Video of the Day: Melanie Penn

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Melanie Penn has been in the studio lately working with Ben Shive on a whole bunch of new songs that I can’t wait to hear and she’s just released the video for “Ordinary Day” from her first album Wake Up Love.

Today you can pick up Wake Up Love in the Rabbit Room store for $10 ($7 download).

Pete Peterson is the author of the Revolutionary War adventure The Fiddler’s Gun and its sequel Fiddler’s Green. Among the many strange things he’s been in life are the following: U.S Marine air traffic controller, television editor, art teacher and boatwright at the Florida Sheriffs Boys Ranch, and progenitor of the mysterious Budge-Nuzzard. He lives in Nashville with his wife, Jennifer, where he’s the Executive Director of the Rabbit Room and Managing Editor of Rabbit Room Press.


15 Comments

  1. Janna Barber

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! It’s like old Sixpence meets Regina Spektor. Ben Shive sure knows how to pick ’em. Looking forward to hearing more from Melanie Penn. 🙂

  2. Amber Leffel

    Oooooh, that’s an adorable video. I’ve loved this song since the Rabbit Room posted it a few years ago (maybe a year and a half? I can’t remember). I’ve never thought of it this way… The breeze being that Magic. Mmm. Love it. About to watch it again…

  3. Curt McLey

    I can’t listen to this song without thinking about God the Holy Spirit. The Spirit has often been compared to the wind, which is a profound way to consider the Spirit’s affect in the lives of His children:

    John 3:8 – The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.

    How beautiful, mysterious, and surprising is the work of the Holy Spirit–is God–not unlike the the best art, which reaches out and grabs us, unexpectedly and majestically.

    I recall an experience at church camp when I was a kid, praying with a few buddies in our cabin, when out of the blue we concurrently experienced what can only be described as an infusion of divine love that was so powerful in each of us that we could barely speak, only laugh and cry holy tears. It was a supernatural high that can only be explained as a visit from The Holy Spirit.

    That seed was the beginning of a week at camp which resulted in the entire camp population encountering Christ in a profoundly personal way. It’s an experience which I will never forget.

    Melanie’s lyrics (she wrote the music with Scott Mebus) bring all of this together for me and are part of what made me a huge fan of her music. I can’t wait to see what Melanie and Ben have up their collective sleeve the next time around.

    Oh, I’m a summer breeze
    I brush across your cheek
    I have always been
    And I will always be
    You can hear me blow
    Although you don’t know
    Where I’m comin’ from
    Or where I go

  4. Amy

    I’ve never heard of Melanie Penn before, but I LOVE this video. Nice vocals, fun, flowing melody. I have to check her out!

  5. Fellow Traveler

    Interesting–she obviously is taking inspiration from that verse in John, yet in the video, the “entity” being described gets portrayed as some sort of fairy godmother. I guess the idea is it can have multiple meanings…?

  6. Jen

    Okay, that was pretty much adorable. Yay Melanie! Made me smile. 🙂

    Janna: “old Sixpence meets Regina Spektor” = perfect description.

  7. Tom Murphy

    Melanie, love the writing! “Sorrows” is one of my favorites. I really liked how you had your indwelt ones dressed in masks as beasts as an obvious contrast to the upbeat tone and nature of the song in the video. Reference to Psalm 73?

    [21] When my soul was embittered,
    when I was pricked in heart,

    [22] I was brutish and ignorant;
    I was like a beast toward you.

    [23] Nevertheless, I am continually with you;
    you hold my right hand.

    [24] You guide me with your counsel,
    and afterward you will receive me to glory.

    [25] Whom have I in heaven but you?
    And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.

    The visual depiction of the work of the Holy Spirit with the “Saying Sorry” and the dropping of the masks following the marriage, pointing towards union with Christ, were nice touches.

    A question – the dress selection sequence? I am sure this wasn’t intended, but it made it look like the breadth of the woman’s sin was merely fashion faux pas…

    Love the writing on the rest of the album…You have a new friend in your corner!

  8. Melanie Penn

    Hi Tom! Oh, I wasn’t pointing toward an actual sin or anything with the girl’s dress. I really just wanted the video to be cute and was thinking about things women stress over (wait, I mean I stress over) before going on dates. It was literally the, “What do I wear?” dilemma.

    Thank you for the kind words about the album & I’m so glad you like Sorrows.

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