Mary's lullaby

BEHIND THE SONG:                                                                                                                                                                      

"You should write a lullaby from Mary to Jesus." -my sister in law, Emily, had a great idea. I had just finished babysitting one of her daughters - my precious little bitty baby niece, Della. I come to think of it, having held a baby all afternoon that day, who was only a few months old at the time, probably had a lot more to do with this song than I realized until just now. I was in the middle of writing and working on my Christmas EP at the time, so that day I went home and picked up my guitar, trying to imagine what Mary may have been feeling holding the king of heaven in her arms. It was truly delightful - the realization that followed after pondering how Mary must have wanted to wipe tears from her little one's eyes, like any mother does when her child is crying...how she surely wanted to offer her arms as a place of rest for her little one...how she surely hummed a tune to try to calm him in the night...or sang a melody out of pure joy to be holding this miracle in her arms.....and then seeing the parallel to the precious heart of God with his children. 

he will wipe away every tear (revelation 21:4)                                                                                                            he offers rest (matthew 11:28)                                                                                                                                         he will rejoice over you with singing (zepheniah 3:17)

I continued trying to wonder what she must have wondered. A home video came to mind - the one of me as toddler, where I fall down on the sidewalk in front of my childhood home and hurt my knee. I cry for a few seconds, demanding my mama to "kiss it" - sure enough, my mom bends down (camera in hand) "you want me to kiss it? OK, i'll kiss it...mwah" - and then, like magic, I pop up and run along - good as new. The irony profoundly struck me. Isn't that the heart of God? That we might trust Him enough and trust that his love is big enough to make us good as new, just with a simple touch? I wondered if Mary ever leaned down in love and kissed her little one's scraped knee or bruised arm. I wonder if she could fathom how God touches our wounds and they are healed. That his touch can reach the deepest, darkest wounded place in me and with love make me brave, courageous, strong, and most of all - healed. Because of that little one. Because of Jesus. Because my life is forever burried his life. My flaws are forever burried in his perfection.

 I thought about how wonderful of a celebration it must have been when Mary entered heaven's gates. When she saw him face to face once again - after a life of human suffering and pain - joy too...but longing, so much longing, I'm sure - to see that face again. To embrace those arms again. To look in those eyes and to hear that laugh. It wasn't easy to let him go, to live through her child's death, I'm sure... even though it was to cover humanity in grace. What unthinkable joy must have bloomed in Mary's heart when her heaven days began, and tears were no more. She was forever healed and forever safe, forever finding rest in his arms. At this point it's no longer just a Mary thing, but a every-human-heart-that-trusts-that-God-loves-them thing. What a celebration it will be when there is no more shame. No more guilt. No more pain and no more crying. Just rest. Just peace forever. We have glimpses on earth, in our most trusting moments, of this rest - and we are urged, even now, to have that rest. To be held and sung over and comforted. One day every tear will be wiped away. My heart sighs with relief at this thought and I am tickled as I ponder the joy set before me.

 

LYRICS:

sleep baby Jesus, sleep my son-- for the dreams of your heart are seeds that will grow into roots that become a tree to shade the earth below. i can wipe the tears from your eyes now. i can lay your head on my chest. i can rejoice over you with singing now. i can offer you a place to rest.                                 

my, how things will turn around - but for now - R E S T  I N  MY  A R M S, my child.

i can't help but imagine - one day, you might cry...after playing outside, like little boys do - get a scrape on your knee and say, "mama, will you kiss my wounded hurt - make it all better now?" and you'll thank me through a waterfall of tears...and then you'll run along all strong and brave and healed now. and just like that, trouble will disappear.                                                                                                                    my, how things will turn around - but for now  - R E S T  I N  MY  A R M S, my child.                                      i can almost see it--when I'm free and running to you! When the weight of this world passes away...and i know that heaven's warmth will keep me safe through all the nights, but a day will come when we won't need the sun--your glory will light up the place. at last, i will see your face and hear you say:                                                                                                                                                                                               "I can wipe the tears from your eyes now. I can lay your head on my chest. I can rejoice over you with singing now. I can offer you a place to rest.

R E S T  I N  MY  A R M S.                                                                                                                                                     R E S T  I N  MY  A R M S.                                                                                                                                                     R E S T  I N  MY  A R M S.                                                                                                                                                     R E S T  I N  MY  A R M S.                                                                                                                                                        Even now,  R E S T  I N  MY  A R M S,  My child. "

 

 

HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE PREORDER. iTunes preorder & online store open today!

SO EXCITED to announce that today my online store is officially open! click on the "store" tab to check out how you can pre-order my Christmas EP (and some special Christmas goodies) and get the title track single TODAY! Let's get this season started :) 

another happy detail I almost forgot to mention is...you can preorder the EP on iTunes! It's only $3.99 and you get the title track instantly once you preorder! Click here-->

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/all-my-christmases-ep/id939630206

basically it boils down to this...

the physical copy has one extra song (not included digitally on iTunes) and it comes with some Christmas items I happen to love. All things cozy. Click "store" to check it out.

the digital copy on iTunes enables you to have the first song on the EP, "All My Christmases" instantly! And it sets you up to receive the rest of the EP on release day, Nov 25. I love that you can get a taste of the EP early! 

thank you for stopping by. these songs are near and dear to my heart and I'm delighted at the thought of being the soundtrack of your Christmas. And/Or your November.  ;)

 

"All My Christmases" Available on iTunes November 25!

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My first ever collection of Christmas songs will be released in just 3 short weeks on November 25!

A combination of classics + originals.

There will be a couple of surprises leading up to the EP release day, including ways to hear pieces of it early...I'll keep you in the loop! 

i can't believe I have the privilege of joining my father in law, Steven Curtis Chapman and Brandon Heath in a few weeks for a special Christmas tour! It will be so very jolly, and I can't wait to sing some songs from my Christmas EP! Be sure to check our tour dates on the "tour" tab to catch a Christmas show in a city near you :) 

 (thank you for the support, and thanks Katie Essick for this cover shot and Keith Davis Young for the design)

Matthew Perryman Jones + Andrew Combs Tour {September/October 2014}

 

 


The last 2 weeks I had the privilege of touring the East Coast with a pretty incredible little crew of people. I played in cities I had never played in before, as well as a few familiar gems. Watching and listening to Matthew's songs, voice, and genuine gratitude each night was a pleasure and I considered it a big ol' tutoring session on authenticity and sincerity. I opened up each evening, and hopped back on stage to sing back up for a few of Matthew's songs. Can't tell you how much I enjoyed that and I'm not even going to try to pretend that it was no big deal to me. Absolute blast.

One stop of the tour was a solo show in Menomonie, WI...which was just beautiful. and freezing. but mostly just beautiful. I got to do a spontaneous photo shoot with an incredible photographer (Katie Essick) in....LAURA ENGALLS WILDER'S original house! Yep, the ACTUAL Little House On The Prairie. Some of you don't know what I'm talking about and that's ok. You didn't read Little House On The Prairie when you were little. Some of you did though. and you know. Historic.

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On the very night I played NYC, my husband's band was playing Late Night with Seth Meyers - so we got to go in and be there for the live filming and cheer on my man!! It was unforgettable. Will and the Colony House boys crushed it. Not only did I get to see my main squeeze for a few hours, but I got to watch him play drums on TV! It was epic. There was much celebrating afterwards. Chicken + waffles included. 

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On the road, I was lucky enough to bring one of my newest and sweetest friends with me as tour manager/travel buddy/adventure seeker/merch seller/style extraordinaire. Avery definitely made this tour about 998708 times more fun than it could have been. The two of us  (and my mazda) had a good amount of quality time together, as you can imagine. We may or may not have composed a very impressive rap to kill a couple driving hours. Instagram reveals just a taste of the 2 minute masterpiece.

Among our list of other esteemed accomplishments are: 1) driving and parking in NYC 2)successfully taking the subway and getting where we needed to be (eventually) 3) staying updated on Parenthood episodes during tour 4)attending/screaming loudly at Late Night with Seth Meyers

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There are too many highlights to mention them all....but one I must mention was our stop in Chicago, where I got to do a live exclusive studio session at Audio Tree Studios. I even finished up a new song just in time to play it in the session, which will be available for download in the next couple of weeks. 

All in all, I would do it all again! Being on the road and playing shows every night for a couple of weeks straight brought me assurance. Peace. No matter how long the drives were or how little sleep I may have gotten, I always got to sing. I absolutely love playing music and I loved singing to people I'd never met, in cities I'd never been to. Thank you for showing up. To Matthew, Jason, and Andrew - thanks for being gentlemen and for making music every night that never once got old. 

{I definitely owe a sincere thanks to the MANY families who opened their homes to Avery and myself on this tour. Thank you: Haley and Steven, the Holdens, the Sencindivers, the Barnes, the Averys, the Hayes, Em, Andy and Kate, Anne and Gideon, and the Kellers. Your generosity and warmth means more than you know}