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Sara Kay, "On the Way": Music from a process perspective
Richard Bruxvoort Colligan's review of Sara's debut album, "On the Way":
In some ways, it’s solid church music. In other ways, Sara Kay’s new CD, “On the Way” is a bit subversive. Sara’s debut CD contains 15 original songs offered up with a stripped-down coffeehouse mix, true to Sara’s personal music. Take your time with your Earl Grey and take in Sara’s voice simply accompanied by acoustic guitar and piano and you’ll feel like you’ve been in worship. In a good way. [Click here to listen.]
One can’t help but imagine Sara Kay as a presence in worship, able to read the flow of the ancient liturgy and also invite a fresh expression through her lyrics. Seasoned with all kinds of references to her tradition, Sara takes great care to imagine moments like the Lord’s Prayer, Holy Communion, the Magnificat and several Psalms as opportunities to break open post-modern possibilities for the emerging church. Theologically, you’ll notice her incarnational emphasis: God’s work is happening here and now and we are all part of it. With ecological imagery spun through many of themes, she is in good company with the emergent worship movement that weaves the human story and the earth story inextricably into the Divine story.
Melodic and lyrical, Sara’s songs seem as comfy in a living room as in the nave. Musically, her hands reach for uncommon chords, indicating her experience as a writer and performer.
But here’s the thing. Though her voice is lovely and sweet, her ideas faithfully and strenuously stretch the tradition in the same holy way that Jesus himself did his own. The songs are pretty but the content disruptive. You may be surprised at how Sara’s music will have its influence.
Click here to listen to the CD.