Near Chiang Mai, Thailand Blue Gospel Cover Photo by Joel MacCluskey

Near Chiang Mai, Thailand
Blue Gospel Cover Photo by Joel MacCluskey

Blue Gospel Recorded, Edited, and Mixed by Chris Lang, Dave LeMieux, and Kaitlin McCarthy at More Than Music, Inc (April - June 2013).  Vocals for (1) recorded at the Lamont School of Music Studio at the University of Denver (November 2011).  Graphic Design by Julie MacCluskey.  Mastered by Digital Domain.   © 2013 More Than Music

1) The Kingdom is Like
     - Dave LeMieux

2) One More Day
     - Oliver Wood (Royal Kook Music - BMI)

3) More Kindness
     - Chris Lang & Dave LeMieux

4) Come Sunday
     - Duke Ellington (G Schirmer, Inc)

5) Grace Like Rain
     - Chris Collins, Edwin Excell, John Newton
       Todd Agnew (Ardent Music LLC)

6) How to be Loved
     - Dave LeMieux

7) Long After We're Gone
     - Dave LeMieux

8) When I Can Read My Title Clear
     - Isaac Watts & Joseph Lowry

9) All Day
     - Dave LeMieux & Nicole Walters

10) Nothing Greater
    - Charlie Peacock

11) Faith
    - Dave LeMieux & Emily Vermilya

12) That's Enough
    - Dorothy Love Coates (Sony/ATV Songs LLC)

13) - They That Wait (Unkempt Living Room Version)
    - Stuart Hamblen (Hamblen Music Co)
 

Special Thanks to:

Ian Pitter for the SE Gemini microphone loan

Loren Brindley for the multiple guitar loan

Dan Sidor for the guitar and drum set loan

Lee Dailey for the guitar loan

George Dougherty for the microphones, cables, audio interfaces and labor

MOPS International for recording space

Michael Schulze for audio engineering

Nicole Walters, Emily Vermilya, Oliver Wood, Charlie Peacock, Duke Ellington,Dorothy Love Coates, and Stuart Hamblen for song writing talents

Musicians:

Dave LeMieux - Lead Vocals, Drums, Piano, Wurlitzer & programming (3, 7)

Allen Burki - Bass & Vocals (6)

Chris Lang - Saxes, Harmonica, programming (3, 7) & Vocals (2, 5, 9, 10, 13)

Kaitlin McCarthy - Hammond B3, Wurlitzer, & Vocals (2, 5, 9, 10, 13)

Matt Tutor - Guitar & Vocals (1, 5, 6)

Collinus Newsome, Michelle Pulley, Tina LeMieux, Julie MacCluskey, Ayinde Russell - Vocals (1)

Matt White - Sax (1)

Tony Zator - Trumpet (1)

 

 

2) One More Day
Words and music by Oliver Wood (Royal Kook Music - BMI)

I've seen you in your sadness - I've seen you when you thought you'd die
I heard you say "It's raining all over the world"
What did I tell you?  What did I say?
Just when you're faith is gone, give it one more day

I've seen you with your head low - face down on the ground
I heard you say you were lost and you couldn't be found
What did I tell you?  What did I say?
Just when you're faith is gone, give it one more day

Next thing, you're shining right back at the sun
Blowing right back at the wind
Roaring right back at the ocean - nothin's gonna do you in

Give it one more day - one more day
Just when you're faith is gone - give it one more day

I've seen you when your soul shines - I've seen you when your heart sings
I heard you say this world don't owe you a thing
What did you tell me?  What did you say?
Just when your faith is gone, give it one more day
 

1) The Kingdom is Like
Words and music by Dave LeMieux

The Kingdom is like a treasure that's hidden
A treasure that's hidden - seek the Kingdom
The Kingdom is like a treasure that's hidden
Seek first the Kingdom of God

Don't worry where to lay your head
What to eat or drink - what your friends might think
Don't worry - if you seek, you'll find a pearl of great price
That's what the Kingdom is like

There was a man who scattered seeds
Some fell among the thorns and weeds
Some grew into the tallest trees - seek the Kingdom
A woman crawling on the ground
for silver that was lost then found
Invited everyone around - seek the Kingdom
A man got a steal of a deal
Sold it all and bought that field
The treasure there was well concealed - seek the Kingdom
A King trying to bless his son
Threw a party - few would come
There was room enough for everyone - Listen to me children

What turns the wheat to bread?  What turns the seeds to trees?
Those who love wisdom know this Kingdom grows like these
Don't blink - it might be missed - Too few have seen and heard
Take heed!  The heart resists - Fear God and hear the Word!
In the beginning it was God and the Word!  Seek the Kingdom

4) Come Sunday
Words and Music by Duke Ellington (G Schemer, Inc.)

Lord, dear Lord above - God Almighty - God of love
Please come down and see my people through

I believe that God put sun and moon up in the sky
I don't mind the grey skies 'cause they're just clouds passing by

3) More Kindness
Words and music by Chris Lang & Dave LeMieux

You know life can beat you down - Sometimes beat you down
No gloves - just a beat down
If I can, I'll lift you up - I'm here to help you up
No strings - you don't owe me a thing

More kindness than necessary
'Cause I don't know what battles you've been fighting
More kindness than necessary
'Cause I don't know what battles you've been fighting
or what beat you down

You know a thorn can leave you scarred - look out that wire is barbed
Many dangers, toils, and snares
When the wounded to the harm, good luck trying to disarm
if they're convinced no one cares

Take - take care of one another

'Cause we're all caught in a web of mutuality - inextricably
To think differently is blindness - blindness
The very least that we can do is show more kindness than necessary
 

6) How to be Loved
Words and music by Dave LeMieux

God said to Moses, the world is His work of art
And we sing our praises to God as creator
God showed to Joseph, some evils He'd turn for good
And we sing our praises to God as our Sovereign

Hear our song - O Lord, how long we wait for Your return
And accept our praise - O Lord, Your ways are high above
And we're down here learning how to be loved

God gave to David green pasture, still water
And we sing our praises to God as Good Shepherd
We're seekers, we're finders with reasons to keep the faith
Redeemed and reminded who's worthy of all our praise

Loved - from the dust and breathin' in the breath of life
Loved - all of us and love is patient - love is kind
Loved - from the cross by the Son of God, willing to die
Loved - our God is Love!  (never-failing, never-ending Love_

5) Grace Like Rain
Words and music by Chris Collins, Edwin Excell, John Newton & Todd Agnew
(Ardent Music LLC)

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound - that saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now am found - was blind but now I see

Hallelujah!  Grace like rain falls down on me
Hallelujah!  All my stains are washed away

T'was grace that taught my heart to fear and grace, my fears relieved
How precious did that grace appear the hour I first believed

When we've been there ten thousand years, bright shining as the sun
We've no less days to sing God's praise than when we'd first begun
 

7) Long After We're Gone
Words and music by Dave LeMieux

Choose wisely your running mate before the deadline, and it's too late
For your ideals to carry on long after you're gone
Bear nobly your protege - It's a gift to you until the day
that your ideals will carry on long after you're gone
After you're gone - after you're gone - long after you're gone

8) When I Can Read my Title Clear
Words and music by Isaac Watts & Joseph Lowry

When I can read my title clear to mansions in the skies
I'll bid farewell to every fear and wipe my weeping eyes
And wipe my weeping eyes - and wipe my weeping eyes
I'll bid farewell to every fear and wipe my weeping eyes

Should earth against my soul engage, and fiery darts be hurled
Then I can smile at Satan's rage and face a frowning world
And face a frowning world - and face a frowning world
Then i can smile at Satan's rage and face a frowning world

Let cares like a wild deluge come and storms of sorrow fall
May I but safely reach my home, my God, my heaven, my all
My God, my heaven, my all - My God, my heaven, my all
May I but safely reach my home, my God, my heaven, my all

I gotta put skin upon these bones, let 'em walk around and find their own
This could be the thing that carries on long after I'm gone
I gotta unveil the prototype, let 'em feel the buzz, believe the hype
Release the thing that carries on long after I'm gone
After I'm gone - after I'm gone - long after I'm gone

Well they say there's nothing new under the sun
That might be true, though it only takes one
And they just might be singing my song long after I'm gone

We arrived on earth with nothing but potential - that was providential
Some clay for common use - that's no excuse
Though we can't take nothin' with us, we can leave a shining light behind
What the pedigree?  The legacy?  The parting gift-in-kind?
After we're gone - after we're gone - long after we're gone

We can't say there's no truth or no lies upon further inspection
We can't say we're all wrong or all right, or we have no connection

10) Nothing Greater
Words and Music by Charlie Peacock (Andi Beat Goes On Music - BMI)

There is nothing greater than to sing out praise
o the Lord our God - the Lord our God
The maker of the heavens, the earth, and sea
He's the Lord our God - the Lord our God

Praise Him, praise Him, great is the Lord
Praise Him, praise Him, sing to our God
There is nothing greater than to sing out praise
to the Lord our God - the Lord our God

Let all creation praise Him
Let all creation praise Him
Let everything on earth and in heaven
Praise Him - praise Him - forever praise the Lord

That's the Lord our God, He's the Lord our God

9) All Day
Words and music by Dave LeMieux & Nicole Walters

Early in the morning, when my world awakens to You
As the day is dawning, I can feel its promise rising too
Inside Your love is shining, even if the sky is stone grey
I begin my offering - a song of love all day

When my world is turning, and the sun is racing 'cross the sky
As my hands are working, sometimes I forget to lift them high
And praise You for the blessings - for everything You give and take away
These should be my offering - a song of love all day

Sunrise to sunset - every day I see
Surely Your goodness and mercy follow me
Sunrise to sunset - every hour I know
Your loving kindness leads me as I go

Late into the evening - each day has its trouble and its peace
Meet me while I'm dreaming - I need to hear You singing over me
The world around is sleeping - Nothing but the starts to sing Your praise
Echoes of my offering - a song of love all day

12) Faith
Words and music by Dave LeMieux and Nicole Walters

Blessed are those who believe before they can see - before they can see
lessed are those who believe before they can see the Kingdom of God

For it is faith that will please the Lord
That will change the heart from the inside out
And it is faith that will make the difference
That will move a mountain - that will change the world

And it is faith that will feed the poor
That will find a voice in a freedom song
Yes it is faith that imagines peace
That conceives the hope that will change the world

Faith small as a mustard seed is all need - Lord help me believe
Now I am a child at prayer and I cast my cares on the Lord - I believe

There was a time when my heart felt free
Over and over You called to me
Open my eyes now so I can see
Show me the child that I used to be

11) That's Enough
Words and music by Dorothy Love Coates (Sony/ATY Songs LLC)

ell there's always somebody talkin' 'bout me - really I don't mind
They try to block and stop my progress most of the time
But the mean things they say don't make me feel bad
I can't miss a friend I never had - I've got Jesus and that's enough

There've been so many times when I didn't have a dime
Didn't call no one but the Lord
You know He heard my plea - came to see about me - He's my all in all
When this life kicks me down, Jesus picks me up
Sticks by me when the goin' gets tough - I've got Jesus and that's enough

When I'm sick or in trouble I can call Him
Storms rise - billows roll - that's when Jesus is the confidence to my soul
You can 'buke me, scorn me, turn your back on me
God's got His arms wrapped all around me - I've got Jesus and that's enough

He's the great emancipator - my heart regulator - that's Jesus, sweet Jesus
He will make my way brighter, my burden lighter - Yes He will - Yes He will

You can 'buke me, scorn me, turn your back on me
God's got His arms wrapped all around me - I've got Jesus and that's enough
 

13) They That Wait (unkempt living room version)
Words and music by Stuart Hamblen (added lyrics by Dave LeMieux)
(Hamblen Music Co)

They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength
They shall mount up with wings as eagles
They shall run and not grow weary - they shall walk and not faint
Teach me Lord - teach me Lord to wait

I would run and I would hurry, full of restlessness and worry
If the Lord had failed to prove He is faithful
But His grace has been sufficient and His love is never late
Teach me Lord - teach me Lord to wait

I'm going down by the river - I'm gonna pray to God in heaven
And if the answer is delayed - i know Jesus is worth the wait