“A Saturday Night Collaboration” – live from the Railway Carriage Studio – with international guests and Michael Ots

On Saturday 9th May at 8:15pm, UK time, join a “collaboration” in the Railway Carriage Studio! 

I’m excited to welcome brilliant saxophonist Nick Beston (London) and Ukrainian violinist, Marina Gnatyshyna (Kiev) for this collaboration. Dewi Jones (Welsh National Theatre) will be engineering…

Tonight, Michael Ots will speak during the interval – a lot of us would travel to the next country to hear him but he’ll be right here “in” the Railway Carriage too.

The whole event runs from 8:15pm to 9:15pm… 

Hope you can join us all!

LINKS: 
www.facebook.com/mayo.andy/live
www.youtube.com/turquoisetracks
www.turquoisetracks.com

After the Railway Carriage Session…

Thank you for being a part of tonight – it was good to share this with you!

It would be great to keep the conversation going!

Connecting:

UK: Pop any feedback you want to in the form at the bottom of the page. If you include your mailing address, we’ll post a couple of books to you – Mark’s eyewitness account of Jesus’ life (Mark’s Gospel) – and the newly published “Where is God in a Coronavirus World?” by John Lennox.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: click here to email Lilja who will get in touch to chat more.

Serbia: Click here to contact Samuilo or Marijana, or head to their FaceBook page here. They have a Serbian translation of John Lennox’ new book and would post this to you with a Serbian Mark’s Gospel.

Listen to Michael Ots speaking about spiritual themes arising from the current crisis by clicking here. (I’m also singing at this event.)

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Keeping in touch…

Live from the “Railway Carriage Studio”

You’re Invited! On this Saturday 25th April, 8pm UK time, I’m planning to share some stories and songs for an hour – live on Facebook and through YouTube Live.

You’re welcome to join me! I’ll be in the little “Railway Carriage Studio” that I’ve been using for other streamed events.

I’d love it if you can come! It might be a good event to invite friends to as well… it’ll feel like one of those evenings that we’ve sat outside in a cafe together – or on some beautiful Balkan mountainside – and swapped songs!

See you at 8pm Saturday if you can! 


LINKS: 

www.facebook.com/mayo.andy
www.youtube.com/turquoisetracks
www.turquoisetracks.com

Find Rest

Psalm 62

Find rest,
O my soul,
in God
alone.

My salvation
and my honour
depend
on Him.

You alone are my rock;
You alone my salvation.
You are my fortress:
I shall not be shaken.


He’s my refuge:
He’s my mighty rock.
I trust
in Him.

You alone are my rock;
You alone my salvation.
You are my fortress:
I shall not be shaken.


God has spoken
and I have heard:
that You O God are strong,
that You O God are loving.

You alone are my rock;
You alone my salvation.
You are my fortress:
I shall not be shaken.

“Rest for your Soul” the story behind the song released in a booklet…

Tonight we’ve received from the printers the booklets, “Rest for your Soul” – the booklet contains the story shared online here: https://turquoisetracks.com/videos/rest/

I plan to give these away this Easter time with the intention of triggering conversations around these biggest themes! If you’d like some, let me know!

In the days of CDs and records, I loved the photography and artwork. These little booklets (this is the fourth I’ve done like this) give an outlet for that old idea… and give the opportunity to share the story behind the song.

Here’s a mockup of the printed design:

Rest for your Soul

I’ve just finished “Rest for your Soul”. Dewi Jones has done a brilliant job of arranging, programming plus playing bass and keys while another friend, Danijel Petkovski plays his legendary harmonica!

Josie Evans and James Callaghan helped record this video near Tower Bridge.

See below for the story behind the song…

“Rest for your Soul” – a story behind the song.

I’m walking by a lake and my friend is talking about “truth”. Is there such a thing in cultures so jaded by propaganda and fake news? Perhaps we’re just searching for whatever particular “truth” makes us happy – lives separated by firewalls of incompatible belief systems. She gazes across the water to a hazy horizon.

But what if we were to drill down to the bedrock of everything, we ask as we walk again, what would be there? Or who? As finite, limited creatures, perhaps we just don’t have the conceptual tools to get there – we’re just left with a restless and unresolved longing – “a splinter in our souls.”

Maybe the only solution to our search, we say, would be if One from “the outside” stooped to our level to reveal the heart of everything to us.

Hundreds of years earlier, a man is walking by this same lake. He’s surrounded by those who think themselves cultured, as well as common, the contemptuous as well as the curious,

“I have come down… not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.”

Jesus was presenting himself as though he had come from the outside: revealing truth to humanity. Anyone could of course make such “God-claims” but Jesus backed them up with extraordinary words and actions; healings, exorcisms, an unnatural authority over nature…

Eventually Jesus was executed for blasphemy: a man who claimed to be God. His body was put into a rich man’s tomb and guarded by a crack unit of troops.

But on the third day, Jesus’ body had disappeared and the tough soldiers were left terrified. Shortly afterwards, an increasing number of witnesses claimed that they had seen him alive. His body was never recovered and those witnesses – hundreds of them – went on to risk and lay down their lives for the message that Jesus really had risen from the dead.

We walked and wondered, had Jesus been a unique messenger come to reveal the heart of truth to us?

It was after that conversation by Galilee, that I started writing this song – it began as a prayer for my walking companion. It speaks of longing for a connection with truth, the transcendent…

This is one of those songs that has been a long time in the honing: brewed for a couple of years, then completed in a flurry, ready in time for an important event.

That event was a dear friend’s funeral where I sang this song to those gathered. Michael Green had spent his life delighted and captivated by the news that Jesus is the heart of truth, the conqueror of death and the soon-to-return king. Michael was a historian of the first century, linguist, gifted writer and public speaker. He would sometimes ask me to write songs to illustrate his talks and had asked me to write new, “invitation songs”. This was one of them. Just a few hours before he died, we spoke. Michael seemed to have no fear of death – just an eager expectation of meeting with the risen Jesus.

Michael once explained,

“Christianity is a historical religion. It claims that God has taken the risk of involving himself in human history, and the facts are there for you to examine with the utmost rigour. They will stand any amount of critical examination.

“Christianity does not hold the resurrection to be one among many tenants of belief. Without… the resurrection there would be no Christianity at all. The Christian church would never have begun, the Jesus-movement would have fizzled out like a damp squib with his execution… Christianity stands or falls with the truth of the resurrection.”

“I am… the truth,” Jesus once said. Could it be that an authentic seeking after truth brings a person face to face with Jesus? Could it be that he is the one we seek? Or as Jesus once called out,

“Come to me… and you will find rest for your souls!”

I hope you enjoy this song – and that it would perhaps be a catalyst for you to search out the person of Jesus. The ideal place to start is in the accounts of his life recorded in the New Testament.

All the best! – Andy

Prince of Peace

 

Released on 25th December 2018, “Prince of Peace…”

Andy Mayo: lyrics, music, guitars and vocals

Dewi Jones: production, keys, bass, programming, arrangement, mixing and mastering

Nick Beston: sax

Video Production: GodOnaTrain.com

Stories and Songs in Bournemouth…

Loved playing in Bournemouth last weekend.

It was especially good to play with Stan Majerski on keys. We met in the Balkans and he produced and played on two albums that were developed out there: “Dreams of a Homecoming” and “This is for you”. We’ve also toured a lot together along with our larger five-price band.  In my opinion, the man is a genius – if you’ve heard his melodic solos and creative harmonies, I expect you agree!

 

Tapestry

Sharing an evening of “Stories and Songs”, we wanted to weave together music, conversation and visual art that point to the reality of the “God who is there”. The One who has come towards us in the person of Jesus to draw us into connection – relationship – with Him through His death and resurrection…

With one or two events most weeks until the end of March, I’ll keep you posted!

Here are some images taken on the evening by the gifted Bournemouth photographer, Loïc Salan…

Turquoise Tracks – Events Spring 2017

Looking forward to these events over the next few weeks… Perhaps see you there?!

15th Jan – Bournemouth, Landsdowne Church
23rd Jan – Bath Spa University: “RE-create”
30th Jan – Reading University
2nd Feb – Reading University
4-12 Feb – Oakhall Church, Caterham Events Week
13-14 Feb – Leeds University
20 Feb – Warwick University
27-28th Feb – Aberystwyth University
5 Mar – Belgrade, Serbia
10 Mar – Canterbury University
20-22 Mar – Banja Luka, Bosnia, University
23-25 Mar – Sarajevo, Bosnia, University

 

Get in touch!

I hope that “Lavish” has inspired you towards thinking further about these biggest themes – most of all about the significance of Jesus Christ and the enormity of His claims.

A spiritual revolution began for me when I recognised the lavish love that drove Jesus to die on a cross in my place, said “sorry” for my rejection of Him until that point and asked Him to forgive, fill and empower me to live for His glory and kingship…

My prayer is that you, too, would come to this place of trusting Jesus – experiencing forgiveness, liberation, life in all its fullness. Like the prisoner set free in “His Name”, you can speak to the God who is there and has revealed Himself in Jesus.

To keep mulling over these things, read the eye-witness accounts of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection recorded in the Bible (Luke or Mark are great places to start). If you’d like to be in touch, drop me a line using this form below. If you send your postal address, I’d love to send you the gift of a book that will help you to continue your spiritual journey.

‘How great is the love
lavished on us…’

Listen to “Show me”

I wrote this early one New Year’s morning filling it with the words of Psalm 143. Composed in the the simple, open – even naïve – key of C, this is a song of weakness seeking strength and direction against a backdrop of a broken world.

An appropriate response to the revelation of a God who is there, I sometimes close concerts with this song – my quiet prayer that others would take the words of this Psalm as their own. That you, too, would surrender your life to the glorious Jesus who died for you, rose from the dead and who one day will return to judge the earth.

“Show me your face O Lord – reach out and rescue me. Out of your unfailing love, come to my relief…”

Perhaps you want to echo this response? I am convinced that He calls to you… A relationship with the King of Heaven awaits the one who would turn to Him.

 

Show me

Show me the way I should go,
for to You I lift up my soul.
Teach me to do Your will –
won’t You lead me on level ground.
I’m pursued, I’m crushed,
my spirit grows faint.
I’m pursued, I’m crushed,
my heart’s dismayed.

Show me the way I should go,
for to You I lift my soul.

I spread my hands out to You –
O my soul thirsts for You.
In Your faithfulness come to me
– hear my cry for mercy.
let the dawn bring word
of Your unfailing love;
let the dawn bring word
of You.

I spread my hands out to You –
O my soul thirsts for You.

Show me Your face, O Lord –
reach out and rescue me.
Out of Your unfailing love,
come to my relief.
I hide myself
in You, O Lord.
I hide myself
in You.

Show me Your face, O Lord –
won’t You reach out and rescue me.