Tuesday, July 31, 2012

NEW Video! "Love's in a Name": A 'Classic Tracks' Pic Montage

Ever since I made a separate "Classic Tracks" site, I've been wishing people could peruse these great old (ancient?!?) pictures of us, summing up our history and meaning, while they listened to a song that sums it up, too.  Well, I'm not as dumb as I am, and I finally figured out the PERfect solution would be to synch up a bunch of pictures summing up our history to a song that sums it up, too!  (I'll pause here for the applause and cheering.)  ANYway, I decided to use the "Stupeflix" program that YouTube provides.  (I believe their theory was to combine the words 'stupendous' and 'flicks', but all I could get was 'stupid flicks'.  Hey, it worked for Forrest Gump.)  This is a very simple version of those photograph montage programs that seems to work pretty well for our purposes.

My old song "Jesus" says, "there is a Name, there is a Face, there is a Heart which gives us God's grace" and in "I See His Face" it says "I see His Face, filled with grace overcoming".  With this in my mind, I decided to use "Love's in a Name" for several reasons.  We all came like wet baby birds fallen out of our nests, from a world where "no one knows what to do"; in those early days, our faith joined us in devotion, healing and loving actions; we saw and showed that Face of Mercy.  Plus, our love for each other and our charitable work resulted  in great joy and encouragement.  We all grew up spiritually and formed families and received special calls to serve.  "Oh, if we love, we sing a song, we sing a song, we are strong!"  Yeah, this song works perfectly as a way to be filled with gratitude, joy and praise.  We want to join that "great cloud of witnesses" we are joined to in heaven in finishing our race well as a faith family.  As it says in "Fight For Me", if we trust in Him, how can we lose?

Friday, June 29, 2012

New Old Covenant House Songs!: "Prodigal Song", "Love Can Be" and “Reaching Out to You” 

Mike McBride & Dave with son Dan at our 2011 Reunion Concert where we did “Prodigal Song” 

www.reverbnation.com/play_now/song_13605858 for “Prodigal Song” [classic live] www.reverbnation.com/play_now/song_13606135 for “Love Can Be” [classic live] www.reverbnation.com/play_now/song_13606227 for “Reaching Out to You” [classic live]

On our new "Classic Track" website, the songs we are featuring at the top are several songs we featured in our concerts during our ‘Covenant House’ era (about the late 70’s and early 80’s). We have Jim to thank for this as he rescued the tape we had done for one particular fund-raiser which involved a road race as well as our concert. He put some of these on his phone and brought them to a Pot Luck we had at Jon & Caroline’s this past year. We were all jamming in the cellar - and cooking with gas, I dare say - when Jim plugged these into the sound system and we started to jam along with them. My comment was, “I don’t remember those lyrics!”, to which Jim pointed out that we were just forming the songs and they hadn’t taken their final form. I am SO glad we have these!

For several of these first few songs on the site from this concert, we have preserved the ‘witnesses’ we used to do in our concerts. (I especially love Mike’s witness before “Prodigal Song”, because we can see with our own eyes how God has answered his longing for children in his two beautiful daughters!) We did these witnesses for a couple of reasons. First, our main purpose was obviously to bring Good News, to reach hearts and minds and lead them to that Power of love that can do miracles, within ourselves, where we are made in God’s image. Secondly, we usually liked to have a thematic coherence to our shows (more on this in a minute). Thirdly, on a very practical level, these were necessary to make smooth changes without disturbing the flow of the show; if Dave had to move to synth and Mark to bass, we didn’t want dead silence while they did.

Now, as far as that ‘thematic coherence’, this was especially true of these Covenant House shows. These ‘classic tracks’ are a snapshot of our “Prodigal Daughter” shows in formation. In his witness for “Reaching Out to You”, Tony describes how this happened. He saw an article about the work being done throughout the world by Covenant House. They try to give a safe haven for runaway kids, most of whom have been enslaved in sex trafficking (don’t ever believe that old lie that pornography is a victimless crime; it is truly evil as centuries of wisdom has taught us). Our idea was to have an entire show tell the story of a runaway girl in this situation, played by Krissy. By the time we got to 1984, this show was tight, impactful and spiritually powerful; ask my wife who saw us do it at Providence Civic Center that year and felt impelled to come thank us. These clips display the early stages of these songs.

“Prodigal Song” was the ‘homecoming’ part of the story and what a HAPPY song it is! The dancers had a whole routine they did to this which heightened the effect. So many of us are doing such intricate things at once, and yet it all blends so well like a true community celebration. Yes you can hear my ‘twangy’ electric in the background going on a few rides – I liked to turn the treble ALL the way up! Greg’s electric part is genius, although he hasn’t quite found his distortion sound yet at this point. This is probably the best song for Chuck’s horn of them all (excuse me, ‘marching valve tromBONE'). We did this song at our Reunion Concert this past year and added Greg’s son, Josh, doing trumpet. His improvising was just SO darn good at practice that we all just broke down laughing because…well…it was just riDICulous!!

I think we’ll discuss the other songs another time; as Chuck once so succinctly said, enough is enough! Enjoy these tunes in good health, spiritual and otherwise!
Peace out
Mark L.
An earlier symbol used by the Covenant House ministry to runaways 

 At St. Linus, around the time we were raising money for Covenant House

Monday, June 18, 2012

'Living Waters Classic Tracks' Launched

Today, I started adding classic tracks to a brand new ReverbNation site.  (*Our regular site is at this link on ReverbNation or you can go here for our .com site.)  Any songs on this site are NOT for distribution, sale or download.*)  The idea for this is for all the old Living Waters members friends and families to  have a place to go to remember with gratitude those wonderful early days when we were so young and had such great adventures. Also this place is intended to complement and link to the Living Waters Blog . As you read about our early days, the hope is that you can link to the songs we are talking about on here. Over the next few days and weeks, I will begin to link these tracks to the references in the blog entries.  As of June 25, 2012, the Blog is fully linked to all songs with pictures fully restored!

Go to the bottom posts to see the oldest entries.

 Hope you enjoy this!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Saint Patrick's Breastplate [or the Faed Fiada “Deer’s Cry”]

Saint Patrick's Breastplate [or the Faed Fiada “Deer’s Cry”]
The prayer used by St. Patrick to protect his followers from the Druids-He prayed and the whole group appeared to the assassins as deer and ran past the them to the hall of the king where he successfully did a battle of words with the Druids, like Elijah of old . “They can bring darkness, but they cannot bring Light,” he  remarked.  {I really like this translation because Dr. Siegerson perfectly matched the number of syllables to the original Gaelic of St. Patrick!  Can you hear the lilt?  It is a 'Lorica' or prayer of protection and is the very first Christian prayer or song composed in Gaelic.}
I bind me to-day
            Gods might to direct me
            Gods Power to protect me
            Gods wisdom for learning
            Gods eye for discerning
            Gods ear for my hearing
            Gods Word for my clearing
            Gods hand for my cover
            Gods path to pass over
            Gods buckler to guard me
            Gods army to ward me
                        Against snares of the devil
                        Against vices temptation
                        Against wrong inclination
                        Against men who plot evil
                        Near or afar with many or few
            Christ near
            Christ here
            Christ be with me
            Christ beneath me
            Christ within me
            Christ behind me
            Christ be o er me
            Christ before me

            Christ in the left and the right
            Christ hither and thither
            Christ in the sight
                        Of each eye that shall seek me
                        In each ear that shall hear
                        In each mouth that shall speak me
            Christ not the less
            In each heart I address

I bind me to-day on the Triune  - I call
With faith in the Trinity - unity  - God over all.