JGM Pick of the Week: October 18, 2021

“There Will Be a Light Again”
Kali Joy
From the CD Real Life (release date: September 24, 2021)
www.kalijoy.com

By Robert M. Marovich

Christian singer Kali Joy’s “There Will Be a Light Again” may not be the single from her album Real Life, but it certainly ought to be.

It’s a gorgeous song of hope that, in its graceful delicacy and empty spaces, exudes the wistfulness of the autumn season, when it’s “time to die, time to let go of what you’ve known and journey on into the dark of the winter.” Kali delivers the life-sustaining optimism in the refrain, where the melody remains faithful even when the chord changes are deliberately enigmatic.

A three-minute song that could easily have broken through its coda and continued with growing intensity. It’s chilling and reassuring at the same time. Like life.

About Bob Marovich

Bob Marovich is a gospel music historian, author, and radio host. Founder of Journal of Gospel Music blog (formally The Black Gospel Blog) and producer of the Gospel Memories Radio Show.

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