It delights me to be able to share with you the overall vision I had when I began the whole journey of creating the album, Calling You. As Calling You is the title track of the album, here’s a behind the scenes on the symbolism of the artwork and theme of the album! Displayed on the cover of the album is a tree branching out of a mustard seed, the roots digging deep into the soil below. This symbolizes the growth & community built through relationship as we journey through life’s moments…
Ultimately it is my hope to inspire those around me to live creatively and with purpose. The album is a collection of stories inspired by situations both in my life and those around me. Stories reflecting sorrow, hope, and joy~ each being birthed by something pressing on my heart. I invite you into each of these songs as they journey through both life’s heart wrenches and joys, relationships, and awareness of world injustices.
As you open the cover of the album…the seed and birds symbolize Matthew 13:31-32. “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed planted in a field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of garden plants; it grows into a tree, and birds come and make nests in its branches.” I love the idea of the birds symbolizing us as God’s valued creations, finding rest in the branches (his arms). “Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?” Matthew 6:26
The roots of the tree on the back cover are a picture of how each of the stories on the album are rooted in something greater than themselves, the Creator being above them and in them. “Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.” Ephesians 3:17-19
And let’s dig into the actual song, Calling You! It’s interesting how each song on the album is birthed in a totally unique way, true to itself. I was laying in bed deeply caught in a dream when the beginnings of this song came to life.
In the dream I found myself in an unknown place. One of my friends from childhood was with me. Let’s call her Brooke. There were people scattered all around this room, perhaps a party. A large gathering of people. I was alone wandering the building when Brooke came to me in utter sadness and brokenness. (Brooke coming from a very difficult family background with a lot of addiction and loss… alcoholism, drugs, difficult relationships, eating disorders, death of a parent etc..) Brooke found her way to the crowd of this party in search of a familiar face when she came to me simply asking in want of hope, “Jess, will you walk with me?”
I awoke very unsure of what the dream meant or if it was just something I should shake off. I found myself somewhat weighted down by the dream. I was in the middle of prepping for a music session that week and found myself playing with melodies and lyrics instead. The melodies and lyrics seemed to come so naturally, as if they were waiting to cry out and be heard by someone. Their cry out was a simple desire to find some form of hope and belonging. I felt a sense of relief lift off me as the dream transformed to song as a call for people to go deeper~ living lives fully with greater purpose supporting one another in community despite the scars we carry.
Take a listen to the song here!
YOU’D NEVER TELL FROM THE WAY/ SHE TALKED AROUND YOU/ THAT SHE WAS ACHING/ SHE WAS YEARNING FOR MORE/ HER MOTHER LEFT HER LIFE/ AT A YOUNG AGE/ HER DADDY’S NEVER HOME/ SO SHE CRIES, “AM I WORTH NOTHING?”/ SHE WALKS THROUGH THAT DOOR AGAIN/ THE PARTY’S ALWAYS THE SAME/ JUST MAKE IT ALL DISAPPEAR/ I DON’T WANT TO FEEL THE PAIN/ I’M CALLING OUT YOUR NAME/ AND I’LL LOVE YOU ALWAYS/ I WANT TO HEAL YOUR SCARS/ AND WASH IT AWAY/ I’M CALLING OUT YOUR NAME
Lyrics © Jessica Rachelle 2014