Blue Optimism

Gary Hall Peck

Christian progressive folk - from world beats to blues. Songs to comfort the agitated and agitate the comfortable.

The music on this CD might be described Christian progressive folk - an eclectic mix with hints of Latin, Gypsy, Americana, Appalachian, Country-Rock, and instrumental-acoustic styles. The underlining theme of the lyrics is that, despite the darkness that may surround us as we sojourners of faith travel through this mortal life and material world, there is reason for optimism (i.e. the good news of the Gospel). But this Gospel is both comforting and challenging to those who would follow in the footsteps of Jesus. Therefore, like the Gospel, the songs on this CD may at the same time comfort those who are agitated and agitate those who have grown comfortable. "Blue Optimism" is a call to believers in Christ to live authentic lives of faith, compassion, and optimism here and now - to shine the light - until night gives birth to day!

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Sojourner Songs

Gary Hall Peck

An acoustic mosaic of soulful bluesy folk for travelers on the road of faith.

"The first time that I heard Gary's songs, I was immediately drawn in. It wasn't long before I began categorizing his tunes, trying to find some famous name to compare him to. At times, I heard shades of Paul Simon in his voice; here and there were flashes of Bob Dylan. . . I began to wonder though, why should I compare him to anything or anyone? Why do we have to categorize those things that defy categories? Sure, there are familiar, classic, lived-in elements to his songs. But there is also a vision of life and love and the mysteries therein that is completely unique as well. I get the feeling that this is a guy who is not beholden to genres or styles or fads or whims. This is a guy who brings a heart full of questions to the doorstep of music, and follows the demands of the song, wherever it takes him. His voice, bruised and gentle, the weight of experience alive in every syllable . . . there is only a human soul, stripped of superficialities, crying out to his Maker." Josh Compton, singer/songwriter

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That Night (Blue Optimism CD)

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