Friday, April 20, 2012

Güngör* Love

Knowing my own personal purposes for blogging helps me filter through all the stuff floating around in my brain and gives me a way to choose what to put out there.

I've even put it down in writing just to remind myself.  1).  Connect with friends and family  2).  Document our days.


But I'm thinking there is maybe one more reason that I blog.  3.)  To keep from exploding when I've discovered something wonderful and need to share it.

That's what this post is about.

A couple weeks ago, I stumbled on this group.  This was the first song I heard.  I was hooked just listening, but when I watched this video...oh chills!

You Make Beautiful Things

I really like what happens around the 2.30 mark, but it's all beautiful!

I really love almost everything I've heard them do, but I'll try to curb my enthusiasm and just share a couple of my very favorites.

"Sing to Him a new song; Play SKILLFULLY with a shout of joy."  Do you think the Psalmist would say that Michael Gungor does just that?

The Doxology

This one gets me down deep with it's lyrics and full soul-stirring sounds.
Church Bells
Church Bells by Gungor on Grooveshark

Let church bells ring let children sing  
even if they don't know why
let them sing  
why drown their joy  
stifle their voice  
just because you've lost yours  
may all jaded hearts be healed. Amen.

I don't really know what to say about this next love.  It's unlike anything I've ever heard.  

Wake up, Sleeper
Rejoice all you who are poor
The kingdom is yours
The kingdom is yours
Rejoice you jaded and torn
Both sinner and saint
The kingdom is yours

woe to you religious teachers
Rich and worshiping your book
woe to you who use His name to justify the souls you took

Wake up, wake up
Oh sleeper from the dead
Wake up
Rejoice you lonely and lost
You sick and despised
All will be made right
Rejoice you cynics and freaks
Those searching for peace
All will be made right

Even you religious teachers
Separating us from them
Heaven’s found inside us all
So turn and come alive again

Wake up…

Awaken us, awaken us
Open our eyes and wake us
(let your church now wake up)

Wake Up Sleeper by Gungor on Grooveshark

We Will Run to You
We Will Run by Gungor on Grooveshark

 And this is...stunning.
Dry Bones

What a lively, gorgeous praise this one is!  
Brother Moon
Brother moon
Shine down your light on us tonight
Show us the love of God
Sister sun you bring out the day
You're shining the light of God on your face today
Maker of it all
You provide it all
In You we live
In You we move
In You we have our being
You're glorious
You're holding us together all together
Brother wind your clouds and your storms
You're breathing the breath of God in your lungs for us
Mother earth, you're giving us life with God's open hand you always provide
For us
Maker of it all
You provide it all
In You we live
In You we move
In You we have our being
You're glorious
You're holding us together all together
You are everything good, you are everything beautiful
You are everything, you're everything

*Relevant Magazine calls Gungor The Best Musical Surprise of 2011, and you can read a great article about the group right here
*Their website contains more beauty.  I especially liked reading their bio page.

Okay, I feel better now, not so much like exploding.

P.S.  You gotta listen to this one, too.  Last one, I promise!  Maybe.
Every Breath

*For the correct pronunciation of Güngör :)