Artist: Lucas Kwong
Description: Musical Performance
“Stranger From The Country” is a multipart song that presents the voices of different participants in the events of Good Friday, particularly the sentencing of Christ. The song begins with an account of Pilate’s wife’s dream which inspired her to warn her husband against rendering judgment (Matthew 27:19). The scene then shifts to Pilate’s own voice, before switching again, to an amorphous “we” of those who assented to Jesus’ death sentence.
In the spirit of lectio divina, the contemplative method of Scripture reading, the listener is invited to inhabit the roles of the different personae featured in the song, reflecting on similarities and contrasts between their perspectives and the listener’s own. Confrontation with oneself is its purpose. Lyrics are provided as an aid to reflection.
Bio: I am a literature professor at New York City College of Technology (CUNY) and musician. When not grading papers and researching Victorian popular fiction, I write songs and perform as part of THE BROTHER K MELEE (www.brotherkmusic.com). I live with my wife in Brooklyn.