Song of the Day: Jeremy Casella

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Take a few minutes and listen to this pretty, sad, hopeful song by Jeremy Casella. It was hard to choose just one song from his newest album RCVRY, but I landed on this one because of the story it hints at. I’m intrigued by songs like this–songs that convey an emotion, paint pictures of a time and place, but don’t come right out and smack you in the face with their deeper story. Not only does it give you something to think about, it allows you to superimpose your own story into the song, and sometimes it helps you to feel less alone.

Listening to this record today reminded me all over again what a great piece of work it is, from start to finish (it’s available in the Rabbit Room store and on iTunes, not to mention Jeremy’s website.

BORN AGAIN
Words and Music by Jeremy Casella

I never thought too much about it
It didn’t seem like it should matter all those years ago
It was buried under Florida sand
And frozen under Pennsylvania snow
I was fine to leave it all undone
Until I looked in the eyes of my own son
And everything was born again…

Promises get broken
Still too young to know the difference
Oh but time would tell
What was lost in all those silent years
Uncovered in some secret fear I’ve known
Facing the past to understand
My father’s voice, my mother’s hand
And everything is born again…

What does it mean to give and live and lose and win
Then end up dying to preserve a vow you made?
Sometimes it helps to name what marks you most of all
The things that shape your deepest places
And I’m not taking sides
I just think it’s sad that’s all
That’s all

As a singer-songwriter and recording artist, Andrew has released more than ten records over the past fifteen years. His music has earned him a reputation for writing songs that connect with his listeners in ways equally powerful, poetic, and intimate. He has also followed his gifts into the realm of publishing. His books include the four volumes of the award-winning Wingfeather Saga.


8 Comments

  1. Ryan

    Hands down, what a wonderful album! This song has always stuck out to me as well Andrew. For starters, the melody/instrumentation is one of the most beautiful I’ve ever heard. Add to it the power of the lyrics, and you have one of the most under-appreciated and under-respected musicians and songwriters in Christian music in my opinion.

  2. jeremy Casella

    thanks for posting this andrew. i wrote this song about dealing with my parent’s divorce and how it all seemed to circle back when my own son was born. my folks divorced when I was about a year old and i grew up not really knowing my father past the age of eight. i’m in my early thirties now –married with a little boy and this song is an attempt to wrap my mind around the sadness of my parents splitting up. Not being afraid to enter into that sadness and feel it. Name it and start to heal…

    I wanted to take all the heartache and pain i’ve felt over my life (which always rears its head in different ways…sometimes blind anger directed at others or sometimes depression or just a rebellious spirit without a good cause) and wrap it up in all the beauty i could muster from the music. The strings do that for me here. Especially the violin melody which is sort of the main instrumental melody of the song. The acoustic guitar sort of meanders it’s way through the beginning in no specific chord sequence (like our thoughts and how random things trigger memories) until the vocal starts.

    I would say this is the most honest song I have ever written. Definitely my most honest lyric. It was a good challenge to write about it and start the healing process.

    thanks again for posting this andrew! love you brother.

  3. Chris R

    I just put this song on a cd for some friend of mine (literally earlier today). Thanks Jeremy, for pouring heart and soul into music like this.

  4. brad

    man thanks for you honesty. it translated very well and i love the intro. great tune Jason. I am really enjoying the song submissions. i am learning about so many song writers and musicians i have never heard of before. they bless me.

  5. Ron Davis

    I don’t really have anything to add to the content of this post except to say that anyone reading this who hasn’t purchased “Recovery” is really, really missing out. “Darkest Night” hit me hard on the way back home from TN this weekend. I’ve got a blog post about it brewing. This CD is one of the deepest, most thought provoking, lyrically genius, musically beautiful albums I’ve ever heard. And I’m not exaggerating.

  6. Curt McLey

    @curtmcley

    After making a daily trip to Jeremy’s myspace page to hear some of the songs on this CD, I started to realize I was being silly. So I finally ordered it from The Rabbit Room. From first listen of these songs, I knew I would own the CD, but with finite disposable income, it’s sometimes easy to postpone these purchases.

    Secondarily, I bought the CD with the idea of writing a review for The Rabbit Room. But must tell you that I’m fearful that my vocabulary isn’t broad enough to aptly describe it’s wonder. I’m not sure how a recording artist creates a truly original recording without sounding derivative or ridiculously self-indulgent, but Jeremy Casella has done it. Man, has he done it.

    The Proprietor’s comment nailed it for me:

    I’m intrigued by songs like this–songs that convey an emotion, paint pictures of a time and place, but don’t come right out and smack you in the face with their deeper story. Not only does it give you something to think about, it allows you to superimpose your own story into the song, and sometimes it helps you to feel less alone.

    I listen to songs like these over and over again because something which is somewhat latent begins to come into focus, both in the music and in my heart. In Jeremy’s case, the instrumentation plays as much a part as the lyrics. Like an addict seeking to recapure the original high, I burrow myself into the songs–chasing the high–because I love the feelings they bubble up in my heart, and that’s true whether those feelings are joyful, painful, or something in between.

    It’s like I want to run as far away from numb as possible. There is so much in the world and in art that leaves me numb. Finding things that make me feel deeply remind me that I’m chasing a high that will someday be validated and honored as the Ultimate Truth. And despite my stumbles, the deeper Truth lives in me today.

  7. Aaron Roughton

    The production quality of this song is magnificent. The kettle drum is an outstanding touch. It’s hard to find songs like this one where every piece has its place. Thanks for posting!

  8. Ginny

    I so enjoy your website, Andrew. This is such a beautiful example of why I like to check out the postings. Thanks for sharing and thanks, Jeremy, for honestly embracing your pain and sharing it with us as well.

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