Okay, look… we’ve been labeled the slowest moving band in Minneapolis. At the time of writing, we’re averaging slightly less than one show per year for our twelve years of existence. We’re not going to ‘make it’ by any stretch of the traditional standards.
Yet we’re far from lacking purpose or intention. Music carries meaning. Every person and every band has their own story, yet somehow we’re all a part of something much bigger than ourselves, too. This is our invitation for you to join our story.
We’re all learning, growing, and changing all the time. I, Andrew, have been deeply impacted by countless books, articles, seminars, conversations, documentaries, etc. – sometimes from well known authors, speakers, and musicians, and sometimes from the most random connections or friends of friends. Just as I have crossed paths with others’ works, been drawn into their stories, and learned from their experiences, we hope we can continue to pass on encouragement and build new relationships that spur others on as well.
So, think of these songs as ‘Singing Seminars’, or something like that… Each is jam packed with purpose and annotated with comments and links for further study. Imagine going to a conference or reading a book that provokes you to action – the intent is that each song might do the same, but is not limited to the three minutes of actual listening. This isn’t just ‘art’ and it sure ain’t poetry – it’s (hopefully) a call to arms, a call to praise, and a call to grow into the fullness of who God created each of us to be.
So this is a landing site… or a launch pad, depending how you look at it. Whenever something is written, recorded, released, printed, screened, filmed, etc., it will show up here. We would absolutely love it if you tuned in and followed along. So be encouraged – you are deeply loved and infinitely valuable, created for purpose and to grow into someone more complete than you ever knew you could be.
Let’s grow together.
About the Eleven
As a group of people that love Jesus and want to redefine life by knowing him (and be redefined ourselves), we as The Salvage Yard synthesized 11 statements of “Who We Are” as a group (you can read them here!). After mulling them over and reflecting on them for a good long while, Andrew decided to write a song for each. So, we set out to do just that and name each song/statement after a planet… with a little artistic and scientific freedom, given we needed 11 planets. Instead of waiting for them all to be done, we’re releasing them in three parts and posting each individual lyric set as they become available.
A Word About Name Dropping
The very fact that we’re passing on resources from which we have learned, been challenged, had to wrestle with, etc. means that we’re passing on specific names of authors, artists, and organizations. Inevitably, it seems, that at the mention of certain people or groups, some folks draw a line in the sand as being with or against them, of their beliefs being right or wrong, or of the information being presented as valuable or able to be written off.
The goal of this project is not division. It’s the opposite – that people would grow in their understanding of Jesus and their relationship to him. I can’t say that I agree with everything that everyone of our resources has presented… but I have certainly grown more because they said something. If you see names of people or groups that you disagree with or for some reason have left a bad taste in your mouth, my challenge to you is that you take what builds you up and forget the rest. Don’t get hung up on what divides. Be humble enough to know that none of us have all the answers and assume the best intentions of everyone. A good place to start understanding how we’re all being transformed and how to have grace for one another is this talk from Dan Mohler.