“Comfort, Oh Comfort” by Caroline Cobb, from her upcoming album A Seed, A Sunrise: Advent to Christmas Songs
Following her acclaimed A Home & A Hunger album that The Gospel Coalition named as one of the “Best Albums of the 2010s” and Under the Radar listed among the“Best Gourmet Albums of 2017,” “Comfort, Oh Comfort” was recorded live in the studio in February. Produced by Isaac Wardell (Josh Garells, Sandra McCracken), the song also features musicians Tyler Chester (Madi Cunningham, Switchfoot), Andrew Osenga (Andrew Peterson, Caedmon’s Call), gospel trio Resound (Lauren Daigle) and a fourteen-piece string orchestra.
Focusing on the longing of Advent and the joy of Christmas, “Comfort, Oh Comfort” continues Cobb’s passion to tell the stories of Scripture through music with imagination, artistry and faithfulness to the text.
That passion is personified in the E’an Verdugo-directed music video for “Comfort, Oh Comfort.” Filmed in an abandoned warehouse with everything marked by neglect and decay, Caroline sets a beautiful table with flowers, greenery, candles, wine and freshly baked bread, all symbolizing hope: through Jesus, beauty emerges from brokenness, light dawns in the darkness, the wasteland grows into a garden.
“We wanted to create a visual of beauty emerging in the broken-down places, just as this song speaks of gardens in the wilderness and streams in the desert,” shares Caroline.
Drawing from passages in Isaiah, Cobb shares, “I wrote this song for a friend walking through a hard season with her adult daughter. But as I sang it, I realized it was also for me: there were ‘scorched and dry’ places in my life, seasons shadowed by grief. This song speaks comfort into our dry places and reminds us that through Jesus, we have the promise of full restoration one day.”
In the wilderness, the green of Eden
In the wasteland, the garden blooms
Up from the desert, springs a river
For He is making everything new
(Lyrics from “Comfort, Oh Comfort” chorus)
Like the full A Seed, A Sunrise album (pre-save here), “Comfort, Oh Comfort” is beautifully crafted with rich biblical imagery, artful arrangements and poetic lyrics, stirring up both the longing for Jesus and the joy of his coming to help the Church rehearse and remember God’s Story.
A Seed, A Sunrise builds on Caroline’s previous full-length projects, both of which trace a biblical theme from creation to Christ’s return.
“When I looked at the lyrics and scripture references for A Seed, A Sunrise, I noticed light and garden imagery woven throughout. But it wasn’t just light, it was more like a longing for the dawn after a long, dark night. And it wasn’t just a garden, it was the hope of beauty growing up from the desert, the hope of a tiny seed bringing forth the green of Eden in a desolate wilderness,” says Cobb.
“Although we recorded this album just before the upheaval of 2020 began, these songs of longing and finding hope in Jesus seem all the more relevant in the midst of racial injustice, political division, fires, hurricanes and the COVID-19 pandemic,” continues Cobb. “My prayer is that these songs will be a needed balm for us, giving voice to both the desperate cry ‘how long, O Lord?’ and to the unwavering hope we have in Jesus. Longing and hope are not mutually exclusive. We need both right now.”