Sarah Vaughn once sang the words “Days may be cloudy or sunny. You’re in or you’re out of the money. But I’m with you always, come rain or come shine.” Isn’t that a statement that can be applied to Jesus? Whether we are living in a million dollar penthouse suite on Park Avenue or in a tent in Haiti’s capitol, Port-Au-Prince, we can call on Jesus like the prophet Job did with one ear cocked hoping to hear a response. Whether we have a thousand friends we can call on or have none else but the greatest friend, we can hold on to God’s unchanging hand and he will wipe all your tears away.
I listened to a CD today that was so uplifting, I decided that I wanted to share my thoughts about it. Maybe you are someone who enjoys listening to Gospel music. Or maybe you know someone who does and might be looking for a nice gift to give to them for the Christmas holiday. Here is a CD that I think you might enjoy.
Heaven’s Balcony is the debut CD of the Gospel group ARISE released in 1997. It was produced by Karl Marrett. These ministers of the word have incredibly strong vocals and make beautiful music to help save souls. Their voices in harmony remind me of Boyz II Men, Take 6, or the group Intro. The album has ten tracks on it with catchy melodies and hooks. Some are up-tempo and some are slow and mellow. But regardless of the tempo, the message was wonderful with words of inspiration, testimonials and of the good news of Jesus. The album in its entirety offers a cozy listen.
The album begins with the five-part harmonies of the title track “Heaven’s Balcony” which is about going to heaven where the streets are gold. “Let Me Walk In Your Will” is a slow piano ballad about the emptiness that we find in material things. This song borrows from Psalm 51 asking the Lord to “Create in Me a Clean Heart. “New Style” has a calypso swing to it. The message is clear in this song about the wonderful change in their lives since Jesus came into their heart. This song was beautifully done. “Peace of Jesus” is an a cappella song of inspiration that offers such a refreshing tone, it can help to restore. It definitely moved me.
Other songs on the album Heaven’s Balcony include “If This Ain’t Love” which speaks about the perfect friend found in Jesus, the up-tempo organ driven testimony in groove “Jesus in Da House”, Arise’s rendition of song “Profit” from the off-Broadway show “AMANDLA KA MANDELA’, ” Little More Love” which was produced by Arcell Vickers, “You Matter Most” which was a song of thanksgiving for the blessings that God has bestowed and the “Reprise” which is the continuation of “Peace of Jesus” but with music and a prayer of faithfulness.
I truly enjoyed the album Heaven’s Balcony by the group Arise. It was the perfect listen for my peaceful Sunday afternoon. The rendering of the songs on this album were said to have moved people so much that it has made people get up out of their seats and run down the aisles to turn their lives over to God while Arise was in concert all over the world. What impressed me the most was how songs released in 1997 are still very fresh and very much relevant today. I was definitely blessed with this listen. Maybe it will move you too. May God continue to rain blessings on your journey!