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.