This is music from THE WILDERNESS, a Ritual of Resistance and Hope, originally created for a Lenten gathering at the CONVERGENCE MUSIC PROJECT event, February 2017
These songs are for people of faith and doubt, rooted in many voices from gospel to indie, pop to folk. Songs meant to accompany you on the forty days and forty nights of Lent. Songs made to sing together. Songs for those who seek justice, long to live in kindness, walk humbly, and follow the God who so loves us all.
Note that songs in this bundle are also available on other albums by The Many. Only Grace, Forsaken, Lovely Needy People, and Forgive Us are from the the album, All Belong Here. Room for All of Us is from the Advent and Christmas album. Lamb of God is available as a single , and Must Not of Known is from a solo album by Hannah Rand called Standing on Shoulders, available from Itunes and other retailers.
The liturgy only, with the sheet music, is available at themanyarehere.com/merch
The liturgy that accompanies these songs was inspired by Jesus' 40 days in the wilderness where he faced his demons, sat with all that is hard and mysterious and painful, within and without. It is an invitation, during Lent to follow Jesus into this rocky, desolate place to examine ourselves, to face our fears, our temptations, our sorrows, our aloneness, and to listen for the still, small voice that calls us to refuse to be numb, calls us to wake up, be alert, look into the eyes of the other gods we worship on a daily basis – success, money, power, comfort, security – name them and confess them and find the path of holy resistance.
A PDF with the entire script and lyrics for the songs is included in the download of the album. There is also a PDF of the sheet music for all the songs.
Please share and sing and bring The Wilderness by The Many to your church or performance space.
released February 5, 2017
The Many are from Chicago, IL USA and include singers, Darren Calhoun, Leslie Michelle, Kerry Pritchard, Hannah Rand, Gary Rand and everyone else who can join in.
The Many is a collaboration of the Plural Guild, headed up by Gary and Lenora Rand. www.pluralguild.com
All songs written by Hannah Rand and Gary Rand, with lyrics by Lenora Rand, except "Must Not Have Known" - music and lyrics by Hannah Rand from her solo album, "Standing on Shoulders." Full album is available here: hannahrandband.bandcamp.com/album/standing-on-shoulders