I write music but when it comes to lyrics, I have absolutely no skills. For that reason, I’m attracted to great lyricists.
Minnesota is known for producing some great musicians and lyricists. Bob Dylan, Prince, Brady Toops are just a few that come to mind.
One Minnesota artist that’s been on constant rotation lately is Sara Groves. She’s a piano player – since that’s my primary instrument it makes sense that I would gravitate to her – and an amazing lyricist.
Her latest offering Floodplain – released back in November 2015 – is absolutely amazing. She’s considered a contemporary christian artist – and I agree with that wholeheartedly – but I think her appeal is broader. I say that because of her incredible storytelling ability. Every song on Floodplain tells a powerful story. She truly is a master of the language.
As I mentioned, the entire album has been on heavy rotation and all of the songs on it are great but I do have a few favorites: Floodplain (the title track) and Expedition. In both of these songs, it’s the lyrics and the story told that captures my attention. She has such a way with words – take for example the final chorus from Flooplain:
Closer to the danger and the rolling deep
Closer to the run and the losing streak
And what brings us to our knees
Closer to the life and the ebb and flow
Closer to the edge of I don’t know
Closer to Lord please send a boat
Some hearts are built here
You can listen to every track on this album by visiting this link!
Speaking of Floodplain, here is a clip where Sara speaks about the story behind the songs on this album:
Be well, make it a great day and happy listening!