Monday, May 9, 2011

Jimmy Needham - Nightlights

Click on the image above to listen to the album.
This album is definitely worth a listen. Not only is it musically interesting and (more importantly) fun, it clearly shows the importance of humility. The title refers to us, comparing us to God as nightlights to the sun.
Nearly every song on the album has some reference to his struggle to be humble as a successful musician.
Here are a few quotes:

Whenever I climb too high
Keep my feet on the ground.
And when I get full of me
Turn me upside down.
You know pride and not just Summer
Come before the Fall.
So if You that's gettin' bigger
I don't mind being small.

Why are we so convinced a bigger audience
Is simply common sense to have?
Maybe success is measured best
By nothing less than our obedience.
                          Half the time I forget that I should trust in You.
                          Nothing else will do
                          But have a willing heart
                          And leave the rest up to You.

Let's part the clouds
And show the world the Son.
Be Thou exalted over my reputation,
'Cause applause is a poor form of soul medication.

Click on a quote to hear the song it's from.
I know that's a lot of quotes, but the album is riddled with it. It's a real comfort to know that even people we admire struggle with things like this. But with that comes the challenge that Jimmy sets himself in the fourth track: "Help me get back to the reason I sing for you."

1 comment:

  1. This is one of my new favourite albums... I listened to it pretty much all the way back from Brisbane! And all the way to Tenterfield. And a whole lot of other times too.
    I will encourage anyone who listens to it though, to not skip the final track... the bit where Jimmy talks instead of singing. Well worth a listen. And some mulling over...