“What would life look like, for you, if perfect love came in so close that fear became a distant relative rather than a close confidante or friend?”
This whole project was a series of “what-if’s?. The record came to me at at time when I was being pastored through a lot of questions and mystery — actually embracing the mystery, and not just trying to find answers for what felt like the beginning of a new chapter for me, of exploring what Amanda Lindsey Cook actually knows and believes to be true about the God that I’ve studied, heard about, sang about for 31 years now.
Things that I process with the Lord then often become something, actually in my physical life, that I end up walking out for a season before the song is ever heard by anybody else. Do I actually believe this? Do I actually want to sing this? Do I actually proclaim this? Do I actually wanna declare this over more than just me? If this is the last song that I had to sing, would it carry something that I feel is imperative for all of us to know as human beings?
What the album is grounded on…it’s kinda centered around this song called “The Voyage.” I came over to Steff’s (Gretzinger) house one day and we were going to write together and she had actually been singing this line and thinking of me. The line was “speak even if your voice is trembling, please you’ve been quiet for so long.” And as soon as she said it, I felt again, that invitation to become the character in that story. I could see it and feel it and sense it.
That set the tone for discovering what this whole record actually was gonna look like. I felt like the songs were teaching me as I was responding to them. I’m not writing from a place of knowing all these things, I’m writing from a place of discovering all these things…what if you could live without fear? What would life look like, for you, if perfect love came in so close that fear became a distant relative rather than a close confidante or friend?
It feels like a story record; I’m the character, I am the protagonist on the ship who’s going through serene calm seas; through stormy things, but ultimately, not even having the goal being getting to the place but actually, the goal being to be immersed in something much bigger than myself.