For those of you who have yet to be introduced to him, Sufjan Stevens is one of my favorites. He's an excellent lyricist, and just happens to be something rare: a talented artists who just happens to be a Christian. I'm posting two songs from him for this Good Friday weekend. The first is titled "To Be Alone With You". Many, including the producers of "The O.C." (who used this track for their show), apparently assumed it was a romantic song. But it seems to be more about the crucifixion (at least in part).
The next song is "Majesty Snowbird", literally the best song I have ever heard in my life. It is just over ten minutes in length, but is the most beautiful, sweeping song I have ever heard. This is the tune I put on when I'm having a horrible day (or week or month) just to remind me how much good there is in the world. A little melodramatic, sure, but just watch:
Consider this an open thread for the weekend. I might post if I feel like it, or if giant news breaks, but it is likely that I won't.
UPDATE: "Majesty Snowbird" is an unreleased track, but a mp3 of this song can be downloaded for free at the end of this post.