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This is my first official album I released (instrumental). I've always been more into the music itself, that's what always caught my attention. Music is another way to express what one's feeling. All songs are original, giving The Lord the glory. CD was recorded at Music Farm Studio by Mark Van Allen (appreciated his patience with my pickiness). Album cover by DWS Studio.
*Mark Van Allen: Pro pedal steelist (played with Sugarland)
*Jeff Spirko: Pro fiddlist
*Hunter Tsou: Pro guitarist (Every knee shall bow solo)
Pedal steel parts written by Mark (improvised). Fiddle/violin parts written by Jeff (improvised), except the first section of Presence of The Living Spirit written by me. Guitar solo written by Hunter (improvised). Since I'm pickier than most people, had to pin point exactly the kind of sound I was looking for. I think it's so cool that they (and anyone) can know where they are in the key by hearing it and just start improvising with technicity!
The songs and what I can picture-
1. Exodus 15:2-
"The LORD is my strength and my song, and He has become my salvation. This is my God, and I will praise Him, my Father’s God and I will exalt Him." The Lord is my strength and my song.
2. The Savior-
1st section (through :15), "For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder. His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."- Isaiah 9:6.
2nd section (:16- :29), "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ The Lord."- Luke 2:11.
3rd section (fiddle part), "Jesus went throughout Galilee: teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and sickness among the people."- Matthew 4:23.
4th section (1:02- 1:48), "Christ Himself suffered on account of sins, once for all, the righteous One on behalf of the unrighteous. He did this in order to bring you into the presence of God. Christ was put to death as a human, but made alive by The Spirit."- 1 Peter 3:18.
5th section (1:49 acoustic part), "They found the stone rolled away from the tomb. They went in but did not find the body of The Lord Jesus."- Luke 24:2-3.
Last section (1:52 on), "He has risen!"- Luke 24:6.
3. Presence of The Living Spirit-
This song is based on a testimony of mine. One night I remember The Lord woke me up and I could immediately feel/hear a strong wind going to and through me (not blowing anything else) and felt His powerful Presence at the same time (more than usual that night). It was so strong, I remember it was just enough for me to physically be able to take (anymore it would have been too much for me to withhold). The experience lasted about the same as the length of the song. The music itself is the main style I write, deep (representing His power and deepness of His love for us). I looked to see if there were any similar verses and found one at the Pentecost (wind of The Spirit)! "Suddenly a sound from Heaven like the howling of a fierce wind filled the entire house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be individual flames of fire alighting on each one of them. They were all filled with The Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages as the Spirit enabled them to speak."- Acts 2:2-4. What I realized after seeing the verse, there's random times (His timing) after that experience The Holy Spirit has worked through me speaking in tongues when I was deep in prayer thanking Him. Gushed out of me from within. All lines up with His word, I've been baptized in The Spirit and have always been an open vessel of His with anything He wants. "For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful. So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my understanding; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my understanding."- 1 Corinthians 14:14-15.
4. Every knee shall bow-
1st section (up to 1:05), "That at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow, in Heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."- Philippians 2:10-11.
The second and third section represents WHY everyone is to bow before Jesus (everything He did/does for us out of love)-
2nd section (1:06- 2:11), "Christ Himself suffered on account of sins, once for all, the righteous One on behalf of the unrighteous. He did this in order to bring you into the presence of God. Christ was put to death as a human, but made alive by The Spirit."- 1 Peter 3:18.
Last section (2:13 on), "But The Lord is faithful: He will strengthen and guard you from the evil one."- 2 Thessalonians 3:3.
5. Caught up (rapture)-
"For The Lord Himself will descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet The Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words."- 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18. More verses about the rapture on the home page.
1st section (through :16), holy angels from Heaven to come rapture the true followers of His (after the trumpet sounds).
2nd section (:17- :21), angels appear to us.
3rd section (:22- :35), angels ascending up with us as quickly as the blinking of an eye (bodies to be made immortal)- 1 Corinthians 15:49-52.
4th section (:36- 1:12), all the followers meeting The Lord in the air, always to be with Him :-)
Last section (1:13 on), chime roll represents the pearly gates opening, into the great Kingdom of God!
© Stephen Kern 2015