Heritage

My maternal grandfather turned 91 years old yesterday. I’ve only known him for 21 years of his very active life. In his lifetime, he pastored the church I’ve grown up in for over 50 years, and since “retiring” has visited numerous mission fields. He can boast of ministering in 16 foreign countries, and he is making plans to visit another mission field shortly (he’ll be flying to Australia next month). Grandpa Smith isn’t very educated, has no musical ability whatsoever, and could never be called a great orator. But the heritage he left his family is stunning and priceless...

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Afraid of the Dark

The story behind Merilee’s most recent album, Treasures of Darkness

From our earliest memories, most of us have known the fear of darkness. We’ve sensed the menacing sorrow that stirs when the sun slips over the western horizon and the blackness of night stills on. We’ve known the whitened knuckles and weakened knees that result from the overwhelming grief that shatters our well-ordered and comfortably predictable lives. We’ve tasted tears in their bitterest state. We’ve buried broken things that could never be made beautiful. And we’ve shuddered under the darkening shadows that shrouded a hopeful sun...

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Stories Behind the Songs

And maybe more esoteric and less comfortable are the lyrics to the last verse. I recently reworked the lines, but they carry the same message of five years ago. The easiest thing to do when others hurt us is to close our hearts and quit loving… “We grow weary of the loving/ And we fear the grief again.” God was faithful to me and reminded me of the importance of a childlike trust, a childlike faith, and a childlike love.

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While we wait...

So I know this is long overdue, but I wanted to give everyone who prayed for, supported, and encouraged us before/during/after our time in the studio a little snippet of what went on while we were in North Carolina (one month ago today!). 

Working with Danny Crawford (piano, keyboard, organ) and David Johnson (dobro, electric guitar, steel guitar, bass guitar, classical guitar, and cello) was a dream come true. These guys are incredible studio musicians who are in studios on a daily basis... yet their ability to bring unique...

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After two years of planning...

On April 12th, I will be headed to Dallas, North Carolina, along with most of my family, to record a second project at Rushing Winds Studio. Gary Rushing will be producing the album with David Johnson and Danny Crawford working with me to create the instrumentation.

Years of prayer, energy, and inspiration are going into the making of this album. Your prayers are appreciated as we practice, travel, and record...

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