Why Joyful Joyful Rules by Bry Webb

 In Why This Rules
Photo by Jay Shuster

Joyful Joyful

A sound is an experience.

The object is not defined
so much as the subject’s devotion to it.

There’s no record of Joyful Joyful, yet,
only the many friends that have turned to friends to say,
“you need to hear this,”
and then the watery-eyed friends
at the Joyful Joyful show
turning back to smile.

There are those of us
who might never understand
devotional music as it was intended
but who are moved by
devotional music

Who hear
in today’s good music
a call,

not to the foot
of any organized power,
but to other people
in other spaces

disorganized sometimes
but accountable to each other

A call
from an old time
in a new voice
to say to one another,
“I feel you.”

And the space we’re in
is in the song

And we hear the songs
when someone sings them

We can cry at the Joyful Joyful show
And we can turn to each other
And smile

And sing,
Bring sound.

Bry Webb is the Operations Coordinator at CFRU 93.3 FM, the lead singer of The Constantines, and writes, performs and records solo material solo material (often performed with his band, The Providers).

Joyful Joyful plays the Kazoo! Fest 2018 Pancake Breakfast on Sunday April 15th with Hymns57 and Lee Watson at The Boarding House (6 Dublin St. S.)


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