North Carolina native John Mark McMillan is a singer/songwriter that uncovers emotions hidden in the human soul and wears them unabashedly on his sleeve before God and man. His CD The Medicine creatively echoes parts of the prophetic books of Ezekiel and Revelation, offering apocalyptical songs, such as “Reckoning Day,” “Skeleton Bones,” “Carbon Ribs,” “Dress us Up,” “Death in His Grave,” “Out of the Ground,” and “Ten Thousand.” More personal tracks include, “The Medicine,” “Belly of the Lion,” “Philadelphia,” and “Carolina Tide.”
The lyrics are poetic, sometimes abstract and always emotionally guttural. McMillan’s experiences of pain and loss are contrasted with sparks of hope injected into his songs. The overall theme moves seamlessly from track to track where you meet darkness and light, death and life, living side by side and the promise of a new beginning — a resurrection.
The first thing I did when I got the CD was to read the lyrics. They stand alone as amazing poetry. As I listened to The Medicine, I found myself on a journey as a backseat passenger being taken along for a revelatory ride. There are seasons in life when it feels like you are hanging on to a thread of hope. This lyrical/musical work offers hope in the midst of life’s deepest struggles. With this CD, McMillan croons humanity’s pain and God’s remedy in offering us new life.
cause i’m a dead man now
with a ghost that lives
within the confines of
these carbon ribs
and one day
when i’m free i will sit
the cripple at your table
the cripple by your side
and i sit beside you
and i sit beside you
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