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Since then we have dealt with a rash of strange illnesses
like shingles, gout and blown out backs (gosh, we sound
like a nursing home band). Since then, finances have
threatened to steal our joy, we said good-bye to our
drummer of five years, wives have gotten pregnant,
babies have grown-up, mistakes have been made, parents
have gotten sick and we started off the spring tour with
a fire on our rented RV. We lost almost everything we
owned. Since we started this album, we have experienced
so many trials and new beginnings that we hardly feel like
the same people.
In the midst of writing this album… life happened.
The honeybee stopped and dawdled at the most
curious, often painful, little flowers.
And while the idea of God’s color is still true, we became
personally aware of a much bigger theme in scripture over
the past two years: the redemption of all things. God’s
ultimate story of taking what is broken and less than holy
and His process of restoring it.
We were reminded that really, our story is just a tiny
part of God’s story. His story is about making all things
new. He never leaves His people. He doesn’t give up, turn
around, or quit. He calls people to remember how He has
been faithful in the past; to live each day as an act of
worship; and to long for the day when Jesus will restore
all that has been broken in this world. God promises to be
the author and finisher of our faith. That is the story of
scripture. A God who is making all things new. And that is
where this album truly began… realizing we are a part of
God’s story of redemption.
When Addison Road began making plans
for their latest album, they had no idea
that God would bring about a birth, a
loss, a fire and more of… life.
Now, lead vocalist, Jenny Chisolm,
shares her heart about the stories God
has helped them rewrite.
Writing an album is like following a honey bee.
At least I think that is how Annie Dillard would see it.
In her book, The Writing Life, Dillard describes the
writing process as following a honey bee who seems to
stop and dawdle in the strangest places, and then with
almost no warning, takes off with so much intensity that
you can’t quite follow it.
That’s what writing our new album, Stories, sort of felt like.
Almost two years ago, we sat down and began praying
through this project. Before we played any notes on a
guitar or scribbled out any lyrics, we wanted to have a
clear direction. What do we want our music to say? We
decided, with intensity, that it should be about God’s color.
The beauty of hope and the different colors God brings
out of people. We would call the album “Color.”
But that was almost two years ago.
Since then, my husband and I have had a baby girl,
spent nine foggy months begging God for mercy during
sleepless nights and now we have a strong-willed
(beautiful-in-every-way) one-year-old. Since then we have
had our van, trailer, instruments, gear and merchandise
stolen twice. The police recovered that van and we
promptly had a head-on collision. Now we are van-less.