Tag Archive for healing

Great Expectations

As with all ‘great expectations’ things don’t ever really go to plan. The day we pressed the ‘go button’ on the album project, after many months of preparation and scheduling, we discovered that one of our much loved singers had a life threatening disease that required urgent medical attention and, a considerable ‘timeout’. As you well know, in times like these, people, family and friends become, all of a sudden, much more important than making a record.

But after a few days hesitation, and with some mixed feelings, we were soon back on some kind of track and in the studio, plucking strings, tickling the ivories, hitting (perhaps harder than usual) inanimate objects and singing our hearts out… always with an eye on the door, hoping our friend would make a grand entrance and belt out that high C.

As we neared the final days of recording, the album was sounding soooo good… better even than I had first imagined it could be, but on a particular song… the one earmarked for our friend to lead… there just seemed to be missing something.

Now… I know it reads like a Hollywood Movie, but on the actual final day of recording, this beautiful soul turned up at the studio, and pushing through the pain barrier and the effects of the medication… sang the song for us. I am not sure if ‘sang’ is even the right word, for a story was shared that surpassed the lyrics I had once written. The song has a whole new meaning to me now.

We are now mixing the album and finalizing the artwork. In truth we are a bit behind schedule and concerning our budget we will be able to get across that finishing line because of several gracious ‘IOU’s’.

I wish you all could hear the album now… but you’ll have to wait another week or so… as it in parts like a dissembled engine, waiting for the master mechanic to put it all together.

Many thanks for sharing this journey with us,



Forgive and Forget

Rhythm Gospel & Blues is more of a community than a band and while there is a collective desire to make this new record, we support each others individual projects.

Linda McCrary has a new single, Help Me To Forgive, the first of a series of songs related to her passion project on Forgiveness.

There is almost sense of completion for Linda and me in that I wrote this song for her 20 years ago for The Amazing Stories project.

At the time Linda was, let us just say ‘suffering’… and while her first recording of the song was more of a fervent cry of help …”Oh God, please rescue me from drowning in my own anger and bitterness” this new version, is a celebration of what God has been doing in her life since that very dark season.

Linda’s life bears witness to forgiving, forgetting, letting go and moving on and she now has the strength, the conviction and a kind of right to call out to the rest of us to forgive our enemies, politicians, law enforcement officers, nations, neighbors and or family members.

And, so while we are in the middle of a crowd funding campaign for Rhythm Gospel & Blues I commend you all to visit your preferred online music store and ‘pick up’ a copy of Linda’s fresh new version of ‘Help Me to Forgive’.