The first YWMH EP “Passion,” released Ash Wednesday, 2015, tells the story of Passion Week, accompanying the listener from Palm Sunday to Easter through a sequence of electronic/acoustic worship songs.
Behind the “Passion” Songs:
Anticipating is a groovy little number based on Romans 8:22 - 28 with an eye toward the story of Palm Sunday. It talks about the anticipation of all creation waiting for the King of Kings. Of course, this relates to Palm Sunday where the people cried “Hosanna” — God saves! We are a people living in an “already, but not yet” reality. The King has come, yet we are still anticipating His full reconciliation of Heaven and Earth.
Let Everything be Filled by You is a Communion song, plain and simple. It echoes Jesus’ time with the disciples at the last supper, relating that the fullness of life He promised then, is available to those who follow Him now.
On the Night is a bluesy, glitchy, story song, following the disciples and Jesus from the last supper to the garden, including Christ’s betrayal. This is the most intense song on the album, channeling the confusion, loss and despair the disciples must have felt that night at their understanding of Jesus and His mission completely unraveled.
Were You There? Is an ethereal reworking of the old hymn that asks the question “Were you there when they crucified my Lord?” It offers reflection on the crucifixion, guiding the listener from the foot of the cross to the empty tomb with the powerful imagery of the original lyric.
The Dying of Death is an ambient electronic instrumental that continues the themes from Were You There?. In His death, Christ conquered death, the grave could not contain Him. As the followers of Jesus tried to make sense of what has happened they encounter angels and mysterious gardeners, seeking the body of Jesus, not knowing yet that He has been resurrected.
Joyful Joyful is an electro-acoustic arrangement of the classic hymn, a perfect celebration song for Easter. Christ is risen, He is risen indeed!