In the depths of the valley, at the tops of the mountain, I have turned to song. I have turned to the poets and the hymns and the strings, to give my soul the words they cannot find alone, to make tangible the sweet, the tender, the sorrowful tears my flesh attempts to bury.
These hymns gifted to us by our fathers and mothers of faith offer deliverance. These hymns teach us how to find restoration in tears. These songs beckon us to praise our Father with arms outstretched wide. These melodies move us to dance with joy.
In the offering of our chorus of voices, may we find the notes chisel away at the rocky walls built around our hearts, and melt what Benedicta Ward refers to as "that deep and cold conviction that [we] cannot love or be loved."
Be still. Be still, oh my soul, and sing.
You are loved today, tomorrow, and forever.
Come what may. Come what may.
Be still, oh my soul, and sing.
Tessa Compton (2017)
All profits from the Hymnbook Vol. II will go to Mennonite Central Committee, assisting in crisis zones & places of deep need all over the world.
released February 14, 2017
1 Are You Washed? (Elisha A. Hoffman, 1878) Joe Kurtz
arranged, performed, recorded & mixed by Joe Kurtz; additional mixing by Joe Kurtz Sr.
2 Wayfaring Stranger (traditional) Brent Timothy Miller
arranged, performed, recorded & mixed by Brent Timothy Miller
3 I Surrender All (Judson W. Van DeVenter & Winfield S. Weeden, 1896) Ron Flack
arranged & recorded by Ron Flack; keys by Ron Flack, bass by Brandon Covey, percussion by Jesse Gearhart & violin by Molly Bontrager
4 Were You There When They Crucified My Lord? (African American spiritual) Brother Joshua
arranged, performed, recorded & mixed by Brother Joshua
5 His Love is an Ocean (Civilla D. Martin) Future Mountain
written, performed, recorded & mixed by Kevin Embleton
6 In the Garden (C. Austin Miles, 1912) Laura Kaufman
arranged & performed by Laura Kaufman; recorded by Doug Kaufman
7 Medley (traditional; Joseph M. Scriven & Charles C. Converse, 1855/1868; John Newton, 1779) Ryan Gerber
arranged & performed by Ryan Gerber; recorded by Ron Flack
8 Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen (traditional) Spencer Martin
arranged, recorded, mixed & mastered by Spencer Martin; strings by Caty Petersilge, bass by Matthew DeRubertis, drums by Matt Kurtz, with Spencer Martin playing everything else
9 I Have Decided (folk song originating from India) Michael Giacomoni
arranged, performed, recorded & mixed by Michael Giacomoni
10 I Need Thee (Annie S. Hawks & Robert Lowry, 1872) Compass North Worship
arranged & performed by Kyler Morrison, Shivaun Frere, Mike Chapman, Joel Maze & Halle Kurtz; engineered by Ron Flack & John King; mixed & mastered by Ainslie Grosser
11 I Feel Like Traveling On (William Hunter) Anya Antonovich
arranged by Anya Antonovich; recorded & produced by Matt Kurtz; autoharp & vocals by Anya Antonovich, guitar & bass by John Finley, drums by Matt Kurtz
12 Pass Me Not (Fanny Crosby & W. Howard Doane, 1868, 1870) Joe & Nichole Kurtz
arranged, recorded & mixed by Joe Kurtz; vocals by Nichole Kurtz, instruments by Joe Kurtz; additional mixing by Joe Kurtz Sr.
Art and songs compiled by Brother Joshua
Mastered by Doug Kaufman
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