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Jesus Lives
Released August 31, 2014
album cover
Album cover photo by Bryden Kercheval - edited by Kirk

Available on iTunes, CDBaby, and more

The album has original songs written by almost everyone in the group. The album was titled 'Jesus Lives' to help everyone figure out what 'GZUSLIVZ' is supposed to be, get it? There is quite a mix of styles on the album including a little touch of heavy metal, some blues, and rock. It's, of course, all Christian music.

This album was recorded in layers. First Kirk determined the BPM (beats per minute), setup a 'boom chick boom chick' (bass snare) click track and laid down 'scratch track' of guitar and possibly vocals. Then Kirk would record his parts of the song, replacing the scratch track. Then, layer upon layer, each musician would record their part at different times, adding to the song. Heavy editing was not done on the album, allowing for some imperfections, which gives the recording a more natural or live feel. In the words of John Grant, '[the imperfect sound] is also a personal reminder that God alone is perfect and man, for all his striving, is not.'

Video notes

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Here's a music video (released 03-09-2014) with a song from the album. This song is on our 'Jesus Lives' album, in an original version, and in this alumni/drum version. This features alumni vocalist, Brianna Quinn, as well as all 5 percussionists who have played (or are playing) drums in the group at the time of this recording.


01 I Am Yours
I Am Yours (Kirk Hopkins)
Intro: G    F# F   G    F# F (cut)  - drum break on the cut
                                   (electric guitar - Slayer Ola 2A)

Am (A11) 2x

Verse:
Am (A11)
 This song comes from my heart to Yours
 Sung from my deepest being
 Where words aren't even needed
 You already know my feelings
Dm
 I know that I belong to
Dsus                 Am
 Yeah I -  belong to You

Am (A11) 2x

Verse 2:
Am (A11)
 I am Yours and You're my Father
 I am Yours and You're the Healer
                       Dm
 I am Yours, yeah I am Yours

Repeat Verse 2

Repeat song (2 cuts on intro)

Repeat intro 4 times with cuts and 3 drum breaks



Intro style:
G G G G   F#  F
1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &

Composer: Kirk Hopkins
Vocals, Lead - Kirk Hopkins
Vocals - Pamela Hopkins
Vocals - Carley Wesseler
Electric Guitar - Kirk Hopkins
Bass - Josh Mains
Drums - Kirk Hopkins
Song notes: This song simply tells how words aren't really necessary to tell God that we love Him, He already knows. It is in spending time with Him that it is shown. The music for this song was completely re-written after the original version sat stale for many, many months. It switched from a happy predictable song to a darker, more in your face song, contrasting the lyrics.

02 Just A Walkin'
Just A Walkin' (Bob Conly)
Verse 1:             Intro: D7   C7   G    D#7 D7          (blues)
G
Hey old slew foot, go some news for you
far as you I go, you're bout to get the blues
           C7                 G
I'm just a walkin', away from you
D#7 D7                               C7
my feet are on the narrow path, I'm standing on the the rock
G                              D7
comes to me and you, ain't no, time on the clock
             G
cause I'm a walkin', away from you, just a walkin', away from you

Verse 2:
I'll never be your friend, understand that's for sure
I'm hooked up with the Son of God, and that's forevermore
I'm just a walkin', my way to Him
my feet are on the narrow path, I'm standing on the the rock

If ya think this bud's for you, you're in for a shock
cause I'm a walkin', my way to Him, just a walkin', my way to Him

Verse 3:
Now go ahead with your bad self, you can fuss and shout
I'm standing on the Word of God, and I have no doubt
I'm just a walkin', away from you
my feet are on the narrow path, I'm standing on the rock
Time ya' hit that short pier, and take a real long walk
just be a walkin', away from me, just be a walkin', away from me

Bridge: 12 bars guitar lead, 12 bars harmonica

Verse 4:
Now listen real good jack, here's the final clue
I'm on the stairway to heaven, and it's, hit the road for you
Just be a walkin', away from me
my feet are on the narrow path, I'm standing on the rock
I'm tired of all your boldface lies, ain't nothin' but a crock
Outro:
and I'm a walkin', away from you, I'm just a walkin', away from you
    D7 (let it hang)            C7 (let it hang)
I'm givin' you fair warning, ya better make a plan
     G (slow down)                      D7        C7        G
it's time you get your stinkin' tail... right... out of... town
G
just be a walkin', away from me, just keep a walkin', away from us
cause I'm a walkin', my way to Him, and we're just a walkin'
 D7          C7                   G
away...yeah away from...away from you

Composer: Bob Conly
Vocals, Lead - Pamela Hopkins
Vocals - Carley Wesseler
Harmonica - Bob Conly
Acoustic Guitar - Bob Conly
Electric Guitar - Kirk Hopkins
Bass - Josh Mains
Drums - Kirk Hopkins
Song notes: The original idea for this tune was hatched a couple of years ago. My favorite genre' of music is blues. I wanted to come up with a blues tune, contrary to a normal blues song, one that had a Christian lyric to it as well as a positive feel. The idea sat in the back of my think cap for a while. One evening late, I started jotting down some lines. The words just flowed and in twenty minutes the frame work for 'Walkin' was done. I had to change it a bit to fit the 12 bar parameters of blues. Hope it motivates someone to start their walk.

03 Choices
Choices (Carley Wesseler)
Intro 2x: D Dsus  D      A

A
This or that
E
right or wrong
D
potato potato
A
tomato tomato

    A
Whatever you say whatever you do
E
God's right there, He will help you
D
lead the way through the storm
A                  |
though your heart might feel torn

Chorus (2x first time, 4x last time):
D Dsus    D                 A
God leads us in the right direction


He will give you a bunch of options
but it's your choice to do right or wrong
He will lead you through your life
He will lead you through your life

Repeat Chorus

Composer: Carley Wesseler
Vocals, Lead - Carley Wesseler
Vocals - Pamela Hopkins
Electric Guitar - Kirk Hopkins
Bass - Josh Mains
Drums - Kevin Quinlivan
Song notes: As a freshman in High School I found that I have a lot of important choices in front of me.

04 Havin' Fun
Havin' Fun (Kirk Hopkins)
Dance/party feel, 4 on the floor for most of the song

C (the whole song, yup, it's a one chord song)

Ah------ah--ah--ah (add Hey, Hey)

Chorus 4x:
We're havin' fun now, we've got a great God

Verse 1:
We're supposed to have a time, a time for fun
a time to celebrate, our God as one
God will bless what we do
He's made that promise to me and you

Repeat Ah's & Chorus

Verse 2:
Life isn't always perfect, isn't always easy
it's sometimes enough to make you just a little queazy
We can celebrate
in times of trouble
because our God will never ever ever ever fumble

Repeat Ah's & Chorus

Repeat Ah's



Deuteronomy 16:15
New International Version (©2011)
For seven days celebrate the festival to the LORD your God at the place the LORD will choose. For the LORD your God will bless you in all your harvest and in all the work of your hands, and your joy will be complete.

Composer: Kirk Hopkins
Vocals, Lead - Kirk Hopkins
Vocals - Pamela Hopkins
Vocals - Carley Wesseler
Hey's - Rachel Hopkins
Electric Guitar - Kirk Hopkins
12 String Acoustic Guitar - Mike Mains
Acoustic Guitar - Ed Hampton
Bass - Josh Mains
Drums - Kirk Hopkins
Song notes: Looking to get another 'Say Yeah'-like fun song, I wrote this one. Easy lyrics and a driving drumbeat hopefully make this one where you know you can have fun worshiping God. Oh, and yes, there's only one chord. Try writing a song with only one chord, it's harder than you think.

05 Great Commandment, Great Commission
Great Commandment, Great Commission (Kevin Quinlivan)
Intro: B B     A A  A  E
       1 2     1 2 3&  1
Verse 1:
E                  B                               A
Jesus, what is the greatest, greatest, greatest commandment
E
That's easy he said
E
love the Lord your God
              B
with all your heart and soul and mind
              A
with all your heart and soul and mind
              E
with all your heart and soul and mind


Chorus:
    B             A            E
Now go and make believers everywhere
   B                A                           E
Baptize them in the name of the Father, and the Son,
and the Holy Spirit
B              A                   E
Teach them to obey everything I've said
    B             A                   E
For I am with you till the very, very end


Verse 2:
Jesus, what is the second greatest, greatest commandment
That's simple, He said
Love your neighbor
as yourself
and love, and love, and love
    E
and love, and love, and love
and lo-ove

Repeat Chorus
Repeat Chorus (light guitar 1st half, big finish)

B A E

Based on Matthew 22:36-38 and Matthew 28:19-20

Composer: Kevin Quinlivan
Vocals, Lead - Kevin Quinlivan
Vocals - Pamela Hopkins
Electric Guitar - Kirk Hopkins
Bass - Josh Mains
Drums - Kevin Quinlivan
Song notes:

06 My Faith
My Faith (Pamela Hopkins)
Intro: Bb F C C
          Bb        F      C   C
Thank you Jesus for loving me
          Bb        F          C    C
Thank you Jesus for setting me free
          Bb       F      C   Dm
Thank you for Your tender care
     Bb           F                  C     C
Your promise that You will always be there
Bb            F             C    Dm
Thank you for Your precious peace
         Bb         F
Though I don't understand
       C     Dm   ( start building Bb F C C )
May it never cease

          Bb       F       C   C
Thank you for Your gift of hope
       Bb      F        C   C
May it help me learn to cope
     Bb    F          Bb         F
With every worry that comes each day
       Bb     F          C (hold)
Please let my burdens at Your feet lay

(soft and build)
          Bb       F       C    C
Thank you for Your joy and grace
        Bb    F         C   C
May You never turn Your face
 Bb       F     Bb     Dm
Away from me or let me turn
   Bb        F    C            C
My face from You, Lord help me learn
   Bb         F        Bb       F
to trust Your word and what You say

       Bb    F       C      Dm
Please never take my faith away
       Bb    F       C      Dm  (hold)
Please never take my faith away
(picking softly)
       Bb    F       C      Dm
Please never take my faith away
       Bb    F       C      C
Please never take my faith away

Composer: Pamela Hopkins
Vocals, Lead - Pamela Hopkins
Vocals - Kirk Hopkins
Acoustic Guitar - Kirk Hopkins
Electric - Kirk Hopkins
Bass - Josh Mains
Drums - Kirk Hopkins
Song notes: I wrote the lyrics to this song as a poem several years back when my dad was dealing with Alzheimer's Disease. It was a very difficult time for us and I don't know what I would have done without my faith and the support of my church family. I had come to the full realization that of all the things we value in this life - money, health, loved ones, even our memories - none of these is guaranteed to last. The only thing is Jesus' promise to be with us through it all. This song is a prayer that I will never lose my faith in that promise.
'...And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.'
Matthew 28:20

07 Come To Me
Come To Me (Kirk Hopkins)
Heavy Metal (electric guitar: Olas Recto patch 4A)

Riff 1:
E 11115 11 1 16 5 11115 11 1 16 7
  1e&a2e&a3e&a4e&a1e&a2e&a3e&a4e&a
Riff 2:
E 11115 11 1 16 5 7
  1e&a2e&a3e&a4e&a1e&a2e&a3e&a4e&a
Riff 3:
A 7  6  5
E           7 6 5   7 for the hold
  1e&a2e&a3e&a4e&a

Verse pattern 1 & 2 &a e a4 &

Intro: Riff 1 twice without drums
       Riff 1 twice with drums
       Riff 3 with hold

Verse 1:
E
Come to me all who are weary
Come to me and I will give you rest
Come to me you who are burdened
and in me you  will  find  rest

Riff 1 & Riff 2

Verse 2:
For I know the plans I have for you
plans for good and not for bad
plans to give you a hope and a future
plans to walk with  you  each  day

Bridge: Heavy Metal drum solo
Riff 1 two times, Riff 3, Verse 1, Riff 1, Riff 2, Verse 2

Outro:
Riff 1 two times, Riff 3 three times

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster

Composer: Kirk Hopkins
Vocals, Lead - Kirk Hopkins
Vocals - Pamela Hopkins
Vocals - Carley Wesseler
Electric Guitar - Kirk Hopkins
Bass - Josh Mains
Drums - Kevin Quinlivan
Song notes: Inspired by Sam Freese recordings from his home studio and the style of a song called, 'Life Afraid' by a band called Chosen. This is my first attempt at a full Heavy Metal christian song, used in Sunday morning worship with children.

08 I'll Live for Him
I'll Live for Him (Natalie Hopkins)
Intro: C (2 measures build)

Verse 1:                      &
C † † † †F † † † †C † † † † † G
My life, my love, I give to thee
C † † † †F † † † †C † † † † † †G
The lamb, of God, who died for me
† † F † † † † † † † †C
How faithful then my life will be
† † †F † † † † † † † † † †C
Iíll live for the one who died for me
† † F † † † † † † † †C † † † † † † † † †G
How faithful then my life will be, will be

Chorus:
C † † † † F † † † † C † † † † † †G
Iíll live, for Him, who died for me
F † † † † † † † † C
How happy then my life will be
† † †F † † † † † † † †C † † † † † † † †G †G
Iíll live for Him who died for me, for me

Verse 2:
I now, believe, that you want me
For You, have died, so I can live
Forevermore Iíll trust in You
Iíll live for the one who died for me
Forevermore Iíll trust in You, in You

Repeat Chorus

Verse 3: (softly)
Oh You, have died, on Calvary
To save, my life, and make me free
Iíll dedicate my life to You
Iíll live for the one who died for me
Iíll dedicate my life to You, to You

Repeat Chorus (softly, build on only one G into verse 1)

4 lines of Verse 1 as the Outro

Based on lyrics from "Iíll Live for Him" (Ralph E Hudson 1882)
Exodus 32:29

Composer: Natalie Hopkins
Vocals, Lead - Natalie Hopkins
Acoustic Guitar - Kirk Hopkins
Bass - Tim Cornelius
Drums - Kirk Hopkins
Song notes:

09 Better Than Life
Better Than Life (Kirk Hopkins)
Individual notes - key of D#m - shuffle style - 1 a(2) a  - (solo)

 Your love is better
 better than life
 Your love is better (drums)

 I will praise You
 with my whole life
 I will praise You (bass)

 I lift my hands now
 in Your name
 I lift my hands now (drums)

 You satisfy me
 with Your riches
 You satisfy me (bass)

 I sing to You Lord
 with all I am
 I sing to You Lord (drums)

(change the feel)
G#2          G2           F#2          F2      F#2
When I go to bed at night I remember...Youuuuu,uuuuuuuuu

(original feel)
 Your my help Lord
 Your my help
 Your my help Lord (drums)

 I cling to You Lord
 I hold on to You
 I cling to You Lord (bass)

 Your love is better
 better than life
 Your love is better (drums)
------------------------------------------------------------------
Based on Psalm 63:3 - 8
3 Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.
4†I will praise you as long as I live,
  and in your name I will lift up my hands.
5†I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;
  with singing lips my mouth will praise you.
6 On my bed I remember you;
  I think of you through the watches of the night.
7 Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.
8†I cling to you; your right hand upholds me.

Composer: Kirk Hopkins
Vocals, Lead - Kirk Hopkins
Vocals, Lead - Pamela Hopkins
Vocals, Lead - Carley Wesseler
Electric Guitar - Kirk Hopkins
Bass - Josh Mains
Drums - Kevin Quinlivan
Song notes: Features our drummer and bassist, with some soulful vocals, basically it features everyone except the guitars (why should we have all the fun).

10 Lord it is Good to Praise You
Lord it is Good to Praise You (Kirk Hopkins)
Chord on the first hit each line, then individual notes
Guitar (if any) E muted and A down beats

Verse 1:
E|                              D    D#   E
Lord, it is good to praise you. Most High God, (Most High God)

and it is good to honor You, Most High God (Most High God)
     A
with music, that honors, Most High God (Most High God)

Verse 2:
It is good to sing every morning about your love. (about your love)
It is good to sing every night, how faithful you are (how faithful you are)
here's music, that honors, Most High God (Most High God)

Verse 3:
I sing about You, with my guitar, that has six strings.
 (that has six strings)
I sing about You, with my drums, aren't they sweet
 (aren't they sweet)
here's music, that honors, Most High God (Most High God)

Verse 4:
Lord, you make me glad by what you have done. (you have done)
I sing with joy about the works of Your hands. (of Your hands)
here's music, that honors, Most High God (Most High God)

Verse 5:
Lord, how great are the things you do! Most High God (Most High God)
How wise your thoughts, Lord how wise they are! Most High God (Most High God)
here's music, that honors, Most High God (Most High God)

Outro:
Lord, it is good to praise you. Most High God, (Most High God)

Based on Psalm 92:1-5

Melody
B  A G A  D E EG   D D# E  D D# E

Composer: Kirk Hopkins
Vocals, Lead - Pamela Hopkins
Vocals - Carley Wesseler
Electric Guitar - Joe Niesen
Bass - Gary Campbell
Drums - Kirk Hopkins
Song notes: My son brought home his brand spankin' new bible and showed it to me. I leafed through the pages and told him how cool I thought some the illustrations were. In a matter of seconds I landed on Psalm 92. Have words ever been easier to come by? We just published our sophomore album, 'What's Next' and I wondered if it was going to be difficult to continue to create new material. Nope, not yet anyway. I tested the song in a 7/8 feel which did NOT work. Then I put down the guitar and sang the words softly. Out came what you hear today, well kind of. Since writing the song, I lead worship with this song on the Walk to Emmaus. When it came time to record, I invited Gary Campbell and Joe Niesen who lead worship with me on the Walk to Emmaus to come record their version of it. They laid down a number of tracks each, so what you actually hear is a culmination of musical ideas in praise. It is good to praise Most High God, isn't it?

11 The Story
The Story (Bob Conly)
Verse 1:  (Intro: E A B E )
   E                       A              B              E
We can scroll the names in Your word from Genesis to Revelation
   E           A                       B                      E
We see martyrs saints and prophets the one's who ruled mighty nations
   A                    E
Take all the chapters recorded for time
   B                        C#m B A
there's still one life even worthy
   E                 A                 B                 A        E
of all our honor and all of our praise it's a life known as the story

Chorus 1:
       C#m       B         A         C#m    A               B
He was born in a stable in Bethlehem not to riches but as a common man
 C#m  B  A      B             C#m      B      A      E     E
Emmanuel is his name, the salvation of man is why He came

Verse 2:
We're told the tales of knights of old, of their
daring acts courageous n' bold
We recount the sagas of kings and queens,
written on the pages for all to see but
no matter how great these deeds were penned in the annals of history
not one single life can compare indeed to this one life known
as the story

Chorus 2:
He lived a life a sinless one,
that we may be called daughters and sons
He gave His life that we should live no greater gift could anyone give

Verse 3:
We've great generals to win the wars
brilliant scientists to study the stars
Fearless astronauts who fly into space
they're meer mortals of this human race
We need to rethink our priorities, set our sights more heavenly
Now take the time He implores you to
find your way in the story  -->  Repeat Chorus 1
Verse 4:
The world seems so hurried and blind
we continue to treat each other unkind
So you rulers and all you kings be warned
you'll not be saved by the might of your arm
Don't set your sights on things earthly
don't seal your fate for eternity
There is only one life that we should adore
the One who is, is the story  -->  Repeat Chorus 2, Repeat Chorus 1

Composer: Bob Conly
Vocals, Lead - Kevin Quinlivan
Vocals - Carley Wesseler
Acoustic Guitar - Bob Conly
Electric Guitar - Kirk Hopkins
Bass - Josh Mains
Drums - Kevin Quinlivan
Song notes: Our Pastor of Children's Ministries, requested if someone in our group, could write a song concerning the church wide study of 'The Story' that we are involved with. This was my attempt to capture the essence of the program.

12 That's the Way You Roll
That's the Way You Roll (Kirk Hopkins)
Intro: G C G D 2x

Verse 1:
G                        C
Sometimes we think we've got it all covered
G                  D
everything's under control
G                       C
Sometimes it seems like we are in charge
    G                  D
and we are running the show
        C                 D
but You open our eyes and we are surprised
           Em            D             D
seems like everything is out of control

Verse 2:
G                       C                       G                D
You are in charge, Your calling the shots, it's You that's in control
   G                C             G                  D
Creator, sustainer, alpha, omega, that's the way You roll
   C                 D          Em                D                 D
In You I believe, in You I see, life the way that it should (could) be
     G                   C                D                   D  D  D
With You in control, oh, I don't know, anyway better it could be


Instrumental: G C G D 2x

Bridge:
Em
You see all things
C
You see all things
D                  D D
You see all things

Repeat Verse 2
Repeat Instrumental
Repeat Bridge
End on G


Melody:
G G F# G       E E D E        D   D   E   D D
1 & 2  & (3 4) 1 & 2 & (3 4)  1   2   3   4 & (1 2 3 4)

Composer: Kirk Hopkins
Vocals, Lead - Kirk Hopkins
Vocals - Pamela Hopkins
Vocals - Carley Wesseler
Electric Guitar - Kirk Hopkins
Acoustic Guitar - Kirk Hopkins
Bass - Josh Mains
Drums - Kevin Quinlivan
Song notes: This song was written after some of my very close friends left our church. The circumstances don't really matter, but in short, I believe that miscommunication was the reason. In any case, I was reminded how all I can do is what God wants me to do. I shouldn't pretend to even think that I have things under control, when clearly, I don't. Fortunately I serve an All-Knowing and loving God who is in control and knows what's best for all of us. So we can continue to be friends and serve God, even if it's not in the same local body.

13 Trust and Obey
Trust and Obey (Bob Conly)
Intro: A E A D   A E D E   A  A2

Verse 1:
     A                 E                       A                 D
I've read Your Word, I hear Your voice, now my steps are ordered by Your truth
    A                E                    D       E         A A2 A A2
the world may try to lead me astray, but I won't walk that way
    A             E            A                           D
God has given us direction, to believe what His word will say
    A               E           D          E        A
then two things He asks of us, that is to trust and obey

Chorus:
  F#m   E         A      F#m   D         E
I will trust and obey, I will trust and obey
 F#m      E          A         D     A          E         A A2 A A2 A
the world around can have it's way, but I will trust and obey

Verse 2:
There are thousands of things we can stand for
but most will make us fall
if it doesn't proceed from the mouth of God
it doesn't mean anything at all

No matter how the world may pull
I'll no longer be it's fool
I've seen the light, have found your way
I will trust and obey

Repeat Chorus
  \\
Bridge:
    D             A                   D                   A
The world around can have it's way, I don't care what the critics say
   D                  A             F#m    E         A A2 A A2 A
My life is Yours this very day, and I will trust and obey
(same chord pattern)
I've been with the world I'm not going back
my life is now on the right track
my heart is settled on Your plan
it's on Your Word I'll stand

Repeat Chorus 1x until (...but I will), Repeat Chorus again fully
Outro:
   A    D        A    D        A    E        A
I will trust, I will trust, I will trust and obey

Composer: Bob Conly
Vocals, Lead - Pamela Hopkins
Acoustic Guitar - Bob Conly
Electric Guitar - Kirk Hopkins
Bass - Tim Cornelius
Drums - Kirk Hopkins
Song notes: This song came about after years of studying God's word. These are the directions that I have gleaned from the Bible. That is to trust His promises and obey his His commands.

14 Wanna Be Wiser
Wanna Be Wiser (Kirk Hopkins)
Riff for the verses: A A A A   G   A  (electric - Classic Marshall 1B)
                     1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &

Verse 1:
 I wanna be wiser
 a little bit wiser
 so make me wiser, ooooo
D
 oh, oh, oh

Verse 2:
 don't wanna hang out with fools (1)& 2 & 3 & 4 &
 I'm nobody's fool               (1 & 2)& 3 & 4 &
 not gonna hang with fools, ooooo(1)& 2 & 3 & 4 &
D
 no, no, no

Verse 3:
 I may fall to pieces             (1) 2 & 3   4  (1)&(2)&(3 4)
 if I hang out with fools
 I could fall to pieces, ooooo    (1) 2 & 3   4  (1)&(2)&(3 4)
D
 whoa, whoa, whoa
E
 no, no, no

Drums & vocals (many times):
Ah        Ah  Ah        (sh)         (add the shhh later)
1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &

Verse 4:
 you wanna be wiser
 a little bit wiser
 you wanna be wiser, ooooo
D
 Yeah, yeah, yeah

Verse 5:
 hang out with wise ones
 really, really wise ones
 very wise ones, ooooo
D
 Yeah, yeah, yeah
E
 Yeah, yeah, yeah

Proverbs 13:20
Become wise by walking with the wise;
hang out with fools and watch your life fall to pieces.

Composer: Kirk Hopkins
Vocals, Lead - Kirk Hopkins
Vocals - Pamela Hopkins
Vocals - Carley Wesseler
Electric Guitar - Kirk Hopkins
Acoustic Guitar - Kirk Hopkins
Bass - Tim Cornelius
Drums - Kevin Quinlivan
Song notes: I had a God moment after coming home one evening. I picked up the guitar and played a little riff and hummed a line. My son Seth was in the room. I asked him if he liked it and he said yeah. I told him I should write it down before I forgot it. I picked up the laptop, put down the chords and checked my email. I read a message from one of our pastors at church, the message included Proverbs 13:20 which I looked up; voila, I had the lyrics to a new song! We played it the next Sunday.

15 Worthy of Praise
Worthy of Praise (Kirk Hopkins)
Each chord is a whole measure in 7/8
 (electric guitar: JamUp D4 Bluesy Solo)

Intro: Drum beat in 7/8

G           D          G   G
Sing to the Lord a new song
G           D             G    G
sing to the Lord, all the earth
G           D     G          D
Sing to the Lord, praise His name
   G            D      Bm        Bm
proclaim His salvation day after day.

  G         D               G      G
Declare His glory among the nations
    G         D               G      G
His marvelous deeds among all peoples
    G            D         G         D
For great is the Lord most worthy of praise
G            D           Bm (4/4) Bm
Splendor and majesty are before Him
    Bm G
before Him

Bridge 4/4:
G            D         G      D
strength and glory are in His sanctuary
G            D         G      D
strength and glory are in His sanctuary

Drum break in 7/8
Repeat Song
Repeat Bridge
Outro: 4 measures of drums in 7/8

Based on Psalm 96:1-6 NIV

Melody:
G G GF# D E D

Composer: Kirk Hopkins
Vocals, Lead - Kirk Hopkins
Vocals - Pamela Hopkins
Vocals - Carley Wesseler
Electric Guitar - Kirk Hopkins
Acoustic Guitar - Kirk Hopkins
Bass - Josh Mains
Drums - Kirk Hopkins
Song notes: This was my first song for this album. Well, the first song with music and lyrics, at least, but 'Lord it is Good to Praise You' was actually finished first. I tried to use a similar tune for background music for an Upward video (which was actually my second attempt at background music), anyway, it didn't work out. Lo and behold, it fit right in with this song. I thought I'd change things up a bit and throw in a 7/8 beat (and all the drummers smile).

16 Lord it is Good to Praise You - drum version
Lord it is Good to Praise You (Kirk Hopkins)
Chord on the first hit each line, then individual notes
Guitar (if any) E muted and A down beats

Verse 1:
E|                              D    D#   E
Lord, it is good to praise you. Most High God, (Most High God)

and it is good to honor You, Most High God (Most High God)
     A
with music, that honors, Most High God (Most High God)

Verse 2:
It is good to sing every morning about your love. (about your love)
It is good to sing every night, how faithful you are (how faithful you are)
here's music, that honors, Most High God (Most High God)

Verse 3:
I sing about You, with my guitar, that has six strings.
 (that has six strings)
I sing about You, with my drums, aren't they sweet
 (aren't they sweet)
here's music, that honors, Most High God (Most High God)

Verse 4:
Lord, you make me glad by what you have done. (you have done)
I sing with joy about the works of Your hands. (of Your hands)
here's music, that honors, Most High God (Most High God)

Verse 5:
Lord, how great are the things you do! Most High God (Most High God)
How wise your thoughts, Lord how wise they are! Most High God (Most High God)
here's music, that honors, Most High God (Most High God)

Outro:
Lord, it is good to praise you. Most High God, (Most High God)

Based on Psalm 92:1-5

Melody
B  A G A  D E EG   D D# E  D D# E

Composer: Kirk Hopkins
Vocals, Lead - Brianna Quinn
Drums -
Spencer Ford
Alex Mains
Aaron Edwards
Kevin Quinlivan
Kirk Hopkins
Song notes: I've been a Neil Peart fan since high school. After watching his, 'Anatomy of a drum solo', video I knew we needed to do a drum song. So here's a remake of a song that we lead in worship, stripped down to just vocals and drums. Each drummer on this recording has played or is playing with gzuslivz, and each adds their own flavor. This is our first recording with an extended drum solo. We also pulled in alumnus Brianna Quinn on vocals for this version.




Mixed and mastered on location in the Hopkins Studio in Okeana, Ohio by:
Kevin Quinlivan
Kirk Hopkins

Instruments:
Bob's gear: Taylor 414CE acoustic guitar, Hohner Key of C harmonica
Josh's gear: ??? bass

Kirk's gear:
Vintage Ludwig drums
Zildjian cymbals
Wuhan cymbals
Sound percussion hardware
VicFirth 5b nylon tip sticks
John Grant's 'tomato bass drum' for Havin' Fun
Martin DXME acoustic guitar
Epiphone Les Paul electric guitar
iPhone running JamUp Pro (effects)
Griffin Guitar Connect cable
Bose Quietcomfort 15 (noise canceling headphones)
Bose AE2 (headphones)
Sennheiser HD 280 Pro (headphones)
MacBook Pro with Logic Pro 9
Tascam US-144MKII (4 channel USB mixer)
Tascam US-1800 (14 channel USB mixer)
2 sets of CAD 7 drumset mics
MXL 990 Condenser vocal microphone with shield
Fostex powered monitors

Guest artistis gear:
Ed's gear: Yamaha acoustic guitar
Gary's gear: Tune Bass
Joe's gear: Ibanez Roadstart II Series & GNX I digitech
Video notes

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Here's the Legacy Christian Church 2014 Upward Soccer highlights video with the Havin' Fun soundtrack from our album