Songs that grow like trees: an appreciation of Sydney Carter (1915–2004)

CarterSydney_treeYour holy hearsay is not evidence
Give me the good news in the present tense

So begins The Present Tense, a song by Sydney Carter which sums up his approach to life and faith: based on personal conviction not imposed authority, complex not simplistic, questioning not dogmatic. He has been, through his songs, an inspiration and support to many, most of whom he never met, many of whom were not even aware of his name, some of whom do not even share his faith. And that includes me, an atheist who nevertheless appreciates the power, the beauty and the wry humour of Sydney Carter’s songs. Read more