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Saturday, January 07, 2006

Get What You Pray For

I'll admit that leading up to this recording time I was getting concerned that we were running out of time to get this new album done. If you're counting, you know that it's been 2 and a half years since the release of "So Much For Substitutes". It feels like we've been writing for this new record for almost 2 years... um, maybe because we really have. So the last thing I wanted was to rush the recording process. I like to take my time in the studio and not have to worry about time constraints. I think I speak not only for the band here, but the entire artist community: there's nothing more inhibiting to creativity than knowing you have to meet a deadline.

Well as God, who supplies for all of our needs, would have it, this experience has felt anything but rushed. So far we've had all the time we've needed to really scope out the songs and make them as great-sounding as we can. I think working with 2 producers instead of one also has a lot to do with that. It almost feels like we're working on 2 records at once! I can honestly say that I'm really looking forward to being done with this album, although working in the studio is one of my favorite things in the world. Don't get me wrong, I love what I do, but it's often hard work too. The songs are all sounding even better than we'd hoped. But the crazy thing is, when you put all of the days we've spent in the studio so far, it really doesn't add up to that many.

I was sitting next to Mark Heimermann (who is producing 6 of the songs) at Dark Horse Recording earlier this week while Jason was laying down a piano track for a song called "The Real Jesus". I said to Mark in awesome disbelief, "Man, this has been by far the most nonchalant recording process I've ever been a part of. Everything has been going so well." And his response was, I believe, what summarizes this whole experience. He said, "I think that's called 'getting what you prayed for.'" Little did he know that that particular song is one that I've specifically prayed for. I knew right away that he'd completely nailed it on the head.

Sometimes we get what we pray for. God gives good gifts. And it's especially amazing when those gifts are actually the thing that we want. I remember being out walking at night, over a year ago, on more than one occasion, asking God to give us songs. Songs that would speak to the needs of people around us, near and far. Songs that we would be proud to sing every night in front of all of you who come see our concerts. Songs that are unique. Songs that would speak to people in their times of joy, their times of need, and their times of intimacy with God. Songs that would help people speak to God, and hear from Him. As well as the patience to wait for God's timing on all of this. I believe we're getting all of that. And I can't wait for all of you to hear what's coming next from downhere. Thanks for staying with us, although it's been a long time coming for the new songs. We're working hard to make it worth your wait. And most of all, thanks for praying for us.

Here are some pictures from this past week!

Marc

6 Comments:

Blogger Kathryn said...

Its wonderful that you ask God for the songs. . i'm sure he's been more than happy to give them, as I'm sure you were to have them. Then the circle completes when the rest of us get in on it!

9:57 PM  
Blogger Dale said...

Such true words, Marc. Excellent thoughts and lots to chew on there. So glad that things have gone so well for you guys and can't wait to hear the new material. Praise God for His faithfulness to you all!

5:24 AM  
Anonymous Jill said...

It's great that things are going so well with the new CD. I'm really looking forward to hearing it!

4:54 PM  
Blogger Jenny said...

eee can't wait! you guys are awesome and continually prove that by staying true to yourselves. album release house party fo sho

11:17 PM  
Blogger supersimbo said...

ooooh look at the rickenbacker!!!! eeek im sweating just looking at it!

9:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey guys, it's Jill from traverse City! I'm so glad to here that the new album is coming along well. I can't wait to here it!!! We've all been praying for you guys and just want to encourage you to keep going. Marc, I love what you said about getting what you pray for, and what a huge relief it is when that happens. Well, we miss you guys a ton!

4:23 PM  

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