The Sower is a song and group collaboration in response to Jesus’ “Parable of the Sower” as told in Mark 4:1-20. Spark and Echo Arts led an audience of brave adventures in the Massachusetts Berkshires to create mini-soundscapes in response to the parable.

Listen The Sower

Spark and Echo-Sower-Song ImageThis piece was created at the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod North Atlantic District 2011 Labor Day Retreat in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Audience members were recorded as they pondered and improvised sounds in response to the different scenarios in Jesus’ Parable of the Sower.

The audience explored the farmer throwing seeds on rocky places, among thorns, where birds can snatch it, and finally on good soil. We’re always excited to create new work with other people, so we’re thankful to the retreat organizers and audiences members for including us in this very fun weekend in the mountains.

The Parable of the Sower
“Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain. Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.”

Then Jesus said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
Read the Entire Parable

You can also read this parable in Matthew 13 and Luke 8.

The visual for this work was created by Charis J. Carmichael Braun as a reaction to Jonathon Roberts’ composition. The image is based on photos of the fireworks seen at the WELS Labor Day Retreat – an allegory for the seeds, some exploding while others fading, thrown across the field.
Image: ©2011 Charis J. Carmichael Braun

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