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Basement Psalms Live

by Rick Lee James

A live concert filled with original music inspired by the book of Psalms. Rick Lee James armed only with an acoustic guitar, Boss RC-300 Loop Machine, and a live audience takes you on a journey through the 5 sections of the biblical book of the Psalms.
Genre: Spiritual: Praise & Worship
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Wicked (Live)
4:33 $0.99
2. Psalm 8 Intro (Live)
2:42 $0.99
3. How Majestic Is Your Name (Live)
4:35 $0.99
4. Psalm 42 Intro (Live)
1:34 $0.99
5. I Will Still Praise Him (Live)
6:03 $0.99
6. Psalm 51 Intro (Live)
2:15 $0.99
7. Save Me (Live)
6:11 $0.99
8. Psalm 73 Intro (Live)
3:03 $0.99
9. Whom Have I in Heaven but You (Live)
5:08 $0.99
10. Psalm 89 Intro (Live)
0:49 $0.99
11. Your Love Will Be My Song (Live)
4:47 $0.99
12. Psalm 95 Intro (Live)
0:21 $0.99
13. Come Let Us Sing (Live)
4:36 $0.99
14. Psalm 105 Intro (Live)
0:17 $0.99
15. Give Thanks to the Lord (Live)
4:16 $0.99
16. Psalm 130 Intro (Live)
2:15 $0.99
17. More Than the Watchman (Live)
5:36 $0.99
18. Psalm 150 Intro (Live)
1:11 $0.99
19. Let Everything That Has Breath (Live)
6:05 $0.99
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Album Notes
It has always been a dream of mine to record a live album. This record is just me and my guitar, with no overdubs, and no place to hide. There are a couple of mistakes in my playing but since the Psalms are so full of people confessing their mistakes, I found it appropriate to leave them on the final recording unchanged.
It took a little over a year to make this live album. It was a process of research into the Psalms, writing and rewriting music, doing more research, and practicing for countless hours. I can’t thank my (then pregnant) wife Jenn, for enduring all those hours of practice while these songs were being formed in me.
The Psalms insist that you take your time. They are some of the most ancient prayers, hymns, and faith statements that Judaism, Christianity, and Islam possess. My goal was to be true to the heart of these Jewish Prayers, while at the same time being faithful to my own beliefs as a Christian. My hope is that all who hear this album would be drawn closer to the heart of God in some way.
No matter what season of life you may find yourself in, be it with a fist full or curses or a mouth full of praises, the Psalms chronicle our human state while daring us to encounter God together. The Psalms have 5 sections and there are two songs from each section on this album.
I hope that you’ll listen to this record uninterrupted from the start to the finish and take the journey that the Psalm writers indented for us to take. It’s a journey of faithfulness as faith being lost. It’s a journey that will wound you but will also bring you to health. It’s a journey of joyful triumph and agonizing loss. Most of all it’s a journey of life with many companions, not the least of whom is a wild God unleashed among us, loving us too much to let us walk these roads alone.
My prayer for you is that you will be blessed and touched by these ancient words. I pray that you will be formed by the One whose love will be our song forever. So beware the roads the wicked send you down, and let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

Rick Lee James



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Ben De Bono

Wonderful Worship Album
I really shouldn't have liked Basement Psalms. I tend to not be a fan of most Christian music - I find much of it shallow and a tad pretentious. Additionally, I tend to be pretty picky about music in general. Needless to say, the deck was stacked against this one from the outset.
Then I gave it a listen. Not only did I like it, I was blown away.
The quality of Rick's music is phenomenal. He's a first class musician and vocalist. From a pure aesthetics standpoint, there isn't a dull moment on the album.
But what really makes the project work are the lyrics. Rick does an amazing job adapting the Psalms while retaining their power and message. One of the things I love most about the liturgy in my own Catholic tradition is hearing the Psalms sung week in and week out. It was one of the things that made me fall in love with the mass when I first became Catholic. Rick's music on this album recaptured that same experience. Hearing the Psalms performed brings out their powerful messages in ways that reading them simply cannot.
For those like me who are often skeptical of the Christian music scene, this is the album for you. It's raw and powerful with music and lyrics that will stick with you long after the final track has ended.