Last night, I took PaulÂ to hear The Low Anthem,Â a band recommended to us by our musical philosopher, Joel Krueger. The concert was an eclectic mix of instruments: guitars to banjoes (strummed and bowed), a foot-pump organ,Â a crotales, and even a saw. At times, the bandÂ sang around an old radio-theatre microphone in four-part harmony, Jocie Adam’sÂ voice and demeanor taking us back to the front porch of a farm house of theÂ 1930’s.Â The most unexpected though, were the mobile phones the audience held up at the end of “This God Damn House”, the feedback creating an ethereal, otherworldly bayou.
At the merchandise table, between the typical concert T-shirts and CDs, Paul found this–a cigar music box with a hand-cutÂ paper tape that plays an arrangement of their song “Charlie Darwin”. I’ve been endlessly inspired by this charming and ingenious music, and wanted to share it with you today.
Empty Out Your Boxes
By Rachelle Mee-Chapman
with flotsam scattered around you.
with the strip of metal you pulled
from underneath your finger nail,
stretching ever longer until at last it broke free.
with the empty box
that once held your paradigm,
smelling of pressed leaves
and old earth
and everything good about your grandfather.
with a collection
of nothing but incongruencies.
Take nowÂ your polished stones,
your expired bus tokens,
your tickets stubs and your skeleton keys.
You can create
from the fragments of your faith
a thing of beauty
Rough and wobbly.
But when you turn the handle
of that which you craft yourself,
Relig-ish is a new series at Magpie Girl dedicated to exploring a new kind of faith. Come along with us as we help each other find a spirituality that fits. Click here to read all the Relig-ish posts, and join the mailing list for additional musings on this (re)construction project. Thanks for being here today. Much Warmth, Rachelle