Today’s Sunday Tunes selection is none other than the man himself. Jimmy Needham. I discovered Jimmy Needham when I began my conversion over to CCM Music and I have never turned back. I absolutely enjoy anything musically this man has ever created. I recently saw him live in Nashville and was shocked that it wasn’t a full house. He has a distinguished writing style that gives way to jazzy tones, electronic pop with an undertone of soulful swoon that will leave you wanting more.
Needham’s transparency with his pornography struggles was one of the reason’s I was able to connect with him and his music. Seeing as how I too was introduced to porn at a young age and dealt with some of the same issues. You can often read his blogs that attack the issue head on in an attempt to assist others who also struggle. Here’s an exert from one of his previous write-ups:
“For a while I thought about sin, and in particular my porn addiction, as a violation of God’s law, the 10 Commandments. I was committing various crimes against God’s standard and thereby indicted myself before a holy God. My sin, my monster was primarily an activity-based issue. Of course, the point of this blog is not to deny that. The Bible is profoundly clear that our sins are activities of the mind and body against God’s perfect standard, His Law. But I believe there to be an even more profound lens through which we can understand the monster of sin and in this case, lust: Sin is not just a violation of Law, it is a violation of appetite.”
The song selection today is Jimmy’s Clear The Stage. An amazingly simplistic written piece of work that is sure to pick at your heart-strings. I like to consider myself to be a pretty passionate person when it comes to music. I can’t break down the technicalities of it by any means, its more about the lyrics and melodies. You can find out more on Clear The Stage here. And here’s a snippet of what Jimmy Needham had to say about the song. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
“The first time I heard this song as a high school student, it shipwrecked me. I don’t think anyone can be the same person after hearing this song. I’ll never forget hearing those words and immediately getting on my face before God. As the final track on the record, it’s a heavy way to close, but my hope is that by the end, every listener will say ‘I want more of Jesus and less of everything else.’”