A huge thanks to everyone who supported this project on Kickstarter, without whom it literally could not have happened. Special mention goes to those who opted to support the project with a ‘Good Friend Pledge’: James, Jyothi, Maya, Luke and Nell Chapman, Julie & David Mahany, Ruth & Amarh Amartey, and Jason Fisher. Thanks also to the many other generous backers who gave over and above the pledge amounts but chose not to be credited in this way. You know who you are! Big love. Thanks also to Clare Herriot (clareherriot.co.uk
) for shooting the original Kickstarter promo video for me, and making it look great.
Thanks to all those who have inspired me and walked with me over the years on my songwriting and musical journey including Jon Darby, Henry George, Chris Orange, Graham Kendrick, Joel Payne, Chris Juby, Mark Pierce, Dan Lank, Roger & Faith Forster, plus all the family at Ichthus Christian Fellowship.
Thanks to everyone credited overleaf for playing and singing on the album! Thanks to John Merriman at Crown Lane for making me feel really at home while I was tracking drums. Thanks also to Adrian and Barbara Todd who put me up for the night so I could easily get to Morden over the two days I spent there. Thanks to Andrew Boyle for lending me a snare drum and a couple of other things over that time too. Thanks also to Dan Moyler and Ian Mizen at JAX for the use of Dan’s studio for mixing.
A great deal more than can be rendered by a simple ‘thank you’ is owed to my wonderful wife, partner, other-half and team-member Laura who has always given way when I’ve needed time to work on these songs and recordings, champi- oning me along the way; being my chief sounding-board and at times, administrative assistant on the project; allowing our flat to become a recording studio at times, and for taking herself off to her parents’ house with our two-year-old so I could have the physical and mental space to mix the album; and apart from all that of course, for being an amazing wife and mum (and during this whole project, being pregnant with #2), who loves companionably, who understands considerately, who believes consistently.
What words are left that can be given in praise and thanks to God, from whom are all things and to whom are all things? I write songs because, as I once heard bishop Graham Cray put it, in songs we are attempting to say something that is ‘just beyond words’. The marriage of music and words enables us to more deeply encounter and reflect upon the truths stated in the words themselves, transcending mere logic by being lifted with the music into another realm. ‘Music is the language of the spirit’, others have said, in which case it is unsurprising that songs have become such a core part of the worshipping lifeofthechurch.Theymarrythe‘word’andthe‘spirit’,justasmanyChristiansbelievewithIrenaeusthatthe‘twohandsof God’ – God’s means of activity in the world – are the ‘Word’ (logos) and the Spirit, and that in some sense the two must be encountered together to enable us to touch God. Songs help us do so if indeed they are true in word and genuine in their musical spirit. That is what I have attempted in writing songs that both glorify God and are intended to help others worship, understand and know him more. The very act of writing songs of worship is itself an act of worship. If I were to give thanks it could only be by the means he has given me – and thus I can only point to the songs I have penned as the most adequate attempt at rendering thanks to God for all he’s done in my life: ‘All praise to the Father / All praise to the Son / And glory to the Spirit / God the three-in-one!’
released December 1, 2018
All songs written by Ben Trigg, except ‘To God Be The Glory’ written by Fanny J. Crosby & William Howard Doane, and ‘Nothing But The Blood Of Jesus’, written by Robert Lowry, arranged by Ben Trigg.
Recorded, edited and mixed by Ben Trigg at Beat ’n Track Studios and Daniel Moyler’s studio courtesy of JAX Management. Drums recorded at Crown Lane Studio, Morden (crownlanestudio.co.uk
). Mastered by Nigel Palmer at Lowland Masters (lowlandmasters.com
Drums, guitars, bass and keyboards plus vocals by Ben Trigg.
Accordion played by Sam Hawksley on ‘To God Be The Glory’ and ‘Dance Of Love’. Violin played by Louise Gibbens and Viola played by Amy Jane Hosken on ‘When Healing Hands Were Wounded’. Cello
played by James Douglas on ‘When Healing Hands Were Wounded’ and ‘Still Small Voice’. Additional backing group vocals (and a couple of ad libs) by Amy Jane Hosken, Becky Ackermann, Libby Wade and Louise Gibbens on ‘To God Be The Glory’, ‘When Healing Hands Were Wounded’, ‘Nothing But The Blood Of Jesus’ and ‘Spring Rain’. Artwork by Dan Lovell (danlovell.com
For sheet music, song stories and more: bendavidtrigg.com