So it says in the middle of the CD Jacket (along with Tom Cannon, then the RUF Campus Minister at NYU and pastoral support to the Session of the Village Church).
The album is titled “From All Their Sin and Sorrow” by Reformed University Fellowship (RUF), New York City.
For those of you who do not know what RUF is – it is the college campus ministry of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).
These songs convey the tradition of the church and its music. Most of the songs are hymns and psalms that are part of a rich heritage and steeped in reformed theology. They included: Alas and Did My Savior Bleed; When All Thy Mercies; Psalm 130; Psalm 51; O Day of Rest and Gladness; Before the Throne of God Above; and Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken (to name a few).
I had to search deep into my brain to remember many of the details around the making of this album. There were the rehearsals that started at 4:00 in the morning (John Sweet slept in my guest room and we went together); keeping Tom Cannon calm around the topic of Beau trying to sing harmony on every track (Tom will probably have forgotten that detail); the extra note on “Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken”; the wonderful vocal duet, violin, and guitar on Psalm 51,; the non-student musicians who contributed many hours to the project (some paid, some not paid); the last minute trip (25,000 American Airlines miles) in sending Kieran to Tennessee so that Tim Tan could assist with the mixing and mastering; and dealing with a wonderful group of kids whose lives reflect the diversity of the kingdom.
What makes this album special for me was not just my involvement in getting it produced but living these songs with these great kids (okay they are now in their late twenties and early thirties) at the Village Church – singing them over and over again on Sunday and at the RUF group meetings.
In the acknowledgement and list of musicians sections (written by Tom Cannon), a few items stick out: my wife Barbara is referred to as an RUF Mom – I guess that makes me an RUF Dad and the 7 train appears courtesy of Mayor Rudolph Guiliani and the Metro Transit Authority (Well, Kieran’s recording studio needed a little work)? In any case, that time of my life will never be forgotten!