The twelve songs in this collection grew out of a long season of pilgrimage from our home on Galiano Island, British Columbia to the lush river hills of Appalachian Ohio. These songs of hope, which are all rooted in the biblical narrative, grew out of particular stories of sorrow and reflect our prayerful working while watching and waiting for a God-breathed dawn to arise.
We have sung these prayers many times, both alone and with others, and we are grateful now to sing them with you. We sing for the healing of the nations, the land, and the waters of the earth. Burn this as a light. We sing for the renewal of the church. Burn this as a light. We sing for God’s peace upon the poor and oppressed, near and far. Burn this as a light. We sing for our creaturely neighbors and the creation that graces these hills. Burn this as a light.
Recording these songs as a family has been a particular joy. We are grateful for the time Isaiah and Arbutus devoted to playing music, often when they would rather have been fishing at the creek. It has been a rich gift to collaborate, once again, with Joy Banks, whose image of an underground railroad “safe house” lantern has accompanied us through these years of uprooting and re-grounding. We have also been blessed to work with our friends Kenny Havens, Peter La Grand, Calum Rees, and Jono Ryan. How good and how sweet it is.
May these songs become fuel to keep your oil lamps burning through your own dark nights. As you journey, know there is a light burning here at Isidore’s Plough, ready to receive you, fellow pilgrim on the way. What God has voiced inside you, burn this as a light.
Tom & Karen
released May 6, 2017
Mixed by Jake Merritt and Matt Latchaw — email@example.com, sabbathrecording.com
— in the loft at Isidore’s Plough, February 2017.
Mastered by Chad Wahlbrink — chadwahlbrink.com
—Cincinnati, Ohio, March 2017.
All songs recorded in the loft at Isidore’s Plough, Brush Creek Valley, Adams County, Ohio, January–December 2016. Tom Wuest: vocals, guitar, piano, accordion, mandolin, banjo, penny whistle, bells, claps, organ; Karen Hollenbeck Wuest: vocals, triangle; Isaiah Wuest: trumpet; Arbutus Wuest: alto saxophone, clarinet; Kenny Havens: banjo. Calum Rees recorded drums, shakers, tambourine in Calgary, Alberta; Peter La Grand recorded dobro, banjo, and vocals in Vancouver, British Columbia; Jono Ryan recorded bass in Dunedin, New Zealand.
Artwork and design by Joy Banks.
All music written and produced by Tom & Karen Wuest, Brass Trumpet Publishing (CCLI/ASCAP). Text for “God is With Us” written by Gordon Waldie. Grateful acknowledgement to Jeremy Eyre for his contributions on “When the Lord Brings us Back,” Kenneth Grahame for the title on “Wayfarers All,” and Peter La Grand for his song “Souvenir.”
Thank you to Grandview Calvary Baptist Church (Vancouver, British Columbia), Vineyard Central (Norwood, Ohio), and the many dispersed friends and communities who have formed, inspired, and continue to accompany us along the way.
Abundant gratitude to those who helped make this recording possible: Joy Banks, Janet Barr, Kenny & Marissa Havens, JoAnn Hopkins, Dawn Humphreys, Alberto & Laura Jaramillo, Peter & Kristen La Grand, Matt Latchaw, Robert & Erin Lockridge, Monica & Malcolm McKinlay, Jacob Merritt, Don & Janet McNeel, Laura McNeel, Laura Menze, Calum & Joyce Rees, Kendall Rogers, Jono & Julie Ryan, Carl & Judy Stevenson, Tim & Rosemary Toye-Klauke, Todd Warren, Chad Wahlbrink, the Harris, Hollenbeck, Rennie, Wuest & Zimmermann families, and everyone who has supported the music over the years.