Here are some extended liner notes that did not fit on the CD packaging, but help to tell the story of REJUVENATION:
REJUVENATION [ri-joo-vuh-ney-shuhn]: to restore to a former state; make fresh or new again
This album is a journey from //darkness// to //light//. For all those experiencing pain, grief from loss--this will help you through the passage. //darkness// is dedicated to three friends who passed early--Cynthia Tilles (cancer, age 34), Marissa Najarian (cancer, age 33) and Aaron Whatly ("natural causes," 35). Mars, I think of you often, miss you, and will see you again some day. This song includes the piano piece Bittersweet Memories, composed following Cynthia's funeral.
//descending to pain// may sound ominous, but it doesn't last forever, for then //healing begins//.
Our first emotional high arrives with //a moment of peace//, a soothing synth solo that evokes the image of amber grain bending in a gold-tinged breeze. With any loss, the journey from the depths to the heights is not a swift rise straight to the top, but a gradual climb--with many pauses for re-evaluation, backward glances at where we started--it is a //path of hope//. //walking the path// has repetitive notes which show one's progression down the trail, which ends //by the pool//.
So often we struggle through life's chaos //seeking peace//, seeking a quiet secret place, but when we forget to ask the One Who grants the peace, our seeking tends to be fraught with stress. True //rejuvenation// happens when we cry out to the One Who gives life, and then we begin //finding hope//.
//ascension// is not just a song about rising up to the heights, but it is in many ways a "song of ascents"--musically and thematically. Imagine getting to the top of a high mountain after slogging for what seemed forever, through the depths. Upon reaching the summit you //raise your hands in praise//. This journey has been long and it has not been easy, but you are so filled with new life, hope, and praise that you begin to //dance before His throne//. You know Whose throne I'm talking about--the One Who rejuvenates, the One Who is Living Water, the One Who IS hope and Who gives hope! We are now bathed in //light//.