When asked by ChristianMusic.com
about what was their mission or goal which they strived to accomplish through
their music and this album, Matt & Sherry McPherson replied,
primary mission is to lead people to Christ."
it is to encourage people in their walk with Christ and in their lives."
"We support other ministries
with like goals."
conviction: "Worshiping God is a part of our daily lives. We look to Him
for everything. We seek His will with every decision, for His ways are higher
than our ways. He is our reason to sing and our reason to live."
& Sherry McPherson
OF SLOW DOWN CD
God more deeply requires our willingness to stop, notice, listen, and receive.
Knowledge of God and Friendship with God depend not just on God's offering but
also on our receptivity. - Kirk
Byron Jones; author of "Addicted to Hurry."
Christian music artists
Matt and Sherry McPherson have combined their musical gifts and talents in a team
effort to create an encouraging, irresistibly upbeat and poignant collection of
acoustic-based contemporary and country - pop ballads and anthems which encourage
the listener to resist our secular culture's call to constant busyness and speedy
achievement; an addiction which can become a chronic condition, that can rob us
of the spiritual experiences of savoring life, appreciating our blessings and
of receiving the Lord's friendship, love and support, which we all dearly need.
Instead, their music on this
album, SLOW DOWN, encourages the listener to take the time to fully receive the love and friendship of the
Lord, and grow in a relationship with Him through thanksgiving, prayer, worship
and spending time with Him, as well as encourage us all to slow down our pace
in living and savor / truly appreciate all the blessings, responsibilities and
His promises to us more fully which He has given us, and to thank him with a grateful
Our human nature wants
to have it all, and to do it all by ourselves, quickly! Jumping into the proverbial
rat race, being swept away with projects, work, activities and forgetting to enjoy
the blessings given to us and not putting the Lord and his will for our lives
first in our focus. When we take on too many things and are always in a rush,
we forget about spending time and communicating with Him, and also tire ourselves
out so that the people, spouses, children in our lives are under-appreciated and
not always getting their needs met properly, because we lack energy to do so.
the lyrical messages found in this collection of songs, which tie into the main
theme expressed in the title song, Matt and Sherry McPherson generously share
the truths they have learned through their own experiences and insights during
their own walk with Him, some of which are described in detail in the ChristianMusic.com
interview found in the following section after this overview part of this review.
down and make time to savor life and our Lord.
DOWN - Encourages us to slow down our life style taking time to notice and focus,
make life last, letting go of worries, pressures and hassles, savoring the life
that the Lord has given us.
I AM - Encourages, perhaps even convicts us of our need to spend time with the
Lord every day.
Our Lord is
a faithful, dependable, merciful and loving source of strength and endurance.
OF LIFE - Clever lyrics equate happiness, sadness, testing of faith with colors,
and which point to God as being in control in whom we need to trust.
OF YOU - A song of thanksgiving to the Lord, that reminds the listener that it
is the Lord who can see us through all our trials, our pain, our disappointments.
ON - Testimony about the faithfulness of our Lord; A steady, merciful Lord who
can always be counted on to be with us, who is a source of strength, mercy, comfort
CARRY ME - Even
when our faith fails us and we forget how to reach Him, He is willing to forgive
for the umpteenth time when we turn back to Him. He can be depended on to show
mercy, pick us up and sustain us through any storm or fire which has come into
YOU LOVE ME STILL
- Our tendency to sin and do the wrong thing is ever with us. Thankfully the Lord
loves us, flawed as we are, willing to forgive us of our sins, through His son,
the peace and joy of the Lord by giving our life to Jesus and by turning to Him
in our need, during our bumps in the road and major storms.
FELT HIM BREATHE - Expresses the spiritual experience
of becoming part of Christ and belonging to Him, after giving one's heart to Jesus.
IS - Describes our loving Lord pretty well, as a caring, loving, merciful presence.
POEM - An altar call hymn which recognizes Jesus as Lord and Savior, invites Him
into the heart and asks for a new, changed heart to follow Him.
POEM REPRISE - Same song redone is a delightful manner,
composed to play well on the radio with the same invitation to follow Jesus.
Lord can use us in all kinds of ministries, in big or small ways.
TOWN PREACHER - The Lord doesn't see success the
same way that human beings see it. The Lord can use us in all kinds of ministries,
in big or small ways. This acoustic country ballad is about a small town pastor,
wondering if he is making a difference in his congregation's faith journey, as
he patiently takes the time to meet their needs; being used by God to accomplish
Slow down to put
the needs of others ahead of our own, to take care and appreciate people close
to us, like family, kids and others in our lives.
HEAVEN AND EARTH - We need the Lord's help in appreciating and raising our children. Being a parent entails putting our children's needs
ahead of our own, which takes time, love, effort and sacrifice, and help from
the Lord! This means slowing down for lots of intercessory prayer, and spending
time on your knees for help in doing your best to appreciate, support, love, teach,
train, guide, discipline, plus asking for strength for whatever else is needed
to move heaven and earth for offspring, who are blessings and responsibilities
given to us by God to raise and care for..
LOVE - A romantic,
love song, which encourages us all to appreciate all the endearing qualities of
our spouses, inspiring us to slow down to savor our time together. This leads
to a positive and loving attitude, toward one's other half, giving an enduring
patience to meet the challenges of a relationship.
take a look at the musical compositions......
by the Holy Spirit, Matt and Sherry have done a great job working together on
the songs found on this SLOW DOWN CD, combining their considerable gifts and skills
which they have developed over their years of serving the Lord in music ministries.
Each being a songwriter / performer in his / her own right, they bring not only
their talents but their musical styles, which combine effectively with great results
and to the enrichment of the listener.
McPherson brings to the musical creative process his years of experience of playing
/ composing / singing country and acoustic-based contemporary music, his wonderful
gift of creating melodic tunes and support voices, his accomplished guitar work;
(not to mention his own revolutionary guitar), his lyrical ideas, a strong, clear,
voice and his ability to use it, and a strong faith in the Lord which shines like
a beacon, throughout this album.
McPherson brings to the musical creative stew her considerable ability to put
their faith into lyrical messages, her years of experience composing / performing
contemporary Christian music, her musical training / experience in voice and choral
work, and her positive faith in a loving Lord, which comes through loud and strong
in her clear, melodic vocals. She has a special gift to put into words what she
and Matt have learned about the Lord by depending on Him, especially during their
challenging, faith-building moments in their lives.
it is sometimes hard for husbands and wives to work together, Matt and Sherry
exhibit a teamwork which is showcased in not only the song compositions, but in
the duet vocal harmonies and back up vocals. On songs where Matt carries the lead
vocals, Sherry harmonizes / provides the backup vocals in spots, (for example;
SMALL TOWN PREACHER * I FELT HIM BREATHE * MOVING HEAVEN AND EARTH) and on songs
where Sherry sings the lead vocals, Matt provides the same support,(for example;
HE IS * BECAUSE OF YOU * COLORS OF LIFE * HERE I AM ) besides playing the acoustic
The result of
this collaboration, powered by the Holy Spirit, resulted in putting together 13
musically interesting, songs, providing country -pop ballads and anthems, heart-felt
prayer hymns, acoustic-based contemporary worship songs and anthems, all which
is an uplifting, encouraging blessing to the listener.
an added bonus, the listener is treated to a reprise version of the SALVATION
POEM on cut 14, which is being released for radio play. While the lyrics and vocals
stay the same, the composition was rearranged with a 3/4 meter, and a moving acoustic
ensemble accompaniment which gives it a more upbeat, moving, worship feel to the
composition, giving this fine song the ability to reach a larger audience of listeners.
- pop Ballads: SLOW DOWN * SMALL TOWN PREACHER
* MY LOVE
Country - pop Anthems - I FELT HIM BREATHE * MOVING HEAVEN AND EARTH
Hymns / - CARRY ME * SALVATION POEM * YOU LOVE
Acoustic-based contemporary Worship - HOLD'IN
ON * BECAUSE OF YOU * HERE I AM SALVATION POEM REPRISE
contemporary pop Anthem/ Praise - COLORS OF LIFE
* HE IS *
While these songs
offer a variety of composition styles, depending on what is best for each song,
they are basically either acoustic-based (SMALL TOWN PREACHER * BECAUSE OF YOU)
or piano-based (CARRY ME * YOU LOVE ME STILL). These well-produced, contemporary
and country / pop ballads, anthems and hymns, which obviously have a healthy dose
of the beautiful sound of McPherson string instruments, also have a full complement
of various combinations of other creative musical elements and voices, depending
on the style and mood of each composition. This reviewer especially noticed the
contributions of the piano, keyboard, light synths, drums, bass, electric guitar,
violin, mandolin and slide guitar, which all provide strong accompaniment, supporting
the melody, as well as adding color with counter melodies which support the main
melody or add musical sparkles or umph.
The variety of rhythms found in the compositions fit well with each song's style
(COLORS OF LIFE * HE IS) It is no wonder that these songs are always entertaining,
uplifting and inspire hope; Boosting the spirit and resolve, giving the listener
memorable, infectious melodies supported with solid compositions, which pair so
well with the various lyrical messages, style and mood of each cut on the album.
review why this album is highly recommended, a MUST for your Christian music collection.
This collection of songs has it all: Heavenly acoustic sound, meaningful lyrical
messages paired with a variety of solidly composed musical compositions. These
musical selections are performed by musical artists, Matt and Sherry McPherson
who are skilled, seasoned spiritually by experiences and bring to life their songs
by their spirit-filled vocals. The McPherson’s offer this musical blessing, which
will inspire the listeners to: Slow down, savor life and the people and blessings
given by the Lord, AND to "stop, notice, listen,
and receive the Lord"; appreciating his guidance, love and friendship.
find out more about Matt and Sherry McPherson and to read the individual song
evaluations, continue on!
LYRICS - Printed
with permission from Autumn Records.
* * *
* + + SLOW DOWN - By Matt & Sherry McPherson and Lenny Leblanc ©2006 McHouse Music(Admin
by FunAttic Music)SESAC
2nd favorite country
pop song of this reviewer. Acoustic country & pop rock in a delightful package,
with a bright melody, country two-step beat, and a peppy tight acoustic ensemble,
which gives fine support to Matt's well done lead vocals. Back up vocals add a
touch of soul to the overall sound.
References: (Psalm 37:7 & 46:10, Matt. 6:33 & 11;28-30, 1 Peter 5:7)
1 Slow down, take the time to notice / I keep hearin' this in my mind / Slow down,
time for me to focus / That's the place I just gotta find / So many things I miss,
I'm goin crazy like this //
Chorus: I need
to make life last / Stop movin' so fast, just slow down / This world keeps turnin'
(keeps turnin) / There's a lesson that I'm learnin' / Just slow down, come on…slow
Verse 2 So easy, caught up in a hurry
/ Tryin' hard not to let it show / Every day brings another worry / I can't seem
just to let it go / Such a vicious ride, got no place to hide //
* * * + BECAUSE OF YOU - By Sherry McPherson & Dennis Patton ©2006 McHouse Music(Admin
by FunAttic Music)SESAC
Uplifting, peppy acoustic
pop anthem, which comes to life vocally because of Sherry's joyful vocal presentation.
The intro gets the song moving right away with a driving broken chord guitar jig.
Nice dynamics! Quiet broken acoustic guitar chords are the perfect accompaniment
for verses. Sound swells into the upbeat, victorious chorus of thanksgiving to
the Lord.. Effective background choral vocals support the lead vocals nicely in
Scriptural References: (Romans
8:31, Psalm 34:19 & 54:4 & 56:3-4a, Heb. 13:5-6, Joshua 1:9)
1 I just have to say / There's nothin' I can't face / Knowin' You're with me /
Whatever lies ahead / I'm trustin' You instead Of fearin' tomorrow /
I've known the sting of pain / Felt the pourin' rain / Because of You I'm safe…oooh
Chorus I've been given this life I'm livin'
to win the race /Because of You / because of You / I can face the insanity, deal
with humanity every day I know it's true / I'll make it through / because of You
Verse 2 You are my Father and You have brought
me farther / Than I could imagine / Every storm of life, well You were by my side
Helpin' me through when /
I knew the sting
of pain /Felt the pourin' rain / Because of You I'm safe //
I've been given this life I'm livin' to win the race Because of You, because of
You I can face the insanity, deal with humanity every day I know it's true / I'll
make it through, because of You
world can be cold / But I believe You're still in control / I've been given this
life / I'm livin' to win the race / Because of You, all because of You //
* * * * + + SMALL TOWN PREACHER - By Matt
& Sherry McPherson and Steve Siler and John Mandeville ©2006 McHouse Music(Admin
by FunAttic Music)SESAC
Favorite country ballad!
Acoustic country ballad with a memorable melody, expressive vocals. Piano gives
melody chordal support and a nice counter melody in the chorus. Nice additions
of slide guitar, and accents of organ sound, which complement the guitar accompaniment.
Matt's lead vocals are perfect in telling the story, with nice harmonies provided
Scriptural References: (John 15:6,
Phil. 2:13, Heb. 13:15-16, Galatians 6:9-10)
1 Turn the light on in the porch, I'm comin' home a little late / Brother Peterson
took ill, and he's needin' a little faith /
I won't be home in time / to kiss the little ones goodnight
2 Crawled in bed at half past three, just hopin' for a little sleep / Elder Jacobs
rang the phone with a need that wouldn't keep /
prayed for God's will to be done, until I saw the risin' sun //
1 I wonder if I make a difference, cause sometimes it's hard to see / How God
could use a small town preacher, like me (like me)//
3 Sister Mosely plays the organ, it's another Wednesday night / At the dinner
after meetin', there's always apple pie /
much here that is new / there must be more that I could do //
1 I wonder if I make a difference, cause sometimes it's hard to see / How God
could use a small town preacher, like me (like me)//
Bridge I'm just one man and there's so many needs / I preach (I preach), I pray
(I pray), sometimes it seems like nothin's changed / Lord, am I getting through?
Verse 4 Found a scrapbook in my study with
a ribbon and a note / Looks like all my congregation just wanted me to know /
The little things I thought were small / turns
out they mattered most of all / /
Now I know I've made a difference, and it's a miracle to see / How God could use
a small town preacher…like me (like me) //
Turn the light on in the porch, I'm comin' home a little late
* * * HOLDIN' ON - By Sherry McPherson and Dennis Patton ©2006 McHouse Music(Admin
by FunAttic Music)SESAC
A driving acoustic
ensemble playing an 8th note pattern and light percussion keep things bright and
peppy from the beginning of the song, establishing the tempo. Light synths work
and keyboard work offer chordal support and accents. Love the stellar lyrical
message so nicely presented in Sherry's expressive lead vocals.
References: (Romans 8:35-39, John 10:27-30, 1 Col.9-12)
1 In a world spinning out of control / I touch the ground and guard my soul /
I am holdin' on to You / I feel a peace in the midst of the storm / You've made
a hedge to keep me safe from harm / I am holdin' on to You
1: Temptations try to pull me away / But I cling to Your words / And I seek Your
Chorus There's nothing in this world
/ That can save my life, save my soul / Only through Your love/ are all things
good / I'll keep holdin' on to You (Holdin' on to You)
2 I could live by the wisdom of man (the wisdom of man) / And choose to build
upon sinkin' sand But I wild hold on to / You
2: When satan tries to pull me away / I'll cling to Your words / And I'll seek
Your face //
Chorus: There's nothing in this
world / That can save my life, save my soul / Only through Your love/ are all
things good / I'll keep holdin' on to You (Holdin' on to You)
When satan tries to pull me away / Oh I'll cling to Your words / And I'll seek
Your face / Seek Your face/ Seek Your face oh //
There's nothing in this world / That can save my life, save my soul / Only through
Your love/ are all things good / I'll keep holdin' on to You (Holdin' on to You)
Tag (Holdin' on to You) /
I'll keep holdin' on, to you. I'll keep holding on to my Jesus, holding onto my
Savior. Holdin' on
* * * * + + I FELT HIM BREATHE
- By Matt McPherson ©2006 McHouse Music(Admin by FunAttic Music)SESAC
anthem of this reviewer. Testimonial anthem which has a powerful poignant punch,
with a glorious melody, inspiring guitar and piano parts, with lovely string synths
& piano duet the last time through the chorus, and the interlude. The heart-felt
vocals by Matt and harmonies all come together to create a truly moving musical,
worship experience. Yep, it chokes this reviewer up every time.
References: (Heb.6:19-20 & 12:1-3, Ezek:26:26, Ephes.4:23, 2nd Cor.3:17-18
Verse 1 I could spend my whole
life livin' / For everything that this world has given / But tell me have you
seen it satisfy?/ Instead I turned my head toward heaven / Gave Him my heart just
like it's written / And found the peace the good book wrote inside //
Then He… breathed His breath on me / I felt Him… breathe His breath on me / Meltin'
down those walls / Keepin' me from being free / When He breathed His breath on
Verse 2 What he's done for me's no secret
/ He gives me joy and He lets me keep it / Why God would care is such a mystery
/ And evidently He's not too busy / I know He's here, He's talkin' to me / Everything
He does so amazingly //
Chorus 2 times
Meltin' down those walls / Keepin' me from
being free / When He breathed His breath on me , You know he breathed his breath,
I felt Him. Breathe his breath on me //
on me....Holy breath of God
* * * * + + MOVING
HEAVEN AND EARTH - By Matt McPherson and John Mandeville and Steve Siler ©2006
McHouse Music(Admin by FunAttic Music)SESAC
inspiring, moving acoustic ballad, which pairs poignant lyrical message with a
flowing memorable melody which ends with an intercessory prayer. Piano and guitar
provide a lovely support for the inspiring melody. Vocals again are heart-felt
Scriptural References: (Proverbs
22:6 & 20:7, Psalm 127:3-5)
Verse 1 I still
remember your first breath / That moment's still alive in me / The way your hand
held on to mine / I saw a glimpse of heaven in your eyes / Though you may not
see it now / Believe me my child //
I'm movin' heaven and earth for you / There's nothing a father's heart won't do
/ Though your whole life waits before you / You can rest on one sure thing / I'm
movin heaven and earth for you //
Verse 2 I
can't believe you've grown so fast / Those precious times have slipped away /
(where have they gone) I'd love to hold on to those years / But in my heart you'll
always be right here / Though I can't be there with you / Down on my knees //
I'm movin' heaven and earth for you / There's nothing a father's heart won't do
/ Though your whole life waits before you / You can rest on one sure thing //
I'm movin heaven and earth for you //
Though your whole life waits before you / You can rest on one sure thing / I'm
movin heaven and earth for you / I'm movin heaven and earth / just for you.
Down on my knees ( I'm praying that they may trust
* * * * + + COLORS OF LIFE
- By Sherry McPherson ©2006 McHouse Music(Admin by FunAttic Music)SESAC
2nd favorite contemporary anthem on this CD. Bright and airy delightfully light
on its feet accompaniment swirls along, courtesy of violin and acoustic accompaniment,
light mandolin counter melody & accents - 3/4 meter, waltz-like feeling tempo.
Especially love Sherry's lead vocals and the duet harmonies. This is the song
to listen to when depressed or in a dour mood!
References: (Jer. 29:11, Romans 5:1-5)
1 Colors of life, colors of time / So many colors to see / These are the things
that we experience / Making us who we are / And what we will be Colors of life…oh…colors
Verse 2 Happiness brings color of
green / Sadness brings color of blue / Testing of faith, patience to wait / Brings
a yellow hue / We know it's true Colors of life…oh…colors of life
We must trust God (in every color) / He is in control / He has a plan for us (in
every color) / Colors of life…oh…colors of life //
In hard times we say, "Take this away" In good times we say, "I wish this would
Colors of life, colors of time / So
many colors to see / These are the things that we experience / Making us who we
are / And what we will be Colors of life…oh…colors of life
* * * + MY LOVE - By Matt McPherson ©2006 McHouse Music(Admin by FunAttic Music)SESAC
A wonderfully acoustic country gem of a love
ballad, whose memorable dynamics and melody are supported by guitar ensemble,
the perfect musical support for this loving message, brought to life by Matt's
smooth, poignant vocals. Sherry's harmonies are lovely.
References: (Cor. 13)
Verse 1 I love the way
you smile, my love / I love the way you laugh, my love All of these little things
you do / Just make me crazier for you / And time has made me love you more / My
Verse 2 I love to feel your touch, my
love I love to hold you close, my love These little things I don't ignore It's
all of your ways I need you for / And time has made me love you more My love
And some day when time grows old / They'll write about our love / But the books
will never hold all they could say / For the ending, now I know, is not the end
at all / For all time / you will be my love (my love) / For all time you will
be my love //
Verse 3 You still believe in
me, my love / You still give me your trust, my love / You seem to see inside of
me / And know what it is I really need / And time has made me love you more /
* * * * + + HE IS - By Sherry & Matt
McPherson ©2006 McHouse Music(Admin by FunAttic Music)SESAC
contemporary praise and worship song! A fun driving acoustic rock praise and worship
anthem with a touch of soul, and plenty of moving dotted note rhythms and a touch
of syncopation in the melody. Tight guitar ensemble (acoustic and electric &
slide) cooks with energy, giving umph and sparkle to the melody, and offers some
fun counter melodies as well. 16th notes played by electric lead and bass throughout
add to the umph & rhythm. Sherry does a terrific performance. Matt's harmonies
and vocal rhythms are also most enjoyable.
are written in a minor key, while the chorus bursts forth in a joyous major key,
celebrating who the Lord is to us and all creation!
References:(Jer. 1:5a, Rev. 1:8, Psalm 102:25 & 110:1, Heb. 3:6 & 8:6)
1 See Him in the darkness / See Him in the light / See Him in the morning / See
Him in the night / He is ever knowing, ever watching Ever loving, ever kind
2 See Him in the laughter / See Him in the pain / See Him in the sunshine / See
Him in the rain / He is ever knowing, ever watching Ever loving, ever kind / repeat
His eyes are looking for the door to an open heart / And his grace can change
a broken life that's been torn apart //
He is the Father of glory Mighty King, our majesty / He is the Father eternal
/And he watches over you, over me
Feel His holy presence / Feel His power of love / Feel His hand of mercy / Feel
He is enough / He is ever knowing, ever watching / Ever loving, ever kind / His
eyes are looking for the door to an open heart / And his grace can change a broken
life/ that's been torn apart //
Chorus He is
the Father of glory / Mighty King, our majesty / He is the Father eternal /And
he watches over you, over me // Repeat
over you, he watches over me / he watches over me / he watches over me /
* * * + + CARRY ME- By Matt & Sherry McPherson and Steve Siler and John Mandeville
©2006 McHouse Music(Admin by FunAttic Music)SESAC
beautiful piano ballad prayer confessional hymn nicely supported by strings and
guitars, providing a full sound. Dynamics build nicely throughout the composition.
Another poignant, heart-felt song with a dynamic, memorable melody, expressive
lead and duet vocals, which bring the listener into the spirit of worship. Would
be welcome in any contemporary service or personal devotional time.
References: (Matt. 11:28-30, 1 Peter 5:7, Romans 8:26)
1 So long, far away / So cold and afraid / I'd forgotten how to reach You / No
strength left in me / Guess it took this to see / Just how much I need You…to
Refrain: Carry me / When I'm too weary for
walkin' / Shoulder me/ 'Cause I can't stand alone / Cradle me / When all my hope
has been broken / Cover me / And Lord I'm finally home
2 Well I faltered in faith / And I'm so ashamed / To come and kneel before You
/ Won't You take my hand / And help me to stand / Lord, I implore You…please
Carry me / When I'm too weary for walkin' / Shoulder me/ 'Cause I can't stand
alone / Cradle me / When all my hope has been broken / Cover me / And Lord I'm
finally home // Repeat
Carry me / Carry me
/ Carry me / Won't You carry me?//
* * * *
HERE I AM - By Sherry McPherson and Dennis Patton ©2006 McHouse Music (Admin by
FunAttic Music) SESAC
Acoustic pop, piano,
& strings with a peppy tempo propels this prayer anthem, with touches of keyboard
playing counter melody, and supporting melody. Nice dynamics, lovely melody, always
enjoyable lead vocals by Sherry, and duet harmonies, which truly will encourage
spending time with the Lord!
29:12-13, 1 Chr. 16:11, Ps. 37:7)
Verse 1 It's
that time / again /When I'm missin' You / I have to say / I didn't take / The
time alone with You
Verse 2 I've let so many
things (so many things) / Take the place of You / How can it be just You and me
/ When I'm not around //
Chorus Here I am (Here
I am), I'm missin' You / I finally see what I must do / Here I am (Here I am),
down on my knees / Waiting for You / I'm coming back to Your arms / Here I am
(Here I am),
Verse 3 I've gone this way before
/ Will I ever learn? / You are to me / all that I need / I need nothing more //
Here I am (Here I am), I'm missin' You / I finally see what I must do / Here I
am (Here I am), down on my knees / Waiting for You / I'm coming back to Your arms
/ Here I am (Here I am) // Repeat
back to Your arms, Father / Yes, I'm coming back to Your arms
* * * + + YOU LOVE ME STILL - By Sherry McPherson and Dennis Patton ©2006 McHouse
Music(Admin by FunAttic Music)SESAC
favorite of this reviewer! Another glorious piano & string ballad, perfect
for this prayer confessional hymn, which would find a home in any contemporary
or blended service. Features a gorgeous melody, heart-felt vocals by Sherry, poignant
lyrics and very effective dynamics!!!
References:(Romans 7:14-25, 1 John 4:19, John 10:27-30)
1 Kneeling in silence / I have so much to say /So many times I've fallen away
/Drowning in a sea of guilt and shame / Not really sure of how much you can take
Chorus How many times will you forgive?
/ How many wounds can I inflict? / Oh how many times can I fail Your will? I'm
amazed, some how, You love me still //
2 Oh tears flow like rivers / When I'm by myself / Then I hear Your words / and
I feel like someone else Lord, I'm not worthy to call upon Your name /Yet I cling
to the promise / Your love will never change
Chorus 2 How many times have You forgiven me? How many wounds have I inflicted?
How many times have I failed Your will? I'm amazed, some how You love me still
Bridge Father, Father, forgive me of my
sin / And give me the strength to stand up once again
2 How many times have You forgiven me? / How many wounds have I inflicted?/ How
many times have I failed Your will? / I'm amazed, some how / You love me still
* * * * + + THE SALVATION POEM - By Matt
& Sherry McPherson ©2004 McHouse Music(Admin by FunAttic Music)SESAC
piano and string prayer hymn, lyrically simple and to the point, making it perfect
as an altar call song, for any contemporary or traditional service, or for a personal
moment to renew oneself to serve the Lord. It is the perfect ending for this most
inspiring album! Love the poignant melody and lyrics, heart-felt lead vocals and
* * * * + + THE SALVATION POEM
(REPRISE) - This more lively acoustic version of this song was done for release
on the radio. The composition now has a moving, swirling 3/4 meter feel in the
accompaniment brought to life by crisp, triplet-sounding rhythms against dotted
or running 16th notes, all played by an energized acoustic ensemble, who make
it sound so easy! Nice counter melodies contributed by electric guitar and other
additional voices add color and chordal support. Matt's vocals are very poignant
and effective. Lovely choral support as well grace the Refrain. Very nice dynamics.
Begins soft, and prayerful, building in sound through the Refrain, then quieting
down once again.
Scriptural References: (John
3:16, Ephes. 4:2B-3, Romans 10: 8-10)
You died upon a cross / And rose again to save the lost / Forgive me now of all
my sin / Come be my Savior, Lord, and Friend //
my life and make it new / And help me Lord to live for You //
my life and make it new / And help me Lord to live for You /
by Julie Carr for ChristianMusic.com
They also have an artist’s website at: mattandsherrymcpherson.com
ChristianMusic.com interview with Matt & Sherry McPherson
Quotes taken from: Addicted
to Hurry: Spiritual Strategies for Slowing Down, Kirk Byron Jones,
Judson Press, June 2003
McCain & Co. promotional materials: "The One Who Has the Answers" by Jim Dailey, 2005
mcphersonguitars.com/activea.asp * autumnrecords.com