Last week, we introduced Cephas Hour, a podcast by yours truly presenting the best of Christian rock and pop from then and now. Today we’re introducing a new feature highlighting one of the artists often heard on the show. This time through, the featured artist is Rachel Wilhelm.
Wilhelm’s most recent album is Requiem, released in March of this year. It is, quite simply, a masterpiece. The following is taken from a review I wrote at the time.
We live in a society fiercely determined to interpret yesterday’s actions by today’s definitions, filtering all information through feelings deemed sacrosanct. It has become increasingly difficult explaining to the jaded, when confronted by events such as the coronavirus pandemic, that we need to learn from, not sneer at, the past and how such genuine traumas were handled. Solomon was correct when he wearily wrote there is nothing new under the sun; although industry and technology continue expanding, humanity itself stubbornly remains the same fallen, self-deluded mortal mass it has always been and will always be until Christ returns.
To some, the COVID pandemic was an inconvenience, a perpetual nuisance of mask-wearing and inability to hit the town on Saturday night for partying with friends. To far too many, however, it was and continues to be a wound of the worst kind: the burying of loved ones without the ability to so much as offer a proper funeral for fear of spreading or encountering the hideous disease from which so many have fallen. To those directly affected, vapid diversions offered by pop culture and endless debate over the self-important silly frivolity of self-definition are exposed for the chaff they have always been. There is a wound in their heart and mind defying healing; the anguish of those loved now forever gone from this world. They need something tangible, something real to get them through the days and endless empty nights. Thankfully, we now have Requiem by Rachel Wilhelm to help.
In Requiem, Wilhelm brings all her considerable skills and experience as a presently Tennessee-based Minister of Music and Worship Arts to bear in tackling a subject few Christian
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