Naked Prayers, a book and album, is entering stores today. Most of you know me as a singer-songwriter, so where did this idea for a book come from? How do the book and album go together? Do you need to get both? To answer all your questions, I've sat down with my book and album for a few questions.
Question: Alright. So tell me, what are you?
Book: (Laughs) Great question. As you can see, I'm a book. I like to describe myself as an art-book, half words and half doodles. I'm full of prayers - 85, to be exact - and I'm actually taken from real journal entries written from October 2012 to November 2013.
Album: And I'm an album. Nine songs. I go with Book.
Q: Can you tell me who came first?
Book: That would be me. The prayers existed before the songs.
Album: But I came shortly after. And most of my songs were written during that same period (2012 to 2013).
Q: What's the story behind these prayers?
Book: Well, as I mentioned, these prayers are taken from an actual year of the author's life. It was a rough year, and I cover some dark and difficult times like depression, and anxiety. Through a journey that goes from finding, fretting, falling to finding, the author prays with a pretty darn honest voice. I like to think, though, that I end with a note of hope. While the story doesn't end in a neat little bow, there is light at the end of the struggle. I believe that.
Q: How exactly do you go together?
Book: Well, if you flip through me, you'll see these little symbols in the corner of certain pages:
Whenever you see a symbol, there's a song that goes with the prayer. The order of the songs on the album follow the order of the prayers.
Album: The last two songs on the album, "December the Third" and "Love Will Find You", were actually written independently of the prayers, but very much in the same spirit, which is why they're a part of me.
Q: What are your favorite parts of yourselves?
Book: That's a hard one. I'm all about my doodles. I couldn't pick a favorite, though this is one I relate to all the time.
Album: That's a very difficult question. I worked very hard on all my songs, and they each went through many, may drafts. This might not be the answer you're looking for, but I do love how much the cello and the harmonium is featured in me.
Q: What's a harmonium?
Album: This guy.
Q: Last question. Can you tell me - who exactly were you created for?
Book: I think I belong to anyone who has gone through hard times, and have struggled in those times to relate to God. I hope that I offer an example of what being honest to God - even if it's messy - looks like.
Album: Anyone who needs to a quiet place to be still, to reflect - I want to be there for them.
Q: Thank you, Book & Album.