I cry every time I listen to this speech â€œA Knock At Midnight.â€ It’s an incredible story. Living everyday under the threat of death and extensive criticism left him discouraged and full of doubt, then he had a profound encounter with God at his kitchen table. “I discovered then that religion had to become real for me and I had to know God for myself, I bowed down … and then the Holy Spirit revived my soul”
It tears me up every time I hear him say â€œHe promised never to leave me, never to leave me alone, never alone, no never alone .â€œÂ That inspired the lyrics for â€œNever Aloneâ€.
Martin Luther King, Jr. ” A Knock At Midnight”
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Musically, I was trying to compose a black gospel vibe with a Southern California twistÂ – like Jackson Browneâ€™s â€œHere Come Those Tears Againâ€ or some of Karla Bonoffâ€™s songs.
We recorded the basic tracks back in the day at the Orchard Recording studio.
Will McKelveyÂ cut the guitar solo this summer (check out his awesome podcast here) . The amazing Chris Lowry arranged and played all the strings in December (he did the perc too). At the last minute I decided I couldnâ€™t live without an organ part, so in the Christmas spirit, Larry Hall did me a big favor and added the organ.Â The choir was all my Belmont Worship Leader friends, arranged by Jonathan Riggs , we had a nice night of chili and my famous bread to fuel our vocal session back in October.
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