Writing for By Way of Beauty often yields some incredible discoveries. Sometimes this takes the form of mining out some gem of philosophical truth and/or spiritual wisdom from films, songs, books, or shows we've long been familiar with - other times, it means coming across an unfamiliar artist whose words are stunningly and unexpectedly insightful.
The curious case of Sonseed is certainly the latter.
When we came across their little-known ska-infused masterpiece from the 1980's, we were simultaneously elated and perturbed. The song is filled with such pathos and depth, oscillating the listener back and forth between copious tears and giddy insanity while listening - but surely, the inexhaustible mystery of its sagacious fabric would make an article well-nigh impossible.
|Move over Da Vinci -|
"The Sonseed Code" awaits.
In the end, we had to answer: we wouldn't dream of it. It is rare that we are reduced to silence - but in the case of Sonseed, "Jesus Is My Friend," there is literally nothing else to be said. They've said it all.
TS Eliot once remarked that Dante and Shakespeare divided the world between them - that there was no third. But our friend Thomas Stearns didn't live to see the 1980s, when Sonseed sang its sublime song. Had he been in the audience that day, surely he would've reconsidered...
We can only think of one other work that even comes close to rivaling Sonseed's masterpiece in its depiction of the ineffable and transformative promptings of grace (e.g., Aquinas' "Grace is said to be created when it is men who are created in grace, i.e., when they are created anew out of nothing") and in its reaffirmation of the compatibility of faith and reason, or fides et ratio - and that is Michael Clancey's perpetually underrated classic "God Is Doing a New Thang."
1:47 - 1:54 strikes a deep chord with us here at By Way of Beauty - coincidentally, that is the exact celebration we do whenever we receive a comment on one of our articles.
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