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Closer to Home

by Simple Gifts of the Northwest

An intrumental blend of original and well-known hymn tunes played on hammered dulcimer, Celtic harp, guitar, mandolin, flute, recorder, autoharp, as well as hand cooing.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Faithful Child
3:53 album only
2. In the Heart of Jesus
2:59 album only
3. Spring's Melody
3:28 album only
4. Beginnings
5:17 album only
5. The Ash Grove
3:21 album only
6. I Want Jesus to Walk With Me
2:35 album only
7. Beach Spring
2:45 album only
8. One Prayer Closer
4:33 album only
9. Angel Garden
3:41 album only
10. Allelulia Sing to Jesus
2:35 album only
11. The Humble Heart
1:49 album only
12. Daybreak
4:13 album only
13. Childgrove
2:49 album only


Album Notes
Simple Gifts is...

The Lindsay family: Mary, who serves as office manager for a medical staffing agency. Gerry, who contracts with various cities in the Puget Sound area to write minutes for city councils, boards and commissions. Jordan, who is a fifth and sixth teacher. Lianna, a senior aviation and business major. Mike Riston, husband and father of two, who is a computer programmer working for a company that develops bar code labeling software. Janice Richardson, wife and mother of three, who serves her community as a beautician.

About our instruments...

Mary, Jordan and Lianna play soprano, alto and tenor Hohner recorders made in Germany. In addition, Mary plays a Celtic harp made by Dusty Strings in Seattle, Jordan plays the mandolin, and Lianna plays the flute and autoharp. Gerry plays mandolin and a steel-strung handmade guitar crafted by his friend David Lackey.

Mike plays a hammered dulcimer made by Masterworks of Denver, Colorado. The steel strings are sounded by striking them with wooden "hammers." Mike is also proficient at hand cooing, or making music with his hands.

Janice plays a Gemeinhardt silver flute, a bamboo panflute, and a Shaw low D pennywhistle, as well as the guitar.

About our group...

Simple Gifts of the Northwest has been performing since 1986, and our Christ-centered instrumental music has touched the hearts of many. Our name is based not on the old Shaker hymn but rather on the fact that God has given everyone simple gifts with which to praise His name. Our three recordings, Moonlight, Sunlight, Closer to Home, include collections of traditional and original music.



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Robin Spencer

All Three CD's
I love these CD's and never tire of them! I've purchased several as gifts and my friends all enjoy them, as well.

kelsey t.

Thanx uncle mike and people for the wonderful sabbath music.
I like the CD's because it is just music expressing emotion, not words. I usually fall asleep listening to them at night because they are so soothing and just plain pretty.

Ron Carrick

Great! I have all three of CD's
I have all three, of the Gifts of the Northwest CD's. None were a disappointment. I really enjoy listening to the music , and the instruments they play. Their music is an asset to my walk and relationship with God.

Ron Carrick

Have all 3 CD's and play them often. Then are my favorite music CD's
I'll buy every CD Simple Gifts produce. I like the instrument they use. The music is so soothing and I've had a lot of folks who drop by when I'm playing it say how soothing it is for them too. Each CD is unique. I can't imagine not having all three CD's. So far no one who has ever heard it has made a negative comment of any kind. They like it.