Who's Holding Your Ropes?
Jim started singing just 10 years ago at a time when most people are thinking about retirement. That's when a friend 'pushed' him into singing with a small group for their church one weekend. One thing led to another and before long he was singing solo with his wife, Margie, playing piano. At first they sang exclusively Southern Gospel songs to their own arrangements. About three years ago Jim began writing songs and Margie put them to music. As their collection of original songs grew, their interest in doing a CD began to grow also, especially as people who heard them started asking about a CD. In April of 2006, Jim and Margie made a trip to the Gaither Studios in Alexandria, Indiana, where they made this CD of nine of Jim's original songs and one Bill & Gloria Gaither song--'Thanks to Calvary,' which has special meaning to Jim. Jim says, 'All my songs are from my heart, and seem to evolve out of some life experience.' He explains that he is an early-riser. (Margie tells people that when she awakens if Jim is still in bed she checks to make sure he is breathing!) 'Several were the result of my early devotional time when some Bible story or text seemed to jump out. The lyrics usually come quickly--I wrote 'Go To The Well' in about 10-15 minutes.' 'The song, 'Who's Holding Your Ropes?' came about six years after I heard a sermon with the same title. One morning something stirred my memory and those words came back to me. I began to write, not really knowing if I was writing a verse or chorus. A few days later I typed it up and gave it to Margie as I was heading in to take a shower. By the time I had finished bathing, she had composed the music. We recorded it with almost no changes.' I'm motivated by the Bible verse in Psalms 40:3 'He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear [consider], and put their trust in the Lord.' ESV 'If something in my music makes a difference in the life of just one person, it will have been worth the time, effort and expense.'