Broken, Gazing

by Jeff Johnson

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Steve Adair I've been listening to Jeff's music for many years (beginning with music from HOS). I love contemplative Christian music, especially with Celtic influences. Favorite track: Be Still And Know.
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GmaJill I have been taking in Jeff Johnson's music since the mid-80's, I guess. (And I say "take in," rather than merely listen or enjoy, for good reason. Whether instrumental or sung, it is food for the soul as well as ears.). I am especially excited about Jeff's recent work with Phil Keaggy and hope to see and hear them together in person this winter. Favorite track: For The Beauty Of The Earth.
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Songs and chants for pilgrims composed and performed by vocalist/keyboardist Jeff Johnson with a chamber ensemble featuring Wendy Goodwin (violin), Janet Chvatal (voice), Brian Dunning (flute), Phil Baker (bass), Tim Ellis (guitar), Phil Madeira (accordion & guitar), Trevor Fitzpatrick (cello) and Mike Snyder (percussion).

A review by Gord Wilson –

This is universal music. Not “goes everywhere-- one size fits all”. But somehow timeless and ageless. Universal as in small “c” catholic. Yet particular and peculiar to a certain time and place. Johnson delights in capturing the ambience of a given locale with his mobile recording studio. Nor is it a hodgepodge collage, but a thoughtful and harmonious blend of music stretching the centuries, from the Latin Mass to original pieces by Jack Boyd and John Bell.

On Broken, Gazing, the spirit present as far back as his 1980 vocal album, The Face of the Deep, continues to move over the musical waters. Johnson’s music is all of a piece, and it’s impossible not to find correspondences. The wing on the cover reminds me of the King Raven albums. The boat below suggests Navigatio or The Prayers of St. Brendan. Musically, also, deep calls to deep in whispers and glances. Four pieces on the album reprise earlier instrumental selections with new lyrics, and the album opens with a three part medley.

After forty some albums one may ask, what’s different this time out? Merely the musicality. These seasoned musicians have some years under their belts of playing together, both in concert and on albums, and it shows. And Johnson has gone from singing chants to writing them. The lyrics are simpler, cleaner, and leave room for deftly rendered musical stretches like Wendy Goodwin’s haunting solo in “Water, Bread, and Wine”.

If the players were sailors, one could note the seamless orchestration of the confident crew, their mastery and skill, the sure-footedness that enables them to sail into uncharted waters, bank harder, and ride the tossing prow. And of Johnson the captain, one might fairly ask if all his sailing has left him cynical and jaded, disillusioned and world weary. Broken, Gazing finds him wide-eyed with wonder, wind in his sails, eager to go a-voyaging.

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released August 12, 2014

All songs (except those listed below) by Jeff Johnson © 2014, 2009, 2006, 2000 Sola Scriptura Songs administered by www.musicservices.org ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

“Jesus, Here’s My Heart” by Jeff Johnson with additional music and lyrics from “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee” by Ludwig van Beethoven, 1824 and Henry Van Dyke, 1907 (Public Domain).

“Don’t Be Afraid” by John Bell © 1995, WGRG, The Iona Community, Scotland
administered by www.giamusic.com Used with permission ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

“For The Beauty Of The Earth” music by Conrad Kocher, 1838 (Public Domain) arrangement by Jeff Johnson.

“Child Of Mine, Sing On” by Jack Boyd © 2006 Cat Claw Music Press
administered by catclawmusic@abilene.com Used with permission ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Produced and engineered by Jeff Johnson
String arrangements by Wendy Goodwin
Recorded and mixed at The Ark ~ Camano Island, WA
Mastered by Golden Mastering ~ Ventura, CA
Frio River Crickets recorded by Ark Mobile

Additional recording at:
Cody Center, Laity Lodge ~ Leakey, TX
Sunset Studios ~ Portland, OR
Kung Foo Bakery ~ Portland, OR
Bakeman Studio ~ Portland, OR
Drumloops Studio ~ Portland, OR
West Chehalem Friends Church ~ OR
Spencer Creek Studio (Tommy Carns) ~ Franklin, TN
Jacordi Studio ~ County Kildare, Ireland

Cover art “The Place Between” by William Catling
(williamcatling.com) © 2011 Used with permission.
Jeff Johnson photo by John Harrison
Design by Court Patton (www.pattonbros.com)

Dedicated to Alice, friend and fellow pilgrim.

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Track Name: Jesus, Here's My Heart
Lux Aeternum (Eternal light)

Through the shades of my bedroom,
Sunlight pierces morning gloom,
A mercy sweeps the waking dreams,
And lifts me from their darkness to the light.

Down below the river flows,
It’s surface captures all that glows,
Deep to deep calls from beyond.
And lifts my spirit in it’s morning song.

This is what it is to live,
To face the day and learn to give,
The brokenness within your heart,
And let the living water have it’s way.

Jesus, here’s my heart,
Take it from the start, today.

Joyful, joyful, we adore thee,
God of glory, Lord of love.
Hearts unfold like flowers before thee,
Opening to the sun above.

Melt the clouds of sin and sadness,
Drive the dark of doubt away.
Giver of immortal gladness,
Fill us with your light this day.

Lux Aeternum (Eternal light)
Track Name: Don't Be Afraid
Don’t be afraid,
My love is stronger,
My love is stronger than your fear.

Don’t be afraid,
My love is stronger,
For I have promised,
Promised to be always near.
Track Name: Bless The Lord, O My Soul / Possible Answers
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name.

Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not his benefits.
Track Name: Broken, Gazing
I have fallen,
from my mountain,
I have hit the earth,
broken.

I am gazing,
at your glory,
I lie on this ground,
gazing.
Track Name: Child Of Mine, Sing On
Hear that music? That’s the world,
calling you to walk that way.
You must learn that you’re my child –
You must sing my song.

Useless pleasure, sterile fame;
Leave that darkness, find my light.
Take my hand and walk away;
Child of mine, sing on.

You left darkness for my light;
You can’t walk down every path.
Now you’re halfway to your goal;
Listen for my song.

Live your life, but don’t look back;
Time, like water, drifts away.
Tell my story, do my work;
Child of mine, sing on.

Sickness, anger, pain and war,
All behind as memories leave;
Though the world called you to doubt,
Still you sang my song.

All of that you will forget;
Now your place is here with me.
Your work’s finished – welcome home!
Child of mine, sing on.
Track Name: The Lord Bless You
The Lord bless you,
The Lord keep you,
The Lord make his face to shine on you,
And give you peace,
And give you grace,
Amen.

May he hold you,
May he guide you,
May he keep you ever before him,
And give you hope,
And give you joy,
Amen.
Track Name: Worthy Are You, O Lamb / Godric's Theme
Agnus Dei, 
qui tollis peccata mundi
(Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world)

Worthy are you, O lamb who was slain,
You make all things new.
Glory and honor to your name,
You rescued me.
Track Name: Be Still And Know
Be still and know,
That the Lord is God.
Exalt him on earth,
Let all people sing.

We will not fear,
Though the earth gives way.
He is our strength and hope,
He is our strength and hope.

There is a river that flows in our midst,
Glad is its tidings and holy its way.
It flows through our hearts and brings peace to our souls,
Its waters, our refuge this day.
Track Name: Lord, I Lift Up My Heart / Angel Of The Dawn
Lord, I lift up my heart,
And give you my cares,
Lord, I lift up my heart to you.

Heaven and earth,
Sun, moon and stars,
Angels and seraphim,
All magnify you,
O bright morning star,
We lift up our hearts to you,
We lift up our hearts to you!
Track Name: Water, Bread And Wine
In the water, bread and wine,
We all partake in the divine.
Through the cross and empty tomb,
Jesus’ presence fills this room.

As he stands before us now,
All together let us bow,
For he has washed away our sin,
And made us righteous once again -
In the water, bread and wine.
Track Name: Gloria Patri / A Quiet Knowing
Gloria to the Father,
Gloria to the Son,
Gloria to the Spirit,
Gloria, Three in One.

Gloria Patri,
et Filio,
et Spiritui Sancto

Gloria in beginnings,
Gloria to the end,
Gloria now, forever,
Gloria. Amen.