Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Summer Songs!

Summer Songs...

And some aren't. Mark Lajoie here. Just got some excellent news! It seems Josh is available in the studio this summer! I was thinking we could not expect that we would be producing music with him anytime soon, but it turns out this summer his studio is open for business. Mike and I have been doing some of our own work at home with GarageBand, but now we can work with Josh toward getting some exciting material made together.

The current project is our old concert staple, "Light of the World". I worked up most of it, but now Mike is adding keyboard and vocal, and Greg will add his classic guitar. It is already sounding so wonderful and so evocative of our early days! Be on the lookout soon for that.

Josh has said he wants to do more things with Mike and I, and "make magic happen". It seems the window is wide open for us. This is exciting! Can't wait to see what blessings await us.

In the meantime, you can check out what Mike and I have been doing. the two latest? "Hail Mary" and "Anna Post Writing".

Peace & Love & JOY,
Mark LaJOIE!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Anna Post Writing!



Anna Post Writing!



I (Mark) have created a little GarageBand version of our old rocker, "Anna Post Writing"! Click the link (the words "Anna Post Writing" below)& have a listen!

Anna Post Writing!

The story told in this song is a little dated now; it's an imaginary story about a woman who loses her husband and loses herself in her job as a newspaper reporter. (Any relation to any real "Anna Post" is purely coincidental! It mentions papers and typing: very 1980's!) She is so lost, but, like St. Augustine ("tolle et lege"), she picks up the Bible and God's Spirit of Love speaks exactly what she needs to hear. She doesn't hold it against her estranged husband and reaches out to try to tell him about what she found.

This song was written during the time I was living at the McBride's in Natick (1982?) We didn't actually perform it that much but it was pretty cool when we did. This is not exactly how we did it. Greg used to really drive this. But I think I have captured the spirit of the song. Here is what I wrote to my band mates when I first worked this up on NoteWorthy Composer:

Mes amis,
Voici un chanson vraiment etrange. I kept in all the weird stuff, even the "creeping", the "crawling" and the "crying". Part of that bridge sort of reminds me now of nascent 'rapping' before it was cool and before it quite gets cool. All that notwithstanding, I think this is some really cooking '70's-type happening weirdness! What do you think?

And then Dave Babish replied thusly:

"Ahh - Anna Post. Perhaps, in my opinion, one of Living Waters' most "undersung" grooves, and perhaps one of the purest rockers. I found this one on tape while in college. A real showcase of the above-average Living Waters vocals in that chorus. Space for Tony to drive. The song that perhaps most deserves a pulsing lighting rig. The reason for Greg's high tops.

Mark, Greg, Dave, etc, I always liked how many of your songs were about a particular story, a particular experience. A lot of your music was written from first person:

"I see a boat on the horizon..."
"I prayed for you..."
"Make me free."
"When I look at myself and at others..."

Good stuff.
thanks,
Dave"

It really was one of our best pure 'rock' songs I think.

Quite a different story created out of a...PLAY ON WORDS!...imagine that.

Enjoy...Peace
Mark L.


Monday, June 26, 2017

Sacred Heart Playlist

Sacred Heart Playlist



We have created a collection of Mark's songs that mention the Loving Heart of Our Lord or have the Sacred Heart as its theme. These are the songs:

1. Home is Where the Heart Is
2. Forever
3. Carry On (live)
4. Jesus
5. Make Me Free

Make Me Free's first verse is directly based on the Sacred Heart Prayer that I memorized as a teenager after my conversion experience. Enjoy!

CLICK on this!

Sacred Heart Playlist on Spotify!

Peace & Love & JOY,
Mark LaJOIE!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Ave Maria....

Ave Maria....

"Hail Mary" song Click this to listen!

Mike has worked up a new song version of the "Hail Mary" prayer on GarageBand. It's beautiful! In Latin, that is "Ave Maria". During the times of persecution, the earliest Christians used various monograms on the walls of the Roman catacombs where they hid. One of the commonest was the 'chi-rho', a 'p' over an 'x', symbolizing Christ, which most of us are familiar with, or the 'p' with an 'e' under it for the keys of St. Peter. According to archaeologist Margherita Guarducci, another popular monogram was an 'A' over an 'M', for "Ave Maria". The words of the Angel Gabriel were being used as a prayer even then. "The Almighty has done great things for me....all generations shall call me blessed...."

There are many wonderful versions of the "Ave Maria". We are happy to present one created by one of us, Mike McBride, that is pretty wonderful. Enjoy!

Peace & Love & JOY,
Mark LaJOIE!

Monday, June 19, 2017

“When He Came Into My Life" He set my heart on FIRE! 2017

“When He Came Into My Life" He set my heart on FIRE2017

c. 1978; left 2 right:  Mark Lajoie, Danny Gagnon, Chuck, Jimmy, Joline, Mike & Dave out of sight

"When He Came Into My Life" Click this to listen!

This is a VERY old song written by Danny Gagnon & Dave Bourque back at the very beginning in the 70's. Mike's been busy using GarageBand himself, so! I thought I should get off the snide and do something, too.

In the early days, Danny & his brother Jimmy Gagnon were in the group. Jimmy was our drummer for those first few years and also with our secular band which we called Siloam [another water reference; that became a problem to pronounce just like in that movie “That Thing You Do” where no one can figure out “The Oneders” is pronounced “Wonders” and not “O-need-ers”!]. Danny played guitar and sang and he really wanted to write songs, too. Dave Bourque seemed to help him every time (except for “He’ll Be There” which involved Beth Medeiros?) It’s funny because sometimes Dave and Danny could get testy with each other, too, but they did manage to write some good songs. The one song the group embraced totally and used extensively was “The Lord Will Come” and I sure wish we had that one on tape somewhere! It included an awesome bass line contributed by Dave and I think the dancers did something, too. I have one flash of memory of Danny singing that song for the Steubenville Youth Conference (1978?) and it was wonderful! It got quite a reaction.

I do have one song to offer in regards to Danny. I took one song he and Dave wrote and tried to write it up on the Noteworthy Composer midi program you see featured on this site. In the process, I altered the arrangement and presentation. I had always imagined a bass line in my head for this that was never actually done and that is what I put down here. In that regard it’s similar to “The Lord Will Come”: Gagnon melody, Bourque-like bass line.

I asked Danny if it was OK to use his song and he said it was. I like the simple emotion of the lyrics: ‘He really helped me when it was bad; He can help you, too’! That’s what Danny is still saying I guess in everything he’s doing now.

Enjoy!
Mark Lajoie

Mike & Mike Again!





Now...and then! Mike now with his daughter, Clio, & back in the day with Eddie McKay & co.

Mike & Mike Again!

Mike has been hard at work, not in the studio, but by himself now, using GarageBand. He is especially doing re-makes of our old Living Waters concert songs written by him. (Btw, Mark, now that he's done teaching, has also produced something new from something very old on GarageBand.) We thought it would be interesting to put the old and the new side-by-each and let everyone take a listen.

First, let's listen to one of my favorites, "You Were There". We have often - and recently - used it for our weddings. First, let's listen to a classic (shortened) concert version:


and, then, the new version! The lyrics are a little different:


Mike has also re-done "With You I Am" into a totally different style. Here, we have an old 'classic live' version from way back and the brand new creation!:


Mike has also done his own version of a "Hail Mary". He is on fire!! Stay tuned for more from him...and me!

Peace & Love & JOY,
Mark LaJOIE!


Friday, April 21, 2017

"Home is Where the Heart Is” [live] Redux!

{A re-print about the song that is on our latest album, "Still Flowing"}


Home is Where the Heart Is (live with the whole band) 

click this line above to hear the song


*a picture of my dad, who fought in the Solomon Islands during WWII; his conversion story is told in the entry entitled "Booze Blues Cruise" on this blog


This song was almost like a prediction.  I will explain that in a moment.  It’s a unique song in that I wrote it with no consciousness of Living Waters at all.  At the time, in my mind, Living Waters was moribund as a performance group. We had become inactive.  There was not the slightest expectation I would ever do the song with them.  Well, lo and behold, the 2004 Reunion happened and, while we were practicing and planning, as an afterthought, I brought out this song.  Someone must have asked if I had written anything in those past few years.  Well, this was it.  It gelled almost instantly.  I believe we were practicing in Tony’s cellar.  In our more recent jams this past year, this is one we’re going to every time.  We love it, and why not?  It doesn’t get anymore JOYous than E-ternal life, my friend!  The transition from the bracketing quiet intro and ending with that catchy, rejoicing cant in the middle alludes to both the solemnity and desperateness AND the total joy of the death experience.  I left the final chord unresolved on purpose to hint at eternity.

I remember walking outside in Hudson, MA when this song dropped on me like a rock.  This was a horribly stressful time when we were losing everything.  In the song, I felt deeply what it must feel like to be at the dying moment, feeling my trust in my Savior being stretched and tested to the ripping point as I struggled with accepting the process of what felt like dying.  It was amazingly real.  And then came the blessed answer:  the Heart of the Lord.  The pierced Sacred Heart is the ultimate symbol of just how much we can trust Jesus.  The answer:  make my heart like your own Heart.  As long as we give all we have in love, we are already at home with the Lord and dying is just a minor transition.

And now for the prediction part. The next year my father died with great suffering.  And then the following year, my mother died.  It felt like the song was a gift meant to prepare me for these two things. I was able to be with my mother and it was a holy death.  She had had an operation for water on the brain a few years back.  It was done by the man who invented it and he had a success rate of 99% or something.  Well, this was the 1%.  My mother lost most of her short term memory.  Do you know how bad people get worse as they age and good people get better?  With her filter gone, the kindliness and sweet charity my mother had built up came flowing out, the fruit of a lifetime of virtue.  All of the VA loved her so much.  She was a saint.  It was then in 2001, watching my mother die, that it fully struck me what the song had been about all along.  It had predicted what happened with my parents.  It was a perfect preparation for my experience with my mother.  I eulogized her at her funeral Mass and testified to everyone there about the fact that she and my dad had PROVED that to live in the love of God is eternally worthwhile.

This live band version captures classic Living Waters at its best: Dave, Denise & I blending  our vocals, Greg's stellar rhythm/lead driving us, Tony playing in his familiar and brilliant style. So vibrant! So exciting! I hope you like it!