Centering on the longing that results from true faith in God, Johnson weaves images of a Viking ship, the Uffington White Horse, Shakespeare's Prospero, Milton's "Comus," Tennyson's poetry with C.S.Lewis' "Pilgrim's Regress."
Jeff Johnson: Keys & voice
Dave Hagelganz: Tenor saxophone
Brian Willis: Drums
Roger Hadley: Cymbals
Rick Crittenden: Bass
Derri Daugherty: Guitars
Roger Hadley: Percussion
Lynn Skinner: Voice
Danny O'Hanlon: Guitar
In Northern Europe, entire Viking ships have been discovered buried in the ground. I saw one once in Denmark. One needs a ship to get to an island unless he can walk on water like Jesus did.
I've also seen the image of a horse carved out in the chalk-white hills of southern England. For many years that horse has roamed like I imagine the poet, Tennyson once roamed the Isle of Wight.
Like Prospero on his island, I have followed the great conversation in books that I've read and I may be wiser for it. But deep down, my heart still quivers when I walk along the seashore. For the older I get, the more vulnerable I feel towards the crashing waves.
Yet it is only a matter of time until I can go to where my heart longs to go. In my dreams, it is an island that I go to and, by God's grace, I will land there someday. – Jeff Johnson
Music Review –
The resulting sound is inordinately rich, with a three-dimensional feel. Johnson has succeeded again, with one of his best projects since Fallen Splendor or Icons. – True Tunes
released October 15, 1994
Produced, engineered & mixed by Jeff Johnson at The Ark / Tigard, Oregon.
Mastered by John Golden Mastering
℗ 1994 Ark Records, Inc. / ArkMusic
Music & lyrics by Jeff Johnson except "The Great Conversation" by Jeff Johnson, Dave Hagelganz & Rick Crittenden.
© 1994 Sola Scriptura Songs (BMI)
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ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Cover art by David Hastings © 1994
Design by Court Patton (www.pattonbros.com
Thanks to all of the musicians who contributed so significantly to this recording; to David Hastings, Court Patton and Tom Gulotta; to my brother Bret, who has coined the phrase, "It takes money to lose money."; and last, but not least, Susie and Hailey.
Dedicated to my friend, Sandy Simpson, who grew up on an island, now lives on an island, but still dreams of the same island that I dream of.
"The Isle Of Dreams" is also available on iTunes.