Song of the Day: Jill Phillips

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Saturday night I had the pleasure of seeing the Resurrection Letters concert here in Nashville.  Jill and her husband Andy Gullahorn sang this song, “Any Other Way”, and I was reminded of how much I love this record. It’s about the struggle and reward of marriage and it’s especially touching to hear them sing it together and be able to hear the sincerity and history coming through in their voices. Truly a beautiful thing.

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.


12 Comments

  1. Paula Shaw

    One of my all-time favorite albums. The authenticity in it is pretty incredible. This is one of my favorite songs on the album, along with “All the Good Things”. Wow. . . awesome songs! Thank you Jill and Andy for your gifts, your authenticity, and your vulnerability. You guys rock!

  2. Cara Maat

    I, too, was at the show Saturday night. My husband and I are from Michigan and we were in town visiting with our friends and although our friends didn’t know it would be so meaningful to me, it was a dream come true to worship with this group of people. When Andy sang, “Any Other Way” the tears began to roll, and Truth sank in deeper. There is so much power in honesty.

  3. Andrew Peterson

    @andrew

    I don’t know that I’ve ever listened to the two of them sing this song and not gotten the ol’ lump in the throat. I especially love the bridge: “When we first met, love was a feeling. But making it last, that’s a decision. A good decision.” Such a simple, sweet summary of what marriage is. I love all of Jill’s records, but this one takes the cake.

  4. Janna Barber

    The first time I heard this song I thought to myself, “wow, we’ve been through the same thing as Jill and Andy.” Then I went back and listened again and realized the song never says exactly what happened and that I was just projecting, which speaks to how intensely personal these words are. Even though we don’t get all the gritty details, we hear the pain of the trial and feel the sweetness of it’s redemption. And this simple, honest story bolsters hope. “If we wanted change at all, the pain was a prerequisite” a truth that bowls me over every time I hear it. Thanks, Gullahorns.

  5. Jennifer Taylor

    I was there Saturday night too–what a treat. This album has been on repeat at my house for the last two months, as has Resurrection Letters, so I was the dork singing along to everything. 🙂 Thanks Andrew and team for the special evening in Nashville. Hope the concert in Ohio went well.

  6. Eric Peters

    Aside from my 3-year-old son who, innocently, is stalking Jill (we can’t go anywhere in the car without hearing “I want to listen to Jill”), this was my favorite album of 2009. I greatly admire the overall vulnerability of this record. The Gullahorns have such a tremendous way with melody and writing memorable hooks. Thanks for this song, Jill. The Peters are fans.

  7. PaulH

    It’s Jill’s fault.
    I was a fan of hers back in 1999 with her self-titled album.
    Being tired of the pop/gospel/ccm machine and being tortured slowly by the same 10 songs on the radio, I sought after different music.
    Jill’s music seemed to be where my likes were – folk/softrock kind of thing.
    So, with a little light research on Jill’s site in 2006, I found the square pegs.
    I was introduced to Andy G, Andy O., Ben S. Randall G. Eric P, and AP. Then, found through time Sara G and Sandra M. I was enveloped with great music.
    Not long after that I was introduced to the RR and have been found new and different books. (I will save the authors names to keep post short)
    It’s all because of Jill, I have been enriched with real, talented, down to earth artists.
    Thanks for being human, Jill (And Co.)

  8. Jonathan Rogers

    We had an interesting conversation in our house recently. My kids were discussing whose music was better: Andy Gullahorn’s or Jill Phillips’. It was a split decision.

    “What if they had a footrace?” I asked. They seemed to think Jill would win. Andy might be the better bowler.

  9. Jason Gray

    @jasongray

    This is one of my favorite songs that ever come Jill (and Andy). And that’s saying something since I love all of their output…

    This is the kind of song that needs to be heard.

  10. Jill Phillips

    Thanks for all the kind words, folks. You are right Jonathan, Andy could beat me in bowling (very badly) but I could totally take him in a foot race!

  11. Becky

    This is maybe my favorite CD of all time. Last year I went through some pretty tough times, and “All the Good Things” played over and over in my head, reminding me that He was still showering me with unseen blessings beyond number. Thanks for making music that helped keep me going on very difficult days.

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