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AN INTRODUCTION TO
After the Violence

by Corey S. Frey

 

I’ve had the great pleasure of watching the current form of After the Violence take shape, and it is clear in every sonic inch of the album that wholeness and abundance have been given the permission of priority and because of that, and the honesty of the work, we are given a glimpse of how redemption transcends time and temperament, transcends and melds emotion, bends the past toward the future. 

Julie gives the listener the gift of her being a witness to the power of allowing abundant life to imbue even the darkest crevices of the heart.  And one of the testaments of the songs is their retention of difficulty, not a replacement of it.  The difficulty isn’t redeemed to ease, no, it is redeemed with the recognition of presence, that God is attending to, giving attention (attention means stretching toward) to all of human life; that in the present God can fill the seeming absence of the past.

The album doesn’t just offer us a world to enter into, but it offers us her past, her present, and her hopes toward the future and in that way, the way vulnerability risks being seen but also opens the possibility of your own real seeing,  I now see Julie more clearly but also, I feel seen.   

Julie is right “The heart is not smart…” but I’m so glad she “listens to it”.

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