Tending Angels

by Sherry Cothran | Kiss the Ground

Any Old Day Now

by Sherry Cothran | Kiss the Ground

Surrender

by Sherry Cothran | Kiss the Ground

Still

by Sherry Cothran | Kiss the Ground

The Field

by Sherry Cothran | Kiss the Ground

Hundreds of Ways to Kneel and Kiss the Ground

by Sherry Cothran | Kiss the Ground

Dispute Between a Man and His Soul

by Sherry Cothran | Kiss the Ground

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“Perhaps you are searching among the branches for what can only be found at the roots.” – Rumi

Kiss the Ground is a compilation of songs inspired by the poetry of Islamic Sufi poets, Rumi and Hafiz;  a few Wisdom books of the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible), Job, Ecclesiastes and Psalms; Egyptian Wisdom Prose from over 3000 years ago; Native American myth and wisdom from my own experience of working among the homeless in the Christian tradition as a pastor. I was inspired to discover what all of these religious and spiritual traditions might share at the root: namely, Wisdom. 

Wisdom is a tradition found in many religions and spiritual practices that explores themes of love, meaning, human suffering, loneliness, joy, and the relationship between people and creation, just to name a few themes. Wisdom is commonly considered to be of feminine origin.

Wisdom literature appears in many religious and spiritual traditions all over the world.   In Proverbs chapter 8, another Wisdom book, it is Woman Wisdom who co-creates the world with God. Another beautiful little nugget I discovered in my Wisdom search, the feminine qualities of this creative tradition.

I found traditions of Wisdom within Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Egyptian and Native American spirituality. Through Wisdom, these traditions share some similarities at the roots. This CD is dedicated to those similarities.

If we can discover what have in common with one another, rather than letting our differences divide us, we can work towards peace in our world. So this is what I’ve tried to do with this CD, create some common ground for people who have traditionally become divided.

I adapted three of Rumi’s poems to song in “The Field,” “This Love,” and the title track, “Kiss the Ground.” 

Some of my own poetic interpretations appear of texts such as Job and Ecclesiastes in “Still” and “Any Old Day Now.” And there is much more to explore, such as “A Dispute Between a Man and His Soul,” a text translated from Egyptian hieroglyphics from over 3000 years ago. “Tending Angels” tells the story of my encounters with people who struggle with homelessness while I was the senior pastor at an urban church in Nashville. 

I am always honored to work with some of Nashville’s most amazing musicians, composers, songwriters, audio engineers and producers that I also call friends. 

This CD was funded by a grant from the Lousiville Institute to explore creative ways in which the collective wisdom of various religious and spiritual traditions, might provide pathways to peace, love and compassion in our world. . -Sherry

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Sunland is a compilation of songs inspired by the characters I affectionately call the Untamed Women of the Old Testament. These are women whose stories are largely hidden or mostly untold. In a time when women’s bodies were technically considered to be the property of men, there were a handful of women, maybe many more, who owned property, led wars, became prophets, warriors, military strategists, heroes and martyrs. 

Sunland is the space I created on this CD, I imagine it to be the land just beyond the realm of civilization, a wilderness, where these women can gather and think their own thoughts, share their wisdom without male censureship and speak to us freely. For me, these women channel the ancient Wild Woman Archetype who is always calling women to their true selves. Against the odds, these women channel the Divine, trust their own intuition and become their own persons in a culture that has told them they are not allowed to do so and created laws against women’s rights. 

These women are great sources of strength and hope for women today. Their stories tell us that there’s much more to the larger Biblical story than meets the eye or that makes it into our dominant religious narrative.

Since I recorded this CD, I’ve been asked to write a book as a companion to these amazing, heroic and largely unknown women. I also do many workshops and speaking engagemets that combine song, story and creative interaction around these Biblical women whom we know so little about. The Prophets, Warriors, Martyrs and Heores. 

 

 I’ve written rock alternative versions of these women’s stories with some beautiful violin by Conni Ellisor, keys by Jonathon Hamby, drums, Andy Hull, bass, Ethan Pilzer, electric guitar by Brian Reed. I was thrilled to make this CD with players from the Evinrudes days. Recorded at JonyMac Studio in Nashville. 

 

 

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Who Let the World In is my first solo CD, following 3 CD’s with The Evinrudes.  Songs from this CD such as “Who Let the World In” and “To Be Someone” appeared on radio and  t.v. shows. I wasn’t really able to tour very much with this CD as a major life transition took me off the road. But it’s a wonderful CD, including a cover by the Kinks, “Tired of Waiting.” I got to work with legendary songwriter and producer, Johnny Pierce just before he passed away. This CD has a great deal of his spirit in it and mine, too.