it's about religious tolerance. my dear friend Anton wondered why there weren't more reggae-tinged worship songs, so I wrote one.
trouble enters the church through the choir (or the worship band) and the long and short of it is, i can't go back there anymore either. the young people at the church liked this song, and i played it at melissa's 16th birthday and later at her wedding too!
i follow jesus in my own way; i think that there's a truckload... busload... world-load of reasonable prophets to follow. lots of us follow reasonable prophets in less reasonable ways- that may be me too. (Update: these days, i'm working on a song about being a weak agnostic; so the diet of worm turns...Update- even later, 2016, I'm going to the Society of Friends meetings, Quakers. the epitome of tolerance...)
but "joy" was written, all this background info working away, specifically while i drove home from a gig in eastern townships, in quebec, where i'd been playing with the charming and gifted rob atyeo... through the bush in northern maine (incidentally using highway 2, from another song) to new brunswick. during the long and exhausting drive, i kept myself awake by writing and memorizing this song, using it as a prayer to keep myself alert and it worked, since i'm still alive as far as i can tell, existentialism being all that et al...
my dear friend dbd said that i went too easy in the bridge, that i should have described the depths that 'down' can refer to. unfortunately, i don't know those depths yet, so i had to be happy with the depths i have currently reached and pray for release from these depths.
the groove was inspired by the gifted sudanese musician paul atanya with whom i played (along with peter ross) in a fun band called kulu al nugum in the 1980's. paul was a student at dal in halifax, and we joined forces to create this very fun band. i wonder if that african influence seeps through? what do you think?
the concept was also aided by my friend tony nadj who once said to me "there isn't enough reggae type worship music in our church", so although this isn't reggae at all, i was happy to write an african flavoured worship song
sandy sometimes lives on a little island in a big river in New Brunswick. Plays strings
keyboards and bagpipes. We're writing new songs these days, it's fall coming into winter and enjoyable snow! Looks forward to seeing you soon, somewhere... send messages to email@example.com...more