Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Story of Our Lives:

Recently, what may very well be my favorite musical artist of all time -- The Violet Burning -- released a massive project.  Not just a new album.  Not just great artwork to go along with it.  But an entire, 34 track 3 album box-set titled, "The Story of Our Lives".

This isn't a piece of art that you see as you're walking down a city street and take a minute to observe.  No, this is something completely different.  It capitulates you.  This happens not because it's a story, but because it's the story of our lives.  Those who enjoy music (perhaps more specifically, rock n roll) will not only find some great songs, amazing guitar riffs, and drumming that's out of this world.  But will instead find themselves wrapped up in the story.  Not like a good movie or book where you're cheering for the hero; but instead, peering into the looking glass.  And everybody is looking in all at the same time.  Enamored by the Story of Our Lives.

Within this story one will discover several characters, including references to Jesus.  And full confession about how even the name of Jesus has been exploited for human greed.  Is this the story of The Violet Burning?  No, it's our story...and we're all a part of it.  Makes you wonder, doesn't it?

This project is not something that can be consumed in one sitting.  It takes time.  Patience.  Pondering.  And in the end, one may be left with a great deal of questions left unanswered.  But keep listening.  Keep peering.  Keep pondering.  The answers are in there.

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