The songs are real life stories and they offer hope for anyone going thru tough times. For much of my life I have enjoyed peaceful times where things were going well but sometimes life can just be hard. I am grateful to be able to share music that brings hope to people in different walks of life.
The first song, "Kingdom Come (Faith will Rise)" is an upbeat song; I had just gotten my newest guitar (a K14 Taylor) and was playing it, while enjoying quality time with my husband, when suddenly my husband asked me to sing the words “Kingdom Come”. I had just been inspired to play a “new” chord sequence so I sang those words as I played it. He continued to feed words to me as I sang and before long, there it was!
The second song, “Out of my mind”, was written by Tim. He was facing loosing a business that he had built for over twelve years. This was the straw that broke the camel’s back. Tim was literally praying, giving God a choice to save him or kill him. Anxiousness and fear did not allow him to sleep an eight hour period for over a year. The continual not knowing was sending him into deep depression. He was gaining weight and began to stop taking care of himself. I watched his confidence dwindle every day. To look at him was painful as he had no emotion on his face and many times I would find him starring off into the distance. One day he was getting ready to travel on business and he was loading his luggage into the car. I walked thru the living room and notice a pillow lying on the floor. I thought: “this is kind of weird” We were getting ready to leave and Tim takes a pillow and puts it in the floor in front of his chair. Tim came back from loading the car. I walked out and saw him kneeling with his face in the seat of his recliner. I didn’t know what was going on as I had never seen my husband kneel to pray; he always prayed standing, sitting or lying down. I could feel him and his desperation for answers. All of a sudden he got up and it was like he had taken some energy pill. He hurried into the kitchen, and on a small strip of torn paper, he wrote “Out of my mind and on to the cross. Despair, hopelessness, sorrow”. He was saying this over and over and over. This phrase brought him the answer he was looking for. This principle broke my husband’s depression. He then walked thru some difficult situations with joy.
The Third song, “In The house of the Lord (He sets me free)”, is about finding love and provision in God’s house. It was first written in Spanish by my husband and later I translated into English. I took Tim to my Spanish church when we were dating. He refused to listen to the interpretation thru headphones. Amazingly, he was able to capture and retain the first full verse of the song. We were going to dinner after the service and Tim said to me: “what do these words mean?” I was speechless. He then asked if I could sing them so I called my cell phone and sang the new words into my voice mail. This song sat on the shelf for almost twelve years waiting for a chorus. One day, after all those years, I was singing it in our living room and suddenly the chorus hit: “He sets me free!” How simple but how true.
The fourth song is the Spanish version of "In The House of The Lord (He sets me free)" - "En la casa del Senor (Tu me haces libre)"