"You do not know
What wars are going on down there
Where the spirit meets the bone
Down there where the spirit meets the bone
Down there where the spirit meets the bone"
Lucinda Williams new record Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone is a stunner of a record. Sprawling over two discs it is jam packed with Williams best songs in a while, made even better by the tastiest of blues guitar playing. As if that is not enough to wax lyrical about there is wonderful songs of spiritual insight. The title track is one of those songs.
Taken from a saying by Williams’ poet father, Miller Williams, this for me is a pastoral gem of wisdom. As human beings we can be quick to judge others and most of our judgements are very one dimensional in our critique. We see what is on the surface of someone’s behaviour and react quickly. Often times we haven’t the painful privilege of knowing what is going on in the other dimensions of the persons life.
Stephen R Covey in his book Seven Habits of Highly Effective People wrote about a man whose children were running riot in a train carriage. The other person in the carriage loses patience and asks the father if he could do something about his children. The father then apologises explaining that they have just come from the hospital where the children’s mother had just died; he was a little distracted.
That is where the spirit meets the bone. The one dimensional didn’t reveal that. Lucinda Williams’ song is one we should all listen to and hear the invaluable advice therein. How many times did Jesus look beyond the situation to diagnose the real issue at the heart of individuals and humanity?
For everyone you listen to
Even if they don’t want it
Even if it seems cynicism
Is always a sign
Always a sign
Always a sign
Always a sign of things no ears have heard
Always a sign of things no eyes have seen