By Greg Boudreaux || Dumb Ox Creative Outreach Director
Song: Turning Page
Artist: Sleeping At Last
I love this song for pretty much one reason: its reverence for the one about whom it’s written. There simply aren’t that many songs out there in the mainstream that have the kind of attention to detail and insight into a person and their love that artist Sleeping At Last offers in this single. With almost four and a half slow-motion minutes of simple and intentional instrumentation, careful and poetic lyrics, and a beautifully imperfect and delicate vocal, everything in this song speaks details, honesty, intention, epiphany…reverence. There is no rush, even in its moments of urgency, to behold the beloved. Perhaps my favorite theme throughout this song is the one of surprise at what loving and being loved by the other has revealed and caused: “If I had only felt how it feels to be yours I would’ve known what I’ve been living for all along.” In an instance of the sacred and the secular intersecting, this line reminds me of the words of St John Paul II in Redemptor Hominis:
Man Cannot live without love. He remains a being that is incomprehensible for himself, his life is senseless, if love is not revealed to him, if he does not encounter love, if he does not experience it and make it his own, if he does not participate intimately in it.