This project started in 2012 in Wendell Kimbrough’s DC apartment. Our common goal was to record hymns with our friends, some new, some old, for our local churches where we led music. This particular project has four old hymns with new tunes, and two new hymns.
One of the passages in the Bible that speaks to me most is when Jesus says to Nathanael in John 1:48, “When you were under the fig tree, I saw you,” after Nathanael asks, “How do you know me?” There are times in life, I think, when we don’t feel seen, or we don’t know if God hears us, or cares. I titled this A Kindling Glance not only because I took it from a line in one of the hymns in this project, but because God gave me a special gift. He put me in a place to make something beautiful for Him with my friends and I felt His eyes on us. Jesus prophesies to Nathanael at the end of the passage by saying that he will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man. I hope these songs can be a glance through a window to that place that Nathanael---and we--will see in full someday.
A special thanks to: Wendell Kimbrough, Matthew Billingsley, Andy Zipf, Andrew & Dana Litke, Dorabella, Jameson & Paige Cunningham, Chuck Colson, Joel Wilhelm, Alexei Laushkin, Tim, Liam, and Eden Wilhelm, Jamie Brown at Truro Anglican Church, Fairfax, VA and Devin Pogue at City Church, Minneapolis, MN (for being my “ears”), Church of the Ascension in Arlington, VA, Church of the Advent in DC, and Anne McCracken and John Zipperian for hosting many of our hymn sings.
released March 16, 2016
Produced, Recorded, Mixed, and Engineered: Wendell Kimbrough at the WK Brookland Apartment & Asparagus Media Studios, Tacoma, MD.
Art Direction and Design: Matthew Billingsley
Photography: Rachel Wilhelm
Original painting detail: Wyatt Barnes
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