My wife and I joined our good friends Jonathan and Amanda a few nights ago for the Love Came Down Christmas concert featuring Jars of Clay, Sixpence None the Richer, and Sara Groves.
My favorite part of the concert was hearing Leigh Nash and Matt Slocum, aka Sixpence None the Richer. We also got to meet Leigh after the concert, pictured here with my wife Suzy. Leigh's voice is wonderful and I find many of Sixpence's songs creative and mesmerizing. (You might know them best from the song "Kiss Me" in the 1999 film She's All That.) They've just come out with a Christmas album called The Dawn of Grace. I especially enjoy their arrangement of "O Come, O Come Emmanuel." Our church's worship team recently led us in song with that arrangement.
There's an interesting piece on ChristianityToday.com about Sixpence. They were on the David Letterman Show about 10 years ago. Letterman asked where the band's name came from. Leigh explained:
"It comes from a book by C. S. Lewis…called Mere Christianity. A little boy asks his father if he can get a sixpence—a very small amount of English currency—to go and get a gift for his father. The father gladly accepts the gift and he's really happy with it, but he also realizes that he's not any richer for the transaction…"
Letterman then remarked, "He bought his own gift."
Leigh: "That's right. C.S. Lewis was comparing that to his belief that God has given him, and us, the gifts that we possess, and to serve Him the way we should, we should do it humbly… realizing how we got the gifts in the first place."
In a rare show of soul, Letterman replied, "Well, that's beautiful. If we could just keep that little sliver of enlightenment with us, things would be so much better."
I love it when Christian artists are able to win credibility in the culture and speak winsomely and clearly from a Biblical worldview.