Song of the Hour: “Where Were You” by Ghost Ship

“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?  Tell me, if you have understanding.”  Job 38:4

ghostshipWhy it rocks: Ghost Ship doesn’t make things complicated.  Their lyrics are incredibly simple, often quoting straight from Scripture, putting the Word of God to song.  This could be an annoyingly boring strategy, but Ghost Ship adds clever instrumentation to many of their songs, and their frontman, Cam Huxford, has an appealingly unadorned quality to his voice.  This particular song is a reference to Job’s questioning of God and God’s powerful rebuttal that points Job to the enormity of creation and to his own miniscule place in all that God has planned.  The passage in Job is a potent reminder of how awesome God is.  This song is no less sobering; the music builds with cascading scales and cymbal crashes as God’s sovereignty grows more and more tangible.  Huxford’s quiet reflection at the end reminds us that our communion with God is only by His grace.

If you like this…: Seek out Rend Collective Experiment.  Similar, simple concept; rousing, passionate execution.  My favorite is “You Are My Vision”, a communal take on “Be Thou My Vision”.

How’s the album?: My favorite worship album of the year so far.  At first I thought they were a little boring, but as I listened to the lyrics, their directness grew on me.  I enjoy the mild Americana they work into each song.  Other highlights include the meditative “Behold the Lamb of God” and a cover of “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”.


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