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Believe

Ya know. Trials are hard. Some last a lifetime too. I remember many times looking down the snowy roads of Alaska, no money, no one to turn too in the cold. I wrote this song during a HUGE trial in my life and I plucked out the chords alone in a motel room in Whitehorse, Yukon during a blizzard. The power was out and I went downstairs and asked for a candle and they gave me a box. I lit them all! It was 2am and I was really, really happy when this came together.

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Flying On High

Sometimes you are so on fire for Christ you begin to feel really guilty about the way you were. I know that this is not Christian, and Jesus forgives us for our sins but I was so happy one day and I plucked this out with Brian Lash of Blash Studios. Brian is a drummer and goes to my church. He is also a good songwriter too. I was so happy this day and I just wanted to praise Jesus and I said a prayer and I swear I felt the warmth inside my stomach and chest and I just pounded this out. I get allot of emails about the section where I sing “Despised by a religious crew” and what I meant by this is that there is a religious spirit out there in the music industry. The enemy is working overtime to keep this off the radio. Christian musicians know what I mean when I sang that.

 

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A New Song

Another attempt at trying to get out of my “story telling” and “testimony style” of writing. I wanted to write a good worship song and also lift up a “new song” to the Lord, and this was my attempt. I was so excited when I came to Christ I wanted to ask for help, and forgiveness in my way. I love Jesus and to lift a new song to him.

 

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Save Me

I get more emails of support and letters about this song than any other, some of them just bring tears to my eyes. Every Christian out there knows what I am talking about when I sing this song. Sometimes I feel so frustrated by religion. I hate religion. Its about the relationship with Jesus, and not wearing a mask to church and or playing politics. This song spawned out of frustration and the many nights of crying at trials I endured by other Christians when I became saved. From being shunned by other Christian artists, to being shunned by Christian radio, and even members of my own church, I cried many nights and felt very lonely. I asked Jesus to “save me”. Be careful brothers and sisters about praying for gifts and blessings. You just might get them, and when you do others despise you.

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Till The Stars Fall

I remember the night I wrote this. It was a few weeks before Easter, 2006. After almost eight years in my church, I was finally allowed to play one song at church at Easter service. I was so excited. It seemed like I would never make it. I wanted to write a special song about what Jesus went through. It took me less than 5 minutes and I had it nailed. I was so full of the spirit when I wrote this, it was like the Holy Spirit was guiding each word, each chord. I played it at my church Easter of 2006.

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Ship Of Souls

Another one of my favorite songs. It will never see the light of day on radio, but I wrote this when I was struggling with coming to Christ and trying to find my own ministry. I will admit that even though I was serving in church as a sound guy, I desperately wanted my music ministry even though I was still living in sin. Remember that I had a Gold album I earned in the world, and I was still hanging out with worldly friends, doing worldly things even after I started to come to church and serving and that caused allot of pain in my life. I was reaching out to Jesus in this song. I was saying I was sorry for what I did. I wanted to start over, I wanted my ministry, my “ship of souls”.

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I Feel The Son

This song was actually cut from the album, but at the insistence of my father in law, I put it on the album. It is special to him because as the elder of the small 200 person church I attend, he knew it was a song about me coming to Christ. It was my first Christian song. My first thank you to Jesus. Its basically a testimony of how I came to Christ, and what I was feeling. I remember I wanted to take a bath in the spirit and forever leave the old life behind me. I remember saying goodbye to some of my old friends. They called me horrible names, told me how stupid I was for believing. I cut them loose, and “found my faith”.

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Road Through The Wilderness

People often ask me what a road through the wilderness is. In northern parts of the arctic circle and Alaska, people like me that grew up in small villages and towns deep in the woods rely on a “path or road through the wilderness”. Snow machines use these paths during the winter, and in the summer they are frequented by travelers going from one small village to another. Cars don’t get you around up here, snow shoes and three wheelers do! So a road through the wilderness is a big deal. If one is found, or cut, people find out about it quickly. That’s what Jesus is to this 8th grade drop-out, a Road Through the Wilderness. This song was going to get cut, but I left it on because it means a lot to me, and also the 13 year old girl Emily that sang on this was a lamb that I was trying to reach out too. She was coming to church for a while, but eventually after a year, we lost her to the world and I have not seen her in years. She was crying when she sang this in the studio, and I heard the Holy Spirit telling me to keep this song on the album.

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Don’t Ever Forget

I was going through a heck of a time when I wrote this. I was unable to lead worship at my church, and I was really hurt by this. Most of the worship team was intimidated and or they had heard stories about my life before Christ and it was hard for me to serve. My Father in Law allowed me to come and lead worship for a small care-group in Seattle that met on Friday nights downtown. It was in the heart of downtown, and we reached out to the homeless there. You never knew what would happen each Friday. Sometimes homeless drunks would come, and or people would heckle us from outside, and or someone would be on drugs and pass out in the pews. We were renting an old worn down Catholic Church that used to be a speak easy in the 20’s. I have to tell you that I learned more about serving in this caregroup, than anywhere else. I was happy to lead worship for the three or four people, or sometimes 20 that would come each Friday to hear the word. Sometimes I would go there, set up my amp and music stand and mic and no one would come. Many times I led worship with no one in the audience. I did this many times. It really humbled me. One night, my Sheppard Candice prayed for me because I was so frustrated at everything and she told me “Dont ever forget, when your in the dark, what God told you when you were in the light”. What that meant was that it is easy to praise Jesus when your being blessed, but often times we turn away when we are in a trial and or things seem dark. What she told me really hit a chord with me and I thought about it all that night. Later I had a dream that I was sitting on a blanket and at the ends of each blanket were angels. They were holding the each corner of the blanket so I would not fall. I remember a voice that was both caring, yet authoritive, and it made me feel loved. It said “Phil, record this message in a song, and spread it to the four corners of the earth”. I remember waking up in a sweat. I pulled out my Taylor and banged this out as the sun rose that morning. It’s not the strongest of songs, but I left it on the CD because Jesus told me too.

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I’m So Thirsty

Everyone has to have a live song right? This was a song I played in Calcutta, India in 2006 and I love to write upbeat rock ballads about Jesus. I always wanted to re-record this so it sounds better but in the end it’s the messege really that means something. Im thirsty. It’s when your thirsty for Christ that things begin to happen. I love being honest with people about the hardships of being a Christian. This song is really about the hardships of being a Christian more than anything else. Backsliding is something that happens to me allot, and in this song I wanted to offer this to Jesus as a way of saying I was sorry and that no matter what happens in my life, how far I sin, how far I backslide, that I will “never abandon ship”. It’s an old saying really from Bristol Bay, “dont abandon ship” which means that I will stay with my Captain, I will stay with my crew…. I will stay with Jesus, and my Christian friends because I am thirsty for him.

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Stuck On You

I love this song. I wrote this song in Calcutta after a show I did there in my hotel room when I was reminiscing about the show. When the police shut my concert down in Pakistan two days later before I had even finished ONE song, I took to the streets by a Muslim Mosque and started to praise Jesus. Soon people were crowded around me, and before too long, I had a large crowd following me. I was so scared at first as I was all alone with no one, but then a feeling crept over me of complete love and courage and boldness. I wonder if that is what John felt when he was in prison preaching. I wonder if that is what Timothy felt. It makes you totally close to Christ. People were throwing rocks at me, and the police stole the video from two of the cameras, but what was left over I made into a music video. You can watch it on You Tube. It makes me sad that more Christian artists don’t travel to these places. Why don’t we really honor God by going directly to the lair of the enemy and praising him in the streets there. It’s intoxicating, it’s liberating, and it makes you so strong. I don’t care if they ever play my CD on radio here, or carry it in the stores. I will carry his message and his word to these dusty streets as long as I have breath in me to breath.

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Windey Road

I put this song on the album as a testimony. It is a testimony. It’s what I used to be. What many of us are today. I wrote this in a motel room in Dawson City. I remember the night, it was September 12th, 1993. It was pouring rain outside, and the streets were really muddy and snow was on the way any day. The previous night I was kicked out of the cabin I was sharing with a friend and I had spent my last loonie on some weed and I was completely broke, and I had begged $34.00 dollars in about two hours in front of Klondike Kate’s, which is a bar in Dawson City. I used it to get a motel room for the night. I know it’s not politically correct for me to share this with you, but I wan’t you to know where I was. I was a scared kid, on the run, no money, no future, no nothing. I was looking back on my life and the one thing I still had was that old wooden Martin guitar that I carried everywhere with me. I plucked this out in a few minutes. Little did I know then that the song would chart #1 in South America years later.

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What Christmas Really Means

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