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Roll Away The Stone

Easter Sunday   5th April 2015


“Roll Away The Stone” by Kelly Joe Phelps (Rykodisc, 1997)


Kelly Joe Phelps is an extraordinary American blues musician who also draws on the deep roots of country, soul and jazz to create beautiful and otherworldly music.

“Roll Away The Stone” may sound like a traditional song, but is in fact a Phelps original.

Referencing the rolling away of the stone from Jesus’ tomb, it’s a song of intense emotional power, lifted by Phelps’ incredible guitar work and smoky voice.

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 Graeme Blackwell – Huddersfield Parish Church


4  April 2015

“Eden” by Talk Talk “Spirit Of Eden” (Parlophone, 1988)

The brainchild of Mark Hollis & Tim Friese-Greene, Talk Talk released five studio albums through the 80’s and early part of the 90’s. Starting out in the vein of new wave pop groups like Duran Duran, they rapidly evolved in to a much more thought provoking and sophisticated band, drawing on pop, rock, jazz and classical music for inspiration.

Mark Hollis often drew on religious imagery in his later work and “Eden” is just one example, exploring themes of omnipotence, obedience, anger and passion.

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 Graeme Blackwell – Huddersfield Parish Church

I Will Not Take These Things For Granted

4 April 2015

“I Will Not Take These Things For Granted” by Toad The Wet Sprocket
Toad The Wet Sprocket created wonderful and upbeat rock music on the US college circuit in the heyday of “alternative” pop and rock in the early 1990s.

“I Will Not Take These Things For Granted” reminds us to do just that, and be thankful for everything that this world and our lives have to offer – a timely reminder to look for the beauty in all things, even when life is at its most difficult.

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 Graeme Blackwell – Huddersfield Parish Church


Good Friday – 3 April 2015


“Vigil” – Fish “Vigil In A Wilderness Of Mirrors” (EMI, 1991)

Former singer and songwriter for progressive rock group Marillion, Derek Dick (a.k.a. Fish) has now had a long and quietly successful solo career.

The song finds a central narrator musing on the state of the world today and having a conversation with “somebody up there”, begging them to “throw me a line.”

Perhaps there are parallels to be found with Jesus asking if his father has forsaken him.

The song ultimately ends on a positive note, heading towards a place of “light” and “truth.”

A Good Friday/Easter Song?

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Graeme Blackwell – Huddersfield Parish Church