Songs I Like: Do Not Move by David Crowder Band

This song came to my mind recently. I really like it.

On Sunday, pastor Paul preached on Colossians 3:1-4. He spoke of the journey to live in a Christ-centered fashion, setting our hearts on things above, etc. At one point, he mentioned this idea of having songs in mind, songs that speak truth when you need it.

There are many classic hymns I enjoy, and other songs I could write about, perhaps revisit someday.

But today, I want to talk about Do Not Move.

 

Released in 2005 on the A Collision album (which is a superb experience overall), Do Not Move is a fun little foray into the sometimes-beleaguered Christian rock scene. Stuffed full of crunchy guitar work, synth oddity, and swelling vocals, DNM is a distinctive track — unusual, even. You can appreciate it at face value for its bold sound or consider its words for personal interpretation. In my case, it holds sentimental value as well.

It even has lyrics!

I don’t want to move
And I don’t think I could
I don’t want to move
And I don’t think I should
I don’t want to move
No, I don’t want to move
I don’t want to move
And I don’t think I could

Breathe in deeper now
Breathe in deeper now
Breathe in deeper, breathe in now

The costliest of costs
The deadliest of loss
The wonder of the cross
The breath of life that stops
The hope of heaven bought
The wonder of the cross
The wonder of the cross

Breathe in deeper now (the wonder of the cross)
Breathe in deeper now (the wonder of the cross)
Breathe in deeper (the wonder of the cross)
Breathe in now
I don’t want to move

I like the way the words play with dichotomy: Costly death set against wondrous hope. Think, move. Could, should.

For me, the themes of stillness and breathing bring to mind Psalm 46:10: “Be still, and know that I am God.” This is a good reminder for me.

I first encountered Do Not Move back in my days as a summer camp counselor. We used it for a skit that a handful of us performed as part of the opening ceremonies for the overnight session each week.

My role was the part of a demon. Throughout our performance and its Crowder-fueled cues, my tale was that of a tempter who successfully captured a human soul, only for my evil plot and that of my demonic comrades to be outdone by the overpowering work of Christ, despite our efforts to beat and even kill the illustrious interloper.

Quite a story arc to cast against 326 seconds of background music.

I suppose that sort of raw efficiency fits within the grand tradition of Gospel Presentations Intended for an Audience of Youth, though. I always enjoyed those sorts of plays. Perhaps even excessively, at times: I remember being told one week that it was “a bit much” when I used black face paint to draw upside-down crosses on my cheeks.

If I wish to, I can remember the that stage in these opening notes, in that chapel, in front of a captive audience, trying to bring myself to serve earnestly in that moment, in that ministry. If I am honest, I can recall it pretty darned vividly.

Nowadays, I would just as gladly accept being ministered to, and it is in the day-to-day present labor that this tune can still play a part in my life. My stage is no longer in a summer camp chapel, but in my workplace, my home, and elsewhere, all the while still called to perform, in a way.

Ultimately, however, I am fond of this song simply for its energy, the way it… compels me to move (!). There are plenty of other musical examples available for this motivational purpose, even in the worship arena, but this one has stuck with me especially.

The wonder of the cross.

3 thoughts on “Songs I Like: Do Not Move by David Crowder Band

  1. I never got into the Christian rock scene, but this is a really good song! Thanks for sharing the great story about it.

    That’s one of the amazing things about music, and why I view music and its power as something both uniquely human and uniquely divine. It can evoke memories and lift the power of the lyrics up to another level. In my church (Greek Orthodox) about 95% of the entire service is sung or chanted, and although it’s in ecclesiastical Greek–an ancient language that you really only learn if you’re a member of the clergy–the singing elevates the meaning and allows it to shine through regardless of the language barrier. We also have translations in the liturgical books, so that helps too.

    I find it funny that Christians tend to avoid the arts, like they’re some kind of plague. I’ll have to check out more David Crowder. What albums or songs would you recommend for further listening?

  2. Ah, Greek Orthodox! Been to a few services in that tradition. I was a little lost, but could appreciate some of the beauty nonetheless — in my head, sometimes, I can still hear the congregation chanting, “Christ is risen from the dead! Trampling death by death! And to those in the tombs, bestowing life!”

    With Crowder, it’s tough to go wrong. If you get the chance, though, I’d recommend Illuminate (2003), with tracks like O Praise Him and Deliver Me that still echo in my worship life; A Collision (2005), which is crazy good and kinda designed to be listened to from point A to point B so it’d be tough to single out tracks other than Do Not Move (but, like, just the first few are amazing on their own); and Church Music (2009), which has the very fun Oh Happiness, but also the thunderously heart-affecting How He Loves.

    Thanks for your comment!

  3. Thanks for the recommendations Eric! I’m always on the lookout for new music, or at least music that is new to me. I am also on the lookout for more time to really sit and appreciate what I’m listening to instead of having it be the soundtrack to another task, but that’s a story for another day.

    That chant your referencing is what we sing at the midnight Easter service. It’s one of my favorites. I also like the Lamentations that are sung on Good Friday–beautiful and haunting, with very meaningful words–but like everything in Orthodox Christianity, they are lo-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-ong. Typical Greek. For example, why just bring out the Holy Gifts for communion when you can SING ABOUT THEM, march around the church, and sing about them some more?

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