October 26, 2014

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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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.”

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DESTINY RAMBO MCGUIRE ~ JOURNAL OF A SONGSTRESS ~

Des JOS Promo Pic

Destiny Rambo McGuire Debuts

First Full-Length Recording Project

 

_MG_5097 (1) Resize MMDestiny Rambo McGuire is a butterfly mermaid: A voice that lilts, dips and soars… mesmerizing with colors, coupled with a deep well of wisdom-words that lure us into unchartered thinking.

When asked about her first full-length recording project, Destiny says, “I envision Journal of a Songstress as a warm handshake, a look in the eyes, a smile with a ‘Hi, I’m Destiny.’ This is who I am: my story, the journal of my life.” She lets us sneak over her shoulder and peer into the otherworld-wonder while bravely confessing the fragile skeletons of secrets. It’s about as honest as it gets.

Journal of a Songstress has been two years in the recording but a lifetime in the making. Destiny began practicing the crafting of story when she was two and collecting words and phrases like a miser hoarding scribbled, dog-eared journals. When she’s composing on the piano, her fingers tend to travel down familiar classical paths but stretch to pluck a sprig of rare foliage along the way. Her poetic and melodic sense is both fresh and ancient.

The long awaited solo début features nine original songs and six carefully chosen gems that pay homage to her musical heritage. “I Just Came To Talk With You, Lord” written by her legendary grandmother the late Dottie Rambo; “He Gave Me Music” and “At Last I Found Love” by her mother Reba Rambo-McGuire; “God, I Need Someone to Talk To” by her father Dony McGuire; and “He Will Provide” by her grandfather Cornelius “Mac” McGuire and Dony. “To All the Poets I Have Known” features the lyrics of Gloria Gaither and musical genius of Dony.

The roster of amazingly talented singers, musicians and creative technicians who caught sight of Destiny’s vision is staggering. She carries a presence that makes other artists eager to collaborate in releasing the mystery.

Journal of a Songstress is a journey best experienced sequentially by candlelight. It will take you by the heart and woo you to infinite summits and fathomless seas. Maybe that’s what butterfly mermaids are destined to do.

 

Coming December 13

Available For Purchase Now

 

Cover Draft 15 fixedDestiny Rambo McGuire ~  Journal of a Songstress CD
$13.95 


Click HERE to Download on iTunes

 

 

He Gave Me Music Letters To Cinderella (With Nick Britt) • Tree And Me Garden Of Incense He Starts With The End (With Nichole Nordeman)I Just Came To Talk With You, Lord Upside Down Excuse Me, SirYou’re Safe Here To All The Poets I Have Known Condemned Motel • God, I Need Someone To Talk ToOld Lady Grace He Will Provide (With Sonya Isaacs Yeary & Rebecca Isaacs Bowman)At Last I Found Love


 

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.

STORY BEHIND THE SONGS – To All The Poets

Story Behind Songs From the March/April 2013 issue of Homecoming Magazine
~ By Reba Rambo-McGuire ~

To All the Poets

To all the poets I have known
Who saw the beauty in
the common place,
Saw Incarnation in a baby’s face,
And in a drop of rain, the stars,
When there was mud and
blood and tears
You sang a song at night
to calm our fears,
You made a moment last
a thousand years,
Thank God for poets I have known.

You go on dreaming after
dreams all fade,
When friends desert, you are
the ones who stayed,
To write the prayers when every
prayer’s been prayed,
You are the poets I have known.

To all the poets I have known
You built a kingdom out of sea and sand,
You conquered armies with
a marching band,
You carved a galaxy in stone,
You built an altar out of bread,
You spent your soul to see
the children fed,
You wove your heart in every story read,
You lovely poets I have known.

You walking wounded of my life
Who bled compassion in
the heat of strife,
Who stood between my heart
and Satan’s knife,
With just the armor of a song.
You are the heroes and the brave
Who with a slender pen
our passions save,
And chisel epitaphs upon the grave
Of all the poets I have known.
Words: Gloria Gaither/Hanna Street Music/BMI / Music: Dony McGuire/Rambo McGuire Music/ASCAP

You can download Destiny Rambo McGuire’s recording of this song HERE.

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There is a price you pay to en-flesh Art.

Gloria Gaither has learned that some lyrics require a lifetime of gathering and incubating words, wisdom, experiences and rhyme before they can be fully formed and birthed into the earth realm.

“To All the Poets” is her passionate and haunting homage to those creative, believing souls who paid the price to see the invisible tugging on heaven’s heart and squeezing its essence into poetic interpretation. It honors and recognizes those daring enough to scale the lofty heights, peer into the unknown, take off their shoes and let us in on the mystery.

Gloria comes from a long line of poets, seekers and other-world women. Her mother Dorothy along with both grandmothers, each in their own unique way, demonstrated the joys of storytelling, dreaming and learning readiness by seizing life moments and awakening the creative muse in young Gloria. All three shaped her… 

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MOTHER’S DAY PACKAGE

Mother's Day 2012

Order the Mother’s Day Package now through the end of May and you’ll receive 3 CDs from 3 generations of Rambo women. That’s right! All 3 CDs for the low price of $19.95 plus shipping & handling! The perfect gift for moms everywhere! Order below…

 

Dottie Rambo ~ Sheltered CD

I’ve Never Been This Homesick Before • If That Isn’t Love • New Shoes • Tiny • Sheltered In The Arms Of God • Who’s Gonna Teach My Children’s Children • Remind Me Dear Lord • I Just Came To Talk With You Lord • Build My Mansion • I Go To The Rock • Holy Spirit Thou Art Welcome In This Place • I Will Glory In The Cross

 

Reba ~ The Lady’s Treasury CD (Limited Edition)

Inseparable • Desert Dreams • Because Of Whose I Am • My God Shall Supply All My Needs • We’ve Got The Spirit • He Became Sin • Overshadow Me / Christ In Me • He Can’t Keep His Eyes Off Me • Land Of Ooh’s And Ah’s • A People You Were Not • Party • We Really Can Change The World • Supernatural

 

 

Destiny Rambo McGuire ~ Destiny Rambo McGuire CD

Letters To Cinderella • Tree And Me • To All The Poets I Have Known • Condemned Motel • Old Lady Grace • Watchman

 

 

 

 ORDER HERE

Mother's Day PKG 2012Mother’s Day Package  ~ 3 Projects
Sheltered ~ Dottie Rambo
The Lady’s Treasury ~ Reba Rambo-McGuire
Destiny Rambo McGuire ~ Destiny Rambo McGuire
$19.95

REBA ON BLOG TALK RADIO

Live With Joey

Reba 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. Reba shared lots of stories and music with Joey, and you can listen to Part 1 of the interview by clicking HERE or below starting Wednesday, March 13, at 10 PM Central Standard Time. You can listen to Part 2 of the interview by clicking HERE or below starting Wednesday, March 20, at 10 PM Central Standard Time. Both parts of the interview will be archived so you’ll be able to listen at later dates.

 

LISTEN TO PART 1 BELOW:

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LISTEN TO PART 2 BELOW:

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RAMBO McGUIRE CHRISTMAS PACKAGE 2012

Reba, Dony and Destiny recently put together a package of CDs to sell at the Gaither Christmas Tea in Alexandria, IN. They have 25 sets left and want to offer you a chance to get their beloved music at a great deal and at an affordable cost.  The package consists of the following:

Grassroots Rambos CD (featuring Rambo McGuire singing Dottie Rambo songs bluegrass style)
The Noteworthy Collection Volumes 1&2 2 CD Set (Dony & Reba’s most requested songs)
The Lady’s Treasury CD (Reba’s solo CD)
Destiny Rambo McGuire CD (featuring songs written by Destiny, Gloria Gaither and Dony McGuire)
Greatest Hits CD/DVD(The Rambos CD includes 20 original recordings and the DVD highlights 10 vintage TV clips along with Mark Lowry’s home video of their last performance together). 

This package is worth over $80 retail but Rambo McGuire is offering it for a mere $40, saving you 50%.

AND THAT’S NOT ALL! Dony & Reba found the last few copies of their Rambo McGuire Family Christmas CDs and are including them in this package for FREE. That’s 6 CDs/1 DVD and a Free Bonus CD, over $93 worth of music for only $40! That’s a savings of over 50%!

Remember, there are only 25 of these packages left. They will be sold in the Rambo McGuire online store while supplies last. This would make a perfect Christmas gift for those who love Rambo McGuire music. What a great deal!

2012 DECEMBER DISCOUNTS

35% OFF

 
All Items In Rambo McGuire Online Store

December 3-31, 2012

 

         

 

PLUS Get a GREAT 
Stocking Stuffer

Dottie Rambo Doll
$9.99

 

 

These 9″ 2006 ANNALEE Anniversary Dolls of legendary Gospel singer/songwriter Dottie Rambo are RARE. Only a limited number were made and will not be manufactured again. They are on FINAL CLEARANCE.