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“It’s your kindness that leads us to repentance”

July 17, 2012

The major theme of last Sunday’s sermon on Samson was sin and forgiveness. With that in mind, Stephanie Newton and I closed the sermon time with a wonderful song by Sam (née Leslie) Phillips from 25 years ago, called “Your Kindness.” The acoustic version that we performed comes from her compilation album Recollection, available on iTunes here.

In search of greater artistic freedom than the narrow confines of Contemporary Christian Music afforded at the time, Phillips changed labels in the late-’80s and reverted to her childhood nickname, Sam. In doing so, she recorded at least a few of my all-time favorite albums, including this, this, and that. If, like me, you were a fan of Gilmore Girls, you’ll recognize her voice from the show’s interstitial music—i.e., the “la-la-la” parts in between scenes.

She even performed in person in Stars Hollow during the music-heavy last episode of Season 6.

I ♥ Sam Phillips

January 20, 2011

As a response to my sermon on Sunday, Stephanie Newton and Stephen Miller did an amazing performance of a song called “Your Kindness,” which was originally written and recorded about 25 years ago by a contemporary Christian artist named Leslie Phillips. I couldn’t find a YouTube link, but you can download the song from iTunes here.

More importantly, in the late-’80s Phillips reverted to her childhood nickname, Sam, changed labels, and began a far more artistically rewarding music career outside of the confines of CCM. She frequently collaborated with her then-husband T-Bone Burnett (in-demand producer of the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack, among many others). I’ve had the pleasure of seeing her in concert a few times. I even met her after a ’95 show at the Variety Playhouse in Little Five Points.

If, like me, you watched The Gilmore Girls, you know Phillips’s music: Hers is the voice and guitar you hear in the spaces between scenes in every episode. In other words, she sings and plays the “la-la-la” parts, although occasionally the show used full songs of hers, including the one below. (If memory serves, “Reflecting Light” was the song playing during the wedding reception of Luke’s sister, Liz, and her husband TJ.)

She performed in person in Stars Hollow during the music-heavy last episode of Season 6.