Songs You May Have Missed #107


Michael Kiwanuka: “I’m Getting Ready” (2012)

Of course these things are purely a matter of personal preference. But often “religious” music, with its tone of confident declamation, can leave me uninspired, whereas a more “secular” lyric expressing the humility of a searching soul can move me to tears. Sometimes it takes an artist who isn’t by definition a “religious” or “Christian” singer to put that searching across authentically.

Michael Kiwanuka is a British soul singer who may bring Bill Withers and “Dock of the Bay” Otis Redding to mind. If he doesn’t sound British, it’s because he’s the son of Ugandan parents who’d fled to England from the Amin regime.

The song’s message is as simple as it is profound–and takes the tone not of a sermon, but of a diary entry:

Oh my, I didn’t know what it means to believe/Oh my, I didn’t know what it means to believe
But if I hold on tight, is it true?/Would You take care of all that I do?/Oh Lord, I’m getting ready to believe

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Stacey
    May 21, 2012 @ 13:46:58

    I really like this. Thanks, Ed. If it weren’t for you, I would have missed it!


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