When There Are No Words

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In November 2021 my Dad, Melvin Tinker, was promoted to glory. He had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer 6 weeks before.

When he received the diagnosis he wrote to us saying:

“Isaiah 43 is of great comfort and am at peace.
Maybe the last chapter will be the best yet.
Your loving Dad”

I started to take notes of the conversations that we were having as we chatted about what awaits us, what the new heaven on the new earth will be like. It was a painful time, but also such a privilege to watch his vision become increasingly filled with Jesus. ‘He is stripping away the dross…” he later wrote to me.

I wrote one song based on these conversations before Dad died, and he asked that it be played at his funeral. Here is that recording:

 

After that I starting writing more and more. Sometimes reflecting our conversations, other times expressing what I was feeling, the questions I had, the hope that I clung to through the tears. These songs form the album ‘When There Are No Words‘. The artwork is by the wonderful Jamin Still and speaks to me of life being so precarious, and yet there is hope over the horizon.

As an artist I not only want to speak for myself, but I hope in telling my story others may own it for themselves and it will help them understand their story.

In spring 2023 we aim to take these songs on tour. My desire is that the shows, or rather events, would be a place that people can come and explore their own grief and see the hope of the gospel shining through, even as those rays are diffused through the prism of tears. I’ll be commissioning videos by filmmaker Andrew Brumme which will complement the performance of the songs.

If you’d be interested in hosting a show please get in touch here.
You can also find some blog posts about this here.

 

 

 

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