Clothed in Christ
Clothed in Christ 3:370:00/3:37
Based on Acts 3:1-10, this ballad recalls when Peter and John heal a cripple man begging for alms on the streets of Jerusalem. It challenges us all to rise and walk through the grace of the Holy Spirit, to overcome the challenges daily life throws at us. The timing of this release happened at a time where David himself needed to ‘Rise and Walk’ whilst enduring a bout of depression in his life.
Based on John 21: 1-14, this ballad recalls the miracle of the fish, where Simon Peter and other disciples were fishing all night, catching nothing, to be greeted by Jesus on the shore upon their return and asked to cast out one more time to the right. We often feel disheartened like these disciples were, but are still challenged to ‘Cast out to the right’ and not give up the fight.
‘Mum, I Love You Everyday’ was written as a Mother’s Day reflection. I got sick of listening to the ‘Mama’ song by the Spice Girls each year at my school for Mother’s Day liturgy so I reflected a bit on mothers while putting my daughter down to bed one night; my mum, my wife, grandmothers and mothers I’ve come across through teaching. An acoustic version was originally uploaded to YouTube in 2020 with actions for schools, but the full mix, complete with a kids choir and yobbo choir was recorded and produced in Flying Fox Studios throughout late 2020 and early 2021.
Based on 2 Cor 9:6-11, You Reap What You Sow reflects on the attitude we are challenged to have in life. This attitude being that we give the best of ourselves in all we do, so we can reap a good harvest from it. It goes with the cliche ‘You get out what you put in’ and even pushes towards the concept of karma. The inclusion of a dobro guitar gives this song a unique feel compared to David’s previous work.
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Be the Light (Be the Hope) is a collection of some of the songs I regularly perform in concerts. The first few songs link to Old Testament themes and then it transitions to the Gospels through two songs about John the Baptist. From here, most songs link to Jesus gathering His disciples, teaching and performing miracles, while there is also a song about St Paul’s conversion and a reflection on why we say ‘Amen’. In addition to all of these, there is also a song that was written for Father’s Day, which was received and performed well at my school.
A huge thank you to for Matt Swan who played bass and drums for nearly all the songs including these elements and for Grant Luhrs who did all the recording work in the studio. Also a great thank you to the girls and boy, who sang backing vocals for nine of the tracks: Hannah Behan, Maddison Bainbridge, Eve Piltz, Laura Sobolewski, Maggie Kingham, Chloe Kochanski, Charlotte Worrell-Barry, Annabella Xuereb, Madi Norman, Gabriella Mannell, Ella Saxon and Harry Saxon.