Archive: Feb 2018



Behind the Song: “Always Good”

By Andrew Peterson

This song, though it may not sound like it, is a lament.

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Hutchmoot 2018: Seeking Sponsors

By The Rabbit Room

Hutchmoot 2018 is seeking sponsors who share our vision for building community by drawing people together around art, music, story, and the gospel. When you become a sponsor, you enable the Rabbit Room to build a better Hutchmoot, but you also join ranks with us as we welcome guests from all over the world to constitute a unique and vibrant community. We believe that community is made up, not only of individuals, but also of like-minded organizations, businesses, and institutions with the aim of ushering in the Kingdom. Read More ›

Inviting Your Reader Into A Scene

By Jonathan Rogers

[Editor’s note: Jonathan Rogers has begun a newsletter in which he shares many years’ worth of practical advice on the craft of writing. He named it The Habit because, as he says, “good writing isn’t so much a matter of brilliance as a matter of habit: habits of seeing, habits of thinking, habits of working.”

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On These Our Works Being Works We Will Not Finish

By Doug McKelvey

Over a decade-and-a-half stint as a lyricist I began to notice a pattern: The songs that mattered most to me tended to also be the ones that record labels had no interest in. At a certain point, I quit even trying to pitch those sorts of lyrics in industry settings. Instead I wrote them for my own reasons and tucked them away.

One of those was a song I called “North Atlantic.” The lyric voiced the unfolding, final thoughts of a man on a ship going down in frigid waters without hope of rescue. He speaks to his wife words she will never hear:

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“People, People: Act III” Releases Today

By The Rabbit Room

You may or may not know that The Orchardist has been releasing their new album, People, People, in three parts throughout the past year, telling its story a few songs at a time. Well, the day has finally come that you can listen to their entire album from start to finish: Acts I, II, and III.

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“Abundance and the Sound of the Shepherd”

By Sandra McCraken

[Editor’s note: Throughout Lent, Sandra McCracken will be sharing weekly writings, each of which is tied to a song from her new EP, Songs from the Valley, available at her website. Below you will find the second of these writings, to be read alongside her song, “Reciprocate,” which you can listen to here.]

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Behind the Song: “Well Done, Good And Faithful”

By Andrew Peterson

I took a break from the studio last fall to travel to Israel for the first time. Knowing this album was about the resurrection meant I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to go if I could, and a number of the songs were directly influenced by that trip. This is one of them.

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On Finding Your Voice

By Jonathan Rogers

[Editor’s note: Jonathan Rogers has begun a newsletter in which he shares many years’ worth of practical advice on the craft of writing. He named it The Habit because, as he says, “good writing isn’t so much a matter of brilliance as a matter of habit: habits of seeing, habits of thinking, habits of working.”

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Hutchmoot 2018: Tickets Available March 1st

By The Rabbit Room

It is with great excitement that we announce Hutchmoot 2018, taking place October 4th—7th at Christ Community Church in Franklin, Tennessee.

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Lent with Sandra McCracken: “Ashes”

By The Rabbit Room

[Editor’s note: Throughout Lent, Sandra McCracken will be sharing weekly writings, each of which is tied to a song from her new EP, Songs from the Valley, available at her website. Below you will find the first of these writings, which was originally posted on Ash Wednesday. It is to be read alongside her song, “Fool’s Gold,” which you can listen to here.]

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Pre-order The Orchardist’s People, People: Act III

By The Rabbit Room

The final installment of The Orchardist’s new album People, People is set to release on February 23rd. Until then, you can pre-order it exclusively at The Rabbit Room Store and get an immediate download of the track “Dust To Dust.”

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Introducing Wild Harbors: “Monument”

By Jenna Badeker

This has been a year of coming alive.

Until recently, we both worked jobs that left few hours in the day for creating. Those careers taught us important things over the years, and they were good, but there was a persistent whisper of “something else” that was all too easy to ignore.

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