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.
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