Yesterday I realized that I first fell in love with folk music this time of year . . . winter after Christmas. When it’s too cold for strolling but the bright light and crisp air compel.

If I remember correctly, the year was two thousand ten and my “Cornerstone” {Campus Crusade for Christ at UNC Chapel Hill} friends and I were attending the regional Winter Conference where Sojourn led worship and hosted a New Year’s Eve concert. At some point between undergraduate semesters, I remember us driving through the dead trees along some highway en route to Greensboro. Lunch at Natty Greene’s. Cold winter sunlight. The Horse Fell Lame.

I had recently discovered Sojourn’s Over The Grave album after listening to John Mark McMillan’s The Medicine all summer . . . failing my pre-calculus class and subsequently “dropping out” of summer school with Philadelphia on repeat . . . still for all your running you just can’t change a mile / of what you carry around in the closet of your mind.

Bless.

A few years later, Ryan Delmore’s The Spirit, The Water, and The Blood was added to my winter folkstivus rotation, along with Brooks Ritter’s next solo project, Gather Round.

Today I revisit them all . . . walking brisk laps in too cold to stroll winter sunlight.

OH, THE WARRIOR WILL CONQUER ALL ! THE WOLRD WILL FALL BEFORE HIS FEET .

. . . & &

C O M M E N T S

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