In September of 2001, I was 22 years old and had been given the opportunity to studio sit for Eddy Morris for a week. I used the opportunity to try out a new drone technique that I had read about. After recording the first track, "Creation Cries Out", I knew that I had stumbled into something that I resonated with deeply.
A handful of my friends were kind enough to come in and collaborate with me. (The sum is truly greater than the parts.) Many of the songs they played on were primarily their own musical concepts woven into the style of the album. I probably received more credit than I deserved. I owe a lot to this album and my resulting experiences to the kindness of my friends.
As a result of this album, I was able to tour 35 US States in 2002/2003, lead worship on the top of a mountain range in New Hampshire, almost get arrested setting off fireworks in New Mexico and see many beautiful places including the Grand Canyon, Niagra Falls, Manhattan and the Pacific Northwest. It was a tremendous time in life. I was broke but it was beautiful.
Though I have written songs in standard verse-chorus-verse style, I find myself returning to this genre again and again. I love how drones freeze time and help us to step out of the demands of life to reflect on eternity, the God of the universe and the crucified Christ.
I also had some people say some nice things about the album:
"...an ambient masterpiece..." - HM Magazine
"If you really seek to worship God, this disc creates quite a contemplative mood and rather than being a distraction, can be a real aid in getting closer to God in a meaningful and lasting way." - The Phantom Tollbooth
"...far more impact than most of the songs I hear on Sunday mornings these days." - Opus Zine
In 2002, I was honored to be named Artist of the Year by Somewhere Cold Magazine.
released May 1, 2002
Produced, engineered and mixed by J. Eubanks. Recorded at Ear Candy Studios in Louisville, KY, September 2001 - December 2001, except the laugh on "Consolation", recorded onto cassette tape at St. Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, IN in October 2001. Mastered by Eddy Morris. "The Man of Calvary" sermon by Sin-Killer Griffin, all rights reserved by the Library of Congress, AFS 187 A. Text edited by Olga-Maria Cruz. Album design by J. Eubanks.
This project is an offering to God.
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