From Babylon to the Promised Land
REVIEW: The blues are a real part of this life and as such they demand attention and exact a price all along the way. Hope in God, through Jesus Christ, is the only thing that transcends the hurt & sorrow and ultimately what draws man out of his blues to the optimism of his destiny. In essence, the blues don't come from hope, rather, hope comes from the blues! That is precisely what I understood after listening to this wonderful double CD by R. David Cash and his band, Spirit of Hope. And R David paints the picture with great lyrical imagery, brushing in the colors of irony, humor and insight that tell us something about ourselves while living in Babylon passing through to the Promised Land. Standouts on the country-blues, honky tonk side, Babylon, have to include, "It Will Never be the Same." This song should be blaring from a mountain speaker! It is just gorgeous in it's simplicity. "Search your life for the man you hope for Search him out and give him all you have Make his life a treasure to envy Then pray to God that he'll never set you free." Or the heartbreaking realization of, "Veil of Tears," "You could live ten thousand days Rise each morning to the sun Making plans and realize each one Then ten thousand one day come Take your breath away what's gone Standing here behind a veil of tears I have walked on streets of gold Innocence in faith you owned Without question embracing lies you told But when time turns inside out What is real is without doubt Standing here behind a veil of tears' And probably one of the most astute songs regarding 9/11 I've heard is, "Mourning of Broken Glass," on the Promised Land side. Comparing the evil of Nazi Germany to the horrific event at the Twin Towers, it states with remarkable clarity that evil is evil throughout history and the only difference in it's manifestations are relative to the times. 'September 11, 2001 Calculated anger exploding in shock in the sun The ideology and policy of America overseas Unleashing moments of terror the world has never seen Televised images Planes and lives disapear Into the echo of another generations horror and fear Innocence brutalized vaporized gone in a flash As screams of disbelief would blast Into the mourning of broken glass.' But, don't be dismayed, there is a better place in front of us. Take the example of, "In the Land of God." "Imagine a place somewhere There's no worry or despair Where troubles are forgotten cares, in the Land of God." Also, note the delightful irony of, "If He Wasn't God, He'd Never Understand." "Fast trains and airplanes take us where we go Take us where we go, yeah, we're always on the go Careful plans and fast lanes take us where we go Never glancing back our lives like wind are blown Electronic mail and cell phones Everything is change, everything is change From the cradle to the grave Nasdaq stocks and terror everything is change As we live our lives tradition bound and chained." I've listened to this album over and over again and I gain more appreciation every time. To the point that I would encourage anyone and everyone that is a fan of country-blues and/or authentic spiritual music to start at the front of this double CD and, while enjoying the musicianship, listen to what's being said all along the way. You won't be disapointed. "I climbed up a mountain to leave my worries below I climbed up a mountain to leave my worries below But every step up the mountain my cell phone rang trouble below" "Everybody serves somebody in their heart what matters Spending lives in spending time in trusting they hope Matters When their lives have gone their way with no more time That matters In that moment then they'll know if who they served still Matters" "There is no God, but the Lord, God His glory is forever!" Bob Mahr.