The danger of leaving p did not previously have is of leading people to certa
people with doubts they s only equal to the danger ainties they did not earn.
CMYK is a color spectrum most of us have encountered. If you’ve ever looked closely at a printed image you may have seen the tiny cyan, magenta, yellow and black dots characteristic of the CMYK color printing process. Each color is important, otherwise the images aren’t as vibrant as they should be. My desire with the CMY(K) project is to highlight “colors” in the spectrum of the human experience that are often regarded as too dark or even ugly when isolated. In part I’ll do this by arranging them next to “colors” of the human experience that are more readily recognized as good, true or beautiful. Midway through Terrence Malick’s brilliant film “Tree of Life” is a sermon in which appears the phrase “He alone sees God who sees when God turns His back as well as when He turns His face.” Those who say that God is ‘unfair’ or ‘absent’ are saying something as vital and as true as those who say that God is ‘just’ or ‘faithful.’ Therefore, experiences and expressions of disappointment or abandonment are necessary elements (colors) in a picture of the good life, rather than defects that need treatment. Many of the songs that make up CMY(K) are stories of friends whose picture of life and God is a great deal more dappled and complicated than they expected. Some are songs for friends who no longer consider faith in God possible at all. Some are personal reflections on the facets of life that have affected these loved ones of mine. All of them are songs that fit within the long, multicolored Christian tradition of seeing God both face to face and with His back turned.
The world is a fallen world because ness that God is all in all... and eve redeem it, for it has accepted the r â€œsacredâ€? as opposed to the world as embracing secularism that attempt
David Dark, author of The Sacredness of Questioning Everything
e it has fallen away from the awareen the religion of this world cannot reduction of God to an area called s â€œprofane.â€? It has accepted the all ts to steal the world away from God. Alexander Schmemann
DAVID DARK: A PERSPECTIVE “Justin clears a space for a sacred unknowing within which we say what we feel, not what we feel we ought to say.” Over the last few years, I’ve had the deep
If Paul Tillich has it right when he says that
pleasure of stealing occasional time with
claiming to know with absolute certainty that
Justin McRoberts, a lyrical wit with whom I
God exists is even less appropriate to the
have, in socialnetworkspeak, many a mutual.
Christian faith than claiming to know God
Alongside a shared fascination with Batman,
doesn’t, Justin clears a space for a sacred un-
Eugene Peterson, and David Bazan, we’re
knowing within which we say what we feel,
both possessed by the conviction that raw,
not what we feel we ought to say. And as is
confessional candor (and the good humor
especially evident in “Take One For The Team,”
that frequently follows) is often the greatest
this work isn’t a deal-breaker with (or an exit
gift human beings can give each other. With
from) a meaningfully Christian life so much
“C,” the first installment of a project called
as it’s a clear sign of its presence. Listen and
“CMY(K),” it seems to me that Justin begins
to blow the lid off something. The songs give voice to--without answering or solving--a meaning problem, a good number of them, and express a resolve to remain alive to contradictions, dwelling within them, instead of denying or sealing them over.
David Dark, author of “The Sacredness of Questioning Everything”
for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. ROMANS 8:26
I’ll sing these songs for you But they don’t mean quite what they used to I’ll sing these words to you
Her life my greatest blessing And yet you give and take away So as I gave I take away my praise
But only really cuz I’m supposed to Cuz I can’t stop thinking about it Her absence is a presence
I won’t stop thinking about it
Far more tangible than yours Her silence has a volume So much louder than your voice
And so I run to you If only to tell you that I’m leaving What hope I’ve left in you
You give me words to read
Is that you’ll finally hear me screaming
And yet my eyes are tired of reading Light by which I can see And yet I’ve grown so tired of seeing
Cuz I can’t stop thinking about you I won’t stop thinking about you
Her si has a v so much than You
ilence volume h louder ur voice.
TAKE ONE FOR THE TEAM
Take one for the team Take it on the chin Pick yourself back up
Honestly, you should know You’ve been there
And brace yourself again
Sad and low
They don’t come to fight
Patience waited on you, though
They only come to win
So, honestly, you should know
So take one for the team And take it on the chin Take a moment now To ponder your next move Take another step A mile beyond the call Bear the weight of choice To choose something at all At times you’ll want to stop And times you’ll want to crawl But take another step A mile beyond the call
Is what you’re giving back The honest best of you I truly understand You’ve got to know I do You took one on the chin But you were swinging, too.
The saints are what they are not because their sanctity makes them admirable to others but because the gift of sainthood makes it possible for them to admire everybody else. It gives them the clarity of compassion that can find good in the most terrible criminals. It delivers them from the burden of judging others. THOMAS MERTON
I hold these truths to be so good
I’m reticent to sign my name
That they cannot be understood
To something that won’t
Were I to hold them in my grasp
last beyond the day
Then surely they’d no longer last
I’m holding out for something real Something I can’t feel
I’m reticent to sign my name To something that won’t last beyond the day I’m holding out for something real
This is the way I save my own soul I stay disengaged and stay in control
Something I can’t feel
So bring on the new thing.
â€œThe body, an capable of makin invisible: the spiritu
nd it alone, is ng visible what is ual and the divine.â€? Pope John Paul II
MY GOD AIN'T NO LYING MAN
My God ain’t no lying man. No he ain’t no lying man O Jesus, Lord have mercy He ain’t no lying man
He promised me a home Yes, He promised me a home O Jesus. Lord have mercy He promised me a home
He do just what he says Yes, He do just what he says
And I know He will provide
O Jesus, Lord have mercy
Yes, I know He will provide
He do just what He says
O, Jesus. Lord have mercy I know he will provide
MUST BE HELL ON YOU
It used to be, my love The desire just to please you Was enough to satisfy It used to be, my love
And so it is, my love Patience, like a jacket, can wear too thin in time
That wanting you was easy
So it is, my love
And your absence was a lie
Waiting in the silence wore patches in my mind
So if I lose my faith do I lose you, too?
So if I lose my faith
Cuz, Lord, If thatâ€™s the case
do I lose you, too?
Then it must be hell on you
Cuz, Lord, If thatâ€™s the case Then it must be hell on you
â€œYour brightness is my darkness. I know and cannot even imagine how to go abou If I imagine You, I am mistaken. If I understan If I am conscious and certain I know yo Darkness is enough.â€?
w nothing of You ut knowing You. nd you, I am deluded. ou, I am crazy.
Since 1999 Justin McRoberts has been a constant and noteworthy presence on the independent music scene. A songwriter, storyteller, teacher and an advocate, he is one of those rare artists who blends artistry, honesty and humor seamlessly. ”In and through art,” Justin writes “we learn to see ourselves and our world as part of a cohesive, Divinely-orchestrated story.” Sharing songs and stories with an audience is where Justin’s gifts are most fully realized. His live shows strike a delicate balance between intellect and emotion. While his audiences are diverse, from congregates in a small rural church to young professionals in DC, most of Justin’s schedule is made up of appearances on college campuses in the continental US. Including early releases with 5 Minute Walk Records, McRoberts has consistently made thoughtful and well crafted albums. His catalogue currently includes 7 full-length projects and handful of EP’s. Central to Justin’s work is advocacy on behalf of the poor and oppressed through Compassion International. “Not only do the poor need us,” he writes “we need the poor to remind us what being human is about. In the same way that the poor learn to identify themselves with their lack, the wealthy learn to identify themselves with their wealth. It is in the meeting of the two that we can recognize ourselves and one another as human.”
Produced by Dustin Smith and Justin McRoberts @ Stillwater Studios in Concord CA Mixed by Masaki Liu @ One Way Studio in Benicia CA Photography and Artwork by Greg Madsen Justin -Guitars, Vocals Audrey Richter - Background Vocals Max Butler - Pedal Steel Mike Busbee - Piano Brian Vargas - Piano Dustin Smith - Percussion Jeremy Casella - Guest Vocals on “Take One For The Team”
This is a booklet for the release entitled, "C", part of the CMY(K) project.