Through The Door

by Jeff Johnson & Sandy Simpson

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tyvekdawg Hi Jeff & Sandy,
I used to be known as Rockin' Bryan McKay during my early years as a rock DJ on Power 104 in Marinette, WI. I played groups like Kansas, Pink Floyd, Led Zepplin, Alan Parsons, Van Halen...you get it....I liked my listeners to Rock! One day earlier in my life, I gave my life to Christ, and while digging through promo albums at my studio, I saw cover art with butterflies flying out of a guys face... it was called "Through the Door" by Jeff Johnson & Sandy Simpson...as a DJ, I was allowed to scarf it. I loved the entire work, yet no one would ever hear the brilliance of this collaboration. So after years of being Rockin' Bryan McKay, I said my goodbyes to to my 10's an 10's of loyal listeners, and l played my swan song, "Winding Road" . The phones lit up and I got to share Christ with several people who wanted to know what that song was! I could have played something from Arkangel "Warrior" with Kemper Krabb, but I chose you two to end my DJ career. ( I mean that in a great way.) The entire album haunts me in a way that no other has. I have shared rare music with my 27 year old son, and just tonight I gifted him this extremely rare gem to keep this type of music alive. Just let me know if you have any future products that need voice-over work...I would love to be the next Wizard.

Bryan Semrow Favorite track: Winding Road.
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Come with us, ladies and gentlemen who are in any wise weary of their everyday life: come with us; and those that tire at all of the world we know for we have new worlds here.
– from The Book Of Wonder by Lord Dunsany

Featuring –
Jeff Johnson: Piano, keys & vocals
Sandy Simpson: Guitars, autoharp & vocals


Music Reviews –

A touch of the medieval, a dash of Cape Canaveral and a side order of Chinese poetry. Wizards, a visit with George MacDonald, and a visit to Mars. If it sounds like a fantasy...well, it is.
– Jon Trott / Cornerstone


An album that has aged like fine wine. Released in 1982, the album is also a gem with many facets. The lyrics of this song cycle conjure mythic realms, from a Tolkienesque prelude to the tales of George MacDonald—even lines of Chinese poetry—all to form a striking and seamless whole.

Instrumentally, keyboards and guitar take center stage, in a setting of symphonic prog-rock that mingles soaring and subtle bursts of creativity, interwoven with ambient sounds that stir the imagination.

To this listener’s ear, all combine for a performance that rivals Pink Floyd, and yet the album charts a soundscape that is, in many ways, all its own. Indeed, the passing of time only seems to confirm the magic of Johnson and Simpson’s artistry.
– Kevin Belmonte / Author of "William Wilberforce - A Hero for Humanity"

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released March 15, 1982

Also featuring –
Dallas McKennon: Voice of the Wizard
David Lawrence Burham: Electric violin
Michelle Mariana: Voice of the Young Traveler
Brian Willis: Drums
Scott Brown: Voice of Alexander Graham Bell
Susie May: Saxophone
Roger Hadley: Percussion
The Martian National Choir led by Seff Sohnson & Jandy Jimpson

Produced, recorded & mixed by Jeff Johnson & Sandy Simpson Recorded at The Ark / Tigard, Oregon

Sound & ambience effects recorded by Ark Mobile.
Technical consultants: Tom Pfaendler & David Mathew

Mastered by John Golden
www.goldenmastering.com

℗ 1982 Ark Records, Inc. / ArkMusic
© 1982 Sola Scriptura Songs (BMI)
(see individual tracks for complete information)
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Cover art by Kathy Hastings © 1982

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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: The First Sleep
The First Sleep
Dallas McKennon: The voice of the wizard.

And ye things that there is but an easy answer to you questions, eh? The moon sets and Helios rises, a seed and a womb bring forth life, the ocean roars, the mountains thunder – the wonders of the worlds never cease and ye, lad, ask me to direct ye to the answers of your search?! Even if I knew all the answers of the universe - and I do know a few - I would not tell thee! You're young and youth must travel its own roads and byways and fall off its own horses. . . But seeing that callow starlight look in your eyes, I shall point my finger and in that same direction ye shall find a way. It will be for ye to decide whether it be an entrance or an exit. . . Now, go! Fare thee well. . .

Words by Sandy Simpson
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Track Name: Through The Door
Through The Door
Lead vocal: Sandy Simpson

Once upon a time in a land of make-believe,
A long, long time ago in an isle beyond the sea,
There lived someone that you and I have met before,
Through the door in reverie, We enter lands of fantasy.

The King and the Princess and the Pauper in the field,
The Maiden and the Knight in white with signet on his shield.
All upon this journey they go with you,
See you through the night, They help you see the light. . .

And so the kingdom's saved again from evil in the fold,
The Villain's gone, the feast begins and so the story's told,
And everyone lives happily forevermore,
And through the door we go,
Back to our winter snow.
But now, somehow,
the summer breezes blow.

By Sandy Simpson
© 1982 Sola Scriptura Songs (BMI)
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Track Name: The Golden Key
The Golden Key
-From the story by George MacDonald
Lead vocal: Jeff Johnson

Find your golden key at the end of the rainbow,
Take your golden key and search for its lock.
Not until you do can you flee from the shadows.
Not until you do can you understand life.

Learn to heed the men who have known of the secrets.
Look into their face - know the meaning of youth.
Not until you do can you flee from the shadows.
Not until you do can you understand life,
Can you understand love,
Can you understand anything at all. . .

Find your golden key at the end of the rainbow,
Take your golden key and search for its lock.
Not until you do can you flee from the shadows.
Not until you do can you understand Love.

By Jeff Johnson
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Track Name: The Morning Glory
The Morning Glory (Instrumental)
–from the Shi King (Book of Odes) compiled by Confucius (circa 500 BC). Translation by Helen Waddell

The morning glory climbs above my head,
Pale flowers of white and purple, blue and red.
I am disquieted.

Down in the withered grasses something stirred;
I thought it was his footfall that I heard.
Then a grasshopper chirred.

I climbed the hill just as the new moon showed,
I saw him coming on the southern road.
My heart lays down its load.

By Jeff Johnson & Sandy Simpson
© 1982 Sola Scriptura Songs (BMI)
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Track Name: Stuck On Mars
Stuck On Mars
Lead vocal: Jeff Johnson

Everyone wants to see you now,
Everyone wants to know,
Just what you believe our chances are landing a man on Mars?

Everyone wants to volunteer,
They think it would be fun.
Flying in space is mankind's dream,
Going around the sun.

Everyone wants to hear you now,
Everyone wants to know,
Just what you believe our chances are now that we fly in space. . .

Everyone wonders where you went,
Everyone wants to know,
Just what you believe you chances are,
Now that you're stuck on Mars?

By Jeff Johnson
© 1982 Sola Scriptura Songs (BMI)
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Track Name: The Jupiter Effect
The Jupiter Effect
Lead vocal: Sandy Simpson

In 1982,
There was so much to do,
While slowly out in space,
The planets took their place.

As Jupiter aligned,
We all began to find,
The end we'd feared so long
Was now upon us all . . .

A year ago could be,
Forever now that we,
Are entered in this age,
And time has turned the page.

The story will be told,
As prophets did of old,
The storm must run its course,
The river find the source.
Oh, the day is come,
Oh, get ready son. . .

We built so many walls,
It's hard to hear the calls,
Of lonely mothers' sons,
Living on the run.

The time is finally here,
To learn to face the fear,
To reach out, take The Hand,
To find the promised land.
Oh, the day is come,
Oh, get ready son. . .

By Sandy Simpson
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Track Name: Someday, Sunday
Someday, Sunday
Lead vocal: Jeff Johnson

In the shadows of the night,
I can sense the coming light.
Something in the wind outside,
Something that no longer hides.

Someday it won't be this way,
Sunday it will be okay.
Someday in the morning light,
Sunday it will be alright.

Looking through the dark of night,
Waiting for the glimpse of light.
Listening closely to the wind,
Is a secret blowing in.

Someday, Sunday,
It won't be this way,
it's bound to be okay.
Someday in the morning light,
it's going to be alright...

By Jeff Johnson
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Track Name: The Last Sleep
The Last Sleep (Instrumental)

By Jeff Johnson & Sandy Simpson
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Track Name: Winding Road
Winding Road
Lead vocal: Sandy Simpson & Jeff Johnson

Winding road,
Come and take me to another wonderful,
To the hills of that place of long ago.

Winding road,
Come and take me through another beautiful,
Following that rough road in the snow.

it's so far away,
In time, a time to grow.
It's so hard to stay,
Upon this narrow, winding road. . .

Winding road,
Take and show me to the place I know,
In the clouds, in the sky, to heaven.

Winding road,
Guide and love me in the way, the truth, the life,
Of the Man who can show us where to go.

It's not far away, now,
In time I will see it,
Won't be hard then, to understand,
Why we had to walk this winding road.

Ever upward, ever closer, Winding road. . .

And somewhere just over sunset mountain,
They're gathering together in the Son,
Singing songs and meeting at the River,
Knowing that they've finally all come home.

And through the door we go,
Back to our winter snow,
But now, somehow,
the summer breezes blow!

By Sandy Simpson
© 1982 Sola Scriptura Songs (BMI)
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