Perspective

by Leonard Jones

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(This recording was made using analog technology, for the highest sound quality. High Quality versions are available here at leonardjonesmusic.com, standard versions also available via iTunes, etc.)

This whole last year of my life has been quite a life-changer for me. After having started a church from scratch twenty years prior, with two other men and our wives, I felt the Lord urging me to get out of the boat. I rebuked the thought and went on with my life, but then for me he lit the boat on fire so I jumped out to find I really could walk on water (metaphorically.)
I began to see God in a whole different light than I ever had before, but what really surprised me was the way he saw me.

I found that He looked at me from a totally different perspective than I looked at myself. And I'm convinced that the way I saw him was not the way he really was either. So from that perspective I began to write songs from my heart.

For months I would get up early with him and play my instruments locked in my room, singing, worshipping, practicing, and trying to find the music that would touch his heart and portray his heart to his people.
Out of this time came most of the songs for the CD "Perspective".

Because my perspective of him was changing so dramatically, I wanted a CD that wasn't just filled with catchy songs that could become the next "Worship hit", but rather just "honest music" that touched on something you don't hear anymore; vocals that haven't been "tuned" in the computer. A great band laid down live rather than a million overdubs. Recorded through industry standard equipment, the old school way, not letting the life of the songs be choked out by the production.

I purposed to think about worshiping him while I was doing my final vocals, more than just staying in tune, or making every note perfect.

On one of the songs, "I bow down", I actually started to peer into the heavenly realm and simply sang what I was seeing. I sang 3 takes and each time when I would get to that part of the song I would see something different. When I comped all three parts, it was pretty much what I had seen, and listening back, tears rolled down my cheeks thinking of heaven.
By worship music industry standards I did everything wrong.

Number one I'm way too old to be doing this, the worship music industry is very youth oriented, as it should be. Number two, this doesn't sound like any worship music out there on the planet. Number three, the songs are difficult to play, which is a death sentence to any commercial success hopes before it even gets started.

But the songs are solid. They come from the heart of someone who's walked steadily with the Lord for 40 years. Someone who's seen church politics at it's worst and still loves the church. Someone who, like everyone else still struggles with flesh issues, but has learned to apply the Blood of Jesus and access the power of the Cross on a daily basis. Someone who loves his wife after 27 years of marriage, and will do so until the end.

I love honesty, and this music and this worship is honest. Every person playing and engineering on this CD worshipped while it was being made, I hope that you can do the same as you are listening.

My plans are to have the "Levite Praise Institute", fully functional by 2013. A place where the next generation can come receive the tools to reach their peers with awesome worship, where skill is not something to be shunned but rather sought after. Check leonardjones.org for regular updates of where and when it will be coming.

LEO

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released October 1, 2011

Leonard Jones - acoustic guitar, violin, mandolin, dobro, vocals
Austin Biel - piano, keys, organ
Dave Beegle - electric guitars
Luke Skaggs - lap steel, baritone guitar, banjo, octave 12 string, bowed Les Paul
Fergus Marsh - electric basses
Daniel Rodriguez Jr. - drums, percussion
David Leil - saxophone, flute
Chris Updegraft - organ on "It Is Finished"
Andy Kurzwig - salt shaker
Glenn Tabor - recording and mixing engineer (nice guy too)
Wade Starnes - vocal engineer
Recorded at GAT3 in Charlotte, NC

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Leonard Jones Fort Mill, South Carolina

Leonard Jones has been involved with worship ministry for 37 years and was professionally trained in the US and Europe.

His last 20 years have been spent leading worship at MorningStar Ministries and raising up hundreds of worship leaders and musicians at their school of worship.

He is working towards the opening of the Levite Praise Institute. Checkout leonardjones.org for more info.
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Track Name: Lord Come
Lord Come

If I lift up my hands
If I bow down or stand Lord come
If I open my mouth
To whisper or shout Lord come
For your kingdom is at hand
It's never far from
Anyone Lord come

If I sit still or dance
If I sing though I can't Lord come
If I cry out face down
If I don't make a sound Lord come
For your kingdom is at hand
It's never far from
Anyone Lord

Come meet me where I am
Not where I want to be
Come melt the heavens and let it
Rain down on me
All the power all the praise
All the worship all the ways still it
All belongs to you
It doesn't matter what I do
All the notes all the rests
All the beats in my chest
'till There's nothing that I do
That does not worship you

If I open my eyes
If I keep them shut tight Lord come
If I sing out with tongues
Of Angels or men Lord come
For your kingdom is at hand
It's never far from anyone Lord

Come meet me where I am
Not where I want to be
Come melt the heavens and let it
Rain down on me
All the power all the praise
All the worship all the ways still it
All belongs to you
It doesn't matter what I do
All the notes all the rests
All the beats in my chest
'till There's nothing that I do
That does not worship you

All the power all the might
All the worship all the light
Every day and every night
Every tongue and every tribe
When I eat and when I sleep
When I sow and when I reap
When I laugh and when I cry
When I live and when I die
'til There's nothing that I do
That does not worship you

Let everything I do worship
Track Name: Oh Jah
Oh, Jah

Oh Jah Oh Jah let God Arise

Let His enemies scatter let them flee before Him
As smoke is driven away so drive them away

Oh Jah Oh Jah let God Arise

Let the righteous be glad let them rejoice before Jah
Let them exceedingly rejoice sing their praises to Him, to Him

Oh Jah Oh Jah let God Arise

Extol Him that rideth upon the heavens
by His name Jah Let's rejoice before Him rejoice

Oh Jah Oh Jah let God Arise
Track Name: Inside Your Love
Inside Your Love

The sun it rises up and falls in its
Dance around you through the sky
My world it spins and reels at just the
Thought of one glance from your eyes

Would you take me in Bring me in
sing me inside your Love
Would you draw me in lock me in
hide me inside
Inside your love
Inside you know

I love you Lord
I love your praises Jesus
I love you more now than ever

Take me riding through the dreams that
You imagine up for me
Where waters sing and mountains dance and
Healings fall like leaves from trees

Would you take me in Bring me in
sing me inside your Love
Would you draw me in lock me in
hide me inside
Inside your love
Inside you know

I love you Lord
I love your praises Jesus
I love you more now than ever

Bring me inside your love
Sing me inside your love
Dream me inside your love
I am inside your love

Welcome to my world

You're the only God that bleeds
That can take me to the mercy seat
You Anoint my head with the oil of gladness
And all I want to do is worship
All I want is to satisfy your love

Lord I welcome you into my world
I want to make it heaven for you
Lord I welcome you into my world
I want to make it heaven for you
Lord

You're the only God that breathes
You can't be made from
Sticks and stone
For you clothe yourself with flesh and bone
And all I want to do is worship
All I want is to satisfy your love

Lord I will go where you go
I will stay where you stay
I will do what you do
I will say what you say
All I want now is you
And I want you today
Come into my world
Come into my world

You're the only God that sees
All the others are just deities
They are deaf and dumb
And blind and mute
And not one of them
Compares with you
And all I want to do is worship
All I want is to satisfy your love

Let your Kingdom come here
Let your will be done here
On the Earth as it is in Heaven
Yeah Yeah Yeah
Track Name: It Is Finished
It is finished

It is finished
There is nothing left for me to do but worship
It is finished
What is there that I can add to you
so perfect

I see a broken person
You see a warrior bride
I see the things that I've done
You see what's inside
I see there's no way out
You see there's one way in
I see me struggling
You see me free from sin

There's nothing going to keep me from you
Nothing going to hold me back
Nothing 'bout what I can do it's
All about all about you

Theres nothing going to keep me from you
Nothing going to hold me back
It's finished finished finished

It is finished
You are the door and I'm the Doorkeeper
It is finished
All I have to do is open up
And go deeper

I see there's more work to do
You see the work's been done
I see me running to win
You see me as won
I see a heart of stone
You see a heart of gold
I see the great unknown
You see it all unrolled

Theres nothing going to keep me from you
Nothing going to hold me back
Nothing 'bout what I can do it's
All about all about you
nothing going to keep me from you
Nothing going to hold me back
It's finished finished finished
Track Name: God Is Good
God is good

What if I looked into your eyes
What would I find down deep inside
Not a God of rules and regulations
But love and filled with patience
Let it be understood
That You are good always, all the time

What if I saw you face to face
What would you do with my embrace
You're not the type to bring up the past
You make me first when I should be last
Let it be understood
That you are good
Always, all the time

Lord you are gracious
full of compassion
Slow to anger and of great mercy
Lord you are good to all
and your tender mercies are over
All you have made
The Lord is good
The Lord is good to all (2X)

In the beginning we were in your image
But we try so hard to to make you into ours
When You are so much higher than us
You are love, and we are but dust
Let it be understood that you are good
Always all the time
You are good always all the time
Track Name: Welcome To My World
Welcome to my world

You're the only God that bleeds
That can take me to the mercy seat
You Anoint my head with the oil of gladness
And all I want to do is worship
All I want is to satisfy your love

Lord I welcome you into my world
I want to make it heaven for you
Lord I welcome you into my world
I want to make it heaven for you
Lord

You're the only God that breathes
You can't be made from
Sticks and stone
For you clothe yourself with flesh and bone
And all I want to do is worship
All I want is to satisfy your love

Lord I will go where you go
I will stay where you stay
I will do what you do
I will say what you say
All I want now is you
And I want you today
Come into my world
Come into my world

You're the only God that sees
All the others are just deities
They are deaf and dumb
And blind and mute
And not one of them
Compares with you
And all I want to do is worship
All I want is to satisfy your love

Let your Kingdom come here
Let your will be done here
On the Earth as it is in Heaven
Yeah Yeah Yeah
Track Name: God of Abraham
God of Abraham

I am yours and you are mine
I sip you in like the finest wine
Inside of me sits a cup that I've been
Saving up for such a time

The more I drink the more I want to
The more I flow the more you flow through
The more I let you have of me
The more you let me have of you

I can feel the rhythm of your thoughts
And I dance like there's no tomorrow
I search you out before the morning
Sky invades it's own shadow

Does anybody want you
Could anybody want you
More than I do
More than I do
More than I do NO!

God of Abraham of Isaac
God of Jacob Ancient of days
I will always seek your face
And the more you let me see
The more I praise

Draw me up far from my past
You always save the best for last
I've seen those vintage grapes of wrath but
I will never drink of that

God of Abraham of Isaac
God of Jacob Ancient of days
I will always seek your face
And the more you let me see
The more I praise

The more I drink the more I want to
The more I flow the more you flow through
The more I let you have of me
The more you let me have of you

And I will lift you up
I will lift you up
I will lift your name up higher (Repeat)

When I lift you up
You fill me up
And I lift your name up higher
Track Name: We Wait
We Wait

We wait upon you
We wait for your power
They that wait upon the Lord
Shall renew their strength
As the eagles

We wait upon you
We wait for your fire
To purify our hearts
And burn away the dross in us

We wait upon you
We wait for your presence
'cause in the presence of the Lord
There's fullness of joy and we wait

We wait upon you
We wait for the moment
When the spirit of the Lord
Comes and fills this house
With his grace

Even so Lord come, Lord come
Even so Lord come
Arise and shine
We wait here to see your glory
Arise and shine
We wait here to see your grace
Track Name: Resurrection Song
Resurrection song.

He opens up his eyes
Rips the veil from his face
To see the light
His life invading every single cell
He pulls the trophy to his chest
That they call the gates of hell
He is making an open show of it today
He is leading all of our captivity away
Every power and every principality
He has spoiled at the Cross
Through his strength dressed up as weakness I say

All honor all power
All glory all might (2X)
Belong to him

Death where is your sting
Grave where is your victory
He laid down like a lamb to the slaughter
For the joy set before him is the greatest mystery
He, knowing the kind of people he was dying for
He, letting his open wounds become their open door
Reality is setting in, for the life that I now live
I am living now in him and I say

All honor all power
All glory all might (2X)
Belong to him

He loves me
With a love that never ends
He adores me
Every message that he sends
(No greater love than this) (3X)
That a man lay down his life for his friends

All honor all power
All glory all might
Track Name: Bless The Lord
Bless the Lord

Everything worships everything made
Nothing escapes Your heart
Majesty comes from daughters and sons
Who hold up Your name To declare You their God

Bless the lord, bless the lord Hallelujah
Bless the lord oh my soul

You don’t begin and You will not End
You own eternities
Your glory falls when You come near
The sound of heaven Your children release

Bless the lord, bless the lord Hallelujah
Bless the lord oh my soul

Of all the places where You could live
You chose to live in me
I’m just the setting but You are The Stone
Over and over forever I’ll sing

Bless the lord, bless the lord Hallelujah
Bless the lord oh my soul
Track Name: I Bow Down
I Bow Down

You alone oh God
Dwell in Holiness
Where every knee shall bow
And every tongue confess

That You are Lord
To the Glory of God
That You are Lord
There is no other One
And I bow down
I bow down
Worthy are You alone
You alone

The creatures day and night
Cry before the throne
Holy is the Lord
Then they all fall down saying
You are Lord
To the Glory of God
Who is like You
There is no other One
And I bow down
I bow down
Worthy are You alone
You alone

Holy is the Lord