Wednesday, March 30, 2011

To Heaven

Greetings friends and readers of the blog I call Mark Harvey's World.

I always run the risk of reposts, but in the case of "To Heaven" I felt the need to expand on what I've written in the past. More on that in a minute. (Illustration on left: "Stairway to Heaven" by Jim Warren)
"To Heaven" comes from Rain Station's Stonedozer CD (as some or many of you may know).  I still think Stonedozer is some of the best music Jay and I have ever recorded and although I really like our new project, Underground (and DARK RIDE is a hoot), I think Stonedozer really captures everything that Rain Station is.  The disc just sounds so good to me.  It has a good mix of both Jay's and my vocals, musical influences and it really feels connected in so many ways (mentally, physically, spiritually).  That may be why I love this one so much.

"To Heaven" always wells me up when I listen to it.  This song was written with so much love and at a time when I had just become a Father for the first time.  Being a stay-at-home Dad was a real blessing, one that at times I wish I had with my other two kids (although I love my job and believe working outside the home is best for me and my family).  The involvement I had during the first few years of my daughter's life is irreplaceable.  As the nearly 12 years have past since this song was recorded "To Heaven" takes on new meaning with my nearly five year old son and one year old youngest daughter.  My wife and I were talking last night about how much we love the kids and even when things are crazy and not going well these kids we feel so blessed to have them in our lives.  They truly take me to heaven when I look into their eyes - they are my angels here on Earth.

There is a certain spiritual bend to the tune (obviously) which I don't apologize for.  I was raised to believe in God and learned to allow others their own belief system without judgement or criticism.

I wrote, produced and performed this song with backing vocal help from my sister Beth and Idia Huntley.  I need to see where Idia is these days - her voice adds such magic to the track.

"Children will not remember you for the material things you provided but for the feeling that you cherished them" - Richard L. Evans

So true...

Mark Harvey

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