Christmas Song

Merry Christmas from our family to you! Please download and enjoy our “Christmas Song” that I wrote two years ago while pondering the themes of: the transcendent nature of God, the John 1:14 mystery “the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us”, the John 8:12 mystery “I am the light of the world”, and ultimately God’s deep love for us which moves him to act for our good.

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Holy Spirit Break Out

Again, this whole record I’ve been searching out the heart of God regarding the scripture where it talks about the “true worshipers worshiping the Lord in Spirit and in Truth.” I want to press in to living a lifestyle of worship that is the fruit of knowing without-a-doubt who I am in the Lord. As a worship leader, my heart is to encourage others in that reality and lifestyle - living and worshiping in the full knowledge of who we are in Christ and what he has done for us at the deepest level. In this song particularly, I wanted to challenge our tendency to ‘ask’ for things that have already been given to us as believers in Christ. That meant declaring some things by faith that we usually find ourselves asking repeatedly for. We do an awful lot of asking, but I have found that we do a lot less ‘declaring’ in the authority given to us in Jesus: “our chains ARE broken! our hearts ARE free! You’ve given us the VICTORY!” (lyrics in this song). That subtle change in authority can affect how we view our own hearts and freedom. It can affect how we live.

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Recording You Are My Joy

This is Matt (Julie’s husband), and I am part of the guest blogger team for today. Together with Kevin (Julie’s producer), we hope to give you a glimpse into how we recorded the music for Julie’s new album “You Are My Joy.”

My part starts when Julie has finished an initial song idea. We have a complete studio set up in our house where we record all of the basic tracks. Usually we will start with a piano and a scratch vocal track that we use to layer on the rest of the instruments. After these initial tracks it is almost always drums that are recorded next, followed by guitar, flute, keyboards, and the various other instruments. With all of the recording, the goal is always to get a good take as soon as possible while the musician is still “fresh.” It doesn’t always happen quick, but when it does it is magic!

Matt Bernstein drum recording
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