In troubled times, I seek music that can express the pain I feel and provide solace in the truth of God's character. A song can contain a healing power, a comfort in knowing that what you are experiencing is real.

"The church continues to sing songs of orientation in a world increasingly experienced as disorientation." ~ Walter Brueggemann 

"I need to hear some sounds that recognize the pain in me ..." ~ The Verve's "Bittersweet Symphony"

"Sing with me, sing for the year, sing for the laughter, sing for the tear..." ~ Aerosmith "Dream On"

Here are few songs that I play often that don't shy away from the tough stuff.


Jars of Clay - Valley Song (lyrics)
Bifrost Arts - Hard Times (lyrics)
Laura Story - Blessings (lyrics)
Natalie Grant - Held (lyrics)
Jeremy Camp - There Will Be a Day (lyrics)
Casting Crowns - Praise You in the Storm (lyrics)
Downhere - Calmer of the Storm (lyrics)
David Crowder Band - How He Loves (lyrics)
David Crowder Band - Oh, My God I'm Coming Home (lyrics)
Starfield - Something to Say (lyrics)
Gungor - Please Be My Strength (lyrics)
Sufjan Stevens - Casimir Pulaski Day (lyrics)
Gungor - This Is Not the End (lyrics)
The Brilliance - Have You Forsaken Me? (iTunes)
Jars of Clay - Silence (lyrics)
Playlist put together on YouTube.

There are also songs that take on this difficult subject matter, but the weighty lyrics can be missed in the 'liveliness' of the melody.

David Crowder Band - Shadows (lyrics)
David Crowder Band - Sequence 5 (lyrics)
The Civil Wars - From this Valley (lyrics)
Downhere - Protest to Praise (lyrics)
Jon Foreman - Learning How to Die (lyrics)
Switchfoot - Yesterdays (lyrics)
Thrice - For Miles (lyrics)
Outer Circle - It Must Be Wonderful (lyrics)

* All these tracks are available at iTunes and Amazon; most likely your local Christian bookstore can also help you out.
Last updated on January 9th, 2017.