Perhaps some of you have heard me say that I don't listen to Christian music very often. You may have also heard the reason: that a lot of Christian artists don't take the time to write well thought through, creative lyrics.
The first time I heard Casting Crowns's song "Who Am I", I started laughing and shut off my radio. Hearing a man sing "I am a flower quickly fading" was just too much for me. Call me insensitive, but I've heard lots of passionate voices sing lots of stupid lyrics. I won't name names here.
Thursday night at worship practice, though, I got a taste of humble pie in the form of special music. Our former interim worship pastor is filling in for the week, and Keith and I are used to "jamming" after lots of post-practice renditions of "Hotel California" and other edifying material... not to mention two years of worship practices and Sunday mornings. He asked me to sing with him on "Who Am I" for Sunday service.
I don't often turn down an opportunity to sing, so I agreed. As I went through the second verse, it struck me that I might have missed something when I turned off the radio that day.
"Who am I, that the voice that calmed the sea
Would call out through the rain
And calm the storm in me..."
Not bad, guys! I can sing that and mean it.