Inheritance

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released December 31, 2012

Jonathon Roberts: vocals, piano, electric piano, organ, accordion, percussion

Emily Clare Zempel: vocals, bassoon, clarinet, baritone ukulele, guitar (1,11), melodica, percussion

Alexander Foote: guitar, bass (6), organ, percussion, vocals (9)
Jay Foote: acoustic, electric and Moog basses;

Produced by Jonathon Roberts & Emily Clare Zempel
Co-produced by Alexander Foote & Jay Foote
Mixed by Alexander Foote
Mastered by Christopher Colbert
Photography by Ilya Popenko
Design by Charis J Carmichael Braun

This album is part of Spark and Echo Arts, a non-profit that is creating a multi-disciplinary "illuminated" Bible with a work of art, music, theatre, poetry, dance or film in response to every passage. Learn more, support and enjoy at www.SparkandEcho.org

Song References: 1-Psalm 42; 2-Galatians 2:20, 5:24; 3-John 19:31-37; 4-Jeremiah 12:5-17; 5-Matthew 6:33; 6-from Hamlet by Shakespeare and from Lay of the Last Minstrel by Sir Walter Scott; 7-Psalm 118:24, Proverbs 31:10-31; 8-Ecclesiastes 12:1-7; 9-Psalm 126; 10-Jeremiah 29:11-14; 11-Genesis 9:1-17

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Jonathon Roberts Beacon, New York

Jonathon MT Roberts is a composer and performer inspired by biblical text with a background in classical, jazz and, pop. He collaborates with his wife Emily Clare Zempel for the Spark & Echo band and write off the beaten path music and theatre. Founder of Spark and Echo Arts. ... more

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Track Name: Deep Calls to Deep
Deep Calls to Deep
Psalm 42
Written for Pastor Bob Hochmuth, on his retirement

As the deer pants for water
so my soul thirsts for you.
My tears are my food, day and night,
while all I hear is
where, where is your God?
These things I remember, as I pour out my soul;
how I used to lead the multitudes in the house of God,
Oh, with shouts of joy, what a festive throng

Why are you down, oh my soul?
Why so disturbed within me?

My soul is down, but I remember the heights and rivers
where deep calls to deep,
and all your waves sweep over me.
By day it’s love and at night a song.
I pray to God my rock, why have you forgotten me?
Why must I go on mourning oppressed by the enemies?
Oh, my bones in agony and all I hear is:
Where is your God?

Why are you down, oh my soul?
Why so disturbed within me?

I will praise my Savior and my God
With hope for my soul.
I will praise my savior and my God.
Track Name: Buy Me a Hat
Buy Me a Hat
Galatians 2:20, 5:24

Buy me a hat, show me some rainbows,
Bring me some liquor, buy me some wine.
You are a fine catch, baby, divine, it’s gonna be yours and mine.

Buy me a hat, show me some rainbows,
Bring me some liquor, buy me some wine.
Come on, come on it stopped raining, now I’m not complaining
What’s on your mind?

Why, why do you cry? I’m only water, it’s only water, baby.
I’m riding the line. Maybe it’s over, maybe it’s, maybe it’s

I’m so real, realness comin‘ outta my belly like a honeybadger
I’m so sweet, sweet like a flow‘r that’s dyin‘ every hour now
Oh oh oh. It’s looks like snow so…

Buy me a hat, show me some rainbows,
Bring me some liquor, buy me some wine.
Come on, come on it stopped raining, now I’m not complaining
What’s on your mind?

Ah, what are you feeling? I’m on the ceiling, baby.
I’m riding the line, maybe it’s over, maybe it’s, maybe it’s

I’m so fake, fake like a fire that’s burning in a liar, well
I’m so cheap, cheap like a catholic, a universal catholic.
Oh oh oh. It’s time to grow but…

We’re stuck here in the mud
Burning without the sun
And Jesus has got the gun.

I want to see your eyes.
I want to see you die.

Maybe no.
Maybe it’ll be a nice winter, oh, oh.
It looks like snow so,

Buy me a hat, show me some rainbows,
Bring me some liquor, buy me some wine.
Come on, come on it stopped raining, now I’m not complaining
What’s on your mind?

Why, why do you cry? I’m only water, it’s only water, baby.
I’m riding the line. Maybe it’s over, maybe it’s, maybe it’s
Over.
Track Name: Bones
Bones
John 19:31-37

I’ve come to break your bones.
I’ve come to take you down from the sky.
I see your soul’s already gone.
Your lonely bones I’m looking on.
None of your bones will be broken.

I’m breaking your heart.
I’m drawing a line in your skin.
The water from your heart that pours
Deepens what I’ve only heard before:

None of your bones will be broken.
I cannot break your bones
I cannot break your bones
I will not break your bones

I’m looking on the one I have pierced.
Track Name: Inheritance
Inheritance
Jeremiah 12:5-17

Has not my inheritance become to me like a lion in the woods?
She roars at me, I hate her.

Has not my inheritance become to me like a speckled bird of prey,
That other birds surround and attack?

Go gather all the wild beasts, bring them to devour.
Many shepherds will ruin my fields, yeah.
They’ll turn my pleasant vineyards in to trash.

If you race with men on foot, and they have worn you out
than how can you compete with a horse?

If you stumble in the safeland,
How are you gonna manage in the thicket,
When ev’ry thing is desolate and dry?

Your brothers, your brothers, your own family-
Even they’ve betrayed you.
Do not trust them—they’re the ones I love, yeah,

For they will sow wheat, but reap thorns.
They will wear out, but gain nothing, yeah well,
Over the barren land
The sword will devour,
Because nobody cares.

So bear the shame of your harvest
Because of the Lord’s angry mouth.
Track Name: Battles
Battles
Matthew 6:33

I see you wake up, already you’ve left me behind.
Your skin is your armor,
and a cup of black coffee makes you stronger.

The freckles on your face
have rearranged in defiant independence.
And you, you seem invincible,
but I know a spot where you are weak.

And where, where are you battles?
Where the army you fight?
Take the peace of this bed, of this heart.

You build your kingdom,
your fortress, one block at a time.
But where are your subjects gone,
while you sit alone and supreme?

For I, I know your battles.
I know the army you fight.
Won’t you lay down your weapons,
And give yourself, give yourself, give yourself…

Surrender it slowly,
Give yourself all to me.
I promise you’ll never want.
You’ll find your victory in me.
Track Name: I Love Thee
I Love Thee
Text from Hamlet by Shakespeare and Lay of the Last Minstrel by Sir Walter Scott
Written for Clare and Judy Zempel on their anniversary

I love thee. I love but thee, with a love that shall not die
Till the sun grows cold, and the stars grows old
I love thee.

Doubt the stars
Doubt the sun
Doubt truth, but never doubt I love.
Doubt thou the stars are fire, doubt that the sun doth move
Doubt truth to be a liar, but never doubt I love.

I love thee.

It is the secret sympathy, the silver link, the silken tie,
Which heart to heart and mind to mind
In body and in soul combined.

Doubt thou the stars!
Doubt the sun!
Doubt truth, but never, never doubt I love.
Doubt thou the stars are fire, doubt that the sun doth move,
Doubt truth to be a liar, but never doubt I love.

I love thee.
Track Name: What a Day
What a Day
Psalm 118:24, Proverbs 31:10-31
Written for Jodie Kirk's Grandma, on her birthday

Charm can fool,
Beauty can trick your heart.
Well you've got beauty and charm to spare,
So I've had my eye on you from the start.
I know you're better,
You're better than every woman I know in the world,
You are finer than everyone of them.
Everyone gather 'round, for the love, for the love I've found.

Ride on a wheel, take a bike to the town
Whatever you need just get here 'cause it's the time
To gather all the children around.
Let's have a party, let's have a parade for you are the one
Who's worthy of praise, for what you've done
And the love you give. Everyone
Everyone gather 'round, for the love I've found.

What a day, what a day, oh Lord, what a day!
What a day, what a day, oh Lord, what a day!

Oh, what a day, what a day was the day you were made.
There's a time to be glad and a time for joy,
With you we got one in the same.
You got my heart, you've had it from the start.
You showed me a love that lasts forever, so we’ll never part.
I believe in the love you know.

What a day, what a day, was the day you were made!
What a day, what a day, was the day you were made!

I see you, everywhere I go,
In the love that shines from every heart
Of everyone you've ever known.
Everyone, everyone gather round,
For the love, for the love I've found.
Track Name: Remember Me
Remember Me
Written for Bob and Marie Mikels on their anniversary
Ecclesiastes 12:1-7

Before the sun and the light
And the moon and the stars grow dark,
The clouds return after the rain;

When the keepers of the house tremble,
And the strong men stoop,

When the grinders cease,
And the windows grow dim,
When the doors to the street are closed
And all the sounds fade away;

When men rise up to the sounds of birds,
But all their songs grow faint;

When men are afraid of heights
And dangers in the street;
When the almond tree blossoms
And the grasshopper drags along
Desire no longer stirred,
Then man goes to his eternal home
Mourners in the street.

Before the silver cord is severed,
Or the golden bowl broken
Before the pitcher is shattered
Or the wheel broken at the well,
Dust returns to the ground,
The spirit returns to the sky,

Remember me.
Track Name: How to Be Free
How to Be Free
Psalm 126
In Memory of Al Roberts


When you saved us from our captors
We were like those who dreamed.
Our mouths were full of laughter,
Our tongues with songs of joy.

Then it was said among the nations,
"Oh lord you’ve done great things for them.“
You have done great things for us
And we are filled with joy.

You taught me how to be free,
Free as the river in the spring.
Now those who sew with tears,
Will reap with songs of joy.

Those who go out weeping,
Carrying seed to sow
Will return with a harvest
Carrying songs of joy.
Track Name: Yo Sé
Yo Sé
Jeremiah 29:11-14

I know the thoughts that I think when I think of you.
I know the plans that I have for you.
Plans of hope,
Plans to prosper,
Thoughts of peace,
And none of calamity.

And you shall call upon me,
And you shall come to me,
And you shall pray unto me,
And I will harken unto you.
And you will seek me,
And you will find me,
When you search for me with all your heart.
I will be found of you, I will be found of you.
And we will be free.

Yo sé los planes que tengo para tí.
Yo sé muy bien los planes que tengo para tí.
Planes de bienestar,
Y no de calamidad.
A fin de darle un futuro y una esperanza.

Y tú me invocarás y vendrás a suplicarme.
Y yo te eschuraré me buscarás y me encontrarás,
Me encontrarás cuando me busques de todo corazón.
Te dejaré encontrarme,
y tú serás libre.

And I will seek you,
And I will find you,
I will search for you with all my heart.
I will find you.
I will search for you with all my heart.
I will be found of you,
And we will be free.
Track Name: Lifeblood
Lifeblood
Genesis 9:1-17

You fill the earth, as fear and dread fill my heart.
And every heart of every bird in the sky,
And every creature that creeps, and every fish in the sea.

Though I’m just a bird we share this covenant,
This everlasing covenant,
I am a bird I see the colors in the sky just like you.
Just like you, never again will the waters destory me,
Never again, never again will the waters destroy us.

You hold me in your hand.
You hold me in your hand, though I am just a bird.
You eat my flesh, though I am just a bird.

Though I’m just a bird we share this covenant,
This everlasing covenant,
I am a bird I see the colors in the sky just like you.
Just like you, I am accountable for your lifeblood.
We are accountable, for you are in the image of God.

Though I’m just a bird we share this covenant,
This everlasting covenant.
I am a bird, I see the colors in the sky just like you.
Just like you, never again will the waters destory me.
Never again, never again will the waters destroy us.

And yet, I am in your hands, as a bird, I am.
I’m in your hand, like the green once was.

Though I’m just a bird we share this covenant,
This everlasting covenant.
I am a bird, I see the colors in the sky just like you.
Just like you, never again will the waters destory me.
Never again, never again will the waters destroy us.