Here’s another great song by Citizens, called “In Tenderness”:
Citizens is a worship band from Mars Hill Church in Seattle. They retune old songs and write new ones.
I think I’ve identified a reason why I love this music so much… and why my little boys seem to dig it, too. Certainly and mainly the lyrics – Christ-centered and gospel-refreshing. The richness of the lyrics is what makes me really want to sing. But there’s something else that carries these words to my heart and makes me want to let them come back out of my mouth, and with vigor. There is a slight masculine edge to it – in this song and more-so in the song posted in the previous post, “Made Alive.” There is a lot of music we sing in the church that is simply feminine. That’s great – half of the gathered church is women. But when the general tone and ethos of our worship music tilts to that side, perhaps we shouldn’t wonder why men aren’t belting out the words. Men may say they don’t like singing. But perhaps it’s because we’ve asked them to sing songs that make us want to sway rather than shout.
Here’s “Made Alive” again: