"Venturvane“ is a solo project and same-titled debut album of mine. It's a concept album and self portrait of a young man who dares to follow God into the unknown. He takes a leap of faith and finds himself leaving his comfortable life and routine in San Jose, California to venture off and make a difference in the lives of those in a land and with a language not his own. Waiting for him upon this journey are hope, joy, love and loss. Yet, this is only the beginning.
With influences ranging from Alternative, Art Rock, Acoustic, Pop, Christian/Gospel, Spoken Word, Contemporary Classical, Minimalism and maybe some others that I'm not aware of, there is a thread that binds it all together: That is the combined forces of my trusty-sidekick acoustic guitar and me, backed by dynamic orchestral powers, an occasional piano and plenty of loops and samples here and there.
My strength is in the Lord, He's my shield, When I put my trust in Him with all my heart, It's then that I find help, My heart overflows like a cup overfilled with joy, This is why I give my thanks to Him in song
Track Name: There's a Name (feat. Lydia Heckenthaler)
There's A name, Sweeter than your cup of tea, This sweet name breathed the life right into me, There's a word constant as the northern star, This true word is more reliable than your new car | And I, I praise this name, Yes I, I praise this name, For God gave His word, One day will all have heard | There's a love, Deeper than the deep blue sea, This deep love can't be found in any diction'ry, There's a truth, It'll sting you like the bumble bee, And this truth's sting is what it takes to set you free | And I accept this love, Yes, I accept this love, For it comes from above, God, You're my true love || A name that's everlasting, A word that's tried and true, Love I can depend upon to be there when I'm blue, You're the inspiration to press on in my faith, Praise be to You || There's a Life, it truly is a mystery, This myst'rious Life is the reason why we sing, There's a Path as straight as the arrow flies, And this straight Path will lead you t'where the Lion lies | And I, I need this life, Yes I, I need this life, For Christ is this way, Jesus, You make my day
Track Name: Herz und Herz vereint zusammen (Theme and Variations): I. Two Young Moravians [feat. Paris Reidhead]
Two young Moravians heard of an island in the West Indies where an atheist British owner had 2,000 to 3,000 slaves. And the owner had said, "No preacher, no clergyman, will ever stay on this island. If he's shipwrecked, we'll keep him in a separate house until he has to leave. But, he's never going to talk to any of us about God. I'm through with all that nonsense." Three thousand slaves from the jungles of Africa brought to an island in the Mid-Atlantic and there to live and die without hearing of Christ. Two young Moravians heard about it. They sold themselves to the British planter and used the money they received from the sale to pay their passage out to his island, for he wouldn't even transport them. And as the ship left it's pier in the river in Hamburg and was going out into the North Sea carried with the tide, the Moravians had come from Herrnhut to see these two lads off, in their early twenties, never to return again. For, this wasn't a four year term. They had sold themselves into lifetime slavery, simply that as slaves they could be as Christians where these others were. The families were there weeping, for they knew they would never see them again. And they wondered why they were going and questioned the wisdom of it. And as the gap widened and the houses had been cast off and were being curled up there on the pier, and the young boys saw the widening gap, one lad with his arm linked to the arm of his fellow raised his hand and shouted across the gap the last words that were heard from them. They were these. "May the Lamb that was slain receive the reward of His suffering." This became the call of Moravian missions. This is the only reason for being: that the Lamb that was slain may receive the reward of His suffering.
Track Name: Herz und Herz vereint zusammen (Theme and Variations): II. Speak, You Four Winds [feat. Reidhead, Tiehen, V. Mollé, Boddey, Bertini, Filidis, Garrido, Feng, Bially]
Czech: Srdce sjednocena dohromady Hledaji klid v Bozim srdci, At tva laska hori, Pozarem stoupa k Spasiteli | French: Deux coeurs réunis cherchent la paix dans le coeur de Dieu, Que vos flammes d'amour montent vers le Sauveur | English: Heart and heart, Together one, Seeking peace within God's heart, Let your flame filled love ablaze unto the Savior, His begotten Son | Italian: Cuori congiunti, Che cercate la pace nel cuore di Dio, Lasciate ardere le fiamme del vostro amore verso il Redentore | Russian: Сердце к сердцу вместе Ищут мира в сердце Бога, Пусть же пламя вашей любви Вознесётся к спасителю | Spanish Corazón y corazón buscan paz en el Señor, Vuestras llamas de amor ardan hacia el Salvador. | Chinese: 心连心, 在主的爱心中寻找平静, 让你们爱的火焰照耀救赎的神 | German: Herz und Herz, Vereint zusammen, Sucht in Gottes Herzen Ruh, Lasset eure Liebesflammen lodern auf den Heiland zu
Track Name: Bleib an meiner Seite, o Herr
Bleib an meiner Seite, oh Herr, Verlasse mich nicht, Ich brauche, Ja, Ich brauche Dich, Beschütze mich, Mit all Deiner Kraft und Herrlichkeit, Beschütze mich für alle Zeit | O Du bist in meinem Herzen, In Deiner Nähe spür ich keine Schmerzen, Nur Wärme und viel Licht, Neben Dir habe ich klare Sicht || Nur bei Dir fühl ich mich wohl und sicher, Ja, wohl und sicher, Du bist mein Denker und mein Dichter, Mit Dir gehe ich den richtigen Weg, damit mir nichts im Wege steht || Bleib an meiner Seite, oh Herr, Verlasse mich nicht, Ich brauche, Ja, Ich brauche Dich, Beschütze mich || Mit all Deiner Kraft, O und mit all Deiner Herrlichkeit, Schütze mich für alle Zeit || Meine Hoffnung an Dich zu glauben, Wird mir nicht mehr den Schlaf meiner Nächte rauben, Ich denk an Dich und ich glaub an Dich, Ich bet zu Dir, Dann spüre ich wieder Kraft in mir
Track Name: How He Loves
He is jealous for me, He loves like a hurricane, I am a tree, Bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy, When all of a sudden, I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory, When I realize just how beautiful You are and how great Your affections are for me || Oh how He loves us so, Oh how He loves us, How He loves us so || Well, We are His portion and He is our prize, Drawn to redemption by the grace in His eyes, And if grace is an ocean we're all sinkin', And heaven meets earth like a sloppy wet kiss, My heart churns violently inside of my chest, And I don't have time to maintain these regrets when I think about the way || That He loves us, Whoa how He loves us
Track Name: You Are (feat. Lydia Heckenthaler)
I open my eyes and there You are, Look up to the sky and there You are, But, That's no surprise, Whether near or far, Wherever I am, There You are || You are, You were and will always be || Take hold of my hand, Lord, Guide me to that secret place, That place where you took me that one time before, The place filled with laughter, Rejoicing and praise, All for the Bridegroom awaiting His day to wed His beloved, His crown jewel adorned in fine linens, Sapphires and rubies || Take me there again God, I wanna see that place, That place once again where You are
Track Name: Whether It Rains or If It Will Shine
Whether it rains or if it'll shine, I will always have you on my mind, All the time, That's for sure, There is a place inside my heart, It's a place where we'll never be apart, Oh no, Where we'll never be apart || Surely there is a season when all will fade, Shine Your light in darkness Lord, Come find Your way || Babbling brooks or willow glens, Finding my place to settle down and pen to you the yearnings deep inside, 'Cause lovely your face is, Yes I know, From holding you close, I won't let go, How I can't wait to see you once again || Surely there is a reason for us to fly, Reach out, Take hold of my hand, Come fly on by || Now is the time, Like never before, Reach and take hold and step right through the door, Into the place that is yours, Never regret nor be you ashamed, Life is so much more than just a game | Love the one you are close to and be a helping hand, Life's much too short to hold back on all that's grand
Track Name: Zusammengehen
Ist die ganze Welt doch nur eine Bühne?, Schauspielern wir nur unser Leben lang?, Wenn das wirklich ist, Du und ich, Wir spielen dann die Komplizen, Verbündete, Das eingespielte Team || Wie wär das, Wie wär das, Wenn wir zwei zusammengehn, Samen säen, Machen aus dem Leben, Das Beste was man kann?, Das wär mir, Sowie dir, Das geniallebeste, Was es geben kann, Schön, Dass es dich gibt || Es war einmal ein Ich, Dass dich noch gar nicht kannte, Das eine war nur halb am Leben, Bis das andere dazu kam, Plötzlich war die Welt so viel bunter als zuvor, Sie hat sich auf dem Kopf gestellt, Und ich will nie wieder zurück zu dem, Wie es war
Track Name: All That I Am, All That I Have Been, I Offer Now to You (feat. Lydia Heckenthaler)
For I know the plans I have for you, Declares the Lord, Plans to prosper you and not to harm, Plans for a hope and a future | Therefore commit your ways to Him, That all your plans will succeed, Always give in love and patience to one another, Give that which never fails, saying: || All that I am, All that I have been, I offer now to you, Take this vow into your heart and never let it go, No, Never let it go || And we know that God in all ways will work for our good, When we love Him and have been called, Have been called for His purpose | Therefore commit your ways to Him | Always give in love and patience to one another, Give that which never fails, saying: