Stories In Red

Fear And Trembling


Based on Søren Kierkegaard’s work by the same title, this thirty minute recording of piano and voices presents Kiekegaard’s observations of Abraham and Isaac in eight, minimalistic poems.



PREFACE

(0:00-1:11)



ABRAHAM

(1:12-3:42)


Then He tested Abraham

Who answered “I’m listening”

God said, “Take your son”


“Take him to the land of Moriah

Take your promise son, whom you love

Sacrifice him there, on the mountain

Sacrifice your own son.”


Abraham gives way

And silent, early in the morning he awakes

To travel for three long days


Faith is not something to acquire

Faith is a long road, leading afar

so Don’t you think that you can go any further

Don’t think you don’t have to start


So Abraham takes his own dear son

And steps out on

The road to Moriah



TRAGIC HERO

(3:42-6:54)


People hoped a hero was soon to come their way

Someone who would hear, understand all their complaints

Someone who would set aside his own desires

For the people, give of his life without restraint


[Woah...]


And the story goes and it ends a tragedy

The poor lad gave ‘way, gave his own identity

And the towns people watched and they all understood

So gather ‘round and join as the people weep for him


[Woah...]



KNIGHT OF FAITH

(6:55-10:25)


Here a hero did not come

To speak up, protect the son

But choosing a different way

Abraham holds on to faith

Abraham, a knight of faith


[woah...]


That which of him is required

Abandoned with his desire

He embraced the religious way

Abraham of righteous faith

Abraham, the knight of faith


[woah...]



SPEECHES IN PRAISE OF ABRAHAM

(10:26-12:51)


For great is he, who more loves God than man

for he shall ne’er be forgot

For great is he, who strives with God, holds belief

for he shall be greater than all


For great is he to give up one’s desires

Greater still to hold resignation after

For great is he to grasp hold of the eternal

And greater still to hold on to the temporal

After giving it up



PREAMBLES OF THE HEART

(12:52-17:23)


I come close to see your movements

and Move away from understanding

Sleepless nights all full of anguish

I see you move with fear and trembling



PROBLEMA I

(17:24-21:10)


Faith, the paradox–Faith, the one is placed higher

Than the ethical

Faith, the individual is placed all out on his own

Apart from the world


Is there an end, a cause that is greater

Than one’s relation to the universal, the ethical


To love the son, more than the self is Abraham’s

Ethical law

Still, he puts it aside, As proof of his faith

Proof to his God


One does not start, knowing the outcome

He steps on the strength if the absurd [Oh]

And finds no release, from the agony–the paradox

And finds no relief, on the edge of the world [Oh]



PROBLEMA II

(21:11-25:15)


He walks alone

Outside the world

And meets not a soul, a single traveller


It’s a terrible fall

He knows

To, in solitude, be born [na na... oh]


And Abraham

Renounces the world

To become the particular


And turns his ways

So absolute, to the absolute [na na... oh]



PROBLEMA III

(25:16-28:29)


The silent talk of God and man


Can Abraham speak to us at all?

And find relief; the universal


But silence talks of God and man


What could be said, to justify

To be understood, by wife and child


In silence God communes with man


“Isaac, O my son

God for himself will provide

For the burnt offering

A lamb to be sacrificed”



EPILOGUE

(28:30-31:03)








All Songs ©2013 James MacKnight


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