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play hi-fi  Celebration
play hi-fi  A Song For Daddy
play hi-fi  Born On Easter Morning
play hi-fi  Fire Insurance
play hi-fi  Bumper Sticker Witness
play hi-fi  Don't Be Deceived
play hi-fi  The Lord's Always Cared For Me
play hi-fi  Emily
play hi-fi  Wait On Me
My web site is located at TheSonsAreFree.com. The best way to contact me is by email at jack at thesonsarefree dot com. Thanks.

I'm an old Jesus freak who writes songs based on reality and what I discern spiritually. Can't say I've ever cared for the type of song that sings 5-6 words over and over and over for 3:15 and then fades. For me, songs have to say something meaningful or make a statement.

These songs, in order, chronicle my journey to Jesus, from childhood and the admonishments that I should go to Sunday school, through disillusionment with religion and finding Jesus when everything I held dear was taken from me. The songs continue with lamenting the state of the religious institution that calls itself the "church", struggling with my cross and finally pouring myself out to the Lord on behalf of the lost, this world - for renewal - for an outpouring of His Spirit - for rain.

If you wonder where I'm at on the path to the Lord's kingdom, it is best expressed in the last song on this page, Resurrection Power. I think it's the best song I've ever written, though I am also very fond of Lord You Are, Pharisee Like Me and Echoing the Cross. Oh heck, I like 'em all, the 4 I mentioned are just the ones that really communicate my heart.
Why this name?
I didn't chose it - I'm named after my dad. And believe me, that's a recipe for confusion. Please don't do that to your kid! Thankfully, the only name that really matters, is the name the Father gives us IN Christ Jesus.
Do you play live?
I used to, but not any more. Packing gear in and out of churches ain't as easy as it used to be. Also, writing songs about the sad state of the institutional church doesn't exactly endear me to churchy folk.
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
Makes distribution and recording so much easier. On the Resurrection Power CD, I had 5 internet friends whom I've never met in person, contribute parts through WAV files uploaded via FTP server. Totally cool technology!
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
No ... and the reason for that is, the Father has instructed me to give my MP3's and CD's away, i.e., FREE. He did say, after all, "Freely you have received, freely give". So if I signed a contract, or licensed my songs to another artist, there'd be someone trying to profit from them. As steward of the songs and with the Lord's mandate, I have to ensure my music remains free, and that means no entanglements with the industry. And that's gotta seem strange to some folks, as I've been told by a few people in the music industry that "Lord, You Are" is one of the nicest worship songs there is and "Resurrection Power" is one of the most powerful and prophetic songs today. That is not to boast, just typical of our Father - people pay for religion - but Jesus who is THE BEST, is free. So why not the music that comes from the heart of God?
Band History:
I started out playing for my local church in the late 60's. In the 70's I played guitar in a group of 40 high school kids called "God's Creation Company" out of Calvary Lutheran Church in Federal Way, Washington. Man what memories and good friends. In the 80's my brother and I did concerts in a duet we called "The Singers David" and later "The Helser Brothers". From the mid-80's to mid-90's, I raised my kids and returned to music solo-style around 1998. The Lord You Are CD was recorded in 2001 and the Resurrection Power CD in 2006.
Your influences?
Kieth Green, Don Francisco, Bruce Carroll, Weird Al Yankovic. I also love Amy Grant - that girl has beautiful songs and a heart of gold.
Favorite spot?
There is a beautiful spot on Lake Bloomington, where Karen once attended an Emmaus weekend with the Methodist church. The fall of 1996, we enjoyed a picnic there and exchanged promises. Overlooking the lake is a solitary cross, under which we ate and talked. The trees that fall and the few times we have visited there again, turn a beautiful shade of gold. We don't go back every year, but my memory of that spot is as vivid as if we were just there.
Equipment used:
I used a Roland VS-840 to record the Lord, You Are CD and then moved up to a P4-2.66ghz PC with an M-Audio Delta 66 card with Omnistudio front end running Adobe Audition 1.5 for the Resurrection Power CD. The Roland VS-840 (upgraded to EX and refitted with a Compact Flash drive for silent operation) still comes in handy to record vocals and mic'd AG passages. Outboard equipment: a trio of Bellari MP-105 mic pre's with the Black Lion Audio modification and good NOS 12AX7/ECC83 tubes, Presonus Blue Tube, Alesis NanoComp, Zoom RT-123, Johnson J-Station, Alesis NanoBass, Roland MU-50, Yamaha MG10/2, Korg Toneworks G2, MXL 603's, MXL V67G, and a host of decent VST plugins used via Audition. Lastly, I love the Har-Bal program for mastering equalization.
Anything else...?
So many questions and you didn't ask about food! Hunan-style chinese stirfry is my fave food - love Mongolian Beef, Kung Pao Chicken, Hot and Sour soup, mmmm ... also Thai food, esp. Phad Thai. I'm also crazy about my wife and thankful that religion and legalism are behind me. Walking with Jesus is enough for me - I don't need the busyness of institutional churchianity. If you want to know more about my thoughts on "churchianity", check out my profile page and my brief blog posts "Who Bakes Your Bread" and "A More Simple Life".
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