This Mystery I Pose

by Jeff Johnson & Sandy Simpson

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A compilation of instrumentals featured on Icons, Fallen Splendor , The Awakening, The Passing Of The Dark along with two additional cuts.

Featuring –
Jeff Johnson: Keys
Sandy Simpson: Guitars & keys

Introduction –
By turns serene and dynamic, these instrumental pieces sample the spectrum of ArkMusic's artists between 1984 and 1987. As a "best of" instrumental album, it shows the variety of these artists, and the increasing place given to instrumental music over the four year span. Three pieces were originally title numbers in art rock albums by Jeff Johnson and Sandy Simpson. Two are from "Icons" (1984) and "Fallen Splendor" (1986) and two from the Johnson-Simpson collaboration, "The Awakening" (1987). An instrumental version of Sandy's "The Passing Of The Dark" is included, and a new version of "The Awakening." "No Shadow Of Turning," which originally appeared as the title piece of the 1985 Meadowlark release, is here redone and newly recorded. This Mystery I Pose is not, however, simply a sampler. These selections form a seamless whole, pivoting around Keith Patman's nativity poem. Jeff Johnson captures the joy of the incarnation in his rendering of the "Coventry Carol," which accompanies Dallas McKennon's reading. – Gord Wilson

Music Reviews –

Everything from synthesizers and emulators to chimes, bells, and horses go into Mystery; the CD includes some steaming tenor saxophone by Dave Hagelganz and snatches of George Winston-style acoustic piano by Johnson. The album's range stretches from a mystical arrangement of the traditional English Coventry Carol to, just around the corner, some sudden heavy metal licks.
– Christianity Today


released March 15, 1988

Also featuring –
Gregg Williams: Drums
Brian Brickley: Cymbals
Mark Schulman: Drums
Percussion: Roger Hadley
Michael Bard: Lyricon
Dave Hagelganz: Tenor saxophone
Paul Chasman: Acoustic guitar
Dallas McKennon: Reader

Produced, engineered & mixed by Jeff Johnson & Sandy Simpson at The Ark / Tigard, OR

Sound effects recorded on location by Ark Mobile.

Mastered by John Golden Mastering / Ventura, CA

℗ 1988 Ark Records, Inc. / ArkMusic
© 1984, 1986, 1987, 1985 Sola Scriptura Songs/BMI
© 1985 Upper Sea Music (BMI)
(see individual track listings for additional information)
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Cover art by David & Kathy Hastings © 1988


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Track Name: No Shadow Of Turning
Every good thing bestowed and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation, or shadow turning. – James 1:17
Track Name: Receive Your Sight
(Jesus asked,) "What do you want me to do for you?" And (Bartemaeus) said, "Lord, I want to receive my sight!" – Luke 18:41

Previously released on "Fallen Splendor" (1986)
Track Name: The Awakening
And the wizard answered, "Fear life rather than death for it is in life that we sleep the slumber of death but it is in death that we rise to the awakening of life!"
– From The Awakening (1987) by Jeff Johnson & Sandy Simpson
Track Name: Mere Breath
Surely every man at his best is a mere breath.
– Psalm 39:56

In memory of Galileo Galilei (1564 - 1642)

Previously released on "Fallen Splendor" (1986)
Track Name: The Passing Of The Dark
It is well that it should be so at the passing of the dark,
For as nature's ageless yearning to the voice of the dawn must hark,
So our souls no longer cherish what the night has learned to give;
But instead the One who's healing wounds of night with light to live.
Oh, where is the dawn?
– Lyrics for "The Passing Of The Dark" by Sandy Simpson originally released on Outrigger Records (1985).
Track Name: Fallen Splendor
Down From the loftiest star a splendor falls to the earth,
And draws desire from afar to that which gave it birth.
– Michaelangelo

Previously released on "Fallen Splendor" (1986)
Track Name: Birth, Dreaming ...
Thus I, who set out to find my Ideal, came back rejoicing that I had lost my Shadow
– From Phantastes by George MacDonald

The songs "Birth, Dreaming" and "... death" were originally featured as a single work on "Icons" (1984) by Jeff Johnson and are inspired by the story "Birth, Dreaming, Death" by George MacDonald
Track Name: ... Death
The songs "Birth, Dreaming" and "... death" were originally featured as a single work on "Icons" (1984) by Jeff Johnson and are inspired by the story "Birth, Dreaming, Death" by George MacDonald
Track Name: The Siege
Rubak, Rubak era eanged,
(Lord, Lord of heaven)
Oldanges, oldanges er Ngii
(Praise, praise Him.)
– Palauan verse featured on "The Awakening" (1987) by Jeff Johnson & Sandy Simpson
Track Name: The Waters Run Deep
Previously released on "The Awakening" (1986)