Beyond the Kiss
- Wednesday, October 23, 2002
Sixpence has no intention of listening to the critics. Having already walked the difficult wire of dual success in both mainstream and Christian markets, the band doesn’t seem to feel a need to shape its future music by the past. The band dreams instead of creating music shaped by a desire to please the Creator, seeking to offer a thinking generation new means to worship God without forgoing depth and reverence.
With the song “Melody of You,” the band has given listeners perhaps one of the most elegant and poetic expressions of worship in this era. It describes an almost palpable yearning for the God who is “the scent of an unfound bloom” and “a drink that will knock me down on the floor.” Slocum explains the song’s inspiration. “The psalms are so important,” he insists, “because they give us a poetic language for describing and interacting with God. He is the theme. All we can do is write variations and try to weave notes in between. We are trying to describe realities for which adequate words and music simply do not exist—but we are stronger for having made the effort.”
It is through writing and performing such music that Sixpence finds the inspiration for active compassion. “If we ask God to keep us close to Him, and we take the time to stay close to Him,” Nash believes, “we begin to take on more and more godly attributes. God is the author of love and compassion and wants us to be filled with both. When you are filled up with God’s love, compassion and grace, showing kindness to your fellow man is as natural as breathing.”
Used by permission. CCM Magazine © 2002
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