Music Monday: How Deep is the Ocean?

"Sometimes, I think, our greatest attempts to express love contain in them the faintest picture of God's love for us." 

A Music Monday post on Michael Wear's blog: 

 

Music Monday: Duke Ellington and the Important Things

Why would one of America's most prolific and esteemed composers write sacred music when he had achieved such acclaim with songs like "Prelude to a Kiss," "Mood Indigo." and "Take the 'A' Train?" What took him so long to decide to write sacred music? 

Duke understood there would be questions about why he was "taking the Cotton Club to church," and so prior to one of his sacred concerts he held a press conference. He told the reporters that writing this music was the "most important thing I have ever done." 

He continued: "Now I can say openly what I've been saying on my knees for 60 years."

Billie Holiday and the Prodigal Son

          Have you ever strayed so far from God that you’re not sure you can ever make your way back? Have you worried that you’re so deep into the ocean God has forgotten about you? Do you feel that way now?