January 2017

Bright Hopes

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A video playlist of how I play the songs from Bright Hopes!

BRIGHT HOPES! is the third release from Mike Craw­ford & his Secret Sib­lings.  The secret of the Secret Sib­lings is that we aren’t real­ly a band. We don’t tour, we don’t play shows. We play in var­i­ous iter­a­tions each Sun­day, lead­ing wor­ship for our church com­mu­ni­ty, Jacob’s Well, in Kansas City.  Every few years, the musi­cians from our com­mu­ni­ty head into the base­ment and make record­ings to car­ry the music beyond Jacob’s Well.

We’ve spent three years record­ing 16 songs with 50 peo­ple and over 100 min­utes of music.  From the start BRIGHT HOPES! has been a gigan­tic com­mu­ni­ty art project. The 16 songs that fill three LPs and the accom­pa­ny­ing triple-gate­fold art­work are a snap­shot of our col­lec­tive wor­ship­ping lives. The mag­ic of record­ing with so many dif­fer­ent musi­cians is that each track on the record has a unique fla­vor. I love the fact that I get to dis­till the cre­ativ­i­ty and ideas of so many artists down into a cohe­sive record, syn­the­siz­ing the many influ­ences of our crew of musi­cians into the Secret Sib­ling sound.

BRIGHT HOPES! is our attempt at cre­at­ing art that points to the depth, den­si­ty, and mys­tery of the God we wor­ship. The­se songs are intri­cate and lay­ered — filled with scrip­ture and the­o­log­i­cal­ly rich imagery. Each song on this record has helped our com­mu­ni­ty hon­est­ly sing our hopes and our laments, our doubts and our prais­es. We’re excit­ed to share them with you.

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    Pro­duced, Engi­neered & Mixed by Mike Craw­ford
    Assis­tant by David Ben­nett, Chase Cas­tor, Alex Chap­man, David Fis­er & William Pol­lock
    Mas­tered by JJ Gold­en at Gold­en Mas­ter­ing

    Record­ed & Mixed at The Impos­si­ble Box}kcmo
    Jan 2013 – Jan 2016

    Illus­tra­tion & Design by ARTDJG
    Sleeve and book­let lay­out by Nate Lewis
    Pho­tographs by Stacey Schmidtz

    String Arrange­ments by Joan­na Davis, Joan­na Per­ry & Suzan­ne Wes­sel

    Horn Arrange­ments by Wes Craw­ford & Matt Fill­ing­ham

    All songs writ­ten by Mike Craw­ford except where oth­er­wise not­ed

    ©2017 Jacob’s Well Records
    ℗2017 Mike Craw­ford — BMI

    Thanks

    Lau­ra, Cole, Macyann & Geor­gia — I love you more than you can imag­ine!; Group – for being a foun­da­tion of friend­ship for so many years; Tim, Isaac, Jes­si & Jim – for the amaz­ing lead­er­ship team we have; Mic­ah – for being my right-hand-man for so many years; the dear peo­ple of Jacob’s Well – for the encour­age­ment and love and patience towards me/us in this giant project; All the musi­cians who worked on this project with me – you are incred­i­ble and a gift to my life; Stacey and Dan­ny – we’ve been work­ing on this for so long – thanks for your cre­ativ­i­ty and for hang­ing in there with me; Isaac and Bill for pro­ducx­tion ides; Bran­don for help with the mixx; final­ly, thanks be to God, the Cre­ator of all things, who we wor­ship with this music and our very lives…

    Please contact Mike at:

    1617 W. 42nd Street Kansas City, MO 64133
    or mikec@jacobswellchurch.org

    Who Did What on Bright Hopes!?

    Grace and Peace

    Drums – Nate Lewis
    Bass – Jere­my Ford
    Gui­tar – Cam­re­on Wiley
    Organs – Cole Craw­ford
    Vocals – Abi­gail Chloe Pab­st
    Vocals – Mic­ah Thomas
    Gui­tar and Vocal – Mike Craw­ford

    The Balm of Gilead

    Drums – Nate Lewis
    Bass – Nick Pick­rell
    Gui­tar – Jeff Lar­ison
    Piano – Cole Craw­ford
    Vocals – Rachel Pol­lock
    Gui­tars and Vocal – Mike Craw­ford

    Bright Hopes

    Drums – Jared Bond
    Bass – Nick Pick­rell
    Piano – Cole Craw­ford
    Vio­lins – Suzan­ne Wes­sel
    Vio­las – Joan­na Davis
    Vocals – Lori Chaf­fer
    Gui­tars and Vocal – Mike Craw­ford
    Shouts! – Sarah Mag­ill, Ali Ebright, Maux Lunn, Rachel Pol­lock, Bar­clay Mar­t­in, Mic­ah Thomas

    Glory to God

    Drums – Jared Bond
    Bass – Kev­in Mor­ris
    Gui­tars – Bran­don Bray
    Vocals – Rachel Pol­lock
    Gui­tars and Vocal – Mike Craw­ford

    You Are The Lover of Our Souls

    Drums & Per­cus­sion – Drew Van Horn
    Bass – Kev­in Mor­ris
    Vocals – Abi­gail Chloe Pab­st
    Sil­ver­tone Acoustic, Organs and Vocal – Mike Craw­ford

    How Long How Long How Long O Lord?

    Drums – William Pol­lock
    Bass – Andy Dondzi­la
    Piano – Cole Craw­ford
    Gui­tars – Chase Cas­tor
    Vocals – Sarah Mag­ill
    Vocals – Mic­ah Thomas
    BGVs – Sarah Mag­ill, Ali Ebright, Maux Lunn, Rachel Pol­lock
    Gui­tars and Vocals – Mike Craw­ford

    The Road To Emmaus

    Drums – Kyle Rausch
    Bass – Andy Dondzi­la
    Lap Steel and Gui­tars – Ian David­son
    Trom­bone – Matt Fill­ing­ham
    Trum­pet – David Fritz
    Tenor Sax – Brad Gre­go­ry
    Bari Sax – Hal
    Vocals – Rachel Pol­lock
    Vocals – Mic­ah Thomas
    BGVs – Sarah Mag­ill, Ali Ebright, Maux Lunn, Rachel Pol­lock, Abi­gail Chloe Pab­st
    Vocal and Gui­tars – Mike Craw­ford

    Come Show Us Our Saviour

    Drums – Bill Pol­lock
    Bass – Matt Fill­ing­ham
    Pianos – David Ben­nett
    Acoustic 12-string – Ian David­son
    Vocals – Jil­lian DeJong
    Vocals and Gui­tar – Mike Craw­ford

    Be Still (Psalm 46)

    Drums – Caleb Berci­u­nas
    Bass – Andy Dondzi­la
    Piano – Sarah Mag­ill
    Gui­tar – Devon Ter­an
    Trom­bone – Matt Fill­ing­ham
    Trum­pet – David Fritz
    Tenor Sax – Brad Gre­go­ry
    Bari Sax – Hal
    Vocal and Gui­tar – Mike Craw­ford

    Psalm 27 (Wait for the Lord)

    Drums – Drew Van Horn
    Bass – Andy Donzi­la
    Piano – Eric Swan­son
    Gui­tar – Jeff Lar­ison
    French Horn – Park­er Elliott
    Trom­bone – Matt Fill­ing­ham
    Trum­pet – David Fritz
    Vocals – Jes­si Lueck
    Vocals – Mic­ah Thomas
    Vocal and Gui­tar – Mike Craw­ford

    Kenosis Hymn

    by Isaac Anderson

    Drums – Isaac Ander­son
    Bass – Seth Jenk­ins
    Gui­tar – Devon Ter­an
    Trom­bone – Matt Fill­ing­ham
    Trum­pet – David Fritz
    Tenor Sax – Brad Gre­go­ry
    Bari Sax – Hal
    Vocals – Lori Chaf­fer
    Vocals and Gui­tar – Mike Craw­ford

    Wherever You Go

    by Isaac Anderson

    Drums – Bran­don Jones
    Bass – Grady Noo­nen
    Trom­bone – Matt Fill­ing­ham
    Trum­pet – David Fritz
    Lap Steel – Ian David­son
    Gui­tar – Zac Grea­son
    Vocals – Rachel Pol­lock
    Vocals – Mic­ah Thomas
    Vocals and Gui­tar – Mike Craw­ford

    Holy Spirit Lead Us Deeper

    Drums – Isaac Ander­son
    Bass – Kev­in Mor­ris
    Gui­tars – Jeff Lar­ison
    Space Pianos – David Ben­nett
    Vocals – Rachel Pol­lock
    Vocals and Gui­tar – Mike Craw­ford

    The Lord Who Goes Before Makes All Things Right

    by Micah Thomas

    Drums – Caleb Berci­u­nas
    Per­cus­sion – Kyle Rausch
    Bass – Alex Chap­man
    So Many Gui­tars – Alan Keller
    Har­mo­ni­um and Piano – David Fis­er
    Vio­lins and Vio­las – Joan­na Davis
    Gui­tar and Vocals – Mic­ah Thomas
    Trom­bone – Matt Fill­ing­ham
    Vocals – Ali Ebright
    Vocals and Gui­tar – Mike Craw­ford

    The Song of the Vineyard

    Drums – Alan Fogle­man
    Bass – Alex Chap­man
    Gui­tars – Bran­don Bray
    Gui­tars – Chase Cas­tor
    Vocals – Han­nah Mas­ters
    Trom­bone – Matt Fill­ing­ham
    Trum­pet – David Fritz
    Tenor Sax – Brad Gre­go­ry
    Bari Sax – Hal
    Vocals and Gui­tars – Mike Craw­ford

    Sing Yer Love

    Drums – Kyle Rausch
    Bass – Riley Tay­lor
    Piano – Cole Craw­ford
    Vocals – Rachel Pol­lock
    Gui­tars – Bran­don Bray
    Trom­bone – Matt Fill­ing­ham
    Trum­pet – David Fritz
    Vocals – Mic­ah Thomas
    BGV’s/Choir – Ali Ebright, Maux Lunn, Sarah Mag­ill

    Grace and Peace (Organ Donors Reprise)

    Organs – Cole Craw­ford w/dear ol’ dad
    Vocals – Abi­gail Chloe Pab­st
    Vocals – Mic­ah Thomas
    Vocals and Drum Machine Switch – Mike Craw­ford

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