May 1 2008

It’s a Wrap!

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I just finished laying down sweet BGVs (thanks John and Brian!) for Alive in Christ. This song is a Ryan Foglesong original and is definitely competitive with Finally Home as my favorite. Alive in Christ made its recorded debut on the Chasing Cadence album Awake O’ Sleeper. Which, by the way, is a fantastic album and highly recommended.

Read the lyrics of the first verse -

Awake O sleeper, the Lord is thy keeper
Arise from the grave to life unmarred
Stand firm your ground, take heart, you soldier now
The war is won but the battle’s just begun

Now add some epic strings, electric guitars and rockin’ drums and you’ve got a huge song!

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We’re now wrapped on the vocals for all 12 songs! We’re going to spend the morning at Lake Tahoe tomorrow before heading to the airport.


May 1 2008

Day 3 Begins

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This morning, June made a delicious breakfast casserole using her “farm-fresh” eggs (I believe the chickens’ names are Darth Vader Frog, Do, Re and Mi)

(William Walker, 1809-1875)Back in the studio, we jumped right in to What Wondrous Love is This? This old hymn can be traced back to the Appalachian Mountains at the turn of the 19th century. William Walker (1809-1875) was the first to include the song in his Southern Harmony and Musical Companion (1835). I love the lines -

What wondrous love is this
that caused the Lord of Bliss
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul?

Ryan and Brian’s arrangement is fresh and powerful adding a contemporary chorus that gives us the opportunity to celebrate the wondrous love of Christ. The strings are strikingly cool and sophistocated. I can’t wait for you to hear this song!

Right now, we’re working on the title track for the album - O For That Day. Ryan really outdid himself on this song. It’s a huge rock song that shouts about the day when we’ll be with the Savior forever. Just read the chorus -

O for that day when our journey has ended
All of our hope found in Heaven’s Reward
When we will have the Messiah forever
And we will dwell in the House of the Lord
Yes, we will dwell in the House of the Lord

Nate (4) came in to visit us and was very impressed by John’s voice and by pictures of Fritz on my MacBook.

nate and john


Apr 30 2008

Day 2

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After another yummy dinner and a rousing pillow war with the kids, we went back into the studio to finish laying down the BGVs for Finally Home. I think this is my favorite tune on the album. Although, there are 11 others that are close runers-up.
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Our niece, Ashley (5), gave us that colorful piece of music you see on my stand. Thanks Ash!

John just went to the tracking room to start on Arrived. This is a really strong song that brings our imaginations to the throne room of heaven. I love the chorus lyrics -

When we’ve arrived, stunned and surprised
All things resolved in the blink of an eye
No more distractions, no sin left to fight
The first glimpse of Jesus and faith becomes sight

At this point we’ve finished vocals on 7 out of 12 tunes. We’re really pleased with how it’s going. The tracks sound amazing too - last week John, Ryan and Brian recorded the electric guitars and strings down in Orange County. The week before that it was drums, bass, piano and acoustic guitar.

After we finish vocals, the final stages will be mixing, mastering and then off to print! We’re also really excited about the artwork - I won’t spoil it by giving you any hints. :)


Apr 30 2008

Day 2 Begins

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the guys

Yesterday we finished The Longing, Eternal Praise and David’s Hymn. June made a delicious enchilada dinner and I got to play legos with the little boys.

This morning, after breakfast and some more legos we were greeted by some deer just outside the studio - a doe and 2 fawns grazing on the Steckler’s property

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John started recording vocals for Fairest Lord Jesus and I absolutely LOVE this arrangement- it’s fresh and devotional all at the same time. Brian is a fantastic arranger/producer/engineer/musician and just a cool guy all around. We’re priviledged to be spending time up here with his sweet family in his great studio.


Dec 9 2007

The Comfort of Sovereignty

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Who can speak and have it happen if the Lord has not decreed it? Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that both calamities and good things come? - Lamentations 3:37-38

Last Tuesday, Lisa had a miscarriage after eight weeks of pregnancy. This comes after months of planning and treatment due to three previous miscarriages over the past two years. As I noted in my last post, we were planning to spend the weekend at Centennial Bible Church in Indiana. However, two-days prior to our scheduled departure, Lisa’s doctor (Dr. Michael Frields) saw some reasons to be concerned about her taking the trip and advised that she stay at home. We felt it best to take that advice, if only to be on the safe side. On Sunday afternoon, Lisa started experiencing the early signs of miscarriage. Had she been in Indiana, it would have made for a very complicated situation. We are so thankful that the Lord protected us from having to deal with that. On Tuesday, Lisa’s symptoms escalated and we were instructed to go the hospital. We spent the majority of the day in the E.R. where we received excellent care. After a handful of tests, we were officially informed that miscarriage had occurred. Lisa was discharged late that night and has been recovering at home since then.

It has been a week of physical and emotional pain mingled with the evidence of God’s grace in our lives. We have been humbled by the constant prayer, love and encouragement of family, friends and church family. We have experienced unspeakable joy as we seek to rest in what we know is true. In the midst of circumstances that we have no answers for, we have been learning to rejoice and take comfort in God’s sovereignty. It’s hard work. We have by no means learned this lesson perfectly. The integrity of our trust in God continues to be tested. However, His grace and care for us has been ever-present in our weakness.

Surely it was for my benefit that I suffered such anguish - Isaiah 38:17

Though He brings grief, He will show compassion, so great is His unfailing love. For He does not willingly bring affliction or grief to the children of men - Lamentations 3:32-33

We have taken great comfort in the sovereignty of God. Scripture is clear; there is a loving purpose in any trial God allows His children to endure. There is great comfort in that truth! The challenge comes in learning to trust when we don’t understand the purpose. Our finite minds are not capable of understanding His infinite wisdom. Thank you for your prayers in that regard. Lisa and I desire that our confidence be completely at rest in His purposes, in this and all areas of our lives. It’s likely that some of our greatest challenges lie ahead as we prayerfully determine the way forward. However, we rest in knowing that He will continue to care for us and lead us every step of the way, according to His sovereign will.

Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!

For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, OR WHO BECAME HIS COUNSELOR?

Or WHO HAS FIRST GIVEN TO HIM THAT IT MIGHT BE PAID BACK TO HIM AGAIN?

For from Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things: to Him be glory for ever. Amen. - Romans 11:33