In the fall of 2009, while a relative newcomer to People’s Church, I wrote a Christmas song called Hope Is Born. It was the first song I had written in a long time, and also one of my best. The song began a journey of musical endeavors that has culminated this month in the release of my first professionally recorded studio album: Those Who Remain. It has been clear to me all along that none of this would have happened without the support and inspiration of People’s Church.
As I reflect over the past 5 years, the overwhelming feeling that arises is that of gratitude. These years have not been without losses and personal challenges, but I have been buoyed all along by new friendships, a deeper sense of spirituality, and an active engagement in musical creation—some 25 songs worth!
My new album, Those Who Remain, is a collection of 10 of these songs—a song cycle of sorts. The album is a reflection on loss and renewal. It is ultimately an expression of hope, and a celebration of the interconnectedness of life. Recording began in November of 2013, and has involved 6 other terrific musicians from the Kalamazoo area, including our own Bob Wallis on keyboards. Mike and Sarah Fuerst from the Corn Fed Girls and Jeff Moehle are among the others. I am thrilled that all 4 of these musicians will be performing with me on November 9th!
As I thought about ways to celebrate the CD release, it only made sense to involve People’s Church. It also made sense that we should include other singer-songwriters from People’s in the event, and that we should make it all a fundraiser for the good work of our community. In fact, all ticket sales and the first 30 CD sales will be donated at 100% to People’s.
I hope you will join us on Sunday, November 9th at 7:00 pm for this inspiring evening of original music. People’s performers will include Bob Wallis, Chris Schleuder, Bill Ginn, Bryan Klinesteker and Susan Moerdyk. I am confident that a good time will be had by all, and a good cause will be supported.