“Music doesn’t lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music. ”
— Jimi Hendrix
Date: November 29
Song Title: Yil Lull
YouTube Link – Official Video Clip
YouTube Link – Black Arm Band Live Performance
Question to ponder: I thought this beautiful song might be a good place to start. Yill Lull means “sing” in Guugu Yimithirr. What do you sing for? What inspires you to sing?
Date: November 30
Song Title: Wade In The Water
YouTube Link – Live Performance by Sweet Honey in the Rock
YouTube Link – St. James Missionary Baptist Church of Canton
Question to ponder: How is God troubling the waters in the gospel / in the world today?
Date: December 01
Date: December 02
Song Title: Ain’t gonna let nobody turn me around
YouTube Link – Performed by The Roots
Youtube Link – Acappella Vocal
Prayer to linger: Thank God for those before us who have had the strength, courage, hope and belief in justice for all and who faced all kinds of violence for standing up for this belief.
Date: December 03
Song Title: We Shall Overcome
YouTube Link – Pete Seeger talks about the history of “We Shall Overcome”
YouTube Link – Performance by Joan Baez
Youtube Link – Mahalia Jackson Vocal
Prayer to linger: Pray for those in the world who are facing injustice, war, devastation & discrimination that they may hear the words of Mary’s song and believe that they too shall overcome. Pray that we have the ability and the willingness to join them in their struggles.
Date: December 04
Song Title: We Have Survived
YouTube Link – Bart Willoughby performing We Have Survived
Prayer to linger: Pray for those who have survived injustice and who now share their stories with others to help heal the world.
Date: December 05
Song Title: Oh Freedom
YouTube Link – The Golden Gospel Singers
Youtube Link – Shirley Verrett
Prayer to linger: Pray for all the slaves in the world. Spend some time on the Stop The Traffic website learning about what you can do to help end slavery.
Date: December 06
Song Title: Ngarraanga
YouTube Link – Emma Donovan Official Clip
Question to ponder: ‘Ngarraanga Ngiinundi Yuludarra’ means ‘Remember your Dreaming.’ How much do our memories rely on the songs we sing?
Date: December 07
Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us,
Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us;
Question to ponder: What song will you sing today?
Date: December 08
Song Title: New World In My View
YouTube Link – King Britt – New World In My View audio
Question to ponder: Can you imagine what the new world would look like? Try painting it, drawing it or describing it today.
Date: December 09
Date: December 10
Date: December 11
Song Title: Is This What We Deserved?
YouTube Link: Kutcha Edwards With The Black Arm Band Live Performance
Question to ponder: What songs are hard to hear? What songs break your heart?
Date: December 12
Date: December 13
Song Title: Welcome Table
YouTube Link – The Welcome Table
Question to ponder: Imagine singing this song when you’re not welcome at a cafe table, or able to vote… What other songs name and confront issues of injustice?
Date: December 14
Date: December 15
Date: December 16
Date: December 17
We find it necessary.
We know we will win.
We have confidence in the victory
Of good over evil
Question to ponder: Pray for the confidence in the victory of good over evil and for the faith to act and live in a way that helps it do so.
Date: December 18
Song Title: Are We There Yet?
YouTube Link – The Last Kinection Official Video Clip
Question to ponder: Are you sick of waiting yet? Wouldn’t it be nice to be there by now? There are still a few days of Advent left… we’re not there yet.
Date: December 19
Song Title: On My way To Freedom Land
Youtube Link – Mavis Staples Audio
YouTube Link – Nina Simone Audio
Question to ponder: In his last speech Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. famously said that while he might not get to enter the promised land he been to the mountaintop and had seen it. How do you imagine the promised land, how are you helping others get there?
Date: December 20
Song Title: Our Home Is Our Land
YouTube Link – Black Arm Band Audio
YouTube Link – Lou Bennett and Melbourne Millennium Chorus Live Performance
Prayer to linger: Pray for our country, that it know compassion, that it can be healed.
Date: December 21
Date: December 22
Song Title: Cry Freedom
YouTube Link – The Charcoal Club Live Performance
Prayer to linger: Pray for those who still long for, cry for and fight for freedom.
Date: December 23
Song Title: The Revolution Starts… Now
YouTube Link – Steve Earle Audio
YouTube Link – Steve Earle Live Performance
Question to ponder: Are you ready for a revolution? There are rumours being spread by shepherds that one is just around the corner…
Date: December 24
Song Title: From Little Things Big Things Grow
YouTube Link – Kev Carmody, Paul Kelly & John Butler Live Performance
YouTube Link: Get Up Stand Up Version & Video
YouTube Link: Archie Roach & Sara Storer Live Performance
Question to ponder: What have you learned about the power of song this Advent? What songs will you sing this Christmas?