Do You Want to Be Known? Thrice and the Heart of God—PART 1


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I am known. Are those words true of you? I am loved. Can you really be loved without first being known? What does it mean to really be known? Today we live in a world where real connection and real relationships are very few and far between. We have, at our fingertips, the ability to keep in contact with the world (literally). We can find out what’s going on in the lives of our friends and family without ever having to see them face-to-face. But do we really know these people, or are we limited to what they want us to see? Are these true and lasting relationships or just shallow connections that can be severed as easily as “un-friending” someone on Facebook?

“O, you know me, o, and I know you,” read the lyrics to Thrice’s, Anthology, a track from their new album entitled Major/Minor. In keeping with the title of the song, Singer/Lyricist Dustin Kensrue uses a collection of phrases throughout which are pulled from prior thrice albums. Through these references we catch a glimpse of Kensrue’s heart at different moments in time. Since Thrice’s beginning thirteen years ago in 1998, the band has undergone many changes. They’ve constantly pushed themselves to think outside of the box stylistically, never settling for anything less than their best. Their music is honest, take it or leave it. They’re committed to writing music that they like, music that makes them happy. Kensrue’s lyrics are no different. Through the years he has found a way to honestly, thought-provokingly, poetically and vulnerably pour his heart out through each song. His lyrics are not sugarcoated, nor are they written to appease a specific audience. They are his innermost ponderings, questions, and fears—a window into his soul that he’s opening to anyone who would listen. They are his art.

The beautiful thing about art is that it is left for the viewer, reader or listener to interpret. There may be many different interpretations for the song Anthology, However, for the purpose of this article and based on Kensrue’s professed theological standpoint, I will assume that this song is about his relationship with God. It’s something he’s wrestled with throughout the years. His hunger and thirst for deeper relationship with his creator is evident. He wants to know God. Through his honesty, we also see his desire to be known. This desire, I believe, is one that is present in each of us. Not a desire to be superficially known, but to be known as we really are. It’s a desire we fight against. Part of us is so scared to put everything on display because we know that there are pieces of us that aren’t so pleasant to look at. We are worried about what people will say or think if they knew the real us. But the other part of us knows how much more profound, deep and beautiful love is when it is shown to us despite our shortcomings, mistakes and failures! This is something Kensrue understands very well.

Be Sure to Check Back Tomorrow for PART 2 of  Matthew Scott’s reflections on Thrice and the Heart of God. 


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