Sunday, April 15, 2018

A New Living Waters DEMO:

"Let It Reign"

Click to listen: Let It Reign DEMO

dark clouds, before the rain comes to wash us....

It's funny. I'd been thinking that there should be a song by us that mentions Living Waters AND mentions the Bread & Cup. It would fit very well in a prospective album we've been working on. 
Then, lo and behold, Mike comes up with this! Mike did this himself on GarageBand as a demo, in hopes of recording it with the band. This latest new song reminds me of one of our first songs that Mike and I wrote that also mentions the Bread & the Cup:

"Song of Love DEMO" Click to hear

As it was in the beginning so now until the end. The need for healing of past ills as we grow older hit me "like a hurricane" as I listened to this. The Lord really is the Lamb of God who takes unto Himself the sins of the world. We have a place we can go together to be washed clean by the living water that flows from His Heart. It was His idea to prepare the Bread and the Cup, because of His great love for all. We in LW know this.
Mike has spoken with Josh, and the plan is to make this into a group song this summer. THAT would be awesome, for sure! I would love to add something. Here's what Mike said about this:

My writing is my strongest connection to God, it keeps me connected spiritually. Mostly because it is He that forces this music and more so, the lyrics. It heals me and inspires me. I am 100% aware that I am His vessel. This song came from watching my dad suffer so much. But he keeps his faith and never complains. He is an example of great strength in character. And, the opening lyrics did throw me back to the early days. This is clearly a Living Waters song. 

Keep on the lookout for what may come!

Right after the Our Father and before our Communion, we have traditionally prayed for the healing of past and future to which this song refers: Deliver us, we beg You, Lord, from every evil, past, present, and to come.

the fresh Sonrise after the hurricane of grace

Peace & Love & JOY!
Mark LaJOIE! on behalf of Living Waters

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Award Nominations for Living Waters!

Award Nominations for Living Waters!

We just got the word! We received three different nominations for the Indie Music Channel Awards in Hollywood, California. Unfortunately, I don't see how we could collect any awards in person, should we win. But, it is a great honor. The songs involved are "Alive Again", "Do What He Tells You to Do" video, and "Light of the World" DEMO. Here are the nominations:

There are actually more nominations for the first two which I could not get in the picture. We'll be interested to see how this turns out!

Friday, March 16, 2018

"Thank You Lord" for John Polce

"Thank You Lord

for John Polce

John's Website

"Thank You, Lord" by John Polce (Youtube)

Thank You Lord on Spotify

Simple. Living Waters loves John Polce. We met way back when we were just forming in the 70's. We played our first official concert as "Living Waters" in 1976 at Cony High School in Augusta, ME. To be honest? we weren't very good at all at that point; but he happily lent his ample talent to the event. And we kept in touch over all the years, playing some gigs together and lending support to him when we could.

What an amazing conversion story he has! You should look it up. He was about to 'hit it big' when he fell apart and turned to the Lord. He has used his musical talent for Him ever since.

His voice? It's hard to describe how wonderful his voice is without just listening to him. I remember some of us saw him when he did a joint concert with the great Dion DiMucci of Dion & the Belmonts in Boston. Dion had started to write and perform Christian/Catholic music at the time. Now he has a great voice for his style, but when they sang together the amazing unique quality of John's voice shone out in contrast. (NO put down intended at all for the great Dion, btw. He truly stands out in so many ways. But, in my humble opinion? John's tonal & expressive quality is unmatched.) My wife was just commenting how perfectly his song "Thank You, Lord" expresses the strong, heroic soul of our Lord through his Passion. As I write it is two weeks before Easter and Living Waters can't think of a better song to listen to right now than this.

Please! Do yourself a favor and patronise someone who has given his whole life to bless so many with his work. His song, "Thank You Lord" is perfect for this time of year. Love you all!

Peace & Love & JOY!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Another LW Song Curated by ReverbNation!

Another Living Waters Song 'Curated' by ReverbNation!

Yes, it's true! This time it's "Do What He Tells You to Do", which has been gaining some traction lately. Here is the message they sent:

Nice work! Your song Do What He Tells You to Do caught our attention and has made its way to the headphones of our Senior Curators. Curation is the first step towards career-changing artist development programs such as label deals, festival slots, and more. Not every song gets heard by Senior Curators, so give yourself a pat on the back!

Do What He Tells You to Do (video)

Do What He Tells You to Do (audio only)

This is the FOURTH Living Waters song to have this honor. The others are "Glory", "Alive Again" and "Stay!". Congratulations to all the members of Living Waters who are responsible for creating and recording these wonderful expressions of our family! To all of our friends, rejoice with us in this gift & our happiness.

Peace & Love & JOY!
Mark LaJOIE!

Sunday, March 4, 2018

One Take LIVE!

One Take LIVE!

Looking back at our long recording history, there are a couple of times in particular that come to mind where we set up all the multitrack array and just played live. Both of these songs happen to fit well at this time of Lent, and both were recorded in the early 90's during those famous Sons of Mary sessions in Framingham right across Route 9 from 505 Pleasant and the Marist House. We had already recorded "Fight For Me", "We're Gonna Stay", "Make Me Free", "City of Joy" and a surprisingly impressive "Love's in a Name", but we were running out of time before pressing obligations would end that summer's efforts. I guess we wanted to squeeze in a couple of more songs we did at that time without going through the laborious process of laying down all the tracks individually.

The great thing about "one take live" is, well...capturing how we used to sound live! The problem with it is it was very hard to capture and mix it right, because we were running out of time and it is hard to hear correctly sometimes when you are in the middle of listening under pressure. SO! There are rough edges to these, but they are also treasures, a snapshot in time of Living Waters at a time we were hitting on all cylinders.

"I Will Go (one take live)"

First, we have "I Will Go": click above. It is based on Isaiah 50, a 'Suffering Servant' passage predicting the beating, suffering - AND unconquerable determination - of the coming Messiah. Christians, of course, recognise our Lord's Passion. Perfect theme for Lent! I remember we were in a circle at the front end of the hall, quite close to each other. Denise is too low in this mix and we did not have Mike on keys at this point, but, wow, this really kicks! Just how good Tony on drums, Dave on bass and Greg on guitar are is quite obvious. Dave and Greg must have practiced that ending a thousand times before we put it in the show, but it was worth it. What a thrill it must have been to go to one of our concerts at this time! We often opened our shows with this song, with the opening echoes coming out of the dark. I wrote the basic song, & I was definitely being influenced by early U2, right?

Let's Stay

Next, we have "Let's Stay": click above. For this one, Chuck asked us if he could play his horn for it, BUT he asked us to kick it up a half-step in key, because that made it easier for him to play. SO, what you hear here is not exactly how we did it in concert. I remember we lined up in a line in the front hall, all facing toward the back of the hall. I don't remember if we added any tracks or post-mixing on this, but it was basically a 'one take live'. I think it took us a couple of tries to get into the vibe. but we got into it, all right.

This was a warning about the danger of getting involved in the occult, and how much healthier and happier it is to live a holy life. What a great lesson at this time; we should fast on spiritual danger so we can feast on real JOY.

This song is really featuring the Tonester on drums. We used to use this as one of our encore bangers at the end of concerts. The stopping edge on the last a cappella strain is, unfortunately, ragged. I remember Chuck didn't like that we ended in a 7th there, but, well, the rest of us did!

We hope listening to these brought something or Someone good to you.

Peace & Love & JOY,
Mark LaJOIE!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

LW St. Valentine's 2018

LW St. Valentine's 2018

L. to R.: Mike & Sharon, Tony & Denise, Greg & Anne, Chuck & Joyce, Mark & Julia, Dave & Kathy, John & Joyce

Living Waters' annual St. Valentine's Day get-together! Most of the main original couples are here.Dave said that since we call our children the "puddles" and their children the next "wave", perhaps, at this point, we should be called "old drips"? They are a handsome - albeit old - lot....

Picture above taken by our stellar waitress, Natalia!
What a marvelous time we had together! One of our main topics was the miraculous power of prayer so evident in so many ways in our lives. Many of us pray every day for the others, not for deliverance from trouble but for grace & strength in its midst, enough for true spiritual victory. No wonder the music we've been given is as it is. Here are more pictures:
All the couples! (You can see Mark taking the picture in the mirror!) Joyce D. is in the foreground....

From the other end of the table

Tony's back! Sharon, Denise (Bill), Annnnnne, Joyce, Julia

Joyce, Julia, Kathy

John, Dave, Chuck (Sergeant-at-Arms)

Greg, Tonester, Mike
We are truly blessed beyond measure. Please, do us the honor of supporting our music.

Peace & Love & JOY!
Mark LaJOIE! for Living Waters

Saturday, February 10, 2018

St. Valentine's Music Package (including a new love song!)

St. Valentine's Music Package

(including a new love song!)

 from Living Waters

We have to talk about the meaning of the day, don't we? There were actually several martyrs named Valentinus, but only one gave his life on February 14, 270 AD. In the Lord's name, he gave sight to the jailer's blind daughter, Julia. (Julia is my wife's name, so I particularly love this story!) He sent her a signed note and pink almond flowers bloomed at his grave, the start of a couple of things we do on this day.

Living Waters has been a marriage factory! Of the original band, we've produced at least ten marriages in the first wave alone, I believe; and the 'puddles' have been very busy getting married, and even the third 'wave' has already begun years ago. Our Creator, after all, made the holy bond of Matrimony as his model for human community right from the beginning, right? We have always LOVED this day way back in the 80's till now. Joyce Rossignol has usually been the organizer of our annual St. Valentine's Day get-togethers. I remember one year, my relative, Marist Fr. Roland Lajoie joined us in a renewal a vows. As I recall, at least one child resulted later from that meeting!

One of our annual St. Valentine's get-togethers
late 80's at 505 Pleasant, when many marriages started

Stories are nice but 'our gift is our song' and I thought it would be nice to put together a package of our love songs, especially a brand new and beautiful new one from Mike. Mike has outdone himself this time. Just listen to this:

"You" by Mike McBride

Isn't that gorgeous?! You ought to tell him how great it is. Go to his ReverbNation site or the LW site and tell the truth about it.

And now some of our love song videos:

CLICK this LINK! for "This Loving Stream"

CLICK this LINK! for "Stay!"

And, finally our perennial favorite, 

"We're Gonna Stay"

Happy St. Valentine's Day, especially those of you who have actually listened to and appreciated music we have produced over the years! OverFLOWing blessings in this life unto life everlasting....Peace & Love & JOY,Mark LaJOIE!