Song of the Day: The Echoing Green - Suffer

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This review is in response to a Facebook post I had made a month or so ago on a review I had done on here. The gentleman I had spoke with & I have a lot in common, including our passion for Christian EDM.  Joey Belville & company IMHO brought the fledgling Christian electronic/synthpop rock genre to fruition. Several other artists involved in the genre ie Painted Orange, Code of Ethics, Sheltershed, LZ7, Capital Kings & World Wide Message Tribe, etc… I remember owning Scott Blackwell’s Myx Records release Defend Your Joy back in the mid 90s & I was ecstatic. Dance music could rock & be prayerful at the same time! I selected Suffer per the lyrics & I used to play this when I DJ’d live at events back in the day. BTW, the band name is in reference to a poem by William Blake.

With a moon half-empty
And a sky that’s gone to waste
And the twilight offers cold embrace

The amber of autumn fades
And the greys of summer’s mistakes
And the dreams we try to replicate…
They fall away

Isn’t this world something wonderful
That we were made to suffer both it’s honesty and cruelty?

With a heart half-empty
And a light I’ve yet to see
And the sadness takes ahold of me

And fire-white burns like…

We all fall apart
To the cadence of our bleeding hearts
They fall away

Isn’t this world something wonderful
That we were made to suffer both it’s majesty and cruelty?
They fall away…
And is grace not something beautiful that we were made to suffer?
The lucid touch of clemency

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February 28, 2021 12:01 am

Huge Echoing Green fan. I’ve loved their stuff since I discovered Supernova, and went back to collect their previous albums. They had incredible range, making dance music on one album, and then electronic rock the next. When my wife and I got married, we used the song “The Story of Our Lives” heavily in the ceremony and first dance with the bridal party.

Brandon J.
March 1, 2021 12:21 pm
Reply to  thenorthseas

That’s my favorite song too. I love that album. I just bought their Double Vinyl set of songs from 2002-2018 and it is so great.

March 2, 2021 11:00 pm
Reply to  Brandon J.

I can imagine. I love all of their records, and they’re all good in their own ways. I used to frequent a used Christian Bookshop in college that had all sorts of little treasures to find in music. One of my all time finds there was their Aurora 7.2. I have so many fond memories of listening to that album late at night while studying.

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