Monday, July 11, 2005

The Lion's Eye

As Allison mentioned, we got to see Pierce Pettis while we were up in NC. Pierce is always a treat to see live. In addition to being a terrific songwriter and musician, he has quite a scatterbrained stage personality and an often-bizarre sense of humor, both of which serve to greatly magnify the level of enjoyment for concerts.

He played a fair share of songs from his last two albums, as well as some older ones thrown in for good measure (including "Chase the Buffalo," a fantastic song which he rarely plays in concerts anymore). He also played a couple of newer/as-yet-unrecorded ones. The best of the new songs, by far, was "The Lion's Eye," a song inspired by the Chronicles of Narnia. To be honest, I expect a glut of Narnia-related songs to appear as the December release of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe film approaches. Andrew Peterson has written a song inspired by the Narnia books, and Randall Goodgame wrote a LWW-related song at the request of those putting together the soundtrack and "Inspirational" albums released for the film. Both of these songs are fantastic. Phenomenal, even. That being said, Pierce's song blows them out of the water. It's hard to believe, but it's true. I need to get my hands on the lyrics, somehow.

It does not appear that any of these songs will make the final cut for the movie soundtrack stuff. The "Christian Music Inspirational" soundtrack album releases in September, and looks to be comprised of acts like Steven Curtis Chapman, Newsboys, Rebecca St. James and the like. Although Jars of Clay is slated to have a track, I don't think this album will be one that I'll be picking up. Interestingly enough, there will be a "Secular/Pop" soundtrack album released in October. Artist information isn't available yet, although I'm curious who will show up. Maybe if Pierce could get someone to cover his song? Here's to wishful thinking!

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