I'm Adam Webber. Let me tell you about my album, "As a Deer Longs", track by track.
The first song is called "Longs for You". I think this song is my elevator pitch for God. I've studied the Christian traditions pretty deeply, and I'm an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ. And what I don't know about God is a lot, but the diamond core of the little that I do know is in this song: the intensity with which God loves us and longs for us.
Next, there's "Me and Joe and What's-His-Name". This is in more of a folk-song style, and you can hear a bit of the English folk ballad "The Three Ravens" here. It tells, from a different perspective, a story from the Gospel of Luke.
Then there's the "Prophet's Lament". This is an autobiographical, comical song about my recent change of career. I used to listen to my parents' Tom Lehrer records, as I'm sure you'll be able to tell.
The fourth cut is an instrumental version of my "Rider's Lament". I originally wrote this for an a capella vocal trio. Fans of Tolkien will be able to guess what the words were.
The fifth track is "Clear Fountain". The beautiful background vocals are by my wife, Kelly Autrey-Webber. My French Canadian grandmother used to sing an old folk song: "À la claire fontaine". I don't suppose anyone else thinks of that as a religious song at all, but for me the clear fountain long ago became on image of God. My song "Clear Fountain" tells why.
Then there's "I Don't Believe in You", a blues ballad. I wrote this song to share the story of a man I met, a Vietnam veteran who was camping, or perhaps living, under a highway overpass near Richmond, Indiana. When I told him that I was a seminary student, he told me that he didn't believe in God -- and he told me why. My brother Ben helped with the piano arrangement for this. He's a jazz genius.
Track seven is "Fear Not, Said the Angel". It's the only song on this album that I've recorded before. It's about some of the experiences of God's presence that I had as a child. I used to find these very frightening, and I didn't tell anyone about them at the time. I didn't want people to think I was crazy, and I didn't want them to be right. (I guess that's one advantage of being fifty: I don't care so much what people think!) Kelly and I sing this one together.
Next is another reflective instrumental number: "One Needful Thing". It's part of a song cycle about the six-day creation story from the Book of Genesis. This is Day One -- let there be light -- and the last cut on this album is Day Five -- the creation of the animals. I'm still working on the others.
Track 9 is my "Treesong" -- a choral/instrumental anthem as sung by a tree. A worshipful tree. It's hard to explain, but Kelly says it's her favorite.
Next is "Love Small". This is a sort of alt-country song in praise of my small town. I couldn't decide whether to include this one on the album or not. Sometimes, when I listen to it, it seems too corny. Other times, I think that corny was just the right note to hit for my little town.
The final cut is "Come to Me" -- an electronic stage-show take on the creation of the animals, complete with animals. Good girl!