Hungry for Hopefeaturing
Anthony Skinner& the Immersion Family band
Friday evening, May 17, 2013at
Hungry for Hope
in Leipers Fork, TN
This weekend I played at my good friend John Ragsdale’s @TheHillsNville What an amazing group of people! MK and I had a blast getting to hear John and playing with Jereme Jeane and the band.
John’s beautiful brother Josh passed about three years ago and I sang “Alright” at the funeral. John asked me to sing the song Sunday morning and for me it was rediscovering the tune all over again.
Also made me miss Josh. Check out this blog on Joshua, you won’t regret it! http://anthonyskinner.com/2010/07/05/the-life-and-words-of-my-friend-joshua-ragsdale/
This is an 11 minute musical and visual journey, focusing on the Passion of Christ. It was inspired by the last weeks of a dear friend’s life. I wanted to create a soundscape for my beloved friend to be swallowed up in the beauty of her salvation through Christ. It is a great tool to focus on communion, Easter week, or the reality that Jesus came as a man of love and humility to snatch us all from the fire.
Anthony Skinner & the Immersion Family Band
Last week my assistant Leann sent me a pick of this piece she just bought from artist Kent Youngstrom.
It’s a truth that never gets old…and it was a sweet reminder of the treasures hidden in the song “Your Love Never Fails” (a song I was privileged to pen with my friend Chris McClarney).
Like anyone, throughout my life I’ve experienced deep hurt, disappointments, set backs, let downs, and some crushing blows. Still, there has always been something stronger. Sometimes, I find this something in a new (or old) truth in the scriptures. Other times, I find it in the presence that floods my dining room when I sit down and play the piano in the morning hours. I find it in the hand of my wife and in the hugs of my children. In laughter … and sometimes through tears. But most often, it’s found when I point blank ask God to speak to my heart. He almost always begins with “I love you, Anthony”.
This love is a compass, a rock, a flood of light in the pitch black, a whisper of comfort and direction in the gray. This love is something seemingly intangible that strengthens the ankles when it’s time to stand up again…and again. It’s a “you’re gonna be okay!” But more often than that, it’s usually “you’re awesome!”. My heart is activated by this love like a Seismometer measuring an earthquake that’s jumping off the Richter scale. This love makes me WANT to believe. It forever erased an empty hole in me and delivered a peace so sweet and simple, yet so complex that I write song after song just trying to get a few more words around it. Countless songs later, I still come up short. Love is a rescue, but more than that, it is a reason. For me it’s THE REASON. Love has put a joy in my center that nothing else comes close to. It makes my life more than bearable, it’s what gives my life pleasure!
When I blow it…
“I know I still make mistakes, but You have new mercy for me everyday…cause Your love never fails.”
When I think I am about to sink…
“The chasm was far too wide, I never thought I’d reach the other side…but Your love never fails.”
When I’m faced with fear…
Nothing could separate, even if I tried to run away, because Your love never fails.”
When the way seems treacherous…
“The wind is strong and the water’s deep, but I’m not alone here in these open seas, and Your love never fails.”
“You stay the same though the ages, Your love never changes. There may be pain in the night, but joy comes in the morning. When the oceans rage, I don’t have to be afraid, because I know that you love me…and Your love never fails.”
…and once again you take it a step beyond, “You make all things work together for my good”!
No matter where I find myself, His love has been there waiting. Because love never fails!
ps. As always, I’m grateful to people like Newsboys, Jesus Culture, Don Moen, Chris McClarney, Elevation, Andrea Thomas, Worship Together, and all the worship leaders and worshippers who have helped spread this song and the simple put powerful truths held within it.
Below are just a few of the places you can find some great versions of “Your Love Never Fails”.
Be sure and check out my good friend and great artist Christine D’Clario’s new release Deeper! Christine, Don Poythress and I had the privilege of sitting down together last year to pen “Faithfulness/Great is Thy Faithfulness” (Track #5), after which Christine invited me to join her on the tune and make a duet out of the song. The song is a classic and producer Paul Mabury knocked the track out of the park (not to mention I had a blast singing with Christine)! She is truly a great vocalist and as real as they come! Don’t waste anymore time, go grab it at itunes now, and make a point of listening to TRACK #5! Peace!
Seats for Anthony’s gig with Blues Counsel went fast! We hope to be doing some more dates around town with Anthony’s singer/songwriter material as well as gigs with the Immersion Family Band, so stay tuned!
Anthony will be performing his singer/songwriter acoustic set, opening for Blues Counsel.
Blues Counsel are a blast and feature: Rick Cua, Tony Hooper, Tom Lane, Tony Morra, Emedin Rivera, and Will McFarlane (from the famed Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, Bonnie Raitt, Etta James, etc.
Anthony will go on at 7pm. Blues Counsel at 8pm. Book online or call Puckett’s at 615-794-5527 and reserve your seat today!
Hey all, the band has a nice little Christmas surprise for you! We got together and came with a laid back, alternate, Americana version of “Christmas Morning” (from the Christmas Morning EP)! Our guitar player Luke “Sully” Sullivant added some sweet slide on this version (with his e9 tuned 6-string electric), and we were once again joined by our newest member Matt Nelson (on Cello). Of course you can check out the studio version of “Christmas Morning” on iTunes along with several other tracks! Side note: the Christmas Morning EP is a personal fav!
Much love and Merry Christmas to you all!