Did I hear you say “reeeeeeee-mix”?…

….no? – oops! Oh well I did one anyway. This months track is called “The real Jesus” or perhaps otherwise known as “Stained glass window”. Originally sung at our Jesus Army youth event called RAW back in 2007 when RAW all started for some reason this song didn’t really get much attention (I believe “someone” decided it was a bit camp) and it just faded into the history books – well we’ve brought it back…..

The more astute amongst you may have noticed that actually there’s already a live recording of this track on our Soundcloud site but this version is……well….different. To be fair the original version was a bit limp-wristed, it wasn’t really intended that way but (particularly the chorus) ended up there, so I’ve given it a bit more balls and focus.

The track was originally written to express the frustration of working out being Christian (nothing camp about that!) when we’re surround by so much stuff, opinion, ideas, ideals and imagery etc etc that have built up over centuries.  In the second verse it talks about realising that we can’t just carry on being swan like looking all serene and pretending everything’s run swimmingly (pun UN-intended) when actually we’re busy padding furiously under the water and making a mess of it all and bridge expresses a determination to find Jesus and stick with it even it “crosses” (pun intended) some of our natural apathy.

I don’t normally post the words up but since I’ve been at this one with a particularly large hammer I thought I would this time:

I want to break the stained glass window, see through the stereotypes.
I want to push past all the false Messiahs of shallow “Christian” hype
I want to get beyond my own desires of what You’ll say to me
And listen to Your real words, Jesus,
Whatever those words…..
Whatever they may be

I’m gonna find you, not gon’ be blinded
Yeah I must met the man with scars
Oh I’m wanna know you
Quittin’ all my hiding to discover who you are

I want to slam the door on my fantasies, stop lying to myself.
I’ve got to stop pretending all is well, in a life of sin by stealth.
Not going to try and make a heaven from hell, with the pleasures of this earth
Abandon all, let me follow You, Jesus,
To Discover your…
Discover Your true worth

Yeah I will carry my cross daily
And I will kiss You if You slay me
Know You as you really are

At that rather gritty stuff said I don’t think I have enjoyed doing a song as much as this one in all the time I’ve been in the studio (ok its only a year). It’s not often you listen to a song again after several days and still want to scream it at the top of your lungs (I mean lungs – your voice has well and truly gone if you sing this a few times….its a top A “don’t you know”) and are tapping your foot, nodding your head and playing air drums….I reckon if your walls are not shaking when you listen to this and Dave Evans doesn’t turn up round your house waving a db meter at you (excuse the private joke here) then you’re playing it too quiet.

On a somewhat more flippant note – Does anyone else hear “the man whiskers” whilst listening to it? – We cried laughing in the studio whilst doing this – but then it was midnight again.

Right….hit it! [audio:http://www.jesus.org.uk/gallery/albums/music/tracks/The-real-Jesus.mp3|titles=The real Jesus] as usual you can download the higher quality version here

 

 

 

I am convinced

The Ramones, Paul the apostle  and Busted all sat down and wrote a song and this is the result….well if they could have this is what it might have sounded like….well if Paul the apostle had a Gibson Les Paul and a Marshall 4 X 12 instead of a harp (frankly I’ve no idea how he coped without one)….oh shut up and play the song you say – oh alright then….

Feel free to download I am convinced here.

It suddenly dawned on me I’d not actually got around to putting up Novembers track of the month so there you go I’ve done it now. For those of you who are as bible illiterate as me you may be wondering at the Paul the apostle reference – well it turns out this song is directly from Romans 8:

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor heavenly rulers, nor things that are present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Thats a pretty impressive statement really and it deserves a pretty punchy song and I think we managed it. This song first featured at the Power weekend in May this year ans then at our London Jesus Day on both occasions as part of a Kids spot.

I’d like to thank Rob for his help in doing this song, I’ve been looking forward to working together for ages and I couldn’t  have done it without him…here’s to hoping we do it again soon and thanks Coventry Jesus Centre for letting him out for a couple of days…in fact while I’m at it I should probably give a “big up” to all the people who work in our Jesus Centres and demonstrate said Love.

Jesus Army Real and Weird…..I mean “wild”

Well folks here it is, the latest track from Studio “Track of the month” series. I’ve not managed to do much in the way of  blogging recently cos I’ve just been so busy, but hopefully I can do something soon…..in mean time have a tune

Once again personally I’ve learnt a bunch doing this one but you don’t care about that do you really you just want the music – well here goes:

The main thing we learnt actually is that Dan doesn’t know the words….and I quote “we’ll pick you up when you’re lost and found!”

The download version is here on the Jesus Army Soundcloud site

So the question is who can tell what’s live and what’s not!

Anyway we’ve got to an interesting place in the studio journey. I’m about at the end of the first set of songs I’d decided to do, so we need to decide what’s next. There’s one more left but what would you prefer us to work on next…..and your choices are:

  • I sing a song when I’m running from the truth
  • You, you’re worth the race
  • He’s given us the spirit of the ruler
  • Beautiful church of Christ below
  • Generation x-box
  • If you’re lookin’ for a purpose

Over to you.