I don’t do this often – but here’s a guest blog from my new friend Reuben who writes and sings some amazing music. I think you’ll appreciate his heart when you hear it…
Two years ago I started writing songs for this record. It’s a concept record covering the 7 major stories that both the Qur’an and the Bible share. For years Christians and Muslims have fought and argued over their differences without ever looking at what they have in common. Most Christians would be surprised to know that many of the Bible stories we’ve been taught since childhood are also found in the pages of the Qur’an. But both Muslims and Christians know that these are not just stories. These are expressions of God’s mercy for mankind!
As you read these stories in the Qur’an you find a theme running throughout. The writer refers to these moments in time as “Signs of God”. I love this terminology. It is as if God is saying, “look at this moment, there is something of great importance here.” This phrase “Sign of God” became a motif throughout the songs I wrote, hence the title of the project, “The Signs of God”.
This album is an expression of peace through music. I think music speaks to a part of the soul that written and spoken word fail to reach. My hope is that “The Signs of God” will be a catalyst for conversations to begin between Muslims and Christians; conversations that lead to relationships of honor and peace.
– Reuben Bidez
If you would like to get a copy of the album, you can download it on iTunes
Or if you’d like a physical copy, you can order one from the online store at www.reubenbidez.com
Here’s a video of Reuben’s heart behind the album.