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Beyond This Place

by Wendy Schettig

Beautiful guitar picking and voice, Christian folk music.
Genre: Folk: Fingerstyle
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1. That's a Friend
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2. Daffodil
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3. Lullaby for Mom
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4. I'll Wait for You
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5. Frog Song
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6. It's Just Like You
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7. My Whole Life
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8. October
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9. Walk On Down (To the River)
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10. A Long Night Coming
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11. You Made the Morning
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12. I'm as Blessed as I Could Be
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13. Gethsemane
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
I grew up in the sixties with the music of Dylan, Lightfoot, James Taylor, and Ian and Sylvia influencing my music. I spent eight years in Maine which added ragtime, blues and celtic styles to my guitar style and songwriting. In addition, I have a passion to write about what is on my heart, so many of the songs speak of troubles and truths I have encountered along my way. I've heard people say my voice is similar to Janis Ian, although, I'll let you decide that -- the reviews and quotes below tell the rest.

"Having known Wendy Schettig since 2006, I continue to be blessed by the Christ-centered compassion, truth and clarity in her music. While her vocal quality and finger-picking mastery is a rare combination, it’s the musical and lyrical quality of her songs that will sweep you away. All her work is lovingly crafted to strengthen the weak, comfort the hurting and encourage all – whether believer or nonbeliever." - John R. Hessler, Senior Pastor, Calvary Chapel Central Bucks

"I am enjoying so much listening to folk music that is worth believing in. Thank you for having the courage to sing of real Truth, real freedom, and real justice. You found Him Who embodies it. Keep singing! We believe in you and what you are singing of. You are a very good writer and a wonderful musician." - Chris and JoAn Conrad

"Man, you're just killin' me. Your voice absolutely knocks me plum out. And, I really truly love the way you wear your Christianity... If I owned a record company, I'd offer you a deal in a heartbeat. No one is doing anything like what you're doing as far as I know."
- Richard Helm, Nashville Songwriters Association International (Jun 10, 2010)

"Wendy is one of very few top flight singers and guitarists. She's not just another folksinger. Wendy's voice is a rare treat in any style of music and her guitar work takes a back seat to no one. Her CD, "Beyond This Place" is a sample of this lady's depth and talent." - Karl Dieterichs, Bucks County Folk Music Shop

"On the way home from grocery shopping yesterday I tore the wrapping off your CD and was enthralled by your clear voice, the originality, the variety, and the full, rich sound that filled my car so that I didn't want to turn it off – and indeed today when I pulled into the driveway having listened to the rest on my way home from work, I let it continue to go back to the first song while I spent some time praying before going into the house. Thank-you so very, very much for this generous gift!" (Name withheld)

These are the album liner notes;
It seems a very long time ago when I wrote three of the songs on this album: Daffodil, October, and A Long Night Coming. My husband, Guy, wanted me to include them, but I thought they might be too sad. I wrote them before I knew about the peace I would find in God. When I played them for my producer, Mike, he agreed with Guy and said they will help complete the whole story of this project. He said people would see where I came from and then have insight into why I write the songs I write now. It's true. I was a very sad and disillusioned kid. The people around me were all mixed up, and God seemed the only sane thing out there. I wanted to find God and to know Him like a best friend, but I didn't know how. He seemed so far away and life was so hard. When I was twenty-four, a man named Chuck Fordyce told me the answer. He didn't give me a man-made answer, he looked in the Bible and showed me where he got his information (I'll do the same for you). He said the only thing I had to do was accept God's gift of forgiveness by believing His Son, Jesus, died to pay for my sins; that Jesus is Lord, and God raised Him from the dead, and confess that truth to others (Rom. 10:9,10). If that belief were true, I would naturally turn away from my old way of life and put Him in charge of things - since He is God. And since He is God and has the power of forgiveness, I accepted His awesome gift and was immersed with Him in the waters of baptism. I washed my old life away (the sinful one) and received His Spirit in my body which gave me a new birth (John 3:3-8 and Acts 2:36-39). I tell you the truth; He is indeed that best friend I had always hoped for. I know that someday, when I am Beyond this Place, my best Friend will take me home to be with Him forever. - Wendy

Credits:
Producer: Michael Altman
Engineer: Ced Winters
Recorded and mixed at: Condran Sound Creations, Annville, PA.
Cover and liner design: Michael Altman
Lead vocals and guitar: Wendy Schettig
Bass: Ced Winters
Viola: Ellen Yorgey
Background vocals: Robyn Cordes, Wendy Schettig
Drums and Percussion: Rob Milligan
Piano: Cindy Condran
Hammered Dulcimer: William W. Johnson, Jr.
hammered dulcimer by Dayspring Dulcimers, Annville, PA.
Special effects: Michael Altman

All words and music written by Wendy Schettig © 2000/BMI
All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction of this recording is prohibited.

For additional CD’s, concert and booking information write:
Wendy Schettig, P.O. Box 5103, New Britain, PA 18901
Or call: (215) 603-2122
Web page: WendySchettig.com


All my thanks to my God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave me all I could ever need to write and perform these songs. There are special people whom God placed in my life who encouraged me in many ways. My thanks to: my husband, Guy, your support gives me the courage to be my best; Amy, our daughter, whose faith and singing renews my soul; Chuck Fordyce, the birds are still singing; Mike Altman for your encouragement, talent, and belief in my desire to sing for God - and for Judith your loving support; Marc Imboden your good advice; Lee and Cindy Condran your goodness, hospitality and “sardo” pretzels; Ced for long hours, honest feedback and truly knowing how to fix it; Phil Strunk for being as enthusiastic about Jesus as you preach – your example has given me the boldness to sing to as many as will listen; Bux-Mont Christian Church, your prayers and assurance will always sustain me; Cathy Muscara your friendship and ceaseless prayers; Bill Johnson for being God’s servant at the last minute; Karl and Jackie Dieterichs at Bucks County Folk Music Shop, New Britain PA for years of encouragement; Jean McLeod and my sisters, Polly and Jenny, for “foundation” harmonies; my sister Carey and my Dad, I love you; Grandma, your timely gifts financed this project; my mother, who inspires me from beyond this place, someday we’ll sing these songs together; and all the fine people who selflessly gave their time to beautifully add their faith and music to this project.

Below are the lyrics to my songs:
That’s a Friend

A friend will always walk by your side even in a cold driving rain.
A friend’s company will abide even when nobody else remains.
A friend is a light in the dark, the warm orange glow close to your heart.
A friend will take your hand and show you how to stand.
That’s a friend.

A friend will leave the comfort of his home and take upon his back your heavy load.
A friend will learn the trials in your life and show you how to make it turn out right.
A friend will take away the pain and open up your eyes and wash away the stains.
A friend might even die just to save your life.
That’s a friend.

Jesus always walks by your side even in a cold driving rain.
Jesus’ company will abide even when nobody else remains.
Jesus is light in the dark the warm orange glow close to your heart.
Jesus takes your hand and shows you how to stand.
That’s a friend.

Jesus left the comfort of His home and took upon His back our heavy load.
Jesus learned the trials in our lives and showed us how to make it turn out right.
Jesus can take away your pain. He’ll open up your eyes and wash away the stains.
Jesus even died just to save your life.
That’s a friend.

Copyright ©1993 Wendy Schettig. All rights reserved

Daffodil
I wrote this song before I knew God… before I knew He could transform me into even better things.

Well I’d like to be a daffodil growing by the pines.
I could be just what I was meant to be
With nothing on my mind.

I could feel the breeze ‘neath the sun and trees, and I’d smile whenever I pleased.
And when the sun was done oh then the night would come
With just the dew and the moon and me.

And the rain it wouldn’t bother me.
Every day would be fine. Every day would be fine.

If the fog was thick I wouldn’t mind a bit, I could feel the mist so cool.
And when the thunder rolled over lightening bolts,
I’d be dancing in a rain filled pool.

But a dream’s a dream like they’ve always been.
Guess I’ll be whatever I will.
It’s just nice to think of crazy things like…
Being a daffodil.

Copyright © 1975 Wendy Bell (Schettig). All rights reserved

Lullaby for Mom
My mother was killed by a drunk driver in 1985. She was my good friend, and one who told me much about God.

There’s a moon over the meadow. It’s sparkling on the dew.
Are you looking down at me? I’ve been looking up for you.
It seems like it’s been forever or just the other day.
The last time that I saw you I never knew you’d go away.

But now it’s all too certain. You’re gone it’s all too true.
They’ve opened up the last gate, and I know you’ve walked on through.

And you’ve seen the face of Jesus, and you’ve marveled at His love.
My comfort is in knowing you are safe with Him above.
And someday we’ll all be laughing and singing out His praise.
Together and forever, thanking Jesus we are saved.

But now I must be patient. There’s more work to be done.
To tell about His kingdom, and to glorify the Son.

So I’m singing you this lull a bye, and I’m reaching out my arms.
To hold you to my breast, and to feel you in my heart.
You are closer now than ever and the farthest away.
And Mom I’ll always love you. That will never go away.

Copyright © 1985 Wendy Schettig. All rights reserved

I’ll Wait for You
Written for a “True Love Waits” ceremony… to promise a chaste life before marriage.

Since the day you were born God had a plan.
He knows all about you, and He knows who I am.
Someday together, we’ll be as one.
Someday we’ll both say, “You are the one.”
But until I find you I’ve got to be true.
I will keep myself for you. Will you do the same too?

Will you wait for me? I’ll wait for you.
In the name of God, and a love that is true.
I will lift my hands up and hold out for you.
With God as my strength I’ll wait, I’ll wait for you.

I know there’ll be times when we’ll have a choice.
The world all around us trying to keep out God’s voice.
But to turn from God now could mean losing you.
And all of the plans God had hoped we would do.
So until I find you I’ve got to be true.
I will keep myself for you. Will you do the same too?

Copyright © 1996 Wendy Schettig. All rights reserved

Frog Song

There’s a moon out tonight, and the crickets are singing.
Old bullfrog in the pond just sitting there thinking.
The whole night’s alive. There’s a breeze in the meadow.
And I’ve got a song in my heart.
Yes, I’ve got a song in my heart.

Singing give thanks to the Lord, for His loving kindness is everlasting.
Give thanks to the Lord, for His loving kindness is everlasting.

Stars by the thousands. Dew is in the air.
Meadow feels green and cool. Fireflies everywhere.
Oh what an evening. Lord created everything,
And I’ve got a song in my heart.
Yes I’ve got a song in my heart.

Copyright © 1981 Wendy Bell (Schettig). All rights reserved.

It’s Just Like You

It’s just like You to be my Light.
It’s just like You to know what’s right.
It’s just like You to just like me anyway.

And when I’m blue, You always care.
And when I cry, You hear my prayer.
It’s just like You to just like me anyway.

I can’t help it. I make mistakes.
But You need only hear my cry,
And you’re right there by my side.

It’s just like You to be my friend.
You’re just and true to the very end.
It’s just like You to just like me anyway.

Copyright ©1990 Wendy Schettig. All rights reserved

My Whole Life

The summer’s coming to an end. September’s here again.
And I want to spend my whole life with you, with you.
Time will pass and seasons go, but you can always know
I want to spend my whole life with you, with you.

And you can be certain and always know
That my love for you will ever grow.

Like the springtime’s welcome blooms, I’ll be there for you
Cause I want to spend my whole life with you, with you.
And before this day is done, you and I will be as one.
And I want to spend my whole life with you, with you.

So here I stand right next to you and make my vow that I’ll be true.
Cause I want to spend my whole life with you, with you, with you, with you.

Copyright © 1989 Wendy Schettig. All rights reserved

October

There’s a red rosy leaf on the maple tree.
The sun has been coming up slow.
The breeze is much cooler than it used to be.
The birds are getting restless to go.

August has simmered into the ground.
September has shivered the trees.
October’s unbound; I awake to the sound
Of the wild and ongoing geese.

And I can remember when I was young
I’d play in the leaves and the warm autumn sun.
And I never would tire of the smoke from the fireplaces
Wisped through the October breeze.

October’s a time when I realize that I
Feel guilty for not loving more in my life.
The dry leaves are falling they seem to be calling me
Open your heart and your eyes.

The world is so lovely I wish I could say
How much I appreciate living each day.
October you’ve put me back in my cradle
You’ve caught me I won’t get away.

Copyright © 1980 Wendy Bell (Schettig). All rights reserved.

Down To the River

I woke up this morning, and I opened up my eyes.
And I saw nothing but these four gray walls.
Couldn’t hear the birds singing. I was too busy thinking.
That I had nothing, no nothing, nothing at all.

My mind was full of things I was tired of thinking of.
Seems I was backing up against that old brick wall.
If I kept on waking up like my head just couldn’t ache enough.
Then is just wasn’t worth waking up at all.

So I’m gonna walk on down to the river
Brothers and sisters come by my side.
I’m gonna bury that old life under the water.
And come up a shining new bride.

They say You can help me, help me belong.
To something more special than I’ve ever known.
Gotta believe, believe in You.
And my body will be Your home.

Copyright © 1982 Wendy Schettig. All rights reserved

A Long Night Coming
I wrote this song when I was 14 as I walked across a field. My parents were divorcing, and I felt that even the sun was leaving me alone.

Sun don’t bow your head to the nighttime.
Turn around and make another day.
My heart can’t bear your leaving,
And dawn seems a lifetime away.

I’ve seen the shame and sorrow of nighttime.
I’ve counted dewdrops through a moon’s haunting haze.
So sun please shine a ray; come turn the nighttime into day.
Night leads me far astray, where will you find me?

Sun you seem to be bending too low.
That western hill is stealing you away.
So turn around open your eyes, don’t let the darkness veil your skies.
Come and sing me a lull a bye, I am so lonely.

Copyright © 1974 Wendy Bell (Schettig). All rights reserved.

You Made the Morning
In contrast to the previous song, as an adult I have learned that God is ever present day and night.

You made the stillness in the morning
You made the mist rising on the pond.
You are the Light that is ever dawning.
You gave the first bird its song.
You lay the coolness over the meadow
Your presence resting on the land.
In the early morning hours before the world goes crazy.
I feel You holding my hand.

You are the first to have ever seen the morning.
You are the reason the daisies rise and stand.
You are the hope for every new beginning.
You are the First. You are the Last.
You are the Maker. You are the One.
You’re the Father, the Spirit, and Jesus the Son.
In the early morning hours, before the world goes crazy.
I feel You holding my hand.

Copyright © 1994 Wendy Schettig. All rights reserved

I’m as Blessed as I Could Be
No matter who you are, while you still live, you have the choice to choose heaven. We are all blessed beyond our wildest imagination to have such a choice.

If I try and close my eyes, I see You standing in front of me.
Beyond this place, at heaven’s gate, I feel Your glory surrounding me.

Oh how much it will mean to me
When I see You face to face.
All my dreams and wild imaginings
Could never dream of such a beautiful place.

The gentle flow of peace will go through my soul and quiet me.
The presence of overwhelming love will shine like light too bright to see.

Oh how great that day will be
With Your love and light all around.
And I will be with my loving God
I’m as blessed as I could be.

Now I don’t know just when I’ll go, but it doesn’t worry me.
You changed my life. You are all that’s right, and with You is where I want to be.

Oh how much it will mean to me
When I see You face to face.
All my dreams and wild imaginings
Could never dream of such beautiful grace.

Oh how great that day will be
With Your love and light all around.
And I will be with my loving God
I’m as blessed as I could be.
I’m as blessed as I could be.

Copyright © 1992 Wendy Schettig. All rights reserved

Gethsemane

Under the moonlight, under the trees,
Under God’s creation, alone a man grieves.
He’s the Beginning. He is the End.
He is the One who will return again.

How can I help You? How can I show?
I would have comforted You I know.
Your grief and Your sorrow so close to Your soul,
Your brow was crimson from all Your woe.

And You I believe You. You are the One.
You are the Lord Jesus, and You are the Son.
And I can’t forget what You did for me,
All alone in the garden of Gethsemane.

The Father He heard You in such grief You prayed,
And asked Him if there was some other way.
But You gave Your young life. You gave Your love.
You gave Your everything, a free gift to us.

Copyright © 1982 Wendy Schettig. All rights reserved.

Song for Danny
Danny was a young man I knew at church who seemed to have so many questions about Jesus.

So you came to me to ask me if I ever had a doubt,
And will the Light within me ever fade and go out.
And do I really know what I’m talking about?
Is this Jesus man for real will you tell me now?

So I asked if you would draw a picture in your mind,
And go back to the day when Jesus was crucified.
And color in the crimson and bloody red hues,
From the sweat upon His brow to the spit on His shoes.

Then go back to each detail, to each insult, jeer, and cry.
Hear Him groan as they drive the nails. See the spear thrust in His side.
And ask yourself the question, “Why didn’t Jesus fight?”
‘Cause He knew that it would save you. It was for you He gave His life.

Then I asked if you would think about the lessons in His life,
And if a man could only live how Jesus said was right.
Then there’d be only victory over whatever befell.
Tell me, there’s no earthly man with such Godly words to tell.

So you came to me to ask me if I ever had a doubt,
And will the Light within me ever fade and go out.
And I give to you my answer in the pictures of this song.
Jesus lives within me and His Light goes on…..

Copyright © 1987 Wendy Schettig. All rights reserved.

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