Early one morning, while still in bed, I received a text message with a link to an album by an artist I wasn’t familiar with. I opened the link and clicked ‘play’. Thirteen songs later it came to an end and I pressed ‘play’ again. After the second time through I messaged the person to let them know how grateful I was… and then… I pressed ‘play’ a third time!
I have never been impacted by an album like that. I love music and may find one or two songs on an album or by an artist that connect at this level but never have I immediately downloaded 10 of 13 songs and had four of them become my go-to favorites!
The album is Red Sea Road by Ellie Holcomb.
Her music washes over me, it refreshes, resonates and slowly loosens and frees what ever is weighing me down. I feel swept away and freshly connected with myself, others and all that is around me. The longer I listen, the deeper the loosening seems to go.
She has a beautiful voice and a deep tone that at times whispers… but what really connects is the honesty of her words as she reveals her unfixed mess and invites us into her story.
Ellie gracefully holds the tension and mystery of life with her words and music. She acknowledges her struggle with shame, self-hatred and not feeling enough right along side the realization she is loved, covered and wonderfully made.
So, is her message one of being broken or whole? Does it describe anxiety or peace, fear or love, triumph or desperation? The answer is Yes, Yes and again, YES! After three weeks I continue to find myself listening to these songs multiple times a day.
Read this tiny selection of honest, rich, resonating words from “Find You Here”,
Here in the middle of the lonely night
Here in the middle of the losing fight
Here in the middle of the deep regret
Here when the healing hasn’t happened yet
Here in the middle of the desert place
Here in the middle when I cannot see your face
Here in the middle with Your outstretched arms
You can see my pain and it breaks Your heart
I didn’t know I’d find you hear
In the middle of my deepest fear, but
You are drawing near
You are overwhelming me with peace
That’s what Ellie Holcomb and this beautiful album deliver for me, again and again… OVERWHELMING PEACE!
To listen to a few of my favorites from this album just click on the following link, Ellie Holcomb or search for her on Google or You Tube.
I hope you enjoy this as much as I am!