Life is starting to settle back into a rhythm for us. The baby is almost two months old now. Since she was born, a lot has happened in this house. We sold our vocal booth, which has been taking up a third of our living room for a few years now. We were given a very beautiful, old piano that now sits against the wall and magnetically pulls all hands to it throughout the day. Randy has taken over the porch and back deck as his makeshift-workshop, where he has begun making bamboo flutes in mad-scientist fashion. (This last sentence requires a post all its own, hopefully to come soon…)
During the week, we are all home. This is where our children go to school, this is where Randy and I work, teaching music lessons, recording, writing, etc. This is where life mostly happens for us. Sometimes, it can get crazy. There are a lot of people living in this small house. Lots of distinct personalities bumping right up against one another. I am thankful for this way of life. We are learning to live together. And when it gets too much to handle, God has been gracious enough to give us the whole beautiful world outside.
It has been a year and a half since we released our album, Home. In hindsight, I am still amazed at the way that project came together. Home is a cd with 14 original songs that Randy and I wrote for or about one another in the course of our relationship, which started in 1999. There are songs about falling in love, getting married, having kids, how love changes, etc. We recorded the album in our living room over the course of three long years. Randy taught himself to record, and he worked (in mad-scientist fashion) on this album harder than I have ever seen him work at anything in his whole life. I am so proud of him and of the finished work.
I drew and designed the album artwork, with lots of help from the kids in the booklet insert. A josephine knot is a celtic knot that binds two ropes securely together. I had the idea for this image of Randy and me on our wedding day, with our hearts tied together in this knot. I love the image, and I really mean what it says. I can never imagine separating those two hearts. It would be too painful to bear.
Over the next few weeks, I am going to post the stories behind some of the songs on the album as well as images from the cd booklet. If you already have our cd, I hope that the stories will make the music richer for you. If you haven’t heard the album yet, you can purchase it (hard copy or via download) on the store page of our website: www.thejosephineknot.com
Sincere thanks for your interest in our family and/or music. I look forward to sharing these stories with you.
Mackenzie, Randy, Rosie, Paloma, Kells, Remy, and Heidi Wren