Precious Are the Lives
"Precious Are The Lives" has been sort of a family album. Let me explain. My father was the head of the Music Department at our local college. After I moved to Kona, Hawaii, with my husband, music was my link to my father. He enjoyed the songs I sent him, even playing them for his friends. My father died 3 months after we moved back to California. I think he is glad to hear the CD from up there, and that so many family members have been involved in making it. I'm thankful to all the family and friends who have helped make this music a lovely experience. My son Matthew played trumpet. His son Colin sang on the "Orphan's Song". My grandnieces Ivy and Jesse sang with Colin, and Jesse's mom Jonna sang on "Forever" and "I Will Love you Always". My younger son John played acoustical and electric guitar on many of the songs, and my brother Art played electric guitar and drums. Art also helped my friend Kathy put the CD cover together. Shayne goes to Grace Fellowship, where Dave and I attend church. He is on the worship team, as is Daryl and Chris. Shayne also knew Sasha, Greg, and Peter. What a wonderful experience to work with them all. I met Kat a few years earlier, and after she came to stay with us she became involved in the CD project. Same with Sarah. What great singers! Also great on the violin and dgembe. Some of the songs express worship and some are prophetic, or messages from God's heart to ours. Here are some stories behind the songs; "The Bridegroom Song" was written in Kona, when I was in the School of Worship. "Forever" was written to a friend who was going through many hardships "I am My Father's Daughter" was written for a friend who also was going through hard times, and seemed to be having an identity crisis. "I Will Teach My Heart" came out of a personal crisis when lack of encouragement all but made me want to quit . . . but I didn't! "The Orphan's Song" was written after hearing a man speak about orphanages in foreign countries "I Will Speak of Your Glory" is a worship song, plain and simple "Promise Keeper" came on Easter, 2004. The pastor had just asked us to pray about what God would say about Easter, and the words I heard were as if from Jesus' viewpoint, to us. Peter, who sings "Promise Keeper", proposed to his fiancé by singing this song to her. "The Father's Lullaby" came on a particularly frustrating night when I walked into my room to be alone. I heard the Lord say "Why are you surprised to find Me here?" This is the song I played at my father's funeral. "I Will Love You Always" is about having a relationship with the Lord, day and night. For those who have dreams wake you in the middle of the night, and realize it is the Holy Spirit speaking through them, loving God at night will have meaning. "The Healing Prayer" was written after my husband Dave had a dream in which the Lord asked him to have me write a song about healing. "It Must Be You (Wedding Song)" was written for our daughter Diana's wedding. I got the melody in 2000 and a year later, after she announced her wedding plans, I got the lyrics. "There Are Praises" takes us beyond the sorrows and disappointments of this life to see what Jesus sees; our hearts filled with love, and His appreciation for all we do. This song makes the statement "precious are the lives laid down in sacrifice to You" and is where the CD gets it's title from. We are each unique, and every bit precious in God's sight.