Content with Obscurity


All songs written by Darin Dunn

Except Tracks 5 and 6 by Jonathan Dunn and

Track 8 by Daniel B. Towner and John H. Sammis

and Track 7 By Sergei Babaraica and Darin Dunn

 

Darin Dunn – Lead Vocals, Background Vocals, Choir, 6 string guitars, 12 string guitars, nylon string guitars, electric guitars, bass guitars, drum programming, harmonica, percussion, keyboards, string synthesizer, mandolin, banjo

 

Darin Cabell – Drums on track 3 and electric guitar on track 1

Mike Dalton – Bass on track 5, Grand Piano on tracks 6 and 10

Jonathan Dunn – 6 string guitar and “Na Na Na” vocals on track 7

Waylon Sodd – Acoustic lead on track 3

Wendy Semones – Keyboard on track 3

Jackie Turner – Violin on tracks 2, 8 and 9

John Boquist – “Ole Beat Up” Upright Piano on hidden track

 

Track 1 – Hard to Be Me

Track 2 – Butterflies and Grasshoppers

Track 3 – Sleeper Train to Bangkok

Track 4 – Good Times

Track 5 – Let it Show

Track 6 – Lord You Are

Track 7 – Sometimes

Track 8 – Trust and Obey

Track 9 – Right Beside Me

Track 10 – Way to Go

 

Hard to Be Me

One weekend I was running the overhead projection for my church. It was the third service and I found mind wandering off. I had been feeling down lately and I was frustrated because I knew exactly why I was down and still couldn’t recover. This song definitely helped though. There is just something therapeutic about putting your thoughts on paper… then finding a good tune for them! I had the song written before church was over and I recorded it a few days later.

Darin Dunn – Lead and background vocals, bass, guitar, drum programming, harmonica

Darin Cabell – Electric Guitar

 

Butterflies and Grasshoppers

One day I decided to head out to The Enchanted Rock State Park. I brought along my bible and a pad of paper. I hiked to the top and was enjoying a peaceful time beneath the only tree on top of the rock. I was struggling with some decisions in my life… ok, a decision. Often a song will help get me thinking so I started to write. I wanted to find a way to describe how I felt. Basically I felt like a grasshopper chasing a butterfly. My favorite line from the song: “Why was she born in a cocoon.. and I was born on the range?”

Darin – Lead, harmony and choir vocals, electric guitar

Jackie Turner - Violin

 

Sleeper Train to Bangkok

Back in 2002, I had the incredible opportunity to serving under some missionaries in Thailand for 9 months. Getting there was exciting, seeing new places was exciting, language school was exciting, going off to my first assignment was very very frightening. But, that was where I found myself in October of 2002. I was on a train to Bangkok to meet up with the team I would be working with. On the train was my roommate, who was an American and just as new to this whole thing as I was. It was well past midnight and the bed they had provided me on the train, as comfortable as it was, was not very comforting. So, I laid awake praying and reading my bible until some of the statements in this song hit me. So, I got out a pad and starting writing…. And thus… the song was born.

Darin – lead and harmony vocal, nylon  6 string guitar, 12 string guitar

Waylon Sodd – acoustic lead guitar

Wendy Semones – keyboard

Darin Cabell - drums

 

Good Times

As a songwriter you always feel some what exposed. When you are proud of a song you want to show the world… or whoever will listen. By doing that though you are basically letting someone read your diary. If I were Caedmons Call I could write it so that you wouldn’t really know what I was talking about. However, I prefer the songwriting styles of Ross King or Billy Joel, for example. Just put it out there and let it speak for itself.

Darin – lead harmony and crowd vocals, guitar, percussion, harmonica, acoustic lead, keyboard

 

Let It Show

I have always enjoyed the music of Jonathan Dunn, a talented San Antonio singer/songwriter. It just so happens that he is my little brother and he lets me record his songs! He is also quite a guitarist, as you can hear on this song. This is a song I wish I had written because I can so totally identify with it! So, I knew I had to record it. This song was the first time I had attempted to add a choir to a song. I had some fun with that!

Darin – lead, harmony and choir vocals

Jonathan Dunn – guitar and “na na na” vocals

Mike Dalton – Bass

 

Lord You Are

Another Jonathan Dunn classic. A simple prayer of thanks to the Lord. For everything I need, desire and long for, He is.

This was one of the first songs I recorded in my home studio.

Darin – lead and harmony vocals, strings (keyboard), drum programming, guitar, bass

Mike Dalton – Grand Piano

 

Sometimes

I had the incredible opportunity of serving in Moldova for a summer. The highlight of the trip for me was performing a concert downtown as an evangelical outreach. It was the first time I have ever tried to lead a band full of people who didn’t speak English. Ah, music, the universal language! The words to this song were written by a Moldovan Pastor named Sergei Babaraica. We had been singing some songs in our downtime and he brought this poem out. I picked up my guitar and played it through the way you hear it on this CD. I still don’t know how that happened! The next night we performed it for the youth group. I love the idea of the song: we are so inconsistent but God is so consistent and faithful.

Darin – lead and harmony vocals, guitar, mandolin

Jackie Turner – violin

 

Trust and Obey

I have always loved this song and recorded a version of it for my first album. However I was in a rush to finish that album because I was moving to Thailand. This time, however, I was able to finish it the way I wanted. It’s still done a capella but now there is a choir backing the lead vocal. The message of the song is simple: Trust and Obey. Living that, on the other hand, can be difficult.

Darin – Lead and Choir vocals

 

Right Beside Me

The song literally came to me in my sleep. I woke up with the melody in my head and then started to figure out what the song was going to be about. As I went about the day I began to write some lyrics about my life and how God has always been faithful to me. Jackie’s beautiful violin was the perfect touch to finish it.

Darin – lead, harmony and choir vocals, guitar

Jackie Turner - violin

 

Way to Go

I wrote this a few years ago as a gift to my parents for their anniversary. I am so blessed to have such great parents who raised me on the Bible.

Darin – lead and harmony vocals, strings (keyboard)

Mike Dalton – Grand Piano

 

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