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Every Song is a Mountain

November 6, 2014

We’ve been silent on this blog for a while, but we’ve been busy finishing our record. It started out as an Acoustic EP (Otherwise how would we ever get it done???) but it’s ended up being a 10-Song full length Indie Worship record.

We spent last night listening to the mixes which are 95% done, and I was overwhelmed with what this project has meant to us. Every song is a mountain we’ve climbed. There are some very personal songs on this record for us. About half of them are congregational worship songs and the rest are personal worship songs. But all of them come out of something very real and LIVED in. We will write the song stories and commentaries on the songs as soon as we can so that you can read the back ground if a particular song speaks to you.

The last track, God does Wonderful things, literally undoes me every time I hear it right now. Darren wrote it as a love song to me, (3rd in 17 years together!) but it’s a testimony of marriage, journey, being lost and found again, and hope. Certain lines just tell a hundred stories, and as personal to us as it is, our prayer is that it will speak volumes to you guys too and you’ll make it your own.

We had a dream we could write a beautiful song / We had a dream the whole world would sing a long / We would be happy as we danced on the edge of the cliff / but the words got stuck in my throat and your heart got broke / God does wonderful things / blind eyes see and dead hearts sing / God does wonderful things / Just look at those kids beautiful ones, look at them sing, they sing along / Yeah God does wonderful things. Give me your fire my love, and let me be warm / And I’ll watch you sleep through the night until the morning / Give me your hand my love, let me be the one / Give me your heart my darling, I will hold on / God does wonderful things, blind eyes see and dead hearts sing / God does wonderful things / Just look at our kids, those beautiful ones, look at them sing, they sing a long / for God does Wonderful things / God does Wonderful things / Blind eyes see and dead hearts sing / God does wonderful things / Blind eyes see and dead hearts sing / So look at it all / Look at it all my love…Look at it all my love.

We’ll be releasing the record on iTunes and all the usual spots on December 7th, and if you’re local we’re having a worship night at CalvarySLO where you can get one of the limited edition hard copies.

Thanks for your support guys. It means a lot to us.

Holy Spirit

July 8, 2014

One of the latest songs we’ve written and introduced at our church is ‘Give us Your heart Oh God’ and in essence is an invitation to the Holy Spirit to come and fill the room. But it’s a step further than that, we’re not just seeking a supernatural experience, but we are seeking the fruit of his Holy Spirit, coined in the lines “Come and do your work in us” and the weight of His glory and all that that can mean. We believe that ‘when two or more are gathered in his name, that He is there also’ (Mathew 18:20). There’s no scripture that gets us more pumped about coorporate worship than that one, since we gather in our groups and services in His name. As much as we crave that tangible sense of His presence, we NEED the fruit of his presence and his life-changing power.

As with most of our worship songs, it’s a simple one. As soon as my voice is better, we’ll get back to recording it.

Give us your heart Oh God by Darren & Jessie Clarke Copyright 2014

Give us Your heart oh God / Show us Your Loving kindness / Give us your heart oh God / Lead us out of the darkness / Holy Spirit, Come and fill us / Come to us just like you promised / Your presence fills our emptiness / Come and do Your work in us / Come and do Your work in us / We will wait for You / For the weight of Your Glory / We will wait for You / For the weight of Your Glory / We will wait for You,  Jesus



Tasty Licks Face

March 8, 2014

DarrenLicksThis is Darren with his tasty licks face on from last night at practice. We had a new friend play along with us, (on acoustic guitar) which freed Darren up to unleash the electric.

It’s been a bit of a rough few months with our band being scattered. We’ve all really missed playing and being together – due to family events, people’s work load, a new baby in the band, and a crisis in the midst of all that. Plus I (Jessie) have lost my voice and it’s only now coming back slowly after a month or two of no singing. So now we’re trying to re-group and connect but it’s so difficult when we all have work and families and life, and we’re off to the UK to produce a record for Vineyard UK this month.

All the while Darren is on a serious writing kick and although it’s awesome – it really is – we don’t have the time to develop or record the songs. Band or no band, we just don’t have time. It feels like everything is competing for our attention, clawing at us trying to get something. It might be a symptom of our stage of life (with two children under 5), and the multi-tasking of running a business together and leading worship together. But the thing that’s most important to us (outside of our children) and the most essential to our thriving, is the thing that gets booted to the back.

But thanks to Darren’s obsessive nature and creative force, it is always popping back up like a ball pushed under the surface at the swimming pool. It won’t rest. But, we have resolved to wait on the Lord and his timing and pray God will do it when and how He wants to.

“EP 2014″. Let’s hope we didn’t speak too soon.