Behind the Scenes: ‘Choose Your Mountain’

This is our 4th album in the 5 years that we have been together as a group and, in many ways, it was the most difficult to produce. Partly because we were still getting settled with our new roster, but mostly because of the message we were trying to present.

Water-Heart-Love-Wallpapers-HD-1024x640Religious Choices in America and the World:

The search for the divine, the transcendental, the reason behind the way things are is a universal element of our society. From the smallest mountain village to the biggest urban sprawl, the search for the meaning of life goes on, and it usually involves looking beyond ourselves for answers.

Religious groups and doctrines are older than history and predate what we would call civilization. And unfortunately, despite thousands of years of searching, there is still no universal agreement as to the answers.

Choice without Malice:

Each religious group, whether Christian, Islam, Buddhist, Hindi, or other has their own world view which defines how the divine is achieved or accessed. The question is, can we practice our religions without discord?

Looking for the Truth:

We are all looking for the truth in life, and we in the Christian Religious community, like those in other groups, feel that we have found it. But that does not mean that there needs to be enmity between us and the rest of the religious world. That is what we strove for in our ‘Choose Your Mountain’ album.

The title cut shows our own personal search for the truth, for the mountain which birthed a faith that we can follow. With other people, in other lands, other mountains may be their source.

‘Represent’:

Our second cut, ‘Represent’, is our way of saying that it is better to show the world what is right about our religious viewpoint than to try and point out what is wrong with those who chose a different mountain, a different way to the divine.

Speaking candidly, I believe that we are right, and that the faith that we follow is one that will lead to salvation and peace. But I also believe that the faith that I follow allows and, in fact, requires me to respect the views, choices and faiths of those who share this world.

Intelligent discourse in our divided world is an ongoing problem, with political, ideological and religious difference often causing seemingly unbridgeable gaps between groups, individuals and entire countries.

‘Narrow Gate’:

Another feature cut on this album is ‘Narrow Gate’, which highlights the importance of choosing to seek a moral and ethical standard rather than wandering around lost and hopeless in the highways of life. Each of us must navigate our lives, but to try to do so without instruments, charts and advice can be dangerous. We need to look to the wisdom of those who have gone before, as well as the insights of those who are looking to the future.

Available January 1:

After January 1, our album can be downloaded on our website.

Tour Notes: Northern Ohio Tour Next Month

gigWe have a new opportunity to expand our outreach next month with our second regional tour. This time we are traveling through the Northern Ohio area, where we will be visiting 6 cities in 8 days. A full schedule is posted on our calendar page, for any of you from who want to come and see us.

We have been planning this for a while now. Our Email lists showed that we have a lot of new fans in Ohio, especially after we played the Cleveland Winter Worship Festival last year. Hopefully we will be able to extend our reach to your part of the country.

January 3- Bowling Green

We will be on the Bowling Green campus on January 3 at the Student Center. Our concert will be in association with the outreach event being staged by the campus religious groups. Our set begins at 6:00PM and goes on until 7:30PM. A number of other groups and performers will be there as well, including those representing faiths outside of the Christian community. The event is free and open to all. We will have merchandise for sale.

January 4- Toledo University

After we clear up at the Bowling Green campus, we will be heading North to Toledo University where we will be doing a single set at the Open Book coffee shop run by one of the religious fraternities. We will be doing several songs from our new CD as well as some old favorites. We are hoping that our old lead singer Patty Wells will be able to swing by for a few cuts. She is now running a halfway house in the Toledo area, and hopes to be able to clear her schedule to sit in with us. So if you are a fan of her work, try and be there.

January 5- Defiance Community Center

We will be doing a quick set in Defiance, Ohio at the community center where a number of local and regional worship groups will be performing. This event is still being organized so check their web site for details.

January 6- Cleveland State University

We will once again be part of the Winter Worship Festival held on the Cleveland State campus from 4PM till after midnight. We are among the opening groups, so come early if you want to see us. We will be debuting the title cut from our new album, ‘Choose Your Mountain’. Discount downloads will be available to people who visit our merchandise table during the festival.

January 9- Lakeland Community College

The Lake County Christian Outreach association is sponsoring a mini version of the Cleveland Winter Worship Festival, featuring many of the groups who performed previously, as well as some of the local Lake County groups.

January 10- Youngstown

We will be stopping in Youngstown on our way back to Pittsburgh at the Copper Kettle coffee shop and bookstore. We hope to see a few of our PA friends make the trip across the border. We will be playing mostly from our new album, which will be available on our web site starting January 1.

Times, details and map links are on our calendar page.