This group is not only amazing musically (one person may play multiple instruments in just one song), but lyrically as well. The Collection wrestles with the ideas of mortality and spirituality and the beautiful mystery of life in general. Another super cool thing about them is that some members rotate out as life situations arise, leaving spots open for new members to join, hollaaa.
Dancin' in the mud (Burning Trees EP, 2012)
The first thing that grabbed me was that beautiful banjo and second was the overall fun tune. I really like how this song is about doubt, as well, because I know it is something that we all struggle with, whether it's in a religious context or otherwise. David describes seeing Jesus perform miracles such as healing disease, and yet his heart still "would not burn", and he later compares himself to Doubting Thomas. By the end of the song, David asks Jesus to "deliver me from me"--he's asking to be saved from himself. I think that's really interesting, because most of the time, it truly is ourselves that we need saving from, not other people or things. There's more I could say about this song, but this paragraph is already too long and I'll let you make your own interpretations for the rest of it. :)
I hear love every time you sing
Seeds (the collection EP, 2011)
This song really struck me when David said, "I thought that I could change the whole world with my songs, but I can't even make my mind up on who you are" and "I have taken this whole year to realize that I don't know a thing".
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I have missed you for so long and you're the only one that makes sense in this world
Scala Naturae (Ars moriendi, 2014)
It starts off with Mira-Joy (David's wife) singing and the whole song is like a chronological story of her and David's lives. Together, they reflect on realizing at a young age that the world will "treat you like hell" and that even as we age, we may not ever fully understand what life is about or why we go through pain. They talk about how even though we may think we're just kind of floating through life, change is always good and we will always find love among all the mess.
A repeated line is "I'm leaving my chains all behind", and I love it, because it's basically saying that I won't let negative people or things hold me down or keep me from living freely. And one of the members, Chase, actually uses chains as an instrument which is really unique and awesome. Gah, I love this song and could keep talking about it, but I'll stop now.
If I live, or I die, at least there’s love either way
The gown of green (Ars moriendi, 2014)
In the video when the brass begins and the confetti falls and you can see how much fun they're having, I get this wonderful feeling that I can't really explain. I don't know, it just makes me feel an overwhelming sense of joy...does that make sense? Am I the only one who feels that? Pure jubilance.
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You'll see freedom
Old wineskins (New song!)
Is this all that we get?
If you want to read more about a few of the permanent members, I’ll link their website here.
The saddest thing is that I just found out they performed in my state IN MARCH UGH. (They’re touring with the Oh Hellos! And David has some solo work and has performed a few solo shows recently as well, which is also awesome).
Anyway, I love this band and cannot wait to see what they do next. Their new album is supposed to be released this fall if they can gather enough money to get in the studio, so go and support them!
the Collection is
David Wimbish - Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Pipa, Violin, Cello, Horns, Vocals
Mira-joy Wimbish - Accordion, Glockenspiel, Aux Percussion, Vocals
Hayden Cooke - Bass Guitar, Doublebass
Christina Goss - Piano, Glockenspiel, Aux Percussion
Whitney Keller - Organ, Autoharp, Glockenspiel, Aux Percussion, Vocals
Philip Keller - Baritone Horn
Sandra Wimbish - Trumpet
Steve Rozema - Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Graham Dickey - Trombone
Chase Salmons - Drums, Chains, Weights, Keys, Shakers, Tambourines
Tom Troyer - Electric Guitar, Phin, Charango, Flute, Didjeridoo
Maria Yandell - Violin
Josh Weesner - Violin
Christina Brooke - Cello
Jennifer Millis - Cello
Hope Baker - Clarinet, Aux Percussion
Additional Musicians -
Elisa Cox - Violin
Clay White - Saw, Trumpet
Ivy White - French Horn
Jeff Stuart Saltzman - Marxophone
Edd Kerr - Electric Guitar, Banjo
Group Vocals: Kevan Chandler, Caleb and Meagan Hunter, Kim Bazel, Anna Bosovich, Luke Carson
~Say love <3