Spark & Echo takes on the theme of Fools with a reworking of the song “I Am a Fool” in response to
2 Corinthians 11.


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It’s no wonder for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light
It’s not surprising then, that all of his friends are dressed up in righteousness
O I’m too weak for this
It’s no wonder you put up with fools when you are so very wise
They slap your face and then boast of your slavery, so too I will join their cries

For I am a fool.
Please take me as a fool ’cause I am
I am a fool, take me as a fool ’cause I am and I’ve no where else to go
To my shame I am too weak for this

It’s no wonder you follow the first man who pushes his way through the crowd
He enslaves your skin, exploiting your name, he boasts to the world out loud
So I, too, will boast:
I’ve been beaten and stoned, I am bleeding, naked and left for dead,
I’m in prison now, I’m shipwrecked and sore, I’m weak but I am proud

For I am a fool.
Take me as a fool ’cause I am.
I am a fool, there’s power in weakness, my strength was never my own.

It’s no wonder for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light
It’s not surprising then, it’s not surprising then…

For I am a fool.
Please take me as a fool ’cause I am.
I am a fool, slavery is safer than living your life on a bus.
To my shame I am too weak for this.


Artist Statement

This song and sound design sets our adaptation of some of the Apostle Paul’s dynamic writings to the Corinthians. Paul is all over the place using sarcasm, graphic imagery, humor and frustration to get his point across. Here is an excerpt from the original text:

Let no one take me for a fool. But if you do, then receive me just as you would a fool, so that I may do a little boasting. In this self-confident boasting I am not talking as the Lord would, but as a fool. Since many are boasting in the way the world does, I too will boast. You gladly put up with fools since you are so wise! In fact, you even put up with anyone who enslaves you or exploits you or takes advantage of you or pushes himself forward or slaps you in the face. To my shame I admit that we were too weak for that!

The “Train Whistle” sound was made by combining and manipulating Truck and Train samples from by users “euroblues” and “daveincamas.”
The Shipwreck photo is by Jeff Ratcliff. Used by permission. Please credit accordingly if re-using.


Spark & Echo is a family band of songwriting-storytellers led by husband and wife duo Jonathon Roberts and Emily Clare Zempel, Co-Executive Directors of Spark and Echo Arts. Their music brings forgotten poetry and wild stories from the Bible to life: visions of sparkling wheels in the sky, hunger and thirst, and legends of love as strong as death weave with memorable melodies and captivating rhythms. Drawing from a classical background, influenced by the pianism of Rufus Wainwright and Ben Folds, and emulating Paul Simon’s narratival techniques, Spark & Echo sings epic tales of love and adventure.

They have a dual vision: as a band, they make music; as a non-profit, they seek to “create the world’s largest multi-disciplinary ‘illumination’ of the Bible.” Spark and Echo Arts engages artists from a diversity of styles and backgrounds working in the top of their field. The band grew out of and raises funds for the non-profit.

They’ve just released their second full-length album Inheritance which was recorded and co-produced with the Foote brothers (Welcome Wagon) and elucidates  Psalm 42 in “Deep Calls to Deep”, Galatians 2:20 in “Buy Me a Hat”,  Proverbs 31 in “What a Day”, and many more. Their voices harmonize like “it was meant to be.”  They dance around complex stories with a whimsy indicative of their time spent in the theatre.


Spark & Echo are Resident Artists


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