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Tearing At the Stone

by Stonecutter

This record is designed to create a musical slipstream that carries you to a thin place, where the mystery of God fills you with wonder, offering a fresh encounter that centers your soul as you relax and reflect in the wake of these devotional songs.
Genre: Spiritual: Praise & Worship
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1. Lullaby
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2. Apple of Your Eye
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3. All I Ever Wanted
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4. Hold On to the Wonder
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5. The Things I Need
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6. To Know
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7. Beautiful One
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8. Give You Praise
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9. Deep Calls
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Album Notes
Tearing at the Stone

This record is designed to create a musical slipstream that carries you to a thin place, where the mystery of God fills you with wonder. Sometimes what is revealed to us in places like this hush us to a whisper. I hope these songs take you for that kind of ride.

The title of the record is a nod to a line in a fable by Rainer Maria Rilke that is alluded to in a favorite book by Ken Gire, Windows of the Soul. The first chapter opens with an invitation that is so poetic and compelling, that I'd love to share it with you as a prelude of sorts to your listening experience. Look it up on Amazon, read Part One of this book in the preview, (pages 16-17) then roll the record in its song order, and slide into the slipstream.

The making of this album was a collaboration with Beau Davidson of Monarch Records. He is a brilliant engineer and co-produced alongside me the entire project. It was a joy to be in this creative space with such a generous and gentle soul. Here's his take on the recording process in his colorful voice.

“We began with a conversation about this batch of songs as a kind of river flowing through slowly changing terrain, and envision Joe steering the sonic vessel, bringing the listener into a sort of slipstream, where they’re carried into new spaces. We aimed not to reach too frenzied a point, avoiding white water and always having a good, slow spinning out from any place of high energy. The journey is intended to be a lights-down wading through a lazy river of the presence of God.

We began production with a dozen or so guitar-vocal takes in my old studio at the Monarch Building, and these tracks have remained the core of the project. In the weeks following, we would take one tune at a time and experiment with sound and theme through orchestral and electronic programming. At least 85% of what’s heard was Joe at the keyboard, using midi-voices of a small orchestra, feeling out melodies and accompaniment as we went. The major exceptions here are drums and bass, which came at the tail-end of tracking. This was a new workflow for me, but it was really cool to let Joe explore that space and just render whatever was on his heart.

The references I was given as we began ranged from Jon Foreman’s Fall & Winter EP, to the atmospheric, meandering, subterranean power of Sigur Ros, with some of the contemplative proto-electrofusion of a record called Pilgrimage - 9 Songs of Ecstasy dashed in for good measure.”

The Players

Joseph Steinke
Guitar & Vocals
orchestral arrangements

Beau Davidson
additional orchestral arrangements

Joelle Gosda
lead & harmony vocals

Stephanie Martin
alto harmony vocals

Corey Evans
upright piano on To Know & Beautiful One

Shawn Cardwell

Album Art
Luke Steinke

Erin Rufledt

A special thanks to the always beautiful Kristin Davidson for lending Beau to this turtle-paced project.

This record is a gift to my dad & mom, Brian and Mary Steinke, whom I know will have the deepest journey into joy due to their unique listening experience. When I made this record, I had them in mind, my dad reeling back with eyes closed, lost in longing for the presence of God to surround him and take him for a ride, my mom singing along with happy harmonies and giggling in between each song offering over the top encouragements, and then both of them quelling tears as their son's worship washes the cares and anxieties of life away.

On a recent visit home, I had the rough mixes of the record done and wanted to share it with them as the honorary first audience of the entire album in one sitting. What better way to do that then take a leisurely evening drive through the Lake Country of Southern Wisconsin in the summer. We headed out with my wife Angie and mom in the back, dad and I in the front, and the car stereo turned up loud! Then, the magical mystery tour began. Ahead of us appeared to be a portal in the sky, as the thunderstorm of all thunderstorms billowed across the horizon at sunset. If you live in that area and were around in late July, you know what evening I'm talking about.

We headed west toward Madison from Oconomowoc on country roads enjoying the familiar rolling hills, old barns, cows and corn. And then, there it was, the cloud equivalent of a worm hole into the eternal sun, drenched in deep red-orange with a pink and purple lining, bold and beautiful and ominous, beckoning us to drive straight into it and leave this earth. The first song on the record was playing, like a cued epic soundtrack to this visual wonder in the summer sky. We went to warp through the next 2 tracks, repeating "can you believe this" in head-shaking disbelief.

Then our magical mystery tour took a left turn into a lightning thunderstorm that stretched across the entire southern horizon, a static electric light show flashing every second for the remainder of our slipstream drive. Honestly, it was way over the top of my expectations to give my folks this gift in the setting of the heavens come to earth. But that's what it was, a thin place moment of awe and wonder and worship. They sang along, cried, grasped for words to try to hold the moment and not let it go. I don't know how it happened but somehow the angels of God were assigned to do the set design and lighting for this production.

Upon our return to their house I said that this was why I made this record, just for them, just for this kind of experience, just for love and for honor. They hugged me with familiar strength, as I felt the wetness of their cheeks against mine.

In some ways, you're being offered the afterglow of this experience. I pray you hear a hint of this legacy in the lyrics, and feel the presence and nearness of God on the wings of this music.

Take flight!



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