In existence since 1976!
Winners of an Award for Best EP, Contemporary Christian.
On the very first Top Ten Countdown for Catholic Music on Adoration Radio; achieved #1 on that Countdown.
One song, "Peter the Rock", was presented to John Paul II by Amb. Raymond Flynn.
Platinum Auddy Songwriting Award from uplaya.com was given to "Love's in a Name".
LW was Nominated as "Best Rock Artist" 4 2014 Artists in Music Awards 4 "Booze Blues Cruise". 2018 IMC Radio Award.
With the recent great success of our video, "Let It Reign", we thought we'd take a look at a few of the other videos we have on "LivingWatersUtube". (CLICK!)
If you put them in order of popularity, the next most popular is our fun skit, "The Parable of the Talents", captured at a 2004 concert. Third most popular is, "Booze Blues Cruise", a song we never actually did in concert; it has just a few pictures used for the video, with emphasis on the music. We have several photo montages like "Do What He Tells You to Do", which comes in fourth. Our first photo montage, showing a rough history of the group, comes in at number five, and is appropriately backed with "Love's in a Name".
After that, it is worth noting several of these. Mary Gillis' loving tribute, "Lonely Dancer" is something VERY special to us. We have a lot of rough concert clips here, notably "Love in Arms" played just a few years ago. There are several photo productions that have gotten some attention, like Mike's "Take Me" and "Stay!" and the recent very successful song "Anna Post Writing" put to video. A couple of Mark's older songs, "This Loving Stream" and "Perfect Gift Song" were captured back on his wedding day. We did also put our first podcast out here.
There's so much we've managed to save, create or otherwise present to you. We invite you to join, peruse, and celebrate with JOY the Good God's goodness to our family!
Peace & Love & JOY, Mark LaJOIE! for Living Waters!
Who knows how many years Living Waters went up to the top of Mount Snow for an Easter Sunrise service, hosted by our beloved deacon, Paul Mello? Sometimes we hauled equipment up there by the big snow vehicles.
There were certain songs we usually did: "Song of Witness", "Easter Song" by Second Chapter of Acts, "Was It a Morning Like This" by Sandi Patty (sung by Denise). Julia says she always liked our version of "Easter Song" best! We would go together to Mass in Jacksonville and get together at that big house many of us had helped to build.
One song that comes to mind is Mike's "Sunrise". He actually wrote it back in the early 80's, but it was just recorded in our latest album, "Overflow". Up on this slope, can you hear Your Maker, who defeated the power of sin, vice and death whisper to you, "I'll be here with you till the ending; I was here with you from the start"?
Our classic, "Sing to Jesus", just got a new review in time for EASTER!
Living Waters - 'Sing to Jesus'
Review by Daniel Deprè
“Sing To Jesus” is a crowd pleasing jam that is a heck of a lot of fun. There is something very endearing about this song as it’s truly welcoming and warm. It has a classic rock vibe that calls to mind the stylings of Neil Young and The Cars. The song is well arranged, and the vocals are sure to inspire anyone to sing along. This is the kind of song you want to see performed live so you can really feel it’s positive energy and chant the chorus with the band.
Lyrically, this is a song about singing to Jesus when you are feeling the blues. The songs heartwarming nature lends itself to the lyrics which are offering Jesus’ love to lift you up out of the gutter. It’s nice how approachable the lyrics are in the way they are written. They are kind and catchy. “Sing to Jesus when you’re feeling blue, he will show you just what to do, Jesus knows about hurt and pain”. The Chorus than employs some really catchy Non-lexical vocables that are easy to get a hang of. The arrangement is the traditional classic rock setup and it totally jams with confidence and pride. The piano and acoustic guitar fill in the middle nicely with some ornamentation and rhythmic accompaniment. The electric guitar gets to show off a bit with a few short solos that are busy and impressive. The guitar also gets to give some grit to the song by playing low with lots of distortion in a few of the verses.
The vocals are warm and thrive in their mid-range zone, allowing anyone to sing along. The harmonies add a really nice texture as well to the vocals, especially in the chorus’ where a whole group of vocals are introduced. It really creates the sensation of togetherness. “Sing To Jesus” is a forgiving song that will bring the light of Jesus back into your life.
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I recently asked the question, 'was this our best vocal performance?' about "Let It Reign. Mike provided this thoughtful response to me:
I never considered myself a solid vocalist, but I am better with age. You have always had the powerful voice. But we are all in this one together. I have a fresh view now. Josh’s powerful orchestration, adding your visuals, our excitement for a new song with a great LW theme, recording live together, in His Spirit; certainly one of our best over-all performances. Then you bring it to life with the video! I do consider this my best LW song. It was a gift that came so quickly. It enhances my faith. I hope it does that for everyone who listens and watches.
We found some pictures from our ground-breaking concert at the cathedral in Boston circa 1988. We sang with Dana and opened for John Michael Talbot. We were dressed up! It's clear we are playing "There's a Woman" in at least one of these pictures; that has such a 'classical' flavor to it.
It looks like we are playing the intro to "There's A Woman" w/Greg on synth
Mark Lajoie again! This picture represents the very birth of Living Waters in 1976. You could still see the woundedness in my eyes as I stand at the right rear. Deep in that pain a song arose. You can hear the demo here, and read the lyrics below.
We've been featuring demos lately. This song goes back even before that start! This is a song that the group never performed; none of them even knew about it, until I made this demo.
This song was written "in my head" even before my conversion experience when I was maybe 13 or so. It's funny I often see the time before Christmas 1973 as a time when I had given up on God and stopped going to church and so on, but I guess this song shows something was already in the works "deep in the chasms of my brain" as my original words said. Later on, I re-worked the lyrics which were very '13-ish', but the musical ideas I present here are pretty much what I imagined back then, especially the "fuzz bass" (for which I was probably influenced by "Think For Yourself" on Rubber Soul by the Beatles; I used to listen to my brother's albums over and over). I like the idea of this song, that we all have something deep inside us we can draw on and share when we need to be brave. Look at the pain in that young man's eyes, and then see what happened to him after. He was blessed with a faith family and a purpose. He was happy because they all had taken a stand together. If God made us in His Image, then the Holy Spirit can certainly fill that "God-sized hole" that St. Augustine mentioned. (He did it for me.) And, then, we can help each other by example and aid. An awesome thought.
Love you all,
"A Stand of Courage" by Mark A. Lajoie Copyright 2011, RN SR 679-889
Deep in my sor-row and my pain There still re-mains A pil-lar of help for a-ny yelp of hu-man mi-ser-y With help from you and God I'll find out where it lies And we shall de-fy i-mag-i-na-tion
With a stand of cour-age A stand of cour-age With a stand of en-cour-age-ment With a stand of cou-rage
Yeah, Yeah! Ooooooooo!
Spi-rit of love, Spi-rit of life You are the peace with-in our strife You are the key that sets the cap-tives free You are the two-edged sword that cuts through all the lies And we shall de-fy i-mag-i-na-tion
With a stand of cou-rage He'll be my cou-rage Won't you be my in-spi-ra-tion With a stand of cou-rage