Red Sky

In just a couple of weeks, my album “Red Sky” will finally be finished.  It has been a journey for me that has traversed the past four years since the release of my first album “From Here“.  In those four years I have written more songs about what God is teaching me.  Some songs I wrote with my children in mind–hoping to leave them with some of the lessons I have learned.  While this album will be six songs instead of 10, I am excited to finally have it complete and add it to my music journey.

Have you ever started out to do something with great ambition and high expectation only to be caught up in a crisis or trouble that you just didn’t see coming?  I sure have.  Even as I am writing this blog, I am mopping up the remains of a storm that beat at my heart just this year.  If you are familiar with the phrase:  “Red sky at morning, sailor take warning.  Red sky at night, sailor’s delight.” then you know that the saying refers to the warnings that the sky gives to the sailor about storms coming.  If the morning dawns red, the sailor knows a storm is on its way and he needs to take cover.  If as the day concludes and the sun sets red, the sailor knows that there will be peace.

Red Sky

This album is a collection of lessons I have learned over the years after facing various storms and crisis.  The song “Red Sky” describes the storm and the fear that wants to take hold in the midst of trouble and pain.  It’s a prayer for help and it’s a promise of comfort. I hope that the words of the songs work in cooperation with what the Holy Spirit would like to say to you and sing over you in your storm.  I pray that you will find that even in a storm, Jesus will be that “Red Sky”.

Better Than Life” was a song I wrote after studying the idea “Can man live without God?”  My conclusion is that there is no way to live without him that has meaning, purpose, destiny, or direction.  Somehow contained within the love of God was the justice that paid for my sin, the grace to see me through my tomorrows, the healing to mend my heart, and the truth to expel all of the lies.  Yes, I find that His love is better than life!

Forgiveness” is another song from the album.  I wrote this song to express another life lesson I have been learning.  It’s based on the idea that “Forgiveness is setting the prisoner free and finding out that the prisoner was me.”  It’s one of the hardest lessons to learn, but one of the most freeing experiences to embrace.  When I finally cancel the debts of others and allow God to meet my needs, I experience the joy of forgiving.

Out of the many broken places in my life, God continues to bring redemption.  He takes my messed up places and pieces and makes something beautiful out of them.  It is this among many other things that cause me to fall deeper and deeper in love with Him, and out of my heart came the song “I Love That About You“.  This song is a love song about the beauty of the Lord that I see as He interacts with my life and the lives of others around me.

My friend Paul Wainamo also wrote a song a few years ago dealing with the way God redeems our lives and makes sense of all of our confusions and imbalances.  I loved the song from the first time I heard it and I asked him if I could record that song on this album.  “Only You Can Make Sense” is a song that describes my life as an artist/songwriter and the way God writes my story and my “song”.  Paul just recently placed in the “Top 5” in a songwriter’s competition with this song for Worship Northwest/Hope 107.9 and will be recording this song as well!!! Congratulations Paul!!!

Finally, my most intimate song that I included on this album is a song called “Solace“.  This song is an invitation to you to listen in on my quiet time with the Lord and hear what I hear.  I have found that the peace and hope to be found is in the presence of my Creator God.  He is the only one who sings my hope.  I hope you can hear Him singing over you as you sit in His presence.

I can’t wait for you to hear it.  Stay tuned…….

4 thoughts on “Red Sky

  1. Cate,
    You overwhelm me with your artistry, but even more with your heart.
    You are one of the most honest people I know. Unafraid to tackle the hard things in life and then share them with those who need to hear it and understand.

    I honor you and the precious work that God is doing in and through you both personally in in this album project.

    I count it a pleasure and an extreme honor to have shared in some small part by being able to write a song that meant enough to you that you would want to use it. That is the greatest gift any one could give me.

    I am proud to call you friend and stand in awe of the grace of God on your life and that He in his great mercy caused our paths to cross.

    It is truly one of the most significant things in my life to date.

    Blessings and love from your brother in Christ and in service,

    1. Paul, I am not sure I am worthy of such accolades, but let me say that I am honored to be your friend. Friendship is the most valuable gift I can possess, and you have given me that.

      I feel like I am maybe the first to record one of your songs, but certainly not the last. You write beautifully. Your “story”, your “brokeness”, becomes a well that others can draw from because you have filled that emptiness with Christ. As artists that is our highest aim–to show others how to take their brokeness to Christ and let Him fill the empty places and restore the things that no longer “work”. Your songs do that. Your life does that.

      Thank you again, dear friend for the use of your song on this project. I know it will make its way into the hearts of many.

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