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My dear friend Rachel Wagner’s kickstarter campaign has funded! Woohoo!

It’s not too late to be a funder, though. Follow the link and jump on the bandwagon. You’ll find a lot of happy beautiful people on there. Wink wink. Maybe if we get enough money we can actually buy a literal band-wagon. Dream big, people!

Rachel’s kickstarter page!

So, today I’m going to introduce you to a song from her last album. The song is the title song of the album called “Untold”.

The lyrics of “Untold” talk about fear and trust. Rachel and I have talked a lot about how much comes down to fear. Bringing out the wounds and confronting their ragged edges is scary. We fear rejection from others. We fear rejection from God. We fear because death is painful and death has to be the first step to resurrection. We fear that our dead places are beyond hope. And all of these come down to one insidious fear that God is not who he says he is.


“Fold it up, fold it in, tuck it away and then
No one will ever know
And the truth is alone, in your pocket of stone
And your hands are so cold

But who can you trust?
These words, are they enough?
Afraid you will say too much
So you stay untold

Looking out, looking in, looking away again
You don’t look him in the eyes
Staring down at the street, you trip over your feet
He catches you by surprise

But who can you trust?
These hands, are they enough?
Afraid you will lose too much
Will you stay untold?”


How many of our stories of healing and redemption lay untold because we let fear keep us from that first step?

I like to think back to all the times I have taken the crumpled packet out of my pocket that felt so heavy, and unfolding it slowly, letting the contents show to a compassionate God, to compassionate friends, letting the air and the light begin to heal it almost immediately. It’s something you have to prove. It’s something that you have to practice. It’s scary to unfold. And yet, how joyous to begin to be told.

The In-Side-Out-Side-In Project…


I can hardly talk about my friend Rachel Wagner without beginning with “my dear friend”.

I believe she’s the sort of person everyone should know.

She’s the sort that calls you to come over on a Saturday to help paint her door six different shades of green. She’s the sort that writes sensual haikus about unabashed rose hips.  And she’s the sort that reads your favorite book quite on accident and calls to recommend it saying, “It reminds me of you.”  She’s that sort of friend.

And her being a singer/songwriter and mother of three older ones she understands the incongruities of ambition and housekeeping. And when either of us thinks that, surely, we will never create again, the other is there to remind her that inspiration will return.

I’m encouraged to remember that Rachel emerged from the cloud of young motherhood to find two albums worth of songs under her belt and the realization that it had been a strangely productive time, though it hadn’t felt like it, all tangled up in the midst.

Now her fourth album is under way metamorphosing in the cocoon of the upstairs playroom/studio. And she has begun a Kickstarter campaign to back it!  The album will be called “In Side Out Side In”. I love the Kickstarter model and am so thrilled to see what becomes of this project and to be a part of it.  Rachel’s music gets played in my house regularly, most especially when there is sibling conflict and dinner needed to be on the table five minutes ago.  Her songs soothe and remind me that there is music to be found in the mundane and poetry to be found in the prose.

To give you a taste, here is her latest music video “Flares” which was accepted into the Sacramento Film Festival in 2013 and which I had a small hand in:

I will be posting about my dear friend Rachel Wagner more this month, hoping to use my limited forum here to highlight her progress. Please head over to her Kickstarter page and take the opportunity to help fill the world with a bit of truth and beauty!

Morning Song…


Allow me to introduce you to a very dear friend of mine named Rachel Wagner. She is a writer, singer, songwriter, and burns genius in a lot of other areas, too. She is married and has four children. This video is her first music video and she did it herself. She did it in bits and pieces while her kids were at school and her husband was at work. She did it in between loads of laundry and maybe instead of mopping the floor that one time.

I love how the video conveys that patchwork so well, bits and pieces. Bits and pieces of ordinary that come together to make the music of a spectacular life faithfully lived. Little squares of common beauty brought in to be part of a greater melody. This video helps me to remember that the little beauties and humble tasks of my day are combining to paint a bigger picture of beauty.

This song quiets my soul when I’m irritable and lifts it when I am low. I find that I listen to it frequently on Monday mornings when I am usually both. I have come to call it my Monday Morning Song. May it bless your Monday morning.

Go see Rachel! http://www.rachelwagner.com