Why Gungor Is My New Favorite Band!
Written by Christi Given | June 18, 2012
The Grammy-nominated band Gungor is one of my favorites. They have an amazing folky, acoustic sound. The band comprises lead singer Michael Gungor and his wife Lisa, along with other band members. They’re not only vocalists, but also are songwriters. Their blending of vocals and acoustic sounds are touching, inspiring and moving.
Gungor’s latest album “Ghosts Upon the Earth” draws inspiration from the book “The Great Divorce” by C.S. Lewis. On their site, Michael explains the inspiration behind the album.
The title ‘Ghosts Upon the Earth’ was somewhat inspired by the allegory by C.S. Lewis titled ‘The Great Divorce,’ in which the ‘ghosts’ of a grey town encounter a heaven that is astonishingly, even painfully, real. ‘Sometimes it seems like the most real thing is what we can see and experience with our senses around us–this life, the tangible,’ explains Michael Gungor. ‘Ideas like love, like God, these things sometimes feel more disconnected and ethereal, like that’s the ghostly realm. But what if that’s wrong, and God and love is actually what is most real, and we are more like ghosts walking upon the earth, hoping to become more real?’ (www.gungormusic.com)
Listen to one of my all-time favorites by Gungor, called “Crags and Clay”:
Their first album “Beautiful Things” is an amazing album, and the song “Beautiful Things” was nominated for a GMA Dove Award for “Song of the Year.” The song basically means that God (referring to “You”) makes beautiful things. He can restore things from the ashes; we are made of dust and are beautiful creations. It is almost a worship song expressing how God makes all things new.
‘The true art in worship is not ours. It’s Jesus’, because he doesn’t just save us from destruction. Jesus does more for us than getting us out of debtor’s prison (though he does), more for us than delivering us from an eternal death penalty (though he does), more for us than preventing us from being devils’ food (though he does). He pulls us off the scrap heap and redeems, reworks, remakes, and refashions us into works of art. You make beautiful things, You make beautiful things out of the dust,’ sings Michael Gungor, and that, rightly (Worship Leader Magazine).
Listen to “Beautiful Things” here:
What’s your favorite Gungor song, PI girls?