David

by Abbi Rajasekhar

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Leslie Ann Sheppard I love the story-arc and musical themes of this album. The harmonies are angelic and the story is harrowing and inspiring. This is one of my very favorite albums. Well done, Abbi and friends! Favorite track: The Ark.
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Thank you SO MUCH for taking a listen to "DAVID"!

This project has been one of the most rewarding efforts I've ever undertaken. I wrote it in a mad weekend of inspiration in November 2012. That particular month I had just finished up another project and had decided to take a break from creative work to simply relax and enjoy the holidays with my friends. But this album changed all of my plans. Its concept, the songs and all of their lyrics crashed into me like a wave and I found myself scribbling as fast as I could, just hoping I could write fast enough to get all of the lyrics down before they evaporated into the ether they came from. What I ended up with was a set of story songs about the life of King David from the Old Testament of the Bible. His story is better than fiction, his poetry is as moving now as it was when he first wrote it ages ago. I tried to tell the story of a real man, David, who was passionate and fragile and flawed. I tried to see him as a man who is remembered as a legendary hero, not because he was perfect, but because God was faithful to him in the midst of his brokenness. So, whether or not you are familiar with David's story, whether or not you are familiar with God, I'm grateful that you are here listening. Thank you and take care!

credits

released July 22, 2013

All music and lyrics for "David" was written and performed by: Abbi Rajasekhar

All songs recorded/ engineered/ produced/ and multiple instrumental performances and wizardry by: Jordan Wankel

Mastering by: Jon Visger

Drums and percussion performances by: Tyler Culligan

Featured Vocalists: Jon Colon, Mike Brown, Micah Boyce, Sharon Irving

Additional vocals and percussion: Rebecca Rajasekhar, Charity Luce, Heather Boyce, Laura Barlich, Jill Karrenbrock, Anthony Barlich, Cameron Yergler, Eric Staples, Michael Forsberg


I AM OVERWHELMED AND HUMBLED with thankfulness for receiving so much kindness, generosity, and support while making this album. HUGE thanks to Jordan Wankel who's mind is beautiful and who's heart is huge- I loved collaborating with you. To Jon Visger for once again lending me his trusty ears. To Micah, Sharon, Jon, Mike, and Tyler for their performances that I will treasure forever and to ALL of my pals who stomped and clapped and shouted for me. Thank you so much!

THANKS to God who inspired this project, Who gave me this beautiful unexpected gift. It was truly a bolt from the blue. Thanks to my parents and sisters, who's support is my backbone an my safe haven. To my wonderful friends who will never know how many times they have saved the day. I love you. You are my wealth in this life. Thank you THANK YOU.

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Track Name: The Prophet
O, Jesse, why have you called me home
I know better than do leave the sheep alone
O Prophet, why do you look at me?
Why does the hand of the Lord feel so heavy?
I'm just a shepherd, I'm just an artist
never thought that I'd write songs of such consequence
God of my fathers, God of Israel
Do you know me well? Do you know me well?
O the eyes of God don't see man's outward parts
He looks past his stature and sees his true heart
O the eyes of God don't see what man sees
I feel the eyes of God turn to rest on me
The hand of the Lord may it never leave my side
The hand of the Lord may it never leave these tribes
May the ear of the Lord always listen when I call
O Samuel, can you please explain it all?
I'm just a shepherd, least of my brothers
Never thought I'd live a life of great consequence
O Mighty Father, God of Israel
Do you know me well? Do you know me well?
O the eyes of man only see what they can
a simple young shepherd with a harp in his hands
but the eyes of God don't see what man sees
and God must see something when he looks at me
I can feel the oil poured over my head
and I hope it wasn't meant for someone else instead
I can feel the oil running down my chest
and for the glory of the Lord I will try my best
Track Name: The Giant
I saw him, he must have been 10ft tall at least
either way he's over twice the size of me
but with a mouth like that it doesn't' really matter how big the enemy
I'll have his head roll at my feet
Its true I'm just a young man and I've never been to war
but I've killed lions, I've killed bears
don't you see it is the Giant who dared defy the Lord
he is the one who should be scared
I'll take on any foe so that all the nations know
there's a God in Israel who's on my side
and soon all those crows will be peckin' at His bones
for the glory of the Lord on High
This Philistine can't see
he believes he's fighting me
O Saul, take back your armor please
Almighty's all the shield I need
You can learn a lot of things out in the field while tending sheep
like not to be afraid of any living beast
this giant's got my brothers out here hiding, shaking in their sheets
this barking dog will not bite me
Its true I'm just a young man and I've never been to war
but I've killed lions I've killed bears
don't you see its not you Giant, who is anointed by the Lord
you are the one who should be scared
I come with sticks and stones, but I know I'm not alone
I got an army full of angels in the sky
and soon all those crows will be peckin' at your bones
for the glory of the Lord on High
Track Name: The Prince
I heard your voice through the field where I laid in wait
you said the arrow you shot landed far away
so the king is looking to take my life
I'll have to leave you, brother, like I'll leave my wife
and we weep, we weep, we weep
I know my part in God's great plan
I don't know his plans for you, dear Jonathan
I wish we both could have gotten what we were promised
I swear I love you brother and your cheeks I'll kiss
Sometimes I can't understand the Almighty's ways
That I'll receive from Him what from you He takes
O, you met me in the field with the morning light
How many times do you think you can save my life?
your father's rage has made me a wanted man
so embrace me brother for as long as you can
And we weep, we weep, we weep
O no, the prophet said I'd cause you pain
O no, he said my name will replace your name
I wish we both could have been the anointed sons
I wish we both could have been the chosen ones
Sometimes I can't understand the Almighty's ways
But I must take the steps that He tells me to take
O, O, Jonathan, Jonathan
O, O, my best friend, Jonathan
Track Name: The Wilderness
I used to sing, I was summoned to drown out
the voices tormenting the King, and all the demons of his crown
I've been covered in the blood of all my enemies
I've been drenched in their blood, and laid them down at my King's feet
O Saul, have you forgotten it all?
you try to pin me with your spear to the wall
now I'm running in the wilderness, the wilderness
Now its been twice, I could have killed you in your sleep
but I spared your life, yet you'd still rip me to pieces
I've been running now for years, a man without a country
I have no more tears, you've taken them all from me
O Saul have you forgotten it all?
remember how you loved me when you watched the giant fall?
Now I'm hiding in the wilderness, the wilderness
I was given a promise, when I got down on my knees
but its been so long since the prophet anointed my head my hands my feet
every year that goes by it gets harder to believe
now I'm poured out like water, my God why have you forsaken me?
O God have You forgotten it all?
the covenant that we made when I was so small
Now I'm living in the wilderness, the wilderness
How long will You leave me in the wilderness?
How long until You fulfill Your promise?
Track Name: The Ark
Out of the shadows of death, I'm finally standing in the sun
and every battle I've fought, I have won, Lord, You have won
and who am I? How could this be?
that Your ark would come to me and dwell with me here in my city?
O God I'm unworthy, amazed and afraid
O… You've brought me in from the cold
Israel, the people that God calls His own
Jerusalem, now your king and your God have a home
O my God, I see You ark as it comes down the road
Here it comes down the road
each sacrifice brings you closer
O my heart could explode
I can't get enough, I can't get enough
O Michal, look down from your window and frown
O Michal, so proud you might despise me now
sometimes you're just like your father, you bitter wife and daughter
don't you see that the Lord God is pleased with me?
I praise God with my people, praise God as their equal
and O, I feel You so close
I see the ark of God as it comes down the road
I will sing and shout until my throat runs dry
fall on my face, with tears streaming out from my eyes
my lungs are burning, my legs they tremble from jumping so high
my body is bare Lord, I'll be more brazenly undignified
O Lord, forever keep all Your promises to me
Your promises to my family
that my house will always bring You glory
Track Name: The Woman
Run your fingers through your hair now, do you feel my eyes on you somehow?
to touch your arms, your waist, your neck, your legs
O I will beg, your King will beg
Who is she? Bring her to me
I had a love for the plan 'til I saw your skin
I had a love for the plan but didn't plan on this
Your husband's at war, won't even know that you're missing
and maybe God won't see us if you come in through the kitchen
I hear the Lord's warnings ringing in my head
but I'll drown them out, worship you instead
O, come now with me, come down with me
I did everything right 'til I touched your skin
So much I've sacrificed, maybe He'll let me have this
Now we fear the Prophet and the price we'll pay
the secret grows inside you heavier each day
I got innocent blood running down my hands
Had flocks of my own, slaughtered Uriah's lamb
Now we fear the Prophet the word he brings
the Lord says there must be a reckoning
Was after God's own heart 'til I claimed your skin
O God, look at the state we're in
Was after God's own heart 'til I claimed your skin
the child pays the price for his father's sin
Track Name: The Shepherd King
A lion's paw, a giant's sword, a king's wrath, my Lord
I played my part, I played my harp, You kept Your word
I'm a youngest son, a no one, outlaw, renegade
and I've clung to the promises You've made
the shepherd boy, the shepherd king
who loved the Lord and loved to sing//
the battlefield, the shattered shields, the enemies I've slain
are all I can offer up to the glory of Your name
I'm a soldier, sinner, mighty king, broken man
though I've stumbled I know, my God, You understand
I was after Your, after Your, after Your heart
that was all that really mattered
I was after Your, after Your, after Your heart
You could hear it in my songs
I'm a father, adulterer, a faithful son, a wretched one
I wild man with blood on his hands
head of a warring house, oh somehow, Father God, please sort it out
Hear my prayer, be there, remember me, remember how
I was after Your, after Your, after Your heart
Even when the road was hard
I was after Your, after Your, after Your heart
You could hear it in my songs
I was after Your, after Your, after Your heart
O God, my God