In the Morning

by Brandon Wadley

/
  • Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

     $10 USD  or more

     

1.
2.
06:08
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.

about

Here is falling in love with the Lord again; and herein is love for another.

This album is to my sweet wife Katie, our beautiful families, and listeners like you.

Many, many thanks to all who attended our wedding on August 9, 2014, Westminster PCA, ETSU RUF, Chad and the Smiths, Ron and the Gilberts, the Feltmans, the Gaultneys, the Millicans, family and other folks in Cookeville, Maryville, Cleveland, Johnson City, Asheville, Paducah, Louisville, and Lexington, Al's, Stella's, Sweetwater IPA, cinnamon hazelnut coffee from Vienna, Panera, Dunkin, and Poet's, The Willow Tree, The Office, oatmeal with craisins, the Staglianos, Laguna Beach and the Truman Show, Grady, Chris Eger, 215, the Doctor, and you.

These songs were written from May, 2013 until Summer 2014 and are a musical record of some of the beautifully mysterious changes that took place in my and Katie's hearts and spirits throughout our dating and engagement, all by the work of Jesus Christ. Many lyrics are derived from the Bible (Psalm 139), traditional hymns, and the teachings of Chad Smith, C.S. Lewis, and Tim Keller, who we believe are teachers and writers inspired and anointed by God.

Other inspirations include John Newton, Charles and John Wesley, Jon Foreman and Switchfoot, Sufjan Stevens, Conor Oberst, Aaron Roche, Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Tallest Man on Earth, The Collection, and Indelible Grace.

credits

released 09 August 2014

All songs written, recorded, edited, and produced by Brandon Wadley; vocals, guitar, piano, banjo, mandolin, cello, electric bass, and kick drum by Brandon; backup vocals in "Civil War Brothers" and "Stronger Than I'll Ever Hold to You" by my wife Katie Wadley; drums and percussion on "In the Morning," "Autumn Song," "Traveling Mercies," and "Stronger Than I'll Ever Hold to You" by my friend Chris Hickman and the $75 wonder set; dobro in "Get Outside Yourself" by my friend Gary Hultman. Special thanks to ETSU RUF, Westminster PCA of JC, Eric Feltman, Brandon Reed Green, Sandy Smith, John Cotton, Nat Clemens, and Jared Garner for lending various instruments and noise making devices for recording.

All songs recorded in the Westminster PCA sanctuary and youth room, as well as a practice room of the Clayton Center at Maryville College; on a Fostex MR8HD digital multi-track recorder, later edited on Garageband ’09 for Mac.

All album artwork by Brandon Wadley.

tags

license

all rights reserved

feeds

feeds for this album, this artist

about

Brandon Wadley Johnson City, Tennessee

Hey, my name is Brandon and I've been writing songs, recording and performing since around 2009, playing mainly in East Tennessee. My goal is to write songs that point to a greater hope or consolation. I am a normal human being and I love my wife, cats, coffee, the outdoors, and living life like the story that just keeps getting better, told by the greatest author ever. ... more

contact / help

Contact Brandon Wadley

Download help

Track Name: In the Morning
You hem me in still, behind and before. Though I take the wings of the morning, you keep my shore. I live in the furthest reaches of the ocean, yet you wait for me. I'll meet you there, where the sun comes up in the morning, and we'll see what the night was hiding all along. And I fail to stay in simple graces while gently, as the sand beneath a wave, I am free, I am free. In our tiny heads, trying so hard to justify, but today is only feeling like tomorrow's yesterday. But I want to be contented enough to have nothing to say, yeah. I'll meet you there, where the sun comes up in the morning, and we'll see what the night was hiding all along. And I fail to stay in simple graces while gently, as the sand beneath a wave, I am free, I am free. Honestly, to travel on, my heart would be wrong. Why am I still searching for where I belong? If home is where my anchor remains, will you stay? Will you wait for me?
Track Name: Autumn Song
The morning stars sang together when you took my hand in yours, but has the rain a father when the water jars in heaven pour? A mirror for the skies under the south wind blowing, feeling warm as you're laying still,
then I wake up with the burdens of my head laying there beside me instead of you. Then I sat up in the middle of this field and I shook off the mountains like blankets. With my sigh harmonizing with your whisper, I'm listening. Today you're singing me a springtime song, and so we'll carry on. Through her ocean eyes you are breathing into the horizon skies and they're glowing all the brighter like blue sparks in the night. And yet the constance I long for is something no woman can provide. Yeah, my love must go free if I'm really holding to what I mean to say. I was broken before I started and I'm staring down a sleepy sunrise, but that's the beauty that I've been missing. You're singing me a summer song and still we'll carry on. These seasons always are a-changing in ways that I've been afraid to. Strained by my pages or walls and our cages and the snow will be coming soon. And for every day but this one, I have given all I can. I've looked in all my directions as the lighthouse is pulling me in. With the waves crashing at my mind, you're the constance through dissonance and rhymes. Hold me fast like a child to a mother as she sings me an autumn song. Still we'll carry on. My heart was bound up and tethered to the mast of the ship I made. I'm bent on my own destruction, a bed in hell for the fights I create. Reason rearview mirrors are smaller, reason now is the only time. I've twisted and I've pulled for a labor of love, but I'm tripping over roots of grace. So my words become selfish weapons from a heart that's a selfish friend. I'm breathing out the cold when you're singing me a winter song. I want so bad to sing along, and you've been singing all along.
Track Name: Traveling Mercies
I think you’ve got my attention, and it’s here you’ve brought me. My heart is screaming evermore louder than the voices in my head, all to show me love will risk the fall that’s worth the landing, and what it takes to finally be yours is when you’ve come to reach me. I’ve been hoping for the freedom I’ve had all my life, all this time. I’ve been living every day but this one, all my life, all this time. Thought I’d have it figured out and I’ve had my projections, and with traveling and its mercies, I thought I’d find myself somewhere. Now I’m standing on the ashes of the chains of my surrender and this time moving on is coming home to you. I’ve been hoping for the freedom I’ve had all my life, all this time. I’ve been living every day but this one, all my life, all this time. So Peace, won’t you look for me, and Grace find me; Love, come wreck me, and Hope carry me, as you found me here, you found me here. I’ve been hoping for the freedom I’ve had all my life, all this time. I’ve been living every day but this one, all my life, all this time. So Peace, won’t you look for me where I can’t see. As you found me here, you found me here.
Track Name: Civil War Brothers
Stand still and listen, all to see the earth in color. The healing you’re needing is to fall into these arms. A heart and mind fighting like Civil War brothers, taking their sides, taking over each other. Wounds from the wounded, but there is renewing for what you have, as you are. Remind yourself, love, that I’ve been before you and in all your years running, I just wanted to tell you do you think I would ever let the stars fall as I hung them up for you? Stand still and listen, all to see the earth in color. The healing you’re needing is to fall into these arms. The very breath in your lungs has lit up the sun, and the moon’s reflection has only begun what will be beautiful and free, finally. Stand still and listen, all to see the earth in color. The healing you’re needing is to fall into these arms. There is only mercy since we don’t deserve it, there’s only grace since we never earned it, and this is only love when it’s free. There is only mercy since we don’t deserve it, there’s only grace since we never earned it, and this is only love when it’s free. Stand still and listen, all to see the earth in color. The healing you’re needing is to fall into these arms.
Track Name: Stronger Than We'll Ever Hold to You
From the morning when we first began, out from the sands we were searching with our hands. Even when the rising sun will find our feet to stand, you'll hold us stronger than we'll ever hold to you. You took my rib from my side and gave it back alive, you drew from my lungs the song you made to thrive, and you carried me to the edge of the past of times yet you’ll hold stronger than I'll ever hold to you. On that day there will be no shame, and no pain we know now will carry weight. All the world in their languages, in harmony they'll sing, yet you'll hold stronger than we'll ever hold to you. Soon, we'll be one. Oh yeah, we'll be home. Grace is still a mystery to me, but with it we will plunge into tomorrow's sea. This mystery is sweeter than we will ever see, yet you'll hold stronger than we'll ever hold to you. Earth has never been our place to stay and we're already sailing home today. When you wake for the storm, I'll hold her hand on the way, yeah you'll hold stronger than we'll ever hold to you. In my choices, I have listened to the liar's voices and from true love I'm bent to turn away. Safe and sound when the Saviour found me, I can't help but turn around 'cause you hold stronger than I'll ever hold to you. Soon, we'll be one. Oh yeah, we'll be home. Soon, we'll be one. Oh my love, we'll be home. Oh, we'll be home.
Track Name: Oh, For the Joy Set Before
You know I for one am a fighter. You know we for two are bound. You know by our Father we are stronger, and still you tremble though you know His name. Oh, for the joy set before the Son, love aright will reign forevermore. We have come by the One who will save. He will raise up and restore what He made to live. Long lay the world consumed in fire, where all proven gold will remain, raised up the lower to the higher, restore what man has caused to bend. Oh, for the race set before the chosen ones, hope for the life we carry forth. We have come by the One who will save. He will raise up and restore what He made to live. We have come by the One who will save. He will raise up and restore what He made to live.
Track Name: This Side of Love
When I stand on the other side of this moment or this land, whichever may come first I hope I lived a way that shows one day I’ll understand. When every word and every breath betray me to my lonesomeness, language captures no such heart as the one in need of love but still pushes it away. There’s a change on its way when we’ll no longer be constrained on this side of heaven, on this side of love. On this side of heaven on this side of love. I must say I’m one of these and on my best days I’m yet weak. Yet the promised land on glory’s shore will forever hold me within all on this earth I adore. There’s a change on its way when we’ll no longer be constrained on this side of heaven, on this side of love. On this side of heaven, on this side of love. Oh, the pain and comfort all the same to think of the love and life for me you gave. How can I now withhold any affection on this side of love? There’s a change on its way when we’ll no longer be constrained on this side of heaven, on this side of love. There’s a change on it’s way when we’ll no longer be constrained on this side of heaven on this side of love, on this side of heaven on this side of love.
Track Name: Get Outside Yourself
You know I wanted to roam, and you didn’t give me stones. Only garden I’d sown was made up of what ifs and unknowns. With the water that satisfies, we’re looking to the skies with horizons blue. I’ve been taking pictures, trying to capture, but all the world is always new. You told me that I really don’t need to worry, and that’s the last thing I remember. You told me I really don’t need to worry, and that’s the last thing I remember. Thought I’d have a certain sense when I’d finally arrived at deserving, but I’ve really known nothing at all, so here’s me stepping out of my own way. I’m waking conscious of a change with my fingers filling up with blood, again. Well, the truth still holds its own, and it’s all that gets me out of my head. You told me that I really don’t need to worry, and that’s the last thing I remember. You told me I really don’t need to worry, and that’s the last thing I remember. Night I found my confidence is when I finally forgot my name. Don’t let me have my way or I’ll fight for the freedom to remain the same. Underneath my skin, my bones are screaming out at my heart’s seafaring sailor, “You get as much out of breathing as you yield yourself to recognize.” You told me that I really don’t need to worry, and that’s the last thing I remember. You told me I really don’t need to worry, and that’s the last thing I remember. That’s the last thing I remember, that’s the last thing I remember.
Track Name: My Oldest Friend
Wake in the morning, brewing fake happiness. Door is open, table is set. Out from my inside, you take me in. Slowly certain of what has always been. I've been taken places I don't know. I've been taken, taken home again. You are the sunrise, you are the rain. I am faithless yet you remain. Steadfast saviour, constance at hand. I've no fear in my oldest friend. I'm weak, carry me.