In concert with the current theme of Sheep, Spark and Echo Arts is pleased to share the song,
“Do You Love Me” from Spark & Echo’s debut album.

Listen to “Do You Love Me”

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Written and sung by Jonathon Roberts, this song also features Jonathon on piano with Emily Clare Zempel on bassoon and vocals, Alex Foote on bass, and Mason Neely on drums. Produced by Jay and Alex Foote.

Jonathon says: “I was recently talking to a friend about the theme of sheep for Spark and Echo Arts, saying we are only spending a month on this theme because it’s harder to fill a whole three months with art on sheep passages in the Bible. He said, ‘Well Jesus spent a whole lifetime on sheep.’

And so he did… Here is one of the most famous – and rather mysterious I think – sheep illustrations from Jesus (John 21:15-18). In the song, we’ve tried to capture some of the youthfulness of Peter in the bassoon and the style of the song while recognizing the true underlying depth of what Jesus is saying to us all.”

John 21:15-18 – When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” 
“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.” The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.”

A note about the image accompanying the song: This is a take on the mosaic located in the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia in Ravenna. It is one of the best preserved early mosaics, though only hinted at in this graphic presentation. Recognize it? The illustration reminds that in John’s account, Peter “didn’t see it right away.” Jesus asked him three times (hinting at a painful reminder for Peter) before Jesus’ message came clear. 

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