OUR RECOLLECTIONS

LINER NOTES
(TAKEN VERBATIM FROM THE ORIGINAL INSERT)
SIDE ONESIDE TWO
The Wild Frontier American Fast Food
Shut De Do The Hope Of Glory
Who Will Save The Children? The Gods Of Men
I Could Never Say Goodbye (duet with Amy Grant) China
Christmas At Denny's Celebrate This Heartbeat
Great Big Stupid World Rachel Delevoryas
Turning Thirty Coming Back Soon
Faithful  


"The Wild Frontier", from the album
 The Wild Frontier, Myrrh
Words and Music by Randy Stonehill
This whole record was an exhilarating growth expe-
rience for me.  It was my first project with veteran
rock 'n roller Dave Perkins producing and he chal-
lenged me both as a writer and musician to reach
for new degrees of honesty and passion.  I remem-
ber the feeling of joy as I sand this lead vocal.
When I came into the control room to listen to the
playback, I was damp with sweat and my shirt was
missing a few buttons.  I smiled at Dave and said,
"Well, I don't know how good this vocal is...but it
sure felt real!"

©1986 Stonehillian Music and WORD Music/ASCAP.



"Shut De Do", from the album Equator, Myrrh
Words and Music by Randy Stonehill
I'll never forget the trip I took to South America
with Compassion International.  I taught the chorus
of "Shut De Do" to a room full of Ecuardorian school
children who sang with abandon at the top of their
lungs.  I could sense God's good pleasure with what
was happening and I said to myself
"This is one of the truly great moments of life".

©1983 Stonehillian Music and WORD Music/ASCAP.



"Who Will Save The Children?", from the album
Celebrate This Heartbeat, Myrrh
Words and Music by Randy Stonehill
My involvement with Compassion initiated the song
"Who Will Save The Children?"  I wanted so much to
capture the plight of suffering children that I worked
on writing it during a much needed vacation with
my family.  It was a hard and laborious song to
compose and I chopped away at it day by day.  At
the end of our vacation, I cautiously played it for my
wife, Sandi, who immediately forgave me the hours
of song work and with tears in her eyes said, "This
may be the best song that you will ever write".

©1984 Stonehillian Music and WORD Music/ASCAP.



"I Could Never Say Goodbye", duet with Amy Grant
from the album Love Beyond Reason, Myrrh
Words and Music by Randy Stonehill
In 1984 Amy Grant invited me to join her for part
of her Straight Ahead Tour.  One evening after the
concert, I led her to the back state room of her tour
bus where she looked at me like a nervous school girl
and said, "Am I in trouble?"  I laughed and said, "No,
I've just always loved the way your heart shines
through when you sing.  You're my friend and I want to
play a song for you that I hope you will record with me."
She sat with her eyes closed, rocking back and forth as
I played I Could Never Say Goodbye.  When the song was
over she smiled at me and said, "That's great.  I would
love to record it with you."  

©1985 Stonehillian Music and WORD Music/ASCAP.



"Christmas At Denny's", from the album
Return To Paradise, Myrrh
Words and Music by Randy Stonehill
It was a few nights before Christmas and I was sit-
ting in my car at a busy intersection.  As I waited
for the light to change I glanced over at the Denny's
restaurant on the corner.  I could see lonely looking
people at their separate tables, chain smoking ciga-
rettes as they sat hunched over their "bottomless
cups" of coffee.  I knew that was where some of
them would be spending Christmas.  I wrote this
song thinking about what Jesus might say or do if
He was sitting with those people.  

©1989 Stonehillian Music and WORD Music/ASCAP.



"Great Big Stupid World", from the album 
Wonderama, Myrrh
Words and Music by Randy Stonehill & Terry Taylor
It is indeed a world gone mad and we find ourselves
called to be in it but not of it.  We watch as the cul-
ture stumbles like some cosmic drunkard from one thing
to the next trying to to conjure up the real meaning
and hope that can only be found in Jesus.  Sometimes,
if you don't laugh you cry.  I shared my idea for this
song with Terry Taylor over lunch one day.  He and I
ended up in sort of unspoken contest.  Both trying to
make the other one laugh harder with each new lyric
line.  We both ended up laughing until we cried.

©1992 Stonehillian Music and WORD Music/ASCAP.



"Turning Thirty", from the album Equator, Myrrh
Words and Music by Randy Stonehill
I do a lot of songwriting on airplanes.  Your per-
spective of the world seems sharper sometimes up
there at 35,000 feet.  As I stared out the window on
an early morning before my thirtieth birthday, I
found myself counting my blessings.  As I began to
trace God's handprint on my life through all the
years, I couldn't help but write this personal song of
thanks to the Lord.

©1983 Stonehillian Music and WORD Music/ASCAP.



"Faithful", from the album
Until We Have Wings, Myrrh
Words and Music by Randy Stonehill & Giovanni
Audiori
I remember talking with Mark Heard about my
inability to find this song.  "I know what I want to
say...I just don't know how to say it!" I complained.
Tucking his mobile phone under one arm like a bird-
wing, he looked at me with his "wise old owl from
Georgia" face and answered, "Well, why don't you
just say it like a child?"  We finished the lyrics
together in half an hour.

©1990 Stonehillian Music and WORD Music/ASCAP.


 
"American Fast Food", from the album
Equator, Myrrh
Words and Music by Randy Stonehill
Here's a song about the fast-paced disposable men-
tality of our culture and also about what life on the
road will do to one's dietary habits.  I must confess
the irony here in that I wrote this song during a
concert tour of England as I found myself craving a
good ol' American cheeseburger.  Heaven help us all.

©1983 Stonehillian Music and WORD Music/ASCAP.


 
"The Hope Of Glory", from the album
The Wild Frontier, Myrrh
Words and Music by Randy Stonehill
The ocean always reminds me of Jesus and I imag-
ine His footprints in the sand by the sea of Galilee.
I was jogging along the beach one afternoon and it
reminded me of "running the race" as the apostle
Paul wrote.  As I thought about my own life's jour-
ney with all the struggles along the way, this song
started to take shape.  It's really my own personal decla-
ration of faith and commitment set to music.

©1986 Stonehillian Music and WORD Music/ASCAP.


 
"The Gods Of Men", from the album
Love Beyond Reason, Myrrh
Words and Music by Randy Stonehill
I was taking a flight to London to perform some
songs for British television and as I got to thinking
about the trip, I said to myself "This is amazing.
I'm actually getting to live out this dream from my
childhood."  But what struck me even more deeply
was the realization that a loving God had not only
granted my youthful wish, but He had far exceed-
ed my highest hopes by allowing my life (and
work) to have some eternal purpose for His king-
dom.  By the time we landed at Heathrow airport
the song was finished.

©1985 Stonehillian Music and WORD Music/ASCAP.


 
"China", from the album Equator, Myrrh
Words and Music by Randy Stonehill
Terry Taylor's brilliant arrangement ideas really
captured the heart of the song.  One of my favorite
memories of that recording session is Terry press-
ing the talk back button in the control room and
telling drummer, Ed McTaggart "OK, you've got the
part right...now put the drumsticks down and play
the same thing with just the palms of your hands
so it will sound more like a heartbeat."  Ed looked
a bit worried.  Terry said reassuringly, "Just pre-
tend that you're playing giant bongos!"

©1983 Stonehillian Music and WORD Music/ASCAP.


 
"Celebrate This Heartbeat", from the album
Celebrate This Heartbeat, Myrrh
Words and Music by Randy Stonehill
This is a song of celebration a la The Beatles and I
tightened my throat muscles trying to mimic a bit
of that great John Lennon vocal style as I sang.  I
remember Mark Heard struggling to play a diffi-
cult lead solo on an even more difficult electric
twelve string guitar.  I admired his tenacity and
kept cheering him on saying" Try it one more
time, you'll get it!"  He did.

©1984 Stonehillian Music and WORD Music/ASCAP.


 
"Rachel Delevoryas", from the album Wonderama, Myrrh
Words and Music by Randy Stonehill
This is a true story from my childhood.  The first
time I sang the song Rachel Delevoryas in public I
was completely unaware that Rachel's sister was
in the audience.  Later that year Rachel surprised
me by coming back stage after one of my concerts.
I had the opportunity to share my faith with her.
After she left I thought to myself: "Boy, talk about
God setting someone up... what a personal savior
we serve!"  Reality is stranger and far more won-
derful than fiction

©1992 Stonehillian Music and WORD Music/ASCAP.


 
"Coming Back Soon", from the album 
Can't Buy A Miracle, Myrrh
Words and Music by Randy Stonehill
Early one morning in 1988 as I packed my lug-
age for what as to be a long trip, I noticed my
five-year old daughter, Heather, watching from her
bedroom door.  She stood there quietly in her
nightgown but there was a very serious look on
her sweet little face.  As I picked up my suitcase
and started down the stairs, I heard her hesitant
voice behind me.  "Now, um, Daddy..just don't for-
get me."  Those simple words completely broke my
heart.  As I held her in my arms and explained
that it was impossible for me to ever forget her, I
got a fresh and profound glimpse of the father-
heart of God for all His children.  The song
"Coming Back Soon" was the result.

©1988 Stonehillian Music and WORD Music/ASCAP.


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