Chris and I were in the studio one day, excited to get some work done on our music. Before we start each session, we always pray and give God the glory for our work and pray in His blessing on the project. While praying I heard a melody line go through my head, and I jumped up and grabbed the guitar. I sang about 2 minutes of mumbled words to the melody in my head, and ended my gibberish song by singing “You are not Alone”.
Looking back, I ask myself “why those words”??? The truth is I have no answer to that; it was just what came out of my mouth in the middle of my mumbling. Either way the sound seemed to catch Chris’ ear, and he wanted to record it right away. For the next couple hours, I sat in the corner of the studio with my notebook, writing the first verse and chorus. When I had finished that, we played the song for several people at different times, and the response was always the same... eyes filled with tears. Chris and I knew that we were onto something.
For the next month, I thought about all the friends I had who were currently in rough situations. I was currently feeling lonely season in Hollywood, and I had friends who were going through breakups, some through divorce, and some who had family members who were sick and passing away. I had several more friends who couldn’t afford to pay bills and several who were just straight up lonely like I was. Thinking about them, influenced me to write the rest of this song.
When Chris and I met again to record the next draft, he mentioned the need for a violin, a fingerpicking guitar player and a female vocalist. As crazy as it sounded to me at the time, he said we should try to get an accordion player. But how in the world were we going to find this in Napa and how were we going to find them as fast as we needed? We knew players in LA, but we needed them faster then that, and our budget was too low to afford many of the players we knew anyhow.
In the middle of our pity party, a call came in from an unknown caller, but we ignored it. To our surprise, in the morning, when Chris checked the voicemail, it was from a guy who was looking to rent a high-hat for his drummer. But why was he calling Chris? And how did he get his number for that? We still don’t know… Chris asked, “What type of music do you play?” and they’re response was Cajun Country. “I’ve never heard of a Cajun band without an accordion player” Chris replied. It turned out the band from Louisiana (L’ angelus) had an accordion, a fiddle, several singers and a fingerpicking guitarist… and they were really good. It was more then we could have hoped for and they played just like I had envisioned. The coolest part, in 2 takes we had the tracks you will hear on the single, and the only charged us by using our high-hat.
There is so much more I could say about this song I thank God everyday for blessing us the way he did. I’d also like to say thank you to Chris Bell, Stephen Reese, Katie Reese, Michael Anderson, Erin Workman for your help and guidance and to all my friends and family who inspired me to finish this song.