We revealed in our first ever podcast interview the influence that the Christian rock band Everybody Duck has had on us. In our conversation with former singer/songwriter and current pastor Darin McWatters, he talked about writing songs that seem to be fun or silly and then suddenly pivot to a deeper spiritual meaning. You will encounter some of those moments in these songs, while others are more overt worship songs. I have introduced many friends to the music of Everybody Duck over the past 20 years, but if they are a new band to you, here is my personal list of top 10 tracks. I encourage you to go to everybodyduck.bandcamp.com to check out the rest of their great songs, (even some classic Christian camp/sunday school songs set to the tunes of Nirvana).
10 – Heatjambled (Still Know How to Groove) – Their “rockiest” track on this album, it is a song that reminds us that life is hard, and that God didn’t promise to make life easy. He did go to great lengths to defeat sin, pain, suffering and death for good so we could be with Him. Let’s keep a proper perspective.
9- Great Affection (Seized by the Power of a Great Affection) – A tip of the hat to a quote from The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning, this is the title track of their first worship album. It is a song of praise and adoration to our amazing God.
8- 8 – (Still Know How to Groove) – This was actually the first Everybody Duck song that I ever heard. This is where the cassette tape (!) was cued to when I listened to the demo at the Christian Bookstore. This song takes us to young Joey’s birthday party and from there takes an unexpected and poignant twist.
7- Creation to Creator (Seized by the Power of a Great Affection) – Another entry from their first worship album, I really connect with this song as a reminder that we are created in His image and for His purposes. And one of those purposes is to recognize that we are His creation and worship Him for this reason.
6- Forgettable – (8 Seconds on a Holy Cow) – A reminder that this life and the things that we do are not about us or our fame at all, rather, our life is to be lived to carry out God’s purpose in our world. Darin talked about this song in our conversation with him, when he spoke of redeeming the otherwise goofy name of the band, “Taking stand after stand and not learning to duck, and fall flat on our faces so Jesus can save…”
5- Get in the Plate (8 Seconds on a Holy Cow) – This track is a challenge to us to remember that our tithes and offerings include more than just our money. I believe this song hits the nail on the head about what it is that God is asking of us. “death to self is what the Gospel is demanding (…) get in the plate and ride”
4- Hope – (Everybody Duck) – Feelings of not belonging? That kind of sums up my teenage years. And while my life in retrospect was relatively pain free, it didn’t seem like it in the midst of it. The emptiness and sadness that I felt was largely because I didn’t have a true relationship with God and so I held onto the loneliness and out-of-place feelings because I didn’t know what else to do with them. This song reminded me that there is hope in the midst of hurt and pain.
3- Use me Here – (Seized by the Power of a Great Affection) – The song that really ties into the heart of the Imperfect Influencer Collaborative. This song essentially says “Be who you are, where you are, and influence your world”. God has placed us where we are for a purpose. Things may not have worked out as we hoped, dreamed or planned, but He is still with us and has plans for us wherever we are.
2- Tetelestai – (Everybody Duck) – Like Hope earlier, Tetelestai connected with me in a similar way. It really talks about a lot of the things that I thought when I looked at my life. It is a strong reminder that the value that others place on us is not important at all compared to the value that God places on us. Jesus accomplished His mission to save us on the cross (Tetelestai means “It is finished”). This song gives great perspective on our true value!
1- Close – (8 Seconds on a Holy Cow) – One of my favorite things in the whole world to do is to tell Bible Stories, especially to kids, but really, to anyone. And I like to dig into the stories beyond the words on the page, and imagine the scenarios and settings in which these accounts occured. This song is great – almost nine and a half minutes retelling the story of the woman with the issue of blood (found in Matthew 9, Mark 5 and Luke 8). And again, a poignant lesson at the end that challenges me every time.
I’d love to hear what you think of these songs, and the other ones that you can find in the Everybody Duck library. Feel free to leave a comment.