A Bible Psalm Helped Low Leaf Create Her New Album

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Angelica Lopez is Low Leaf. Photo by Stephanie Dandan. Angelica Lopez is Low Leaf. Photo by Stephanie Dandan.

One night two years ago, Angelica Lopez was in the middle of a deep sleep when she heard the name “Elohim”—a plural noun for God in classical Hebrew—repeated aloud three times.

The encounter didn’t exactly come out of nowhere. The Los Angeles harpist was in the midst of a self-described “spiritual evolution,” even if her final destination wasn’t yet clear. The daughter of Filipino immigrants, Lopez—who records under the name Low Leaf—was raised Catholic, but had distanced herself from the religious roots of her teen years. After hearing those words in her sleep, she immediately woke up and pulled out a Bible she had received from a friend. Inside was a highlighted Psalm—57:8, which reads, ‘Wake up, my heart! Wake up, O lyre & harp! I will wake the dawn with my song.’ The words resonated with Lopez, and became…

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