Change the World
The Third Sunday Band from Annapolis, MD returns with a new compilation of original tunes and favorite songs often heard at the Band's live shows and worship services. The original compositions draw on the theme of using our gifts and treasures to change the world. The music speaks to the roots of our faith and making a difference for God's creation and his people. Nothing is impossible with the power of the Holy Spirit and these songs demonstrate that any musical style provides a possibility to praise God and celebrate our faith. Musical diversity is a true signature of the Third Sunday Band. Pour out Your Spirit by Tom Lane is one of the Band's favorite jam tunes with great opportunities for all instrumentalists. The beautiful Surrender by Marc James is a staple for the Band in it's worship services as is Let us Be by Robbie Reider. This unique version of Let us be features a strong bass line and haunting mix of guitar and electric piano. Vocalist Emilie Stafford really belts out this unique driving version of the traditional tune Poor Wayfaring Stranger with piano and organ by Timothy Arnold-Moore. Breathe by Marie Barnett is covered by many performers and has long been a staple of our worship music. Jeanne Burton adds her name to this list with Al and Emilie on backup vocals. God's World seemed to emerge from a practice session inspired by Tim's synthesizer as an 80's style anthem to caring for creation with the Elenor Rigby sample sneaking in one evening we played it. Guitarist Norm Mayfield showed up with the tune I'm Free one day at the studio and band Leader, Al Todd insisted that it be recorded. It is a haunting piece. Norm Mayfield also set John Sutton's words to music in the title track, Change the World and the more we played this the more interesting and free form it became. This original tune defies classification. Alleluia is a piece of the Band's service music that is just a kick to play and sing along with. And then, surprise..... country! Al Todd wrote this little ditty at a low point while trying to find some inspiration and watching a rerun of the Woodstock music festival hence the 1969 reference. Likewise, a Prayer for the Spirit was written as a plea for spiritual intervention and renovation of the soul. Ginny Owens' I Know who you are, is another Band favorite. A delicate and beautiful tune that serves as such a great lyrical statement of faith. The Band's Blues Sanctus was written as Episcopal service music for a youth retreat and has become an often requested tune at our Church. Nothing like 12 bar blues in E for worship music. Al Todd's Disciples provides a fitting conclusion to Change the World, calling all of us to follow him. We can change the dark around us to light, one act of compassion at a time. Remember every day brings a new opportunity. Enjoy this soundtrack on your journey to Change the World!