I first heard Suzanne sing as I walked by a coffee shop in Santa Cruz (LuLu’s, I think) in summer 2001. “11 Songs” helped as I transitioned into a new seasonal job at Mission Spring throughout the Fall of that year. That CD then traveled with me to Afghanistan and Kosovo as I did disaster response.
“Prone to Wander” came out just in time to begin my journey through seminary. I remember opening the cellophane and putting it in the CD even before I unpacked. Suzanne’s music then accompanied me to Jerusalem for a year and Paris, France for another year. My wife and I had some of the songs on our wedding playlist mix of music during the reception. The music encouraged us during our ministry for a few years in Latvia.
And today, as I endure the daily commute in and out of New York, I closed my eyes and journeyed back over a decade from the coffee shops in Santa Cruz where I heard her perform (and even a time or two with Josh Fox, I seem to recall) to a balcony and sunset in Northern Afghanistan to sidewalk cafès and coffee shops in Kosovo, Paris, Czech Republic and Amsterdam, to watching waves from the Baltic Sea crash on the beach in Latvia. At one point I think I even caught a scent of some freshly ground coffee and cinnamon…
Or maybe that was the guy’s latte next to me, and it was the scent of his latte mixed with her music that sent my mind on this wonderful journey of remembering – remembering faces and conversations, joys and concerns, uncertainties and God’s faithful provision.
I guess it is only appropriate that as I end this note Suzanne’s rendition of “It Is Well” from “11 Songs” plays in the headphones.
Thank you, Suzanne Brewer, for sharing your gift of music with the World, and in doing so, participating in God’s holy work of healing this World!
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