Vespers - light into Light

by Jeff Johnson with Janet Chvatal

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Inspired by the traditional evensong service, here is a richly textured musical meditation featuring the collaboration between keyboardist and vocalist, Jeff Johnson and classical singer, Janet Chvatal. Instrumental and vocal compositions segue with Taizé and Latin chants in this ancient - future, contemporary Celtic-tinged soundtrack.

Featuring –
Jeff Johnson: Keyboards, percussion & vocals
Janet Chvatal: Vocals & chants
Brian Dunning: Flute & whistles
John Fitzpatrick: Violin
Jozef Lupták: Cello
Tim Ellis: Electric Guitar
Phil Baker: Electric Bass


Introduction –
It will become quite clear from the opening piece that this recording does not intend to follow the traditional Vespers liturgy. Yet, the practice of marking the end of each day with the recitation of Psalms, music and prayer is one that all Christians can appreciate.

Vespers has always been associated with light. The name comes from a word for 'evening star' and for many years it was celebrated at the hour of sunset. Eventually, it was established at the twelfth hour (6:00 pm) of the offices of the day and the practice of lighting torches and candles became a powerful metaphor for what David once described:

If I say, "Surely the darkness will overwhelm me,
And the light around me will be night,"
Even the darkness is not dark to You,
And the night is as bright as the day.
Darkness and light are alike to You.
- Psalm 139:11-12(NAS)

So, while this is not a traditional Vespers liturgy, the collection of compositions here celebrates this "light into Light." As you listen, my hope is that the music will inspire you to a greater belief in God's faithfulness to all who have placed their hope and trust in His great mercy.
– Jeff Johnson


Music Reviews –

This time Johnson manages a coup with the vocal accompaniment of the great Janet Chvatal. And this album isn't all languid and quiet, either - the title track employs percussion and understated electronica along with familiar flutes, whistles, fiddles, and Johnson's trusty keyboard. Thoughtful - not unlike contemplative worship.
– Dave Urbanski/YouthWorker Journal

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released April 12, 2005

Produced and engineered by Jeff Johnson
Recorded and mixed at The Ark / Camano Island, WA

Additional recording at:
The Kung Fu Bakery Annex / Portland, OR
The Jones Farm / Scappose, OR
Bakeman Studios / Portland, OR
Chartres Cathedral via Ark Mobile / France
Additional sounds by Spectrasonics

Mastered by John Golden Mastering
www.goldenmastering.com

℗ 2005 Ark Records, Inc. / ArkMusic
© 2005 Sola Scriptura Songs (BMI)
Administered by www.musicservices.org
(see individual tracks for additional information)
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Cover art by Rudolf Brančovský (www.brancovsky.cz)
Design by Court Patton (www.pattonbros.com)

Thank you Janet, for your friendship and artistry; Brian, John, Jozef, Tim & Phil, for the inspired music; Kathy, for introducing me to many of these wonderful choruses; Don C., for Latin consulting; and Susie & Hailey, for your support, encouragement & love.

Dedicated to Steven Purcell with gratitude for your deep well of friendship, faith and artistic vision.

AKD-1515

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Track Name: Christ Before Me
CHRIST BEFORE ME 4:10
by J. Johnson / chant by J. Chvatal
© 2005 Sola Scriptura Songs (BMI)
(admin. by musicservices.org)
– from St. Patrick and Psalm 139

Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I rise.
Christ in my journey,
Christ in my heart.

Christ go before me,
Christ be my shield.
Christ deep within me,
Christ in my heart.
Track Name: Prayer Of St. Francis
PRAYER OF ST. FRANCIS 3:46
by J. Johnson & J. Chvatal
© 2005 Sola Scriptura Songs (BMI)
(admin. by musicservices.org)
- from St. Francis

Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, let me show faith.
Where there’s despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, let me bring light.
Where there is sadness, joy.
It is in giving that we receive,
In dying we’re born to life.

Make me a vessel of your peace, Lord.
Track Name: Wait For The Lord
WAIT FOR THE LORD 4:25
(Taizé) ©1998 by Les Presses de Taizé. (France)
Used by permission of G.I.A. Publications, Inc.
All Rights Reserved.
(arrangement by J. Johnson)
– from Psalm 27

Wait for the Lord,
Whose day is near,
Wait for the Lord,
Keep watch, take heart.
Track Name: Agnus Dei
AGNUS DEI 5:12
Music by E. Ronning
Arrangement by J. Johnson
© 2005 Sola Scriptura Songs (BMI)
(admin. by musicservices.org)
– from John 1

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world:
have mercy on us.
Amen
Track Name: Magnificat
MAGNIFICAT 3:06
by J. Johnson / chant by J. Chvatal
© 2005 Sola Scriptura Songs (BMI)
(admin. by musicservices.org)
– from Luke 1

My soul exalts the Lord
and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.
Track Name: Teach Me Thy Way, O Lord
TEACH ME THY WAY, O LORD 4:18
by J. Johnson
© 2005 Sola Scriptura Songs (BMI)
(admin. by musicservices.org)
– from Psalm 86

Teach me thy way, O Lord,
I will walk in thy truth.
Unite my heart to fear thy name,
I will give thanks to thee, O Lord, my God, with all my heart.
And will glorify thy name forever,
For thy lovingkindness towards me is great.
And thou has delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.
Track Name: Grant Us Your Peace, O Lord
GRANT US YOUR PEACE, O LORD 2:58
(Taizé) © 1998 by Les Presses de Taizé. (France)
Used by permission of G.I.A. Publications, Inc.
All Rights Reserved.
(arrangement by J. Johnson)
– an early Church prayer and antiphon

Grant us your peace, O Lord,
Grant us your peace, O Lord,
May it fill all our days.