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If I Could Give You Just One Tiny Thing


Simon (Petros)

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If I could give you just one tiny thing, it would be my own life.

Try to listen to this girl’s music and not fall in love with it. One listen to Satie Song, and I was sold. If you haven’t heard it, you can check it out here.

Her newest song, “Simon (Petros),” is hauntingly beautiful. A friend once said that reading Pope Francis is like making an examination of conscience. This song is like that. That sound and that message stay with you long after the last notes fade away. It calls you on to be a better person, but without preaching. You can feel the passion behind those words. You can’t watch her sing and not be moved.

“If I could love you more than all the saints and angels combined. If I could give you just one tiny thing it would be my own life.”

The idea for the song came about on a trip to Israel after going to confession in the church commemorating Peter’s denial of Christ. I told you I’d not leave you, but I have run away. It’s not just Peter’s story but that of every single one of us.

This is the song of someone who fully recognizes her frailty and her failures but longs to give it all to God. Like Peter. And like Peter, the Lord knows us in both our love and our treason, and he comes to us in all of our humanness and our poverty and calls us to great things.

“Simon (Petros),” from Alanna’s new Hesychasm EP, will soon be available on iTunes. If you want to get it before the rest of the world, head over to Love Good Music and sign up to be a patron.

Elizabeth Reichert


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