The Land of the Living

by Rusten Harris

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Praying for healing, this season has been hard for many. Sending love to Nicole, thank you for releasing the album.

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    This was originally a benefit album to raise funds for my sister's cancer treatment. Now, all contributions will be donated to Coram Deo Church's Benevolence Fund.The minimum price is $10 but feel free to give as much as you'd like. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

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All proceeds of this album of home recordings will go towards supporting the Benevolence Fund at Coram Deo Church.

I wrote the song 'Land of the Living' in the midst of what has been… a train wreck of a year. A lot of people close to me are hurting. A lot of pain in a lot of places. I wrote that song after struggling financially due to my daughter being hospitalized earlier in the year. I wrote that song and a week later a close friend of my family died in a car crash. I wrote that song and a week later I found out my sister in law was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. That song is half lament, half looking forward in hope.

Why hope? This might rub some people the wrong way. But in the midst of my own hard times, I know I've been carried by the provision of the Lord. This provision hasn't looked like money falling from the sky, or some ethereal transcendence that lifts me up above the shit. No, in the midst of these hard times - I have been cared for and loved the family and friends the Lord has put into my life. My church, Coram Deo, reached out to me in the midst of my daughter being hospitalized and offered love and financial support through their benevolence fund. That love carried me - love with roots that go deep down to calvary. Love I am very thankful for.


released October 27, 2015

All songs written and recorded by Rusten Harris except "Jesus Shot Me in the Head" which was written by Hiss Golden Messenger (MC Taylor)

Thanks to:

Brandon Johnston (played guitar on 'Millionaire')
Ryan James (sang on Car Wreck and Land of the Living + horns)
Luke Jacobson (Played guitar on Buse)
Matt Nofziger (Helped record Buse)
Tyler and Camarin Lyon (brought the beers for Buse)
Brynn James for the Album Art
MC Taylor for permission to cover "Jesus Shot me in the Head"
Jason Erickson (for lending me his 4 track recorder)



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