Lights of Distant Cities

Today pre-orders start for my new record, Lights of Distant Cities. Hard for me to believe the Oct 22nd release is just 3 weeks from today. It’s always so interesting to me to watch how the writing and recording process unfolds, how the songs end up finding a common thread between them that weaves some sort of theme. In ways, I think Lights of Distant Cities turned out to be an answer to my last record, Ocean. If Ocean was a record that sort of embodied an idea of longing for something, I think Lights of Distant Cities embodies the idea of finding it…or perhaps, rather, being found. One of my favorite things about the writing and recording process is that you just sort of put your head down and pour out until it’s done, and then sit back and try to reconcile what it all means…how it all represents and speaks to what life has been the past few years. The title itself is a nod to all that draws us forward in life, all that stirs our hearts and peaks our imaginations in a way that reminds us that there is still so much to be hopeful for, even in a dark and confusing world. I think maybe that’s the thing I keep coming back to in almost all of these songs…the goodness of God in the middle of everything, as the foundation for everything. I often find myself asking God why things are the way they are, why this world can seem so terrible some days and so beautiful on others; but there is a basic and simple truth that the German mystic Meister Eckhart wrote in the 1300s that I keep coming back to… “if the soul could have known God without the world, God would never have created the world.” Simple. Never more true. Like the mystery that lays out before us in lights of distant cities that we’ve dreamed of and never seen. It pulls us forward into that mystery and reminds us that there is indeed so much to hope for.

49 Responses

  • Laura wrote on October 1, 2012

    Thank you for giving us a little bit of insight into your heart during your creative process. Putting the framework like this around your albums really helps me relate to them and each of the songs within them, which makes them that much more meaningful. Thank you for your inspiring faith and your willingness to share it with all of us in such a beautiful way.

  • Sally wrote on October 1, 2012

    Thanks for making another album. I love your music and look forward to hearing new songs. I'm sure this one will be just as well written and sung like all your others. Looking forward to seeing you in Nashville on Oct. 14th! God bless you and your wonderful music!

  • Doug Riggle wrote on October 15, 2012

    I first saw you when you opened for Jennifer Knapp... long time ago. God has used your music to help me through some of the worst times of my life and never ceases to uplift me during the good and the bad.

  • Timothy wrote on October 23, 2012

    This new album is pleasing! I like it... A lot. I'm writing a review on it for my school paper; The North Greenville University 'Skyliner'. Good job on this one!! Keep going, Bebo. Keep-a-truckin for the Lord! Stay strong!!

  • Peanuts wrote on November 1, 2012

    Love love love the album. After hearing it the first time, my thought was "energy: this album has so much energy!" The new sounds, the theme; it all keeps the mind busy! I continuously hit "repeat" on Collide. Seriously have listened to that song alone my entire commute to work. Lots to love in that song. At any rate, thank you, my friend, for working through and sharing another great chapter.

  • Bethany Brabo wrote on November 17, 2012

    Wow... This new record sounds amazing; I can't wait to pick it up. Thank you so much for the encouragement through your music. It means the world to me.

  • wow wrote on December 22, 2012

    wow. you are so profound you even quoted someone from the 14th century. it amazes me how boring, bland and lacking in beauty your music is compared to the many many many indie bands who d o my love Jesus at all.n it's sad because you had potential, but thumped on the cliche band wagon. listen to your betters and p I be for what you might have been

  • Chris wrote on April 5, 2013

    I like your songs.... Very much. They have the most hit on my playlist. They are very honest, sincere, piercing.. And like mirror too. Can feel the heart reaches out to The Alone... Open and naked ... And graceful in its nothingness. You are praying from deep in your heart ... And we are praying with you listening to them. Thank you...and really ...ultimately praise Him for showing us his love through you. Chris in Singapore

  • Carolyn wrote on May 9, 2013

    This is so true! I love this kind of song, way to go distant cities!

  • Simmons William wrote on June 11, 2013

    Beautiful song! The lyrics really struck the strings of my heart deep inside.I simply loved the words,meaning,idea and the inspiration behind this song that compelled you to pen down such amazing words.All of your albums are my favourites and this one 'Lights of distant cities' has again done the magic again to make me become a fan of your music.

  • Diaz Autumn wrote on June 20, 2013

    A deep and soulful composition! The words are beautifully written.It moved me from the core.I found my eyes wet when I heard it first time.I make sure to listen to it to cheer myself up whenever I am down and out.

  • Kart Kaylee wrote on June 28, 2013

    The music and lyrics are just fantastic.I have all of your albums and I adore your compositions.This one 'Lights of Distant Cities' has some magic that could uplift hope of any dispirited,depressed soul.

  • ANGELINA Normes wrote on July 5, 2013

    A very soulful song indeed. This composition has a soothing effect on the mind. The words are beautifully woven into a song. I couldn't control my emotions when I red this and me eyes were wet. After I read this I also read your other compositions and really loved them. Keep up the good work.

  • King Taylor wrote on July 14, 2013

    Kudos to the composer of 'Lights of Distant Cities' for this meaningful and profound composition.It struck the strings of my mind and I could not stop relating it to my state of mind when it is filled with agony and sorrow and badly needed a resort to inspire,motivate with optimism.

  • Harris Natalie wrote on July 23, 2013

    It is really endearing to read about your feelings,your inspiration and the ideas inside your mind and heart that propelled you to scribble down those pure and soulful words on paper.I appreciate how you have linked the lights of distant cities to the unveiled mystery and still expressed hope and positivity even in low times.

  • Simmons wrote on July 31, 2013

    Bebo Norman is one of my favourite artists and I love his soft,soul-touching compositions. I have already downloaded 'Lights of different cities' on my iPOD and keep listening to it whenever I feel highly desolated and deserted.The lines 'The tears, filling up my empty eyes,Pour like shadows on the ground' simply welled up my eyes as I could resemble them to my emotions.

  • Layla ttcrainbowbaby wrote on August 10, 2013

    I have become a crazy fan of this tuneful,harmonious and melodic musical 'Lights of distant cities'.WE do not have many music stores in my locals in Poland but whenever I travel to Krakow,I make sure to buy my favourite artists' collection including Bebo Norman.This number particularly is heart soothing and can bring smile to any gloomy person.I will definitely try to get it in my music library.

  • for details wrote on August 12, 2013

    This is an impressive article which has clear descriptions about Bebo Norman and his newly releasing record, Lights of Distant Cities. Articles of this kind are really informative and I hope you would focus on posting quality works like this often.

  • BROOKE hollymailhot wrote on August 19, 2013

    Bebo Norman is an immensely talented artist with a great calibre.The lyrics of 'Lights of distant cities' are totally captivating particularly this one that says, 'You come alive like a melody.And you shine, you shine brighter than a new day.And I sing along, into the mystery,As the lights call out from distant cities.' The video presentation is equally mind boggling.Overall a very beautiful and enchanting composition!

  • Morgan Industrielle wrote on August 28, 2013

    I am one of those lucky to attend Bebo Norman's concert last year in Montgomery and had an amazing and unforgettable time there.People were swamping at South Perry Street just to catch glimpse of him.He rocked the event in his own style and the mesmerized audience could not stop moving their feet on his melodious tunes.All of his songs including Lights of Distant Cities performed live were a treat to watch.I would cherish these memories forever.

  • Diffusion rachel wrote on September 12, 2013

    I too was lucky enough last year to attend Bebo Norman's concert last year. I enjoyed all the songs he sang in the concert. I can say that the crowd went really mad listening to his lovely voice. I felt like I was transported to heaven directly:) This song too was performed by him in the concert and it was a true treat to the ears.

  • Kayla normes wrote on September 13, 2013

    `This album of Bebo Norman is lovely. It has so much meaning and fills new life into us. My brekup and this song almost took place at the same time. This song always will have a special place in my heart. I can never forget how bleak my future looked after I came to know that my partner of 5 years was cheating on me. This album gave me new hopes and a new direction to life.

  • Lee Liam wrote on September 23, 2013

    This song is one of my favorites. I cannot forget the first time I heard it. It was raining outside and I was all dull sitting at home, since the rain had spoiled our trip to the nearby lake. Then I heard this song, and everything looked so new and bright. With the rain washing away the dirt, I felt a lot newer. Thanks Bebo Norman.

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