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by Genevieve Toh

This album is about my journey towards wholeness and joy.
Genre: Easy Listening: Adult contemporary
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Cool as a Cat
4:00 album only
2. My Stupid Secret
4:59 album only
3. Coffeeshop in Brooklyn
3:27 album only
4. Nothing Can Keep Me from You
4:29 album only
5. I Can't Write a Simple Song
4:10 album only
6. Famous
3:57 album only
7. Leaves in the Wind
3:27 album only
8. Remember the Stones
4:03 album only
9. Self-Righteous
3:22 album only
10. He Loves It When I Sing
3:04 album only
11. High on the Mountain
3:49 album only
12. Whole
2:49 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
This album is about my journey towards wholeness and joy.

Before I could appreciate wholeness, I had to confront what was broken in me. If I had not, I would not have known the parts of me that needed fixing or healing. I would not have known to see God as the only recourse to my disintegrated soul which lived defeated, discouraged and dishonored.

And so, there are 2 broad categories of songs in this album: songs about the brokenness of the soul, and songs about the integrated, complete and whole self that is overflowing with love, peace and joy.

There are a lot of human experiences we share in common that break us. “Coffeeshop in Brooklyn” describes the frustration with purposelessness. “My Stupid Secret” and “Nothing can keep me from you” tell of the agony of painful relationships. “Famous” is a playful expression of the artist’s jaded and wearied response to the harsh jungle of today’s entertainment industry, and the struggle of finding nobler motives for fame and success. In “I Can’t Write a Simple Song”, the persona is the artist who struggles with simplicity and relational connectivity with her audience because of her broken heart. She realizes that with a broken heart, any attempt to articulate pain in a rational and relatable way is futile.

Thankfully, there is much to celebrate in spite of brokenness. “Cool as a Cat” tries to prove this point. On our better days, it’s easier to see that suffering yields strength, and if something doesn’t break you, it makes you. That’s what I learned. From a cat. A very cool cat. And like cats, I shouldn’t have to depend on the approval of others or the world for my self-determination. “He Loves it when I Sing” is a reminder that all I need is God’s approval. “Leaves in the Wind” is an assurance that I have this approval. That I am more than approved, that I am a delight to my Creator, is a Truth I can rest in. In fact, God’s delight in me is so unmistakably great that I am even trusted with a great destiny; a beautiful dream so impossible to realize that I am convinced I can only attain it with God’s saving help in my life. “High on the Mountain” beats to the pumping of my heart as I race with glee to a glorious finish line. I can’t see this finish line and I don’t even know what this destiny is exactly. Yet I can’t resist being drawn to it. I just have to do it, even if it’s really hard. When it does get hard and I can’t move forward, I have to look back sometimes. I have to recall that this next obstacle in front of me wouldn’t be the first. And just as I was given help and deliverance to overcome past difficulties, I will be equipped with all I need to meet the challenge ahead of me. That’s what “Remember the Stones” calls me to do, especially when life throws at me people that are out to bring me down or point out the worst in me. I paint a picture of such people in “Self-Righteous.” To them I say, “the worst in me has been atoned for, go take it up with my Savior. He’s got my back.” For in Him, I know no lack. That’s what being whole feels like. A thing that is complete in itself. Hang on, that’s not quite right. I can’t be complete just in myself. I am whole because I am complete in Him.



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