"Walking barefoot," from beginning to end, is a prayer
soaked process. In this first song, we commit ourselves to the
glory of God (Ps 51.15), calling on the Lord to assist us (Ps 70.1),
that the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts might be
pleasing to Him (Ps 19.14).
In the mystery of the Christian life, we are called to walk the horizon
line between the physical and spiritual realms, to fully embrace both
realities. In the metaphor of this song, it is a "walk on the
edge of the world," a "dance on the rim of the sea."
Twice Have I Heard
In my own walk as a Christian, I have learned to trust in two unshakable
truths: God is strong, and God is loving (Ps 62.11,12). Let not
the rich man glory in his riches. Let not the poor man be ashamed of his
poverty. But let them both come humbly and glory in the Lord, who
is both powerful and compassionate.
Franky is a Free Man
St. Francis of Assisi is a paradigm for us as we strip away our
dependence upon material things and the values of the world and
learn to walk with God in humbleness, simplicity and freedom.
Prophets and Lovers
Franky is but one of a long line of prophets and lovers, in search of
God's kingdom (Matt 6.33) and a city whose builder and maker is God (Heb
11.16). They are lovers of God and of all who passionately seek
after God's Spirit — wherever He leads. And they invite us to
join their number.
The House of My Soul
This song, based on a prayer of St. Augustine, in his Confessions, is
about how we join in on this "barefoot" journey. It is a song
of repentance, confessing the smallness of our souls and calling on God
to "enlarge the borders of my heart and make it new."
I Have Been Baptized
God has given us many signposts along the way. One of them is
baptism, a sign from God that we are embarking in newness of life on a
journey with God and His people.
Temple of the Holy Ghost
God has also given each of us His own Holy Spirit, to guide and teach
us, to help us pray, to witness within that we are truly the children of
our "Abba, Father," and to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ in us
and through us.
In the Lord's Supper, we are in special fellowship with the Crucified
and Risen Savior and with each other. It is indeed a celebration,
a most important signpost for our journey.
Like Moses at the burning bush, we, too, must take off our shoes when we
realize that we are on holy ground. And in the Christian life,
everywhere we place our foot is holy. When we look with the eyes of
faith, God shows Himself in our lives and in our world in ways both
powerful and quiet.
The Jesus Prayer
Adapted from a centuries-old prayer, the text of this song is simple:
"Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on us." It leads us into
a contemplative experience, a humble reliance upon the goodness and
mercy of Christ, a simple enjoyment of His loving presence. The
repetition reminds us that each step of our journey is a step taken with
approached the burning bush, in Exodus 3, the Lord spoke to him and
said, "Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing
is holy ground" (v. 5). Moses was in the presence of God.
"Walking barefoot" is about learning to recognize that we,
too, are in the presence of God.
Jeff's new CD has found a
permanent place in our player's spindle. The content is sophisticated
and runs deep, the lyrics original, poetic and uplifting, the music
pulsating and rhythmic, the production creative and organic to each
My favorite song is the title cut. "Walking Barefoot" has cut
me to the bone, not only with it's chilling reminder of God's constant
presence but also the uniquely rhythmic instrumentation which is subtly
captivating. This song has become among my favorite songs of all time.
It alone is worth the price of the CD.
Jeff has established himself as a gifted songwriter and a musical
diamond in the rough. When does the next one come out?
Just a short note
to say thank you for the CD. I use the word awesome but the CD is truly
Godsome! And what a great time for it to come, Pentecost!! There is this
new thought running around in my head about being Easter people and now
Pentecostal people. Your CD just exemplified it for me once again.
After giving it
several listenings it has become a part of my life. I can wait no
longer. I find myself humming parts ... reflecting on your words and
melodies. It is a pure delight ... a mixture of great theological
insight, personal experience, and prayerful contemplation. ... If there
is anything that I know, it is that God loves life and He loves His
creation, and you my friend have just done the slam dunk--God is saying
"Yeah, he gets it!
As I worked away
at home I found myself putting aside my work to listen...listen more
intently than before. After it was over I played it again to listen to
everything. I was moved to tears by "Open My Lips" I cried at
the power of the words and the music. "Just Past Sight" the
beautiful imagery of this song recreates the feeling of joy as one
"walks the horizon.. between the spiritual and physical realm"
and my all time favorite "Temple of the Holy Ghost" the
soulfulness of this song is captivating...It makes you sing with it and
feel the power of God. A renewed love, a strengthened faith, a desire to
know him better. That's what I got from your CD.
Thank you VERY
much for the CD. It is fabulous, anointed, and I love listening to it.
Every song is unique and the words truly show your love and devotion to
God. Each song invites the listener to draw closer to God.