Some Words From Walter Brueggemann about ‘Hymns, Prayers,and Invitations’ by Rick Lee James
“I have listened to Hymns, Prayers, and Invitations and am so grateful for it. Rick Lee James has a great gift for taking up familiar words and giving them freshness with new cadence and voicing. I love the Advent Hymn (Watching, Waiting, Longing), which gives newness to the phrases of Isaiah. Watching, waiting, and longing is what we do now, and these songs help us do that in confidence. I anticipate that this album will be received as a great gift by many who will find their faith nourished and awakened by it.” -Walter Brueggemann
Pre-Order Hymns, Prayers, and Invitations (Get 3 advance tracks)
Listen To Rick Lee James’ Conversation with Walter Brueggemann on the Voices In My Head PodcastEpisode #152
Transcending Mysteries: Who Is God and What Does He Want From Us? is the new book written by Andrew Greer (http://www.andrew-greer.com) and Ginny Owens (http://ginnyowens.com). Ginny and Andrew are both my guests on the latest episode of Voice In My Head, the Rick Lee James Podcast. Together we talk about the relational aspects of God, Christmas music, New EP’s TV tapings, songwriting and even an Alaskan Cruise that Ginny and Andrew will be a part of in 2016.
I also make a final plea to pre-order my new CD “Hymns, Prayers’ and Invitations” which is due to release on March 17th, 2016 (St. Patrick’s Day). This new album features a song that Andrew Greer and I wrote together called ‘The Invitation’.
Ginny and Andrew are both wonderful people and interesting guests so sit back, stick in an earbud, and listen to the latest episode of Voices In My Head, the official Rick Lee James Podcast.
If you haven’t heard yet, my new album is recorded and mixed, promo photos have been taken, publishing contracts have been executed, and I am currently in talks with media promoters and graphic designers.
With that being said we still are quite a bit short financially and could really use your help to complete the album. I still have to pay for mastering, printing the discs, distribution fees, art design, and promotion. This puts me at least $1000 short at this point.
The record is being released on March 17th (St. Patrick’s Day) but my plan is to have it mastered, pressed, and mailed out to donors before Christmas. With your help I know this can be accomplished. If you could once again help me spread the word about our gofundme page that would be a great help.
Also, several,of you have told me that you are planning on contributing but just haven’t yet. I would encourage you to do it now if you are planning to, then you can get a copy of the album well before the rest of the world.
Just to sweeten the pot a bit more, to all new donors who give $10 or more between now and Thanksgiving, I will immediately send you a track from the new record.
I’ve listened to the unmastered mixes from start to finish about 6 times now and I still Cant believe how great it sounds.Craig Adams did an amazing job of producing, singing BGV’s and assembling some of the best musicians and engineers that Nashville (the world really) have to offer. I’m a blessed man to have such care given to my songs.
Help me spread the word and give if you can.Wishing you all a great week.
For years I’ve tried to consider the incarnational meaning to this passage from the book “Night” by Elie Wiesel. Last night I attempted writing a similar thought in the form of a song. Even if you don’t want to hear the song, I’d encourage you to read this passage and as we head toward Sunday reflect on the question Wiesel asks along with all of mankind, “Where Is God?” It’s a great sacramental question I think.
“One day when we came back from work, we saw three gallows rearing up in the assembly place, three black crows. Roll call. SS all around us, machine guns trained: the traditional ceremony. Three victims in chains— and one of them, the little servant, the sad-eyed angel.
The SS seemed more preoccupied, more disturbed than usual. To hang a young boy in front of thousands of spectators was no light matter. The head of the camp read the verdict. All eyes were on the child. He was lividly pale, almost calm, biting his lips. The gallows threw its shadow over him.
This time the Lagerkapo refused to act as executioner. Three SS replaced him.
The three victims mounted together onto the chairs.
The three necks were placed at the same moment within the nooses.
“Long live liberty!” cried the two adults.
But the child was silent.
“Where is God? Where is He?” someone behind me asked.
At a sign from the head of the camp, the three chairs tipped over.
Total silence throughout the camp. On the horizon, the sun was setting.
“Bare your heads!” yelled the head of the camp. His voice was raucous. We were weeping.
“Cover your heads!”
Then the march past began. The two adults were no longer alive. Their tongues hung swollen, blue-tinged. But the third rope was still moving; being so light, the child was still alive…
For more than half an hour he stayed there, struggling between life and death, dying in slow agony under our eyes. And we had to look him full in the face. He was still alive when I passed in front of him. His tongue was red, his eyes were not yet glazed.
Behind me, I heard the same man asking:
“Where is God now?”
And I heard a voice within me answer him:
“Where is He? Here He is—He is hanging here on this gallows…”
About David Morrell:
In 1972, David Morrell published his debut novel about a veteran with PTSD who returned home from the Vietnam war, bringing the war home with him. The name of this groundbreaking novel is First Blood. It was called “the father of the modern action novel,” and was widely and enthusiastically reviewed. It was also taught in high schools and colleges. It became a 1982 film, starring Sylvester Stallone, and led to a series of films about Rambo, who joined the ranks of the top five internationally recognized thriller icons: Sherlock Holmes, Tarzan, James Bond, and Harry Potter.
In addition to being Rambo’s creator, David Morrell also holds a Ph. D. in American literature from Penn State and was a professor in the English department at the University of Iowa where he taught from 1970 to 1986. His numerous New York Times bestsellers include the classic spy novel, The Brotherhood of the Rose, The Fraternity of the Stone, and The League of Night and Fog.
Eventually wearying of two professions, Morrell gave up his academic tenure in order to write full time. Shortly after, tragedy struck theMorrell family, as David’s fifteen-year-old son Matthew was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer and died in 1987, a loss that haunts not only Morrell’s life but his work, as in his memoir about Matthew, Fireflies, and his novel Desperate Measures, whose main character lost a son.
In 2007 after 40 years of novels, honors, and awards David Morrell was able to add comic book writer to his resume, writing the acclaimed mini-series turned Graphic Novel, Captain America: The Chosen. Since then he has also written stories for The Amazing Spider-Man as well as the Savage Wolverine.
This week on the Voices In My Head Podcast I’m joined by the talented Randall Goodgame. He has written songs for Veggie Tales, Caedmon’s Call, Andrew Peterson, Jason Gray, Jill Phillips, and Eric Peters. He is also a frequent collaborator of Andrew Peterson, including the 2006 music album, Slugs & Bugs & Lullabies. From this album, the song You Can Always Come Home was featured on the Veggie Tales’ The Wonderful Wizard of Ha’s (2007). He and his wife live in Nashville Tennessee with their three kids and a dog. ( schnoodle)
You can support the new Slugs and Bugs Sing The Bible Record at this web site. http://www.slugsandbugs.com/