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Desert Sea

by Deborah Johnson

Deborah’s style is fairly eclectic, depending on the song: Pop-rock, contemporary classical, jazz-influenced and a bit of theatre!
Genre: Spiritual: Contemporary Christian
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Based on Jeremiah 17:7-8, Desert Sea, arranged SATB, is a new spiritual song by Deborah Johnson. It has been performed with large and small choirs, as well as a solo. This song is a great addition to most any church or inspirational event.

Deborah originally wrote this song, performing it as a solo at many events, then arranged it for choir when attending graduate school at Long Beach State University, studying under Frank Pooler who worked with the legendary music group, The Carpenters. The University Choir and band performed Desert Sea, along with other arrangements by Deborah. Deborah then included her choral arrangement in her Master’s Thesis, which traced the history of Spirituals and Gospel songs and their influence on modern jazz.

Deborah’s original arrangement was modeled after a popular Christian artist at the time, Keith Green, with driving eighth notes throughout. (you can find it in the LBSU Archives!) The current updated arrangement has been re-worked, as it alternates between 3-4 and 4-4 time, feeling like 7-4. Deborah and her son, David, perform all the vocals on this recording.

Deborah Johnson is not only a headliner artist, but speaker, author, composer and educator with a Master of Arts degree in composition and arranging. In the past years, she has been up for multiple Grammy Awards for her original songs, arrangements and albums. With over two dozen albums, three full-length original musicals with National Distribution and several books under her belt, these all make Deborah a part of a unique group of women entertainers and composers in the world. She has also been one of the first-call pianists for Disney for a number of years. Deborah is also a long-distance runner; she runs her businesses, her home and keeps up with three amazing sons and a husband.

Desert Sea Lyrics
Music & Lyrics by Deborah Johnson- all rights reserved (ASCAP)
I’m as dry as a Desert Sea, flowin’ out of earth’s cavity
Drying in the wilderness.
Desolation on every side, finding places to run and hide.
When the way gets so rough I dry up.

But the strength of our power is the Mighty hand,
Fulfilled completely in the Promised Land
It lies in the branch that flows out of me.

Thorns grow out of the barren land, thirst and famine are in the sand,
Everything’s wasting away
Vegetation has come and died, withering on the countryside
Nothing is taking root, there’s no fruit.

But the Mighty hand that holds me through the night,
Knew what I needed before the light
His Word gives life and water to my Desert Sea.
BRIDGE
Make me a tree by the water, Tree by the water.
Stretch my roots to the tree of life.
Tree by the water, Tree by the water. Filled by the power of God’s Love.

Now I’m sinking so very deep, Stretching my roots to the feet
Of His river of touch.
Streams that flow to capacity, now are flowing out of me,
With the River of Life, with all my might!

But the strength of our power is the Mighty hand,
Fulfilled completely in the Promised Land
It lies in the branch that flows out of me.

But the Mighty hand that holds me through the night,
Knew what I needed before the light
His Word gives life and water to my Desert Sea.
His Word gives life and water to my Desert Sea. Desert Sea!

Music and Lyrics by Deborah Johnson. (ASCAP) Basic production and piano tracking by Deborah. All vocals by Deborah and David Johnson. Additional production, guitars and bass by Michael Ferenci. Recorded at Ferenci Studios, Silverlake, CA.

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