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Bravery Via Nichole

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Written by Basil on 04/9/2005 11:56 PM. Filed under:

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Been thinking about some things I want to blog about, but this one made me stop the press.

Nichole Nordeman has a new album due out on May 24, entitled Brave. The interview discusses why she waited nearly three years between this release and her last studio project, Woven and Spun. What is interesting for me is that recently I’ve been rediscovering her music.

Her first two albums were simply astounding in their honesty and sensitivity, both to human searching and to the majesty and mystery of God. Unfortunately, those two CDs were stolen from me (along with others) in a back alley in Wilmore, Kentucky. It would be funny if it weren’t my own story (and if I hadn’t lost so many CDs). So, when I bought the Mac and started wasting all my paychecks on iTunes, I bought both the albums that I hadn’t heard in years. The music was still fresh, just like the first day I heard it. So, a week ago, I bought Woven and Spun, which was weaker than the first two, but still grabbed me. So, tonight, I Googled for her to see what she was up to.

Now I’m really psyched.

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3 Responses to “Bravery Via Nichole”

  1. pete Says:

    fascinating—i had to double check the web address when i read this post. i never pegged you for the Nichole Nordeman type.

  2. Basil Says:

    I first fell in love with “Who You Are“; this line always struck me: “To know you was to keep you in my pocket….” It always reminded me of those pewter crosses, some with “J E S U S” stamped on them, that people (including me and my dad) would keep in their pocket. I bought the album, and loved it! I played it for my spiritual father and some other retreatants on the way back from a monastery in New York. Everyone loved it, and Father J. bought Wide Eyed and its follow-up, This Mystery, for each of his two daughters that Christmas.

    I’ve also introduced her to my parish priest’s daughter, and through her to Matushka, and to the webmistress at Morning Coffee. Everyone so far has loved her music.

    I’ve always thought that the theology in Nordeman’s lyrics was very close to Eastern Christian spirituality. So far, I’ve gotten no disagreements.

  3. Josh Says:

    O.k., two memories connected with this.

    First, I can remember the first time that I heard the album “Wide Eyed�. You, Luke, F.J., and I were in a rental car, either driving to or from the monastery (Nov. 99’) when you played it for us.

    The second was at summer camp (2000, or 2001) when Matushka Rosanne played a track off “This Mystery�. Good lyrics and good music.

    I think my favorite song of hers would have to be “River God� off the first album. “I know that time brings change and change takes time…�