“You must go back to your people, and you must write a song.”
Commissioned by the tragedies her eyes had taken in on a trip to Rwanda, Brooke Fraser wove an album which is sure to affect change for generations to come. Upon first scanning the track titles of Albertine, my eye immediately came to the song dedicated to C.S. Lewis. Anyone who dedicates a song to C.S. Lewis immediately has my attention. Now, whether they can hold it is another story all together. Brooke Fraser more than captured my attention on this CD. She told me a story in a way I had never heard it told before.
Her life over the past years has taken her down a path of experiences, which have led to a deeper maturity, and a compassion which can’t help but seep through her lyrics. Some of her lyrics highlight truth with sweeping imagery, while others are shrouded in a mystery causing a desire to dig deeper in order to find their rich meaning. Brooke Fraser is the voice of an advocate in an arena, where at times many have been silent. In the below lyrics from the song "Albertine", Brooke makes the promise to tell the world of what she saw in Rwanda.
“I will tell the world, I will tell them where I’ve been
I well keep my word, I will tell them Albertine”
She followed through with her promise, in her songs she reminds us of our responsibility, to make a difference for our fellow man. We can only hope that with more singers like Brooke Fraser taking the stage, a domino effect of change is going to take place throughout the world.
Brooke Fraser is a voice clearly speaking truth, through lyrics of sustaining power. For anyone who is out there looking to live a more intentional life, I believe you will find that this CD puts into words what you are longing for. I am excited to hear more from Brooke Fraser in the future!