There are a lot of firsts in today’s post: first total album post, first hip-hop music post, and our first C.S. Lewis – themed post. All very good things to initiate into Truth in Tunes.
Heath McNease is southern boy who somehow grew up on both Bob Dylan and N.W.A. As Christ got a hold of his heart, his music stayed true to both his varietal styles and his deep faith in God. One of those deepening influences on McNease has been C.S. Lewis. So much so, that he made an entire album dedicated to Lewis’ written works.
This album is entirely creative and impressively comprehensive. Most all of C.S. Lewis’ major works are represented on this 12 song collection. From theological treatises such as Mere Christianity and Weight of Glory, to spiritual introspections such as A Grief Observed and Surprised By Joy, to fictional masterpieces such as Narnia and Perelandra…and many, many more. Each tune is like a personal rap of the cliff-notes version of each book (or book character).
The album doesn’t stop offering there. You can tell that Heath treasured this project because he made two versions of the album: the first edition captures his singer/song writer side and this second edition remixes the same genius with his hip hop nature (with the help of Greg LaFollette). In addition, each song is eloquently explained through a brief video featuring Heath McNease on his Youtube channel.
I appreciate his energy and versatility in all of his music. I also admire his generosity of offering his work to fans without price. So, if you dig this drop, be sure to give him props (there, that’s my feeble attempt at rhyme).
Finally, a word about the works of C.S. Lewis put to music. He was truly blessed with a great gift (much like our favorite musical artists) to deliver God’s truth to us in a special way. He helped all of us see better – both the beauty of simply truths as well as the brilliance of complex doctrines. Yet, one of his greater gifts was always this ability to be humble in the midst of his legacy. He knew he was just a vessel for God’s glory and that he wasn’t perfect.
His other great gift was to remind his readers that our ultimate satisfaction can only be found in God. Specifically, he helped me to see that all of life, good and bad, points forward and outside to a place and a time that true believers in Jesus constantly look to and long for. This high hope is what holds us together while we’re here. Thank you Lewis, for your writings and thank you Heath for your tunes.