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Derek Webb - 'Mockingbird'

Derek Webb - 'Mockingbird' - The Basics

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Derek Webb - Mockingbird

Derek Webb - Mockingbird

  • Style: Contemporary Christian
  • 11 songs
  • Release Date: December 26, 2005

'Mockingbird' - As Beautiful as it is Powerful

Derek Webb's music may be mellow and easy to listen to - but man, oh, man - his lyrics sure do pack a punch! A sound reminiscent of Crosby, Stills and Nash is a backdrop for some hard-hitting thoughts about social justice, poverty, war and politics. No single comfort zone is off limits for Derek. “We have a history of not loving people well. We live in a country that was founded on genocide against Native Americans. We haven’t loved well and a lot of people don’t like Americans. We need to own up to some responsibility there, we need to look at why, and we need to let that inform how we’re making decisions for the future,” says Webb.

"A New Law" hits home on the political front with lines such as, "Don't teach me about politics and government. Just tell me who to vote for," reminding us all that blindly following popular opinion isn't what God had in mind for us.

Beautifully done, "Rich Young Ruler" deals with poverty and how many of us don't see it since it isn't in our faces. It's harder to really see something that doesn't impact us directly. "Poverty is so hard to see when it's only on your TV 20 miles across town."

Derek Webb - Mockingbird

Derek Webb - Mockingbird

"A Consistent Ethic Of Human Life" is a musical piece, only 23 seconds long, but it will immediately tap you on the shoulder as true.

"My Enemies Are Men Like Me" is a modern-day war protest song that uses lines like "peace by way of war is like purity by way of fornication it's like telling someone murder is wrong and then showing them by way of execution" and highlights parts of a speech by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Other outstanding tracks include "Zeros Ones," "In God We Trust" and my personal favorite, "Love Is Not Against The Law."

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