Liner Notes...I believe I was born singing, that is once the doc unwrapped the umbilical cord from my wee neck. Those many years ago, my tiny face was blue as William Wallace and his warrior’s as they took to the battle fields of Scotland to win their precious freedom.
Fighting for my very first breath, that same deep longing that pulsed though their veins, an inexpressible ache that no one, nor event, nor thing can possibly fill, reverberated in the depths of my soul. In all my years, I lived, breathed, ate and slept…Music…until one fleeting event took it all away. What I believed I was born to do, my earthly rock, which brought great value and wonderful joy, had crumbled, like dust blown to the four winds.
Truly it takes a brave soul to navigate the complexities of this life, the loss of dreams and loved ones, the turmoil and constant barrage of bad news. Yet, despite all this, we don’t have to forge this battle alone…there is a glorious hope, one that gave me new life, a new voice and a new song to share.
You see, we can believe in a lot of things…but when it comes right down to it, eternity, I mean, what matters most is who you believe in! His name is Jesus, He said He was God, He proved He was God, and the world hated Him so much, they carried out God’s plan of Salvation through the only Savior who loved us enough to give His life for you and me.
Jesus rescued me when I flat lined at 16, and life has never been the same. Traveling Scotland, Africa, across continents and borders, here are musical paintings, a riot of color to lift the darkness of a dreary world…
May these melodic portraits lead you to the one who is calling to you now….
”Run to Him, Just the way you are… He loves you, surrender to His love…for that’s God’s plan!”
PS…You may wonder why track 10 “Every Time It Rains” is noted “For Scotland.” Well, the story behind the song is this…
Not long after regaining some healthy glow in that wee baby face, my longing for all things Scottish had my parents wondering if they might have brought home the wrong child! My persistent pestering for a kilt and bagpipe lessons came long before the discovery that my great, great, great, great, great, great grandfather was Magnus Redlon. As this strapping young Scotsman struck out from Orkney to make his way in the world, he was promptly pressed into service aboard a British man of war ship by the King’s navy, ne’er to see his family or homeland again. However, upon reaching the coast of Maine, sent ashore to gather provisions, he bolted, emerging a once again free soul in a “Patriot” like adventure in the blossoming new land called America! Magnus ne’er lost his love for Alba or the sea, which was handed down generation after generation to me.
That burning passion for Scotland was temporarily appeased in 2001, the first of many visits to this amazing land of mountains, history and mystery. While nestled safely in the window seat of Cuil Na Sithe B&B, the approaching storm making way over the peak of Ben Nevis mirrored my life at the time. I had few more precious days to savor the peace and majesty of the bens, glens and fragrant air, like that scene from Braveheart, where Wallace comes back and drinks in a deep breath of the air rich with gorse, flowers, peat and freshness off the ocean. …….. There, I wrote this love song to Scotland…capturing my yearning to remain where my heart had always resided, and through a few miraculous events, that’s now a reality!
May these songs, especially, “I Love Your Name,” “True North,” “I Believe,” and “The Plan” be a starting point to a personal journey with the one who loves you so very dearly! His name is Jesus and He’s waiting to spend a glorious eternity with you! Fear not, this is the epic journey of a lifetime…
Recorded in Samburu Kenya, mixed & mastered by John Blanche