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.
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
Andrew Peterson is a singer-songwriter and author. Andrew has released more than ten records over the past twenty years, earning him a reputation for songs that connect with his listeners in ways equally powerful, poetic, and intimate. As an author, Andrew’s books include the four volumes of the award-winning Wingfeather Saga, released in collectible hardcover editions through Random House in 2020, and his creative memoir, Adorning the Dark, released in 2019 through B&H Publishing.