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Johnson follows in the footsteps of a medieval pilgrim and presents a musical journey inspired by the Psalms. Instrumentals and vocals are interwoven with Latin chant by classical singer Janet Chvatal and sounds recorded at some of Europe's most important sites of Christian pilgrimage.

Featuring –
Jeff Johnson: Keys & vocals
Janet Chvatal: Chants & vocals
Tim Ellis: Electric & acoustic guitars
Alan Jones: Drums & cymbals
Roger Hadley: Percussion
Rick Crittenden: Bass & ebow
Brian Dunning: Recorders
Derri Daugherty: Additional electric guitars


Introduction –
A tourist is one who travels out of curiosity and idleness. A pilgrim is someone who leaves home in search of an "elsewhere" which transforms him into someone else. The pilgrim seeks a 'place of refuge' or, as the Celtic Irish monks called it, a 'place of redemption.' Whether one journeys towards Jerusalem, Rome, Constantinople, Santiago de Compostella or Plymouth, all pilgrims desire one thing: mercy. To find mercy is to find forgiveness and redemption.

In Rocamadour, France the pilgrim climbed 216 stone stairs on his knees while praying for forgiveness. Once he arrived at the top, he was offered the sacrament of the bread and wine representing the fulfillment of his redemption. Even more dramatically, if one was a convicted criminal and had been sentenced to pilgrimage (a common practice in Europe during the late Medieval period) one often made their journey in chains not to be removed until the place of pilgrimage had been reached. All of us, at one time or another, have felt those "chains" around us. We find ourselves like Bunyan's pilgrim, loaded down with "heavy burden" and, like David in the Psalms, we cry, "Be gracious to me, O Lord."

This is why the Psalms has always been the 'pilgrim's handbook' for no other book so thoroughly and succinctly describes the great longing we share for mercy and the hope that is rewarded to those who trust in God. – Jeff Johsnon


Music Review –

Based upon the biblical texts and the ancient writings of spiritual pilgrims, Johnson blends layered keyboards, guitars and percussion to capture the ethereal mood of the Psalms. Prominent in many sections is Janet Chvatal's clear vocal (in Latin) and the haunting recorders of Brian Dunning impact the atmosphere of Johnson's exquisite production...It is a musical pilgrimage to an encounter with God. – Doug Hanks / Worship Leader Magazine

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released March 15, 1996

Produced, engineered & mixed by Jeff Johnson at The Ark / Tigard, OR
Location recording by ArkMobile

Mastered by John Golden
www.goldenmastering.com

℗ 1996 Ark Records, Inc. / ArkMusic
© 1996 Sola Scriptura Songs (BMI)
(see individual tracks for complete information)
Administered by www.musicservices.com

Cover art by David Hastings © 1996
Design by Court Patton (www.pattonbros.com)

Thanks to Susie & Hailey, Janet, Alice, Drake & Ross, Kathy & Ryan, Keith & Sue, Matthias & Eve, Kevin & Janelle, Didier & Cathy, Court & Tom.

Dedicated to David & Steve.

AKD-1509

"Psalmus" is also available on iTunes and Amazon.

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ArkMusic recording artist, composer, producer, and Selah worship leader has released numerous solo recordings along with collaborations with Irish flutist, Brian Dunning inspired by Stephen Lawhead's novels and guitarist, Phil Keaggy. View Jeff's complete discography here: www.selahservice.com/2015/05/jeff-johnsons-arkmusic-discography/ ... more

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Track Name: God Is Our Refuge (Deus Noster Refugium)
God Is Our Refuge (Deus noster refugium)
Latin chant from Psalm 46:1–4

God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be moved,
and though the mountains be dtoppled into the depths of the sea;
Though its waters rage and foam,
and though the mountains tremble at its tumult.

Chant by Janet Chvatal
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Track Name: Trust
Trust
From Psalm 31

In my deep distress my eyes waste away grieving.
Sorrow fills my heart, I lie on this ground sighing.

Lord thou art my God,
Your love makes me stand,
Make your face shine down,
Lift me in your hand –
I trust in thee...
Adoramus

Peace consoles the mind that has kept it’s thoughts on thee.
Courage fills the heart that has placed it’s hope with thee.
Mercy guides the eye that has sought it’s way towards thee.
Refuge guards the soul that has kept it’s faith in thee.

Lord thou art my God,
Your love makes me stand,
Make your face shine down,
Lift me in your hand –
I trust in thee...
Adoramus

I trust in thee O Lord.

By Jeff Johnson
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Track Name: I Will Give Thanks (Confitebor Tibi)
I Will Give Thanks (Confitebor tibi)
Latin chant from Psalm 9:1–2

I will give thanks to you, O Lord, with my whole heart;
I will tell of all your marvelous works.
I will be glad and rejoice in you;
I will sing to your Name, O Most High.

Chant by Janet Chvatal
Ambience: Cluny Abbey, France
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Track Name: Psalmus Theme
Psalmus Theme (Instrumental)

By Jeff Johnson
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Track Name: Mercy
Mercy
From Psalm 9

Agnus Dei miserere nobis.

We climb these stairs on our knees and cry:
Mercy, we seek mercy.
Kyrie eleison Kyrie.
Christe eleison Christe.

There is a church in the stone above.
A sacred place for a pilgrim’s heart.
Those who have need are remembered there.
Those who have hope will not perish there.

Mercy, we seek mercy.
Kyrie eleison Kyrie.
Christe eleison.
Agnus Dei miserere nobis...

By Jeff Johnson
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Track Name: Calling
Calling
From Psalm 23

Though I walk through the dark,
And my way is not clear,
Though my heart would have feared,
I can sense you are here.
Though I walk through this dark,
I can hear your voice œcalling to me,
It’s calling to me...

Mercy, I seek mercy...


By Jeff Johnson
Ambience: Rocamadour, France
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Track Name: A Door Into Heaven / Psalmus Theme
A Door Into Heaven / Psalmus Theme (Instrumental)

Happy are they who dwell in your house!
they will always be praising you.
Happy are the people whose strength is in you!
whose hearts are set on the pilgrims’ way.
– Gradual Psalm 84: 3,4

By Jeff Johnson
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Track Name: Give Ear To My Words (Verba Mea Auribus)
Give Ear To My Words (Verba mea auribus) †
Latin chant from Psalm 5:1–3

Give ear to my words, O Lord;
consider my meditation.
Hearken to my cry for help, my King and my God,
for I make my prayer to you.
In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice;
early in the morning I make my appeal and watch for you.

Chant by Janet Chvatal
Ambience: Mont St. Michel, France
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Track Name: Heaven And Earth Meet
Heaven And Earth Meet (Instrumental)

Hosanna Domine.
Gloria Rex caelestis.
Tu solus Dominus.
Tu solus Altissimus Deus.

By Jeff Johnson & Tim Ellis
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Track Name: Under Thy Wings
Under Thy Wings
From Psalm 57

Here under Thy wings,
My soul seeks Your love.
I cry to Thee, God:
“Be gracious to me.”

Deep, deep in this sleep,
I dream of the dawn,œ
Where truth falls down like rain,
And glory fills the earth.

Here under Thy wings,
Deep, deep in this sleep...

My heart is steadfast.
My soul seeks Your love...

By Jeff Johnson
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Track Name: Place Of Resurrection
Place Of Resurrection (Instrumental)
From Psalm 104:24–30

O Lord, how manifold are your works!
in wisdom you have made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures.
Yonder is the great and wide sea
with its living things too many to number,
creatures both small and great.
There move the ships,
and there is that Leviathan,
which you have made for the sport of it.
All of them look to you
to give them their food in due season.
You give it to them; they gather it;
you open your hand, and they are filled with good things.
You hide your face, and they are terrified;
you take away their breath,
and they die and return to their dust.
You send forth your Spirit, and they are created;
and so you renew the face of the earth.

By Jeff Johnson
Ambience: Iona Abbey, Scotland
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Track Name: I Will Sing To Your Name (Psallam Nomini)
I Will Sing To Your Name (Psallam nomini)

Psallam nomini tuo Altissime

By Janet Chvatal & Jeff Johnson
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