Friday, February 15, 2019

Live Interview with Mark & Mike!

Live Interview with Mark & Mike!


On St. Valentine's Day we did a live interview with Jacqueline Jax on AVA Live Radio. There are many ways to listen, but you can go to this link and scroll and press "Play" on "Episode 680 Behind the Music with Living Waters on Let It Reign". It is also up on iHeart, Spotify and elsewhere. 

AVA Live Interview with Living Waters

She really is a good interviewer, and Mike and I really enjoyed doing this. She had many positive comments about the album....

Monday, February 11, 2019

A Brand New Profile Picture

A Brand New Profile Picture!



From left to right: Greg Loell, lead guitar; Mike McBride, vocals, keys & writing; Denise Vassel, vocals; Mark Lajoie, vocals, guitar & writing; Dave Bourque, vocals & bass; Tony Vassel, drums. This is the lineup you hear on "Light of the World" & the live bonus song, "I Will Go" on the album. These are also the vocals you hear on "Hail Mary" & some other songs on there. Mike, Josh & I combined for most of the other work in the studio.

Here is our brand new profile picture. We just got together to dine, laugh, jam tunes and celebrate a milestone in the history of our faith family: our first full-length studio album. Anne-Marie, Greg's wife snapped this for us. We all seemed to inadvertently cross our arms in the first snaps so we started laughing about it, doing it on purpose and goofing. Denise always tries to hide in amongst the guys, doesn't she? We also noticed that every single one of us guys now has facial hair! I'm not sure what that means, if anything. What a group of people! What a joy to be together....


By the way, AVA Live Radio gave us this GIF as a gift on Instagram, and we have posted it to our social sites. Click on this line to see it. They seem to 'get it' about us. Mike and I will be doing a live interview with them, about the song "Let It Reign" and the album, on Thursday, February 14 (St. Valentine's Day!) at 4 PM. Say a prayer that the Holy Spirit may guide us in our words and thoughts.

Peace & Love & JOY,
Mark LaJOIE!

Monday, January 28, 2019

A Response to "I Will Go" & Summary of the Album

A Response to "I Will Go" & Summary of the Album

CLICK on the lines to LISTEN!

I Will Go on Spotify

I Will Go on Reverbnation

There is a bonus 'classic' live song on our new album; it is a 'refreshing' of a one take live recording of "I Will Go". The person who reacted to all the other songs on the album decided to complete the reflection by addressing this last song. In so doing, this person has truly summed up everything about who we are and how it connects to the meaning of this album. Read and enjoy!


"The energy, power, and response of the singer (the soul) to the Lord in this song caps the entire CD.  It's the "proof in the pudding" as they say.  The singer has been brought to life by Christ's living Sacrifice of Self, the outpouring of His Love and Life Blood, in His Word and in His Eucharist, and now he is ready, willing, AND ABLE to give his all in return:  to live, die, and love for Christ, with Christ, in Christ, unto the Glory of God, as IS HIS WILL, His reason for Loving us through death unto Resurrection.


A standard old L.W. classic, but again, solid now in its place here upon The Rock of Christ, the firm foundation for each soul seeking Him.


Again, I must say that EVERY effort, work, prayer, sacrifice, tear, and dance of joy of EACH member of Living Waters down through the many years has borne fruit in this CD; even down to the next generation, represented in Josh, by his extraordinary talents and sweat in producing this CD.  Each life who has touched Living Waters, the performing company, is weak, frail, sinful, for sure.  But God has accepted each self-giving and honors and blesses his/her faithfulness and integrity -- as can be seen in the culminating work of this CD and the life work of each member of the group, individually and as a whole, over time to this day.


God's eternal work and Presence leaves me awestruck.  He has gathered up and accepted our offering, our grapes and wheat, and returned them to us in the everlasting life of His Son.  Another reason to run to the Altar of God and kneel in profound adoration and thanksgiving.  He deserves our ALL, as He has given us His ALL in Christ Jesus.
Amen.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

The Final Version: "Let It Reign"!

The Final Version: "Let It Reign"!

Let It Reign on Spotify CLICK to hear!

Let It Reign on ReverbNation








There was some last minute mixing on this song before the final version of the album was released. It is an 'orchestral' piece, the arrangement created by a film score award-winner! Mike put in some piano, more horns were added and the vocals were 'cleaned up' a bit, AND? voila! What sounds like a masterpiece to me! We just love the back-and-forth interplay between Mark & Mike singing, and it sounds like it belongs in a classic movie.


It also seems to be a thematic capstone of the whole album. It is the answer to the longings of the listener; the 'Place to go where joy will overflow', the answer is the Living Waters coming from the Heart of Jesus, given to us from the altar. Some have noticed a prophetic element related to the trials the church and the world are going through. That may be so. All I know, is what Mike said, "this is DEFinitely a Living Waters song'!!




Sunday, January 20, 2019

The Thematic FLOW of "Overflow": Part Three

The Thematic FLOW of "Overflow"

Part Three

Joshua, our producer, responded to the response we are publishing here. "....To be honest, I was puzzled by our lineup of songs, each seemed so different in style and feel, but after reading [these] reflections, I realize how I should put MY thoughts aside and put HIS first. There is a beautiful duality in this album between God trying to reach us (the listener) and us (also listener) finding our way to Him. [These] thoughts definitely put Anna Post in a new light for me and puts a deeper contextual meaning for Nothing But Love for the whole album. I also loved how [this person] connected Let It Reign with When Sunday Comes...never saw a connection there because the styles were so different, but it does call back to it nicely (the Divine vs human duality again)...."

Well said, Josh! The true source of Light, the "Sun that rises from on high" (Lk 1:78) is Christ. And now the final episode of the reflection:

#8 Let It Reign

His mighty power is alive in the music and Mike's voice,

Christ IS calling ALL to the Altar, to wash away our sins (and the sins of our world) BY His Body and Blood.

Musically this song takes the listener back to the beginning, "When Sunday Comes."

Love is a hurricane.

This song is a true prophecy of what lies ahead.

It IS about to rain, fire perhaps.
He is about to reign.

Let it rain -- His Living Water (from His side) at the Altar.

These are the times.  Powerfully, (as the music conveys), very soon (relatively speaking)
His Love will rain down a cleansing hurricane, personally for each individual, but within His Church, too.

Do not fear.  Let it rain.  His reign will emerge from the tidal wave.

Again, I say, this song -- so full, rich, pregnant with His power and Truth -- is a prophecy for The Church and the world.

He has caught you up, like Noah in the ark, to protect you from the tidal wave, of sin, and God's loving justice.

Do not fear.  Rush to the Altar.  HE WILL REIGN.

#9 Light of the World

Peaceful.  

Peace will return to the world after the "hurricane."

We, in Him, will be the light of the world.

We will live only to praise and love the King Who Reigns.

"Everybody striving to Love."  "Lift your hearts and your voices to Heaven.  Be the light of the world."

"Sing 'Hosanna to Jesus' -- He will lead us to Life -- eternal Life (in Him.)

"You may listen; or perhaps you may not.  Count the cost."His is calling, from eternity.

"Eyes have not seen; ears have not heard" what His reign will be.  A Glory never seen before.

"Shine His Light.  The Light of the World.”

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Josh:  an instrument in Christ's masterful hands; His work through Josh.

Listen.

#10 Sunrise

I can literally see and feel the sunrise in the music and Mike's voice, feel its warmth and feel/hear its invigoration of life.

"What will the future hold?  A story still untold."

Time has gone by so fast.  The sun sets.

"Holding You (Christ) feels so right, until the Son-Rise
  Nothing can keep me away from You, 
  until the Son-Rise in the morning."

-- when His Light renews all life.

"Look into His eyes:
          I'm here with you till the ending;
          I was here with you from the start, 'til the Son-Rise."

Jesus is still calling.  
New life, the Son-Rise after the dark, will come.




I would re-emphasize that the cd is a journey, our journey to The Light of the World, like the Magi, each soul's journey.  And it is His call to us still.  Follow!

Peace & Love & JOY,Mark LaJOIE!

The Thematic FLOW of "Overflow" Part Two

The Thematic FLOW of "Overflow"

Part Two

In John 2, the waiter commented at the end of the miracle of the water-into-wine, "you have saved the best for last". It seems to me, Our Lord, the Master of Time has weaved the beautiful story of our Living Waters family perfectly into an even more beautiful fruition here in our latter days: "you have saved the best for last"!


 So! without further ado, Part DEUX!


#5 Anna Post Writing

The music conveys the anxiety the listener is experiencing after Christ's pleading/entire self-giving in "Nothing But Love."

She is "busying herself", avoiding the pain of her life and He Who has called out to her, laid down His Life for her in Nothing But Love.

"Doesn't know she's dying...".  "to satisfy the questions her brain... "  all that Christ's call to her brought forth in NBL.

Now writing about a Way of Life that is better -- writing "Good News!"

I NEVER liked or appreciated this song, BUT

it has found its place --  where it has always belonged -- just where it is within this cd/love letter.

Musically it invigorates the listener/the searcher .... to continue on....

#6 Hail Mary

Who brought/brings He Who Is the "Good News?!"

Mary, of course.

"Hail, Mary...."

   and blessed is the fruit of Her womb, Jesus.

"Please, please pray for us/me as we proceed to Your Son.

Warmest, heavenly vocals.  Embracing music.

Healing tears flow from within the heart of the listener, from the Most Merciful Heart(s) of Mary and Her Son, Jesus, Our Savior.

The listener will surrender to Her tenderness, and trust Her.

#7 When He Came Into My Life

"I'm ready to give -- completely" (as Christ taught previously in NBL, and as Mary always has and always will.

"Don't worry, my son, I will always be with you."

"Now I see the Light, ready for sight, with Fire I know I can fight."

"He can set your heart on fire, set you free, if that's what you desire."

Time for the listener/searcher to decide.Musically it is jolting after "Hail, Mary"; but, that is what is needed to spur one on.  "Hey, fight!"

Stay tuned for the remaining installment!

Peace & Love & JOY,Mark LaJOIE!

Saturday, January 19, 2019

The Thematic FLOW of "Overflow": Part One

The Thematic FLOW of "Overflow"

Part One

And now, a series of guest posts from one of our Living Waters family, a person whose anonymity will be preserved at this time. These were notes on each song, addressed to Mark, Mike & Josh, after this person listened to the whole album for the very first time. These were quick first impressions captured by the heart, so to speak.  "There is SO MUCH MORE there contained within each song and its theme as one listens, a continuous bathing in His bath of Mercy." They saw the ordering of the songs as being absolutely PERFECT and divinely inspired. (I must say, I had some ideas and inspirations about how the album would flow. There was a 'plan'. But what finally transpired is far beyond what I could have imagined!) A very evident prophetic theme presented itself to this person, namely the immense ocean of Love and shining Light of the World, which is God's Mercy shown to us poor sinners through the Person & Passion of Our Lord Jesus. He is THE Covenant & Meeting-Place for us in His Person and in His loving Heart in these cold, confusing times. This is a coherent invitation to come, eat and drink to all those out there searching desperately for the shining unconditional Love that shimmers beneath the gauzy curtain of this Creation.  

{Overflow by Living Waters on Spotify} CLICK! to listen

#1 Sing To Jesus

O.K.  My heart is rejoicing!

Sing to Jesus.  I can tell right away about what Josh has added in the various ways he can with his skills and talent.  Love the clap track -- its sound and pace and peppiness -- but not hokey or overdone.  I think after just one track I can understand why you have listened over and over again!  And yes, joy will overflow. Neat touch there at the end.....

[The words, "He can brighten up your darkest night" were later noted as looking forward to the rest of the album.]

#2 When Sunday Comes

Wow!  Musically/spiritually drawing me somewhere, questioning the "why" of it all yet leading the listener somewhere...

curious where the cd will take me, and where is Christ taking the singer and the listener....  I can feel the grind, the journey, but anticipate a Light.

Musically, wow.

#3 Covenant Love

Some of your richest vocals ever.  Josh's work brings out the best.

Of course, I know this song well and have always loved and appreciated it.  But in this version Jesus Himself reaches out anew.  Jesus, the Man God is real, strong, powerful, capable of His Promise, caring -- this comes through in a deeper way.

"You're still so far away....". -- musically makes it somehow feel/sound like the listener is as distant as he is feeling within

then the vocals become inviting and very "warm."

The background music is amazing; so so much added to what always was 
The old familiar LW group vocals are new, somehow (after all these years) at their best, blended beautifully, mature, rich.

"I've got love wounds in my hands -- with you I'm gonna stand."  --   Jesus and His eternal promise comes through strong, clear, truly real to the searching/suffering soul to whom He is speaking, (to the listener).

His eternal Covenant of Love with the listener comes across as The Truth.

#4 Nothing But Love

"I've got nothing but Love for you."

I cannot plumb the depths of this song with words here.

Christ seals the deal He made in "Covenant Love" -- powerfully, completely -- with His Life.  

Christ's anguish, His forgiveness - to never stop drawing the soul to His Heart - is subtly powerful.  Those who question, deny, rebuff Him will stop and look on Him again.  He is reaching out, in His Truth, by His complete self-giving, to the listener.

Stay tuned for the coming installments!

Peace & Love & JOY,Mark LaJOIE!