a collection of songs from various points in my life that are all held together by this prayer:
may the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ go with you
wherever he may send you
may he guide you through the wilderness
protect you through the storm
may he bring you home rejoicing at the wonders he has shown you
may he bring you home rejoicing once again into these doors.
through all of the different circumstances, the different muses, the different joys and the different trials, something like this prayer holds it all together. many of these songs come from a place of searching, of longing... for something that feels like home. it is an imperfect journey, a messy narrative laid out in song that feels a bit like snippets from my journal. yet behind every page, there is something that pulls me... something that pulls my discontentment and my restlessness into a life that is full, into a love that satisfies. so the record culminates in something that sounds like... home. it is the place where i found myself profoundly surrounded by Love itself... and it sounds like voices singing over me, joining in with the hymn that has been drawing me all along. a song that emanates from the heart of a Father. "why do you spend on what doesn't give back? come dine at my table... come home."
this invitation has always been calling out to me: "come home."
they are the same words that were uttered to my father that fateful day he came to Jesus on the altar of that makeshift church, meeting humbly in an abandoned theater in manila. and they are the same words that call out to me every day. words that comfort, words that guide. it is an invitation to a table that is open, as much as i may wander.
released April 28, 2017
all songs written by julius obregon, jr.
julius obregon, jr. - guitars, vocals
jr bishop - production, programming, mixing, mastering, bgv's on "lullaby"
randy hiroshige - drums
janelle hiroshige - bass
jarel paguio - rhodes and organ
james spaite - harmonica and percussion on "who's to say," bgv's on "can we start again"
stephen rinker - glockenspiel and pocky-glock on "lullaby"
teroa paselio and william shine - backing vocals/choir on "through the storm"
brie darling - backing vocals on "can we start again"
michael freed - strings on "through the storm"
special thanks to dave darling and aunt brie for opening their home to us and letting us track some tunes in their studio!
album design by matt linman. thank you for putting up with all my emails and for being the designger of the year.
and of course, thanks to sweet sam herrera not only for taking the cover photo, but for always counting us off for success and for feeling like home.
dedicated to my parents, for being an embodiment of deep, deep love in my life. we didn’t live in the same place for more than two years growing up, but they taught me that home was much more than a building.
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