The Stories Behind The Songs

Walk By Faith

This is just a great Charlie Hayden tune.  A simple song about having faith and just following Jesus.

I produced a demo tape for Soul Elevation (Charlie Hayden, Rich and Israel Abers). One of the three tracks we did was this one. I liked it so much that I asked them if I could use it. Through the power of modern technology I deleted Charlie’s vocals but left he and Rich’s guitars and Charlie’s percussion. Then I put my own stamp on it by cutting and pasting the percussion at the end. I like the way this one turned out. Thanks guys for letting me use it!

  Trust and Obey

This song is one I can remember singing when I was a little kid. I think it clearly states the two things we need to do…. Trust and Obey. Plain and simple.

This hymn gives a simple, clear explanation of living the Christian life. The title expression was used in a testimony meeting, following an evangelistic crusade in Brockton , Massachusetts , by Dwight Lyman Moody. A young man stood to speak, and it soon be­came clear he knew little Christian doctrine. But he finished by saying, “I’m not quite sure—but I’m going to trust, and I’m going to obey.” Daniel Towner, who was in the meeting, jotted down the words, and gave them to John Sammis, who developed the lyrics from them.

I had a Doo-Wap number in mind when I went to record this. I was going to do about 7-10 back ground vocals with all of the Shoe-waps and OOOO’s in th background. This was one of the tracks I was rushing to get done the last week before I left for Thailand. I didn’t like the way it was coming out, so I almost scraped it. I really wanted to include it though, so I removed the existing back ground vocals and kept the lead vocal. I still wasn't comfortable leaving that vocal hanging on it’s own, but I was out of time, so I left it.

Several comments about that song have made me feel better about including it.

She Smiled

  This is just a sappy love song about looking past someone’s faults and good looks and admiring their smile (Character). I think when we all find the one God has for us, they will knock our socks off with just their smiles. 

This track was one of the most fun to record. It took me about a month to do it though. I play all 4 of the instruments on this song. Anyone who knows me musically can tell you I have enough trouble playing one, so it was tough to get a good track on all these instruments. What we ended up with was close enough J

  Old Rugged Cross

  This is one of my all time favorite hymns. What a wonderful thing the Lord did for us. He gave his life in the most humbling way. He loves us so much. Believe that. Thank him everyday for what he did and continues to do for us. 

I make my Banjo debut on this song, that was a lot of fun.

  Because He Lives

This is another one of my favorite hymns. I took the title of this album, “All Fear Is Gone”, from this song. Everything we do and are able to do is because he lives. 

While I had Wendy in the studio I talked her into helping me out with the choir on this one. Between the 2 of us we were able to find 5 vocals parts. With the chorusing, it sounds like a ton of people. Wendy thought it sounded like something out of Branson, but I’m a country boy at heart, so that’s fine with me.

  Drinking From My Saucer

One night in high school I came home from work late at night and went to the fridge to finally get my dinner. While complaining to myself about my night at work and about how tired I was, a poem by “anonymous” that my mom had stuck on the fridge caught my eye:

  "Oh Lord, help me not to gripe about the tough rows that I hoe.

I’m drinking from my saucer, because my cup has overflowed."

  Wow! What a thought. So, I sat down and in about 10 mins I had written this song using that poem as the chorus. This is the song I’m the most proud of lyrically. The Lord really just gave me the words. It's not often a song gets written in that short amount of time.

  Draw Me Close

  I’ll always remember when we started “the call”. Just a little inexperienced band arguing about keys, leaders, songs, volumes, tempos, stage positions. Just about everything. About 50 people showed up that first night. The 7 of us got on stage having never played together. Once we started playing, despite all of our differences and disagreements, we were all humbly reminded of why we were there. For the next 30 mins or so we had the most beautiful time of worship. This song was included in that set. I also have fond memories of praising the Lord with this song when we’ve been asked to lead in “Big Church” and on the road.

I Know I Can Help Him

  This song was written about a friend of mine. It’s a true story and it doesn't have a good ending yet. Reach out to those who are in need and trust that God will be there to help you. As I was writing this song I could hear Wendy’s piano and vocals. I’m glad I got her to agree to do it. I left for Thailand on a Thursday, Wendy and I recorded this in about 5 hours on the Monday before. We had to work quick. We recorded the Piano, then my vocals, then Wendy’s vocals. This is probably the track I am most proud of.


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