In April, I decided to walk away from the incomplete project that was supposed to be my album. Closing that door opened the proverbial new ones, and already, “Where God Is” is on its way to becoming a reality, with a new producer at a professional studio. I don’t regret the fact that it took so long to get to this point. Although I didn’t know it at the time, what I thought of as frustrating delays were just God’s way of saying, “Be patient. You still need to learn a few things before you’re ready.” The icing on the cake is the fact that I’ve been able to add several new songs to the line-up, ones that I hadn’t even written when I started the previous attempt at recording, and I am really excited about how the entire collection is shaping up. Matt is a fantastic producer, and I feel blessed to have such creative and talented musicians on board. It would seem that this is exactly how and when it was supposed to come together, because it is going along smoothly and easily. My sessions will wrap up in mid-August, and after I finish coordinating the rest of what needs to be done, I will be able to announce a release date. (You can’t hear me, but I’m cheering!)
The work is being done in a studio housed in an old red-brick church, just a short distance down the gravel road from the farm where I grew up–where my parents still live–and about 5 minutes’ drive from my home. When I was very young, I attended a summer Bible school in this church with kids from the neighbourhood. My family went there for reunions and seasonal celebrations in the church hall, right up until I moved away for university, and later, my sisters hosted a bridal shower there for me. At some point after that, it was sold to a private owner and became a residence, before being resold and converted into a recording studio.
Although it has changed in appearance and function, this building and its setting are full of happy memories and associations for me. It feels great to be in this familiar place to record my album. I also like knowing that this is the first local project to be done there–all of the other musicians have been drawn from places at least an hour or two down the road. It feels like I’ve had to come full circle, back to where I started, in order to get to where I need to go–and that is absolutely fine with me.