The Bright Sadness

by Hymns For The Architect

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Winner of 2 2019 GMA awards: The Bright Sadness is a collection of instrumental songs, worship songs, and musical prayers created for seasons of life... and seasons of the church. This album which celebrated Lent and Holy Week began as an album of prayers for people struggling in their faith. Songs created and formed from a place of vulnerability and deconstruction. Music for the broken moments, the lonely moments, and the night seasons that many of us go through.

In the words of Father John Breck: "Bright sadness may be the most powerful and important experience we can know. It brings to our mind and heart, in the most direct and personal way, the ultimate purpose of our life and the object or end of our most passionate desire. It reminds us of who we are, as beloved children of God, created in His image and invited to glorify and enjoy Him forever.

That conflicted emotion of bright sadness is a blessed gift, bestowed by the God who loves us with a “love without limit.” It comes to us through our ascetic struggle during the Lenten season, as it does through the solemn beauty of the Church’s liturgical services. But it can come to us as well when we observe it in the people around us: people with whom and for whom we pray, people who in many cases pray for us without our being aware of it. We find that bright sadness in communion with them, in hearing their stories, in sharing their hopes, fears and longings. We find it through being attentive to the beauty and truth of their life and their unique presence."

That statement about "community" rings true as the core of the vision for this EP and future releases is also about creating space for other voices. Creating and collaborating with music, spoken word and visual artists to add their gifts to the project.

I pray that these songs will be another source of light in whatever season you find yourself in today and that you continue to move from the darkness of the wilderness.. to Resurrection joy!

Also: a free chord chart for Dust/Mercy is available with download.

The Bright Sadness won 2 Covenant Awards for Instrumental Song Of the Year (Shadows & Light) and Hip Hop Song Of The Year (Good Friday).


released March 27, 2018

Music, Lyrics and Meditations composed, performed and produced by Drew Brown

Thanks to my amazing collaborators:

Cyril Guerette: Spoken Word on "Good Friday"
Sara Brown: Meditation Guide on "Be"
Marley Brown: BGVs on "Shadows & Light"
Murray Pulver: additional Guitars on "Hallelujah"
Anthony James: additional Drums on "Hallelujah"


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Hymns For The Architect

Liturgical songs and prayers for the church and songs for people that need a song while in their “night season". Songs of hope while doubting hope, of faith while seeking faith, of love while rediscovering love, and prayers for mercy that acknowledges mercy as undeserved. ... more

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