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STORY BEHIND THE SONGS – A Perfect Heart

Story Behind Songs A Perfect Heart

 

~ A Perfect Heart ~  
By Lindsay Terry From the book Stories Behind 50 Southern Gospel Favorites Volume 1
Kregel Publications

The Little Lake Song

Psalm 119:9-16

With my whole heart have I sought thee:
O let me not wander from Thy commandments.
Thy word have I hid in mine heart,
That I might not sin against Thee.

What a thrill for Dony and Reba Rambo-McGuire! They arrived at a large gathering in Zimbabwe, Africa, where thousands of happy Christians sang one of their beautiful songs, first in their native language and then in charming, heavily accented English. Reba reports, “I was so moved that I was reduced to an emotional basket case for a few moments.” That song, “A Perfect Heart,” was born several years before on Center Hill Lake, near Nashville, Tennessee…

The story behind “A Perfect Heart” begins when friends invited the McGuires to vacation with them on their houseboat on a lake near Nashville. They had determined to work diligently on their songwriting during that time, and they did so. They prayed earnestly that the Lord would do something special through them that week. At the end of the week they had completed a number of songs and done some work on a musical. Reba tells the story.

“On the very last morning we were to be on the boat, Dony got up very early to try to catch a catfish for breakfast. He’s an early riser. I was so full of faith in his fishing ability that I proceeded to the kitchen and started to cook bacon and eggs.

“The sun was peeking over the hills and a mist was rising from the water. It was a glorious morning. I looked out of a small porthole and caught a glimpse of Dony with a strange look on his face. Some people come down with a cold, while Dony comes down with a song! I couldn’t explain it, but I knew something good was about to happen. I turned off the burners where I was cooking and removed the food. I gathered our songwriting materials and sat down to wait for him to come in.

“When he came in a few minutes later, he sat down before a small electric piano and began to play. As he played what the Lord was giving to him, I began to write lyrics as they were being given to me. That kind of inspiration had only occurred a few times in our short songwriting career together. It was as if God was saying, ‘You’ve been faithful in your praying and studying for a week, now I’m going to give you something just because I have the power to do so.’ I wrote as fast as I could write while Dony continued to play. We both completed the whole composition and have never changed a word or the musical setting.

“It became our ‘little lake song.’ We used it for a time around our offices as a devotional song and sang it at a few small churches. One day Bill Gaither came by our offices and heard us singing it during one of our devotional periods. He asked where we got it. We told him it was our ‘lake song.’ He expressed such a keen interest in it that Dony made a tape of it for him. That started it on its way.”

And so, several years later, halfway around the world in Zimbabwe, the McGuires heard their “little lake song” being sung by the great host of Africans gathered there.

VERSE:

Morning sun light of creation
Grassy fields of velvet floor
Silver clouds a shimmering curtain
He’s designed a perfect world
I’m amazed at His talents
I stand in awe of one so great
Now my soul begins to sing out
To the source from which it came

CHORUS:

Bless the Lord who reigns with beauty
Bless the Lord who reigns with wisdom and with power
Bless the Lord who reigns my life with so much love
He can make a perfect heart
Praise the Lord who reigns in beauty
Praise the Lord who reigns with wisdom and with power
Praise the Lord who reigns my life with so much love
He can make a perfect heart

Lyrics and Music by Reba Rambo-McGuire & Dony McGuire
Copyright 1980 Bud John Songs Inc/ASCAP, Makanume Music/ASCAP, Ooh’s And Ah’s Music/ASCAP
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RAMBO CLASSICS CD~PRERELEASE AVAILABLE FOR LIMITED TIME

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TRACK LISTING

1. Build My Mansion (Next Door To Jesus)

2. If That Isn’t Love

3. I’ve Never Been This Homesick Before

4. Sheltered In The Arms Of God

5. The Holy Hills Of Heaven Call Me

6. I Go To The Rock

7. For What Earthly Reason

8. On The Sunny Banks

9. There’s Nothing My God Can’t Do

10. One More Valley

11. (In The Valley) He Restoreth My Soul

12. Precious Jesus

13. Tears Will Never Stain The Streets Of That City

14. He Looked Beyond My Fault (And Saw My Need)

DESTINY RAMBO MCGUIRE INTERVIEW PARTS 1 &2 – BLOGTALK RADIO

Live With Joey DESTINY

 

BLOGTALK RADIO INTERVIEW PART 2 AIRING SOON

Please tune in online Friday, June 7, 2014 at 9 PM Central Standard Time to hear Part 2 of Destiny Rambo McGuire’s interview on the blogtalk radio show Live From The Bay With Joey. Part 1 aired previously and we are excited to share Part 2 with you. Click HERE to listen online at 9 PM CST on June 7. You can also listen to the interview later by clicking on the same link. For more information about the Part 1 interview, please read below.

 

BLOGTALK RADIO INTERVIEW PART 1 PREVIOUSLY AIRED

Destiny Rambo McGuire’s Part 1 interview on blogtalkradio with Joey Vilchez Nardone from the San Francisco Bay area is now available for listening online using the widget below this post. This was Destiny’s first interview since releasing her debut full-length project, Journal of a Songstress. Destiny’s father and producer of Journal of a Songstress Dony McGuire will also joined her for the interview. The interview aired on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 9 PM Central Standard Time on Joey’s blogtalk radio show, Live From The Bay With Joey.

To listen Part 1 of the interview, please click below:

 

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DESTINY RAMBO MCGUIRE: GOD GAVE HER MUSIC

Destiny God Gave Her Music

From the March/April 2014 issue of Homecoming Magazine
~ By Wayne Zeitner ~

This is not your grandfather’s — or grandmother’s — gospel recording. Despite Destiny Rambo McGuire’s prominent thank you to “GranDot and GrandBuck” (Dottie and Buck, aka the Rambos), and despite her including some Rambo classics and debuting a poem-song from Gloria Gaither, this Nashville-recorded, 15-track opus — a soul-baring manifesto of complaint and hope — is anything but Southern. Still, a singer with Destiny’s pedigree (her parents are Reba Rambo and Dony McGuire), releasing a CD that starts with the words, “In the beginning…” and ends with “…at last I found love” deserves consideration.

Seems like waiting three decades after taking the stage as a (very young) singing Rambo is an unusually long delay. Destiny agrees: “I’ve been singing in public since I was 18 months old. My parents used to put me up on the piano bench, and parade me around like a little singing monkey.” But tell us how you really feel about growing up in a traveling musical family. “Well, I sang with the family, and I sang on — it seems like — everybody else’s records, but never had something that was mine; something that represented me as an artist or as a writer.” Laughing, she recalls the reaction of GranDot to the first song Destiny ever wrote: “She teased me and said I was a late bloomer. I mean, I was only 14!” Such is the burden of the progeny of musical legends.

To continue reading this article, please click HERE.

DOTTIE RAMBO SONGBOOK – AVAILABLE NOW

Dottie Rambo Songbook copy

A songbook of 30 beloved songs, penned by Dottie Rambo and made popular by The Rambos, is now available in our online shop. For a limited time, you can purchase this Collector’s Edition songbook for only $19.95 +S&H (20% off the suggested retail price of $24.95). Click below to order or visit our shop pages (Rambo McGuire, Destiny Rambo McGuire, The Rambos) to see other product available.

 

dottiesongbookThe Dottie Rambo Collection ~ Songbook
Songs Of A Lifetime
30 of Dottie’s most popular songs
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Behold The Lamb • Bring All Your Needs To The Altar • Build My Mansion Next Door To Jesus • Come Spring • For What Earthly Reason • He Looked Beyond My Fault • He Was The Talk Of The Town • Holy Spirit, Thou Art Welcome • How Graciously Grace Has Covered My Sin • I Call Him Lord • I Go To The Rock • I Just Came To Talk With You Lord • I Will Glory In The Cross • If That Isn’t Love • In The Valley He Restoreth My Soul • I’ve Never Been This Homesick Before • Love Letters • Mama’s Teaching Angels How To Sing • Midnight In The Middle Of The Day • New Shoes • Remind Me Dear Lord • Sheltered In The Arms Of God • Stand Still And See His Glory • Tears Will Never Stain The Streets Of That City • The Holy Hills Of Heaven Call Me • The Perfect Rose • There’s Nothing My God Can’t Do • This Is My Valley • Too Much To Gain To Lose • We Shall Behold Him

RAMBO MCGUIRE ~ BACK IN THE STUDIO

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2014-02-22 24Guess what? Rambo McGuire is finally back in the studio working on two new projects… The first being Rambo Classics!

We have combed through the entire catalogue of hundreds of Rambo songs (no easy task) and have found the ones we all were most excited to record again and share with you. Favorites like: “He Looked Beyond My Fault And Saw My Need,” “In The Valley He Restoreth My Soul,” “Sheltered In The Arms Of God,” “If That Isn’t Love,” “Tears Will Never Stain The Streets Of That City…” And the list goes on!

My darling 82 year old Dad, Buck Rambo, will be joining Dony, Destiny, Israel and me again on this special project. I’m amazed at the enduring strength and beautiful tones of his voice. Every time he does a concert with us he brings the people to tears with his transparency, passion for Christ and authentic voice – all seasoned with Kentucky humor.

What a joy for our family to harmonize on these timeless favorites you’ve requested. We’re having a blast remembering them yet overwhelmed at how relevant their message is today. The songs of Mama Dottie Rambo and other Rambo Classics live on!

We will let you know in the next few weeks the release dates as we absorb ourselves in this marvelous music. Your prayers are so appreciated.

Lovingly,

Reba

Pictured Top L to R: Israel Anthem, Craig Carter
Pictured Bottom L to R: Dony McGuire, Greg Hand

STORY BEHIND THE SONGS – Ordinary Baby

Story Behind Songs Ordinary Baby

From the November/December 2012 Issue of Homecoming Magazine
~ By Reba Rambo-McGuire ~

Ordinary Baby Youtube Video

Ordinary Baby

He was just an ordinary baby;
That’s the way He planned it, maybe;
Anything but common would have kept Him apart
From the children that He came to rescue,
Limited to some elite few,
When He was the only child who asked to be born,
And He came to us with eyes wide open,
Knowing how we’re hurt and broken,
Choosing to partake of all our joy and pain.

He was just an ordinary baby;
That’s the way He planned it, maybe,
So that we would come to Him
And not be afraid.

He was ordinary with exception of miraculous conception—
Both His birth and death He planned from the start;
But between His entrance and exit was a life that has affected
Everyone who’s ever walked the earth to this day.
With no airs of condescension
He became God’s pure extension,
Giving you and me the chance to be remade.

He was just an ordinary baby;
That’s the way He planned it, maybe,
So that we would come to Him
And not be afraid.

Lyrics: Gloria Gaither Music: Dony McGuire Copyright. © 1982 
BUD-JOHN SONGS INC/ASCAP, IT’S-N-ME MUSIC/ASCAP, GAITHER MUSIC/ASCAP.

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Pregnancy and birthin’ babies is one of the toughest jobs on the planet.

For many years Dony and I struggled with having children: three miscarriages, countless humiliating procedures, experimental fertility drugs and three tedious corrective surgeries. When I miraculously became pregnant with Destiny, we were ecstatic! The earth-mother hiding in me suddenly stood up and took full charge; I nested, ate organic and decided to have natural childbirth … what was I thinking?! 

It’s funny, the surprising moments when God shows up. Some believe that a woman is never more vulnerable or open to the spiritual dimension than she is during childbirth. Many testify of supernatural experiences during this wondrous event of bringing forth new life.

I was 20 hours deep into induced hard labor — I’m talking “wanna cuss your husband” labor. Because I was high risk, there was an amazing medical team assembled along with my family and lots of praying friends. When I was in the height of transition, I was overwhelmed with smell sensitivity; between Dony’s Juicy Fruit gum and Mom’s Giorgio perfume, I thought I would surely die from asphyxiation. The two were quickly banished from the room to get rid of the dreaded aromas when suddenly (and I don’t know how to explain it ’cause I wasn’t on drugs), my spirit popped through an ancient porthole.

I was in a damp, cool, cave-like structure lit only by torches. The smell was pungent, reminiscent of my great uncle Jimmy’s barn of animals and hay. Anyone who has any spiritual sensitivity and has been privileged to witness childbirth remembers the distinct sounds of a woman in various stages of labor. In my vision there were shadowy figures huddled ’round a teenage girl straining with the primal, guttural cries of the unmistakable final pushing of labor.

“By My Spirit, Mary was able to birth the Son of God in the most primitive of conditions,” the Voice whispered. “That same power, My Spirit, is enabling you right now!”

All at once I was back in my hospital room, and with one more push from the deepest depth of strength, Destiny entered through the canal with a flourish of blood and water. I’ve never felt more of God in a room.

As I held our wailing, bright-eyed child, I remembered the day, years before, when Gloria handed Dony a typed lyric, and on the top were the words “Ordinary Baby.”

To continue reading this article, please click HERE.

THE RAMBO FAMILY ON BLOG TALK RADIO

Live With Joey RAMBOS

The legendary Rambo family (Buck & Reba along with Dony McGuire and Destiny Rambo McGuire) was recently interviewed on blogtalkradio by Joey Vilchez Nardone from the San Francisco Bay area. He has an online show, Live From The Bay With Joey. The family shared lots of stories and music with Joey, and you can listen to the interview HERE starting Sunday, September 8, at 11 PM Central Standard Time. The interview will be archived so you’ll be able to listen at later dates by clicking on the link.

STORY BEHIND THE SONGS – Because Of Whose I Am

Story Behind Songs Because Of Whose

~ Because Of Whose I Am ~  
By Reba Rambo-McGuire

Did you ever wonder if God was having a bad day when He made you? Did you ever question the fact that He, The King of the universe, could love you – warts and all? Now maybe you’ve never been guilty of such thoughts but I confess I’ve had to deal with them.

One Sunday afternoon I was blowing up the balloons for my “pity party.” (I’m sure you’ve NEVER had one). I was lying across the bed, crying, feeling very inadequate when I cried out to God.

“How can you love me? I make so many mistakes! Can you show me how you love me?”

I was like a child who cried so hard ’til they’re totally “spent,” and I began drifing off to sleep. Something happened in those next few moments that would forever change my life. I honestly don’t know if it was a dream or a vision, but let me share it with you. I must admit it’s difficult to relate supernatural experiences with natural words, but I’ll try.

Imagine being in a place very similar to the worst famine-ridden desserts of Ethiopia. There were thousands of dark-skinned children lying in the hot, steaming, sun-baked sand. The stench of death was like a sickening fog. Dirty children with large, helpless eyes and bloated bellies were covered with sores and swarming flies.

Suddenly I saw of all people, Princess Di, running among all these dying, starving children. In this vision there was a knowing in me that she was barren. (Now we all know in actual life she and Prince Charles have two sons, but in this instance she was childless). She was searching frantically among the multitudes until she found the child who appeared to be closest to death. She cried out triumphantly, “This is the one! This is the one I choose. This is the Heir!”

Almost instantly a medical staff appeared and began intensive treatment, an I.V. in the arm, shots, even surgical procedures. The child was bathed and nourishment was given, and before my eyes began to blossom. Princess Di smiled, placed a purple robe around the child, and instantly the scene changed and that same child was a little older sitting on a jeweled throne of a palace, smiling.

Then I was awake and trembling. The Father spoke to me and said, “Reba, that’s the way I love you. You were starving, filthy, naked and dying without any hope. But before the foundation of the world, I searched among the the stuff, and I chose you. The stripes upon My Son’s back were for your healing, and His blood bought your redemption. I reached in and took out your heart of stone and gave you a perfect heart. I nourished you on the “chicken soup” of My Word. I laid you to rest on My big feather bed until you were revived and restored. I wrapped you in a robe of righteousness and made you a joint heir with Christ Jesus. I gave you all power and authority. Now you are a son of God. All I have is yours. That is how I love you.”

I lay there sobbing, only this time they were tears of joy. The presence of God filled the room and every fibre of my body. I could actually feel the arms of God around me, and for what seemed like hours, all I could do was weep and whisper, “Abba Father, Abba Father, Abba Father.”

He loves you in the exact same way. Why not take a minute and reflect on what He has done for you? You are His treasure, His joy, His child. Why not crawl up in His arms and tell Him all about it?

I’ll never understand why He saw a piece of clay
And said, “I want it, I’ll use it”
The greatest mystery is that somehow in spite of me
He said, “I’m gonna love you”
He took me in His arms
Said, “This child belongs to me”
He placed me in His Kingdom
Now I live like royalty
It’s not because of what I am
Not because of what I’ve done
It’s because of Whose I am

I’ll never understand while I was yet a slave
He said He’d buy me, He’d save me
He clothed Himself in flesh, became the final sacrifice
So I could know redemption
He took the stripes upon His back
So that I could walk in health
Then He broke the chains of death
Now I can live forevermore
It’s not because of what I am
Not because of what I’ve done
It’s because of Whose I am

My Father is Lord of everything
From here beyond forever
He’s given me His name said if I’d ask anything
He’d gladly give it
He put a robe upon my back
Placed a ring upon my hand
Said the riches of heaven were all mine
It’s not because of what I am
Not because of what I’ve done
But because He first loved me
His grace has set me free
His blood is flowing through my veins
I’m adopted by The King
It’s because of Whose I am

Lyrics and Music by Reba Rambo & Dony McGuire
Copyright 1980 Bud-John Songs Inc. / ASCAP and New Spring Publ. Inc./ ASCAP

You can download Reba Rambo-McGuire’s recording of Because Of Whose I Am HERE.
You can purchase The Lady’s Treasury featuring Because Of Whose I Am HERE.

COWBOY BLUES

Cowboy Blues copy

From the May/June 2013 issue of Homecoming Magazine
~ By Israel Anthem ~

IsraelFootball has spoiled my adult life. Let me rephrase — the Dallas Cowboys of the 1990s spoiled my adult life as a sports fan. I was born a McGuire, with the soul of a Rambo. The McGuire side of me, however, was raised with blue blood. My pop, Dony McGuire, was born and raised in Oklahoma and wisely chose to defer from his brothers’ admirations of the Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs. By the time I came around in the late ’80s, he was a diehard Cowboy. Like the ’50s Yankees, the ’70s Steelers and the select few franchises before them, the Cowboys built a dynasty that transcended the sport.

One of my earliest memories is of my late uncle Jerry cheering on the boys in what would be the first of three Super Bowl wins in four years…

To continue reading this article, please click HERE.

 

(Pictured left: Dony McGuire and Reba Rambo-McGuire’s son, Israel, in his younger days. Today he is a Grammy-nominated film director and musician.)