I couldn’t possibly depict all of the images that flashed in my mind when I penned the lyrics“Things that hurt to remember. Things too good to be true. Your love blazed like an ember. Saw me through. I remember You.” The “y” in You is capital. I’m talking about Jesus. When I look back over my life, I realize now that God NEVER left me even though I attempted to leave Him. All I knew of Him was what I’d heard & what “His people” showed me. I honestly felt I’d be better off, minus the criticism and cross examination about my musical taste and style which, in large part, was why I “hit the road Jack!” Truth be told, I was finished with the “tradition” and rigidity that was being represented as “church.”
But while I was out there “doing my thang” (lol), I noticed an emptiness deep within my soul that money, nor success could satisfy. I knew I needed something (See “Beautiful” – Time To Say CD, track 3)– but what? I was sure it couldn’t be RELIGION because I had tried that. I was relieved to learn that I was right. It was NOT RELIGION I was yearning for, it was RELATIONSHIP.
Jesus loved me back into His arms (See “Time To Say” – track 7) and showed me that RELATIONSHIP (with Him) was WAAAAY more DELICIOUS and fulfilling than RELIGION!
I’m so grateful that God has allowed me to make a musical “print” of my life’s experiences. I’m humbled by the hits I’m getting on Facebook & Twitter from people all over the US & the UK who’ve heard the single “I Remember” on a gospel or jazz station local to their area or online. My new video “I Remember” pictorializes some of the events that stand out when I recall God’s faithfulness to me. Through a teen pregnancy, some unbelievable career opportunities, a failed marriage, international television appearances, domestic violence, a divorce, an amazing “new” husband, the loss of both parents and the gift of watching all three of my sons graduate college, I was, at times, too immersed in pain or bliss to notice where my strength was coming from. Then, one day, just a few years ago, I had an epiphany. I replayed the scenes from my life on the screen of my mind. I realized that it was God all the time. And I’m just so grateful that he let me sing it for the world to hear. “I Remember You!”