The West Michigan-based Carpenter’s Cross has just issued a new self-titled collection, containing original-songs written by band members over the past several years.
Each of the songs contains a scriptural message - whether advice based on a lesson learned or words of encouragement for the Christian life.
A good example of this is “Eyes and Ears,” a song written by lead guitarist Clark McCombs. The lyrics reference the story of Jesus and his disciples gathering food on the Sabbath. The reaction from the religious leaders of the day is a cautionary tale not to place yourself above the ones you serve.
The CD’s songs come in basic pop-rock settings – nothing too hard or edgy. There is a nod to a country sound in “Wrestling With My Demons” and a touch of blues in a ballad based on I Corinthians 13, “Is This Love?”
A bit of a novelty is “Every Day Is Sunday.” The words suggest that the ups and downs of each day in our earthly lives foreshadow the time when “we’ll live every single day like it’s Sunday.”
Band founder and rhythm guitarist Dave Nelson and percussionist Dan Mish are also among the songwriters and vocalists. Bass guitarist is Kerr Moyer.
If you listen carefully you’ll find a musical testimony in McCombs’ song “W.W.J.D.” It’s a bouncy, percussive tune with some “be-bop” vocals, but asks the important “What Would Jesus Do” question in the face of temptation.
(Note: This year’s new addition to the band, singer Kyleigh Pierre, is not on this album).
“Carpenter’s Cross” is currently available through www.CDBaby.com, and is expected soon to be on iTunes and Amazon.