“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 2017, “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

 

Edinburgh

As promised, a few more images from 2015 so far…

Another highlight was playing in Edinburgh for the university events week. Here, my main role was to illustrate talks by Michael Green using the songs…

In Edinburgh, my main role was to illustrate talks by Michael Green using music...
In Edinburgh, my main role was to illustrate talks by Michael Green using music…

Great crowds at these events...
Great crowds at these events – venue, the massive and historic Greyfriars.

Pre-Order “Lavish”

Lavish - Andy Mayo

The new album, “Lavish” is released on 21st November 2014!

Preorder here for delivery on the release date!

£8.49 including first class P&P.





Launch Event for “Lavish” on 21st November – Pamoja Hall

Very excited to announce the release event for the new album “Lavish” – 21st November, 7:30pm at the Pamoja Hall, Sevenoaks…

The venue is amazing – we used it to record some videos a while back – and our five-piece band will be playing many of the new songs as well as some classics!

Tickets are going on sale tonight and are available here:

Everyone who comes will receive a copy of the new album…

It’ll be great to see you!

Lavish - Andy Mayo
Released 21st November 2014 at launch event – Pamoja Hall, Sevenoaks.

Pamoja Hall - venue for the launch of "Lavish"
Pamoja Hall – venue for the launch of “Lavish”

 

Tour Dates 2014

Turquoise Tracks LogoRECOLOUREDHere is a current listing of live dates for 2014 – it’s being added to all of the time!

It is much easier to host an event than you might imagine – click here to find out more about putting an event on in your town.

We’d love to see you soon…
Tue Jan 7, 2014
12pm – 1pm UCCF team event – Birmingham
Sat Jan 25, 2014
12pm – 1pm speak and sing at Royal Holloway, London.
Where: Royal Holloway, London.
Tue Jan 28, 2014
All day Reading University
Tue Jan 28, 2014 – Wed Jan 29, 2014
Wed Jan 29, 2014
All day Recording “Lavish” – W1
Wed Jan 29, 2014 – Thu Jan 30, 2014
Fri Jan 31, 2014
All day Reading University
Fri Jan 31, 2014 – Sat Feb 1, 2014
Sun Feb 2, 2014
6:30pm – 12am one song, CBC
Mon Feb 3, 2014
12am – 1am one song, CBC
Tue Feb 11, 2014
All day Bangor University
Tue Feb 11, 2014 – Wed Feb 12, 2014
Wed Feb 12, 2014
All day Bangor University
Wed Feb 12, 2014 – Thu Feb 13, 2014
Sat Feb 15, 2014
All day Serbia
Sat Feb 15, 2014 – Sun Feb 23, 2014
Where: Serbia
Sun Feb 16, 2014
All day Serbia
Sat Feb 15, 2014 – Sun Feb 23, 2014
Where: SerbiaTurquoise Tracks – Calendar
Mon Feb 17, 2014
All day Serbia
Sat Feb 15, 2014 – Sun Feb 23, 2014
Where: Serbia
Tue Feb 18, 2014
All day Serbia
Sat Feb 15, 2014 – Sun Feb 23, 2014
Where: Serbia
Wed Feb 19, 2014
All day Serbia
Sat Feb 15, 2014 – Sun Feb 23, 2014
Where: Serbia
Thu Feb 20, 2014
All day Serbia
Sat Feb 15, 2014 – Sun Feb 23, 2014
Where: Serbia
Fri Feb 21, 2014
All day Serbia
Sat Feb 15, 2014 – Sun Feb 23, 2014
Where: Serbia
Sat Feb 22, 2014
All day Serbia
Sat Feb 15, 2014 – Sun Feb 23, 2014
Where: Serbia
Thu Feb 27, 2014
All day Belfast University
Thu Feb 27, 2014 – Fri Feb 28, 2014
Fri Feb 28, 2014
All day Belfast University
Fri Feb 28, 2014 – Sat Mar 1, 2014
Sun Mar 2, 2014
11:15am – 12:15pm Cannon Court Church
Mon Mar 3, 2014
All day Bristol University
Mon Mar 3, 2014 – Tue Mar 4, 2014Turquoise Tracks – Calendar
Thu Mar 6, 2014
All day Bristol University
Thu Mar 6, 2014 – Fri Mar 7, 2014
Thu Mar 13, 2014
All day Sheffield University
Thu Mar 13, 2014 – Fri Mar 14, 2014
Mon Mar 17, 2014
All day Play and teach, Asia
Mon Mar 17, 2014 – Sat Mar 22, 2014
Tue Mar 18, 2014
All day Play and teach, Asia
Mon Mar 17, 2014 – Sat Mar 22, 2014
Wed Mar 19, 2014
All day Play and teach, Asia
Mon Mar 17, 2014 – Sat Mar 22, 2014
Thu Mar 20, 2014
All day Play and teach, Asia
Mon Mar 17, 2014 – Sat Mar 22, 2014
Fri Mar 21, 2014
All day Play and teach, Asia
Mon Mar 17, 2014 – Sat Mar 22, 2014
Fri Mar 28, 2014
All day Farnham University – Acoustic Cafe
Fri Mar 28, 2014 – Sat Mar 29, 2014
Sun Mar 30, 2014
All day Oakhall Easter Cafe
Sun Mar 30, 2014 – Mon Mar 31, 2014
Fri Apr 4, 2014
All day Cotswolds
Fri Apr 4, 2014 – Sat Apr 5, 2014
All day Mixing “Lavish” – Dreamscape Studio, Lester Barnes
Fri Apr 4, 2014 – Sat Apr 5, 2014
Sat Apr 5, 2014
All day Cotswolds
Sat Apr 5, 2014 – Sun Apr 6, 2014Turquoise Tracks – Calendar
Sun Apr 6, 2014
All day Cotswolds
Sun Apr 6, 2014 – Mon Apr 7, 2014
Wed Apr 9, 2014
12am – 1am Word Alive Seminar
Where: Word Alive
9pm – 10pm Word Alive – Acoustic night – “After Hours”
Thu Apr 10, 2014
All day “Stories & Songs” – Swizerland
Thu Apr 10, 2014 – Fri Apr 11, 2014
Fri Apr 11, 2014
All day “Stories & Songs” – Swizerland
Fri Apr 11, 2014 – Sat Apr 12, 2014
Sat Apr 12, 2014
All day “Stories & Songs” – Swizerland
Sat Apr 12, 2014 – Sun Apr 13, 2014
Sun Apr 13, 2014
All day “Stories & Songs” – Swizerland
Sun Apr 13, 2014 – Mon Apr 14, 2014
Mon Apr 14, 2014
All day “Stories & Songs” – Swizerland
Mon Apr 14, 2014 – Tue Apr 15, 2014
Tue Apr 15, 2014
All day “Stories & Songs” – Swizerland
Tue Apr 15, 2014 – Wed Apr 16, 2014
Wed Apr 16, 2014
All day “Stories & Songs” – Swizerland
Wed Apr 16, 2014 – Thu Apr 17, 2014
Thu Apr 17, 2014
All day “Stories & Songs” – Swizerland
Thu Apr 17, 2014 – Fri Apr 18, 2014
Fri Apr 18, 2014
All day “Stories & Songs” – Swizerland
Fri Apr 18, 2014 – Sat Apr 19, 2014Turquoise Tracks – Calendar
Sat Apr 19, 2014
All day AEP Otford Manor
Sat Apr 19, 2014 – Sun Apr 20, 2014
Mon Apr 28, 2014
All day Bishops Stortford – “Acoustic Cafe”
Mon Apr 28, 2014 – Tue Apr 29, 2014
Sat May 10, 2014
All day Market Harborough – Starbucks
Sat May 10, 2014 – Sun May 11, 2014
Tue May 13, 2014
8pm – 10pm Preston – Continental
Wed May 14, 2014
12:30pm – 2pm Preston – Lunch Cafe
8pm – 10pm Preston – Ale Emporium
Sun Jun 22, 2014
All day Stories and Songs – Tunbridge Wells
Sun Jun 22, 2014 – Mon Jun 23, 2014
Fri Jul 25, 2014
All day AEP, Otford Manor
Fri Jul 25, 2014 – Sat Jul 26, 2014
Thu Jul 31, 2014
All day Stories and Songs
Thu Jul 31, 2014 – Sun Aug 10, 2014
Where: Budapest, Belgrade, Nis, Podgorica
Fri Aug 1, 2014
All day Stories and Songs
Thu Jul 31, 2014 – Sun Aug 10, 2014
Where: Budapest, Belgrade, Nis, Podgorica
Sat Aug 2, 2014
All day Stories and Songs
Thu Jul 31, 2014 – Sun Aug 10, 2014
Where: Budapest, Belgrade, Nis, Podgorica
Sun Aug 3, 2014
All day Stories and Songs
Thu Jul 31, 2014 – Sun Aug 10, 2014
Where: Budapest, Belgrade, Nis, PodgoricaTurquoise Tracks – Calendar
Mon Aug 4, 2014
All day Stories and Songs
Thu Jul 31, 2014 – Sun Aug 10, 2014
Where: Budapest, Belgrade, Nis, Podgorica
Tue Aug 5, 2014
All day Stories and Songs
Thu Jul 31, 2014 – Sun Aug 10, 2014
Where: Budapest, Belgrade, Nis, Podgorica
Wed Aug 6, 2014
All day Stories and Songs
Thu Jul 31, 2014 – Sun Aug 10, 2014
Where: Budapest, Belgrade, Nis, Podgorica
Thu Aug 7, 2014
All day Stories and Songs
Thu Jul 31, 2014 – Sun Aug 10, 2014
Where: Budapest, Belgrade, Nis, Podgorica
All day Open Cafe – Podgorica
Thu Aug 7, 2014 – Fri Aug 8, 2014
Fri Aug 8, 2014
All day Stories and Songs
Thu Jul 31, 2014 – Sun Aug 10, 2014
Where: Budapest, Belgrade, Nis, Podgorica
Sat Aug 9, 2014
All day Stories and Songs
Thu Jul 31, 2014 – Sun Aug 10, 2014
Where: Budapest, Belgrade, Nis, Podgorica
Wed Sep 3, 2014
All day Mastering “Lavish” at Porcupine Studios
Wed Sep 3, 2014 – Thu Sep 4, 2014
Sun Sep 14, 2014
6pm – 8pm Costa Coffee, Upminster – Acoustic Cafe
Fri Sep 26, 2014
All day Leyland
Fri Sep 26, 2014 – Sat Sep 27, 2014
Sat Sep 27, 2014
All day Leyland
Sat Sep 27, 2014 – Sun Sep 28, 2014Turquoise Tracks – Calendar
Sun Sep 28, 2014
All day Leyland
Sun Sep 28, 2014 – Mon Sep 29, 2014
Sun Oct 12, 2014
All day Peterborough – Acoustic Cafe
Sun Oct 12, 2014 – Mon Oct 13, 2014
Mon Oct 13, 2014
All day London School of Economics – Acoustic Cafe
Mon Oct 13, 2014 – Tue Oct 14, 2014
Fri Oct 17, 2014
All day Imperial College – Acoustic Cafe
Fri Oct 17, 2014 – Sat Oct 18, 2014
Thu Nov 6, 2014
All day FEUER – Prague
Thu Nov 6, 2014 – Fri Nov 7, 2014
Fri Nov 7, 2014
All day FEUER – Prague
Fri Nov 7, 2014 – Sat Nov 8, 2014
Sat Nov 8, 2014
All day FEUER – Prague
Sat Nov 8, 2014 – Sun Nov 9, 2014
Sun Nov 9, 2014
All day FEUER – Prague
Sun Nov 9, 2014 – Mon Nov 10, 2014
Mon Nov 10, 2014
All day FEUER
Mon Nov 10, 2014 – Tue Nov 11, 2014
Tue Nov 11, 2014
All day FEUER
Tue Nov 11, 2014 – Wed Nov 12, 2014
Wed Nov 12, 2014
All day FEUER
Wed Nov 12, 2014 – Thu Nov 13, 2014Turquoise Tracks – Calendar
Thu Nov 13, 2014
All day FEUER
Thu Nov 13, 2014 – Fri Nov 14, 2014
Fri Nov 21, 2014
All day Lavish Launch Event
Fri Nov 21, 2014 – Sat Nov 22, 2014
Where: Pamoja Hall, Sevenoaks
Sun Nov 23, 2014
All day Orpington
Sun Nov 23, 2014 – Mon Nov 24, 2014