Killers From The Sword

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Do they sound like truth or lies?

A lot of things have been said about music. For example:

“Music is a higher revelation than philosophy.”
Ludwig van Beethoven

“Music is well said to be the speech of angels.”
Thomas Carlyle

“Music is Love in search of a word.”
Sidney Lanier

“I can’t listen to that much Wagner. I start getting the urge to conquer Poland.”
Woody Allen

But how about the idea that God is like a song that we are called to play along with and in tune with?

When the folks over at Nooma were making a short film called Rhythm, that is the very point they were making. But they of course didn’t just say it, they went so far as to give you a song to hum along with while considering this.

And where did they find a song that could stand up the test of being compared to The Tune we are called to know and play along with?

David Vandervelde.

This 22 year old is writing some music worth dealing with. Content rich and just plain full of good sounds, Vandervelde’s music sounds like it is coming from a soul that is much
older than his.

If I could separate killers from the sword
I will serve no more

“Wisdom From A Tree” is the fifth track on a painfully short eight track disc entitled The Moonstation House Band. [the disc ends with "Moonlight Instrumental" – the song featured in Rhythm.] If you haven’t checked out Vandervelde yet, here is your chance. There is much more to be found on his Myspace page as well and, of course, you can buy it all on iTunes. Vandervelde has been featured on several Noomas to date and is currently touring the US & Europe.

Here’s a question for the lyrics of “Wisdom From A Tree”: Do they sound like truth or lies?

 

Wisdom from a Tree
by David Vandervelde

All is well
All is well with my soul

All is young
All is so young

If these days are numbered
Nothing really matters to me, baby

If I could separate killers from the sword
I will serve no more
If you don’t take wisdom from the tree
You will never be

Come on, lend me some grace
Until right now, I’ve been so good
In my life
Ya know, in my life

Fed up with the reasons while
I’m drifting through the seasons,
This I’m sure of

If I could separate killers from the sword
I will serve no more
If you don’t take wisdom from the tree
You will never be

If you don’t drink water from the stone
You will never know