I listen to a good amount of music. The best song I heard in 2012 was “Beautiful Eulogy” by the rap group of the same name (Beautiful Eulogy, just to make that abundantly clear). BE is based out of Portland, Oregon; in the oddness of life, I first listened to the song while walking on the beach in…drumroll…Oregon. I got to hear the music in its element, I suppose. Love the strong beat, and the “feel” of the music.
Here’s a portion of the second verse, which will stop you dead in your tracks. Actually, both verses are just stunning. And spiritually strengthening.
How sweet the gospel sounds to ears like mine/Well acquainted with pain and strained relationships/
Friendships that suffer from long distances/or even worse they get
severed from something more severe/
And He still hasn’t wiped away all my tears yet/
My cheeks get wet every now and then/
Even when I give my best, I know I fall short/
I get scared when the ball’s in my court/
Focused on, my performance, wretched and poor/
It makes the message more real when I preach it/
I’m not there yet so I’m reaching, reaching for a goal/
to stand before my King and be speechless.
Yes, I think this song is the best song of the year, any genre, any artist, secular or Christian.