what my write up is going to be about, because it’s really an area that I have had issues with coping with. It’s simple; a lot of us don’t listen to songs because of the lyrics. I have discovered from my personal experience that the first thing that attracts us to songs most times is either the beat or the artiste. Well as I grew in my Christian Faith, I recognised that it was just common sense to know what these “guys” are saying before I begin to move to the beat or appreciate the skills displayed by the vocalists and the instrumentalists.
Truthfully before now, I hid under the guise that “I am listening to get new skills on chord progressions” and bla bla bla, to listen to all kinds of junk that do not edify my spirit.
Now, what I would be doing here is simply picking a song at a time and appreciating the message in the song as well as the aesthetics involved. I know a great deal of objectivity is required, so even my own favourite artists will not be spared 😉
I welcome your comments and suggestions. Let’s get the ball rolling!!!
The song for today is “Give me that” by Kirk Franklin Feat Mali Music
I like Kirk because he knows his area and just sticks to it. Of course you will agree with me that he rarely attempts to sing, he does the talking although sometimes he is tempted. Anyway, this particular song is a prayer and a confrontational piece as well.
From the first verse, shows the heart of someone asking God in humility for joy unexplainable, love that will never change,
“…Give me that power to walk away
When another god wants to take your place
As much of You as I can take
Give me that”
The next part goes straight to the message of the song.
Ready for His glory?
If you a seeker for life,
Let me tell you this story.
Every place that’s dark,
He will bring it to light.
Hypocritical hearts, backsliders,
Liars time to get right.
See I include myself
I cast my own stone
I’m the man in the mirror y’all
I can see my wrong
But I’m here by grace
Through Christ by faith
I had to make that choice,
I had to open up my mouth and say…
The next part talks about getting the actors off the stage let the church begin.lol. I must confess I use to be on good actor in church before now. Let me just quickly give examples of actors in this context. Those who are engaging in fraud and come to pay their tithe, those who have sex with persons they are not married to, those who kill others with their tongue; they see same persons and put on a smile like they really care, those who watch pornography and feel no guilt; being unwilling to repent and forsake those evil things. Guys the list is endless; what you’ve got to do is to identify where you have been acting, and get real with God.
Yea someone’s obviously tired of church folks being hypocrites; having sanctimonious looks all the time in church, and being something else out side. The good thing here is that he does not leave himself out thereby fulfilling the scriptures that says ‘remove the log in your eye first, before the spec in your brother’s eyes.’
The message from the song is direct and clear. Some church folks are just obsessed with titles…”everybody’s got a title but do you know your name”. It only shows your degree of emptiness to allow yourself worth be determined by your title. Who are you? Selah.
This is just one song that’s got both the message and the musical aesthetics. The groove in the song makes you get your bounce on. This track is just an excellent contemporary gospel piece. Feel the groove-get the message. Nice one Kirk!