Look upon the Cross – Up Coming Album & Tour
I’ve always had a passion and hearts desire to share music that inspires, challenges and uplifts people.
The greatest gift an audience can give to a musician is their appreciation for what they’ve received, and, that they actually “got it”.
Look upon the Cross is a collection of my songs, written over several years, through the different phases of my life that reflect my faith and belief in the life and liberty of new life in Jesus.
Look upon the Cross – Title Track, is a song about the storms of life that come to us despite position, status or the money in the bank. The song asks, “do you have what you need when life drives us to our knees?” Look upon the Cross and you can be set free.
I’ve made it – was written in the mid 90’s. It is a song about having it all, yet denying your maker, all the while having that deep cry within your spirit – “what am I living for?”
When will I be free? – I wrote when I was working for the Government, undertaking a tour of duty with ACC as a Case Manager. “I don’t think I fit into this mold.”
Where the Wind Blows was written recently. It is self-explanatory. Why worry about your life. The sparrows don’t, and yet God cares for them.
Anchored, tries to capture the moment of terror of realizing life is a little boat on the roaring sea of this world. But just as the disciples discovered, Jesus is walking on the water right next to us, He is the Light in the Darkness, The Anchor holding onto the Rock.
Time goes by. The heart’s cry of this song is STOP. Enjoy it here, today, because it goes quickly. Be close to the ones you love, and, get to know your Maker.
Visa Denied. This song is a conversation with my Dad. I had asked him for forgiveness for something I’d done, and, he looked me in the eye and said, “that was yesterday.” He also said, “The past is another country – they do things differently there.”
This is a quotation from a book he’d been reading, and it got me thinking. The past is another country. As Christians, God has dealt with our past. This does not mean that our lives do not exist, or that we don’t have to deal with stuff from the past, but we don’t have to live there, in fact, we shouldn’t. God encourages us to look to a positive future with him. Besides, heaven has cancelled all of your diplomatic ties with that country – the past.
Running Back. Worries and cares, Jesus told us are like the weeds that grow up and choke the life out of His New Life that He wants us to have in him. We were wandering like sheep without a shepherd before he found us, then Joy, we step out of the Wilderness and into the Oasis of his love and forgiveness. Sometimes though, worries and cares can cause your heart to grow cold. Turn around, run back to Jesus.
The Music of Scotland
I was born in Chilbolton, which is in the county of Hampshire England. My Dad was royal navy and was up in the Inverclyde area when he met my mum at a dance. Nine or ten months later I arrived, and the rest is History. I spent the first five years of my life in Greenock and never knew my English Grandparents. Apart from my Dad being English, all I’ve ever known is my Scottish heritage. And, so it’s the songs and heritage of Scotland that I grew up with.
We emigrated to New Zealand when I was five, and then my Mothers Parents joined us.
My Nana has been a huge influence in my life. She was always a “God-fearing” woman, and she did impart her faith to me, and, a desire to know and be right with God. I grew up listening to Scottish music; “the Alexander Brothers”, “Andy Stewart”, and of course, Billy Connolly.
There were also the rebellious songs of the Orange Lodge and the telling of the stories of conflict between the orange and the green that my Grandfather always embellished with humorous antics.
So, in 2019, my wife and I returned to Scotland and visited Edinburgh and Inverness (to look for Nessie) but most importantly, Greenock, the home-town of my Mother and Grandparents.
I walked the street that my Grandmother talked of (Lynedoch Street), and her vivid memories of the German Bombers flying low up that street to bomb the sugar refinery on Drumfrochar Road.
I visited the dock-yards and tried to imagine my Grandfather’s daily work-life as a fitter and turner at John Hasties & Co, where they made steering gear for the shipping industry in Inverclyde and Port Glasgow.
On my return to New Zealand, I realized that Scotland and Greenock were a significant part of who I am as a person, and a fresh approach to my music was birthed.
The Song for Greenock is an acknowledgement of Greenock’s former economic success, its deep historical connectedness with God and a message of hope for it’s future, despite having suffered major economic down-sizing over the past few decades.
12,000 Miles, 50 Years. The first time I saw Mel Gibson’s Braveheart, something stirred in me. Freedom! It is only recently that I realize that this freedom is freedom that comes from God’s hand. What we need to accompany that freedom, is the courage to follow His plan. 12,000 Miles, 50 Years, talks of the gift of faith given to me my parents who called on his name. Scottish parents, Grandparents and Great Grandparents. Grandma Airth, who took my mum to see Billy Graham, and used to read the bible to her. Scotland and God are part of me thanks to this heritage.
Mr’s Barrie is a story about my Nana, with a wee touch of poetic license, which I know she’d have chuckled at herself. She was always complaining about a sore something or other, despite having kept fairly good health, right up to her end. I loved my Nana and miss her dearly, and, this song is in no way meant to slight or diminish her. It’s a bit of a family joke that My Nana and my Mum would appreciate. I hope you enjoy it too.
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