“Grace” by Samuel Scott McCumber | HN Live on the Good Living Tour

This video was created as part of the Good Living Tour Live Performance video series, thanks to presenting sponsor the Nebraska Department of Economic Development with generous support from Peter Kiewit Foundation, Nebraska Community Foundation, Humanities Nebraska, Nebraska Cultural Endowment, Pinnacle Bank, Nebraska Loves Public Schools, Union Pacific, The Center for Rural Affairs, and the Nebraska Arts Council.

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When feeling lost or troubled, keeping ourselves within the margins can be a challenge. Drink and debauchery may call when what we need is a guiding light, be it a loved one, a higher power or our own steady hand.

Omaha musician Samuel Scott McCumber sings confidently of his own struggles in “Grace,” the original song he performed in one take this past August for the Good Living Tour performance series. McCumber’s mellow, gently strummed folk tune complements its narrator’s attitude, helping to keep him “not to get too high, not to get too low.” The outro interpolation of “Amazing Grace” reiterates the point softly that grace can take many forms — whichever helps us through the day.

Watch McCumber perform “Grace” inside Hastings’ First Street Brewing below.

Video by Lauren Farris, Andrew Stellmon
Audio mixing by Mark Wolberg
Edit by Lauren Farris

Lauren Farris is Hear Nebraska's visual editor. Reach her at laurenf@hearnebraska.org.