One of the Most (Honestly) Uplifting Songs of 2012

I blogged last month about Portland, Oregon rap group Beautiful Eulogy, part of Humble Beast records.  Here’s my favorite song from their album, also titled “Beautiful Eulogy.”  Both verses are powerful; the second, by the rapper Braille, hits hard, because Braille is referencing the difficulties he’s experienced after his marriage fell apart due, it appears, to infidelity on the part of his spouse.  Here, by the way, is the whole album (and free download).

Here’s a portion of the second verse.  It’s a beautiful articulation of what the gospel looks like in the midst of our sin and fallenness:

How sweet the gospel sounds to ears like mine/
Well acquainted with pain and strained relationships/
Friendships that suffer from long distances/or even worse they get
severed from something more severe/
And He still hasn’t wiped away all my tears yet/
My cheeks get wet every now and then/
Even when I give my best, I know I fall short/
I get scared when the ball’s in my court/
Focused on, my performance, wretched and poor/
It makes the message more real when I preach it/
I’m not there yet so I’m reaching, reaching for a goal/
to stand before my King and be speechless.

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4 responses to “One of the Most (Honestly) Uplifting Songs of 2012

  1. Stephen

    Yes! This song is so deep, I downloaded the album about the day it came out. Its great to see that you guys covered this, I want this song to be played at my funeral, this song still hits me like a ton of bricks every time I hear it.

  2. exithymn

    Owen,

    Happened across your blog from the Gospel Coalition’s link. Thank you for writing about this song. You’ve introduced me to a fantastic new band who is giving credence to the Christian music genre with true talent. We need more artists like this creating music that reflects their adoration for the Lord while also tapping into creative depths. This is good stuff.

    Thank you again!

    – Collin

  3. Rebekah

    I too happened across this post through the Gospel Coalition’s link. I loved this song. THanks!

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