I have been taking a serious look at Christian rock music recently.
It is coming my way for a reason and I know that. Not only do I hear
the message, I am enjoying the music immensely. What I am hearing
is not much different from other rock music I have heard except that
it is much more enlightening with clear and understandable vocals
carrying a message of spiritual wisdom and hope. We all need to have
more of that in our lives. I know I certainly do. It is a conscious
choice to buy into the negative, listen, and watch what is on your
TV set, particularly the war right now. As much as I am behind our
troops, it stresses me out to watch everything that is happening in
Iraq. Then the breakout of strange incurable diseases like SARS just
adds to that uncertainty. It is almost surreal when you see it happening
before your eyes on TV. When I can turn to people like Beth Champion
Mason and listen to her inspiring music my outlook and attitude
does a complete about face.
All I Have is literally telling the story of this woman. What I hear
her saying iswhat you will hear in her music and words is all she
has, which is a faith in a higher power that runs deep and strong inside her.
This music is simple and straightforward with no false pretenses or
mixed messages, and the best part about it is that the rocks! With
tracks like Carry Me, Ruler of the Universe and I am Your Child, humility
and love for our maker come shining through like the North Star.
Even if you are an atheist yet a true lover of music, you will enjoy
this music and be able to appreciate the talent on this recording.
The more I hear this genre of music the more I like it. As long as
it has a good rhythm and it rocks, my ears and heart are wide open.
1. I Am Your Child
2. All I Have
3. Psalm 107
4. Ruler of the Universe
5. Good Enough
6. Carry Me
7. Beauty from the Ashes
8. What Have I to Offer?
9. I'll Come Running
10. Just Beyond
Beth Champion Mason: Vocals, background vocals, acoustic guitar, piano
Mark Skipper: Bass, viola, background vocals, acoustic guitar
Nathan Jones: Electric guitar
Andrew Payne: Drums, percussion
Steve W. Mauldin: String arrangements
David Davidson and Robert Mason: Violin and cello
Christopher Jones: Organ
Wayne Hazelwood: Cello