About a year ago, I heard the Voice. It wasn't the first time I've heard the Voice. When you want a weird story or two, ask me about the pregnant girl at Blockbuster, the dinner at On the Border, Heinz 57 sauce in Waco, or a few dozen other instances of hearing the Voice. This time the Voice said, "Make a CD."
There are many famous people who've claimed to hear voices. Joan of Arc and St. Francis and Noah, Timothy McVeigh and David Koresh and that weird looking Heaven's Gate dude...Applewhite.
I told Jamie what I was thinking, and her wise advice was to think on it and wait a while. I waited about six months. I was still hearing the Voice. So I got to work. I knew it wasn't supposed to be just any CD to make me rich and famous. I really don't want to be famous (I'd get a big head), and I'm not sure that I'd handle my money all that wisely (I'd probably just give it away). At first, I thought I was supposed to just give the CD's away. Then I discovered how much it would cost to record, mix, master, and produce the CD.
Late one night, before bed, I heard the Voice again. This time, it was very specific as to the purpose of the CD--to raise awareness of various organizations that are doing great works of justice around the world with love. Any profit made from the CD is supposed to support these organizations.
I quickly grabbed my music and looked over the songs I'd chosen for the CD. It was easy to partner them with the following organizations:
No Sweat Apparel
Not For Sale
Clapham Sect: Phase II
Christian Activity Center--East St. Louis
To Write Love on Her Arms
Hillcrest Transitional Housing
International Justice Mission
Blood: Water Mission
I sent a foolish email to a friend and asked if he'd like to help sponsor the CD, knowing full well that he's never heard me sing or any of my music. He took time to think about it, and said, "Yes."
Thirteen months after the first Voice, the project's finished. When I came home today, 1000 CD's were sitting at my doorstep. They are $10 + S/H. You can order them here:
I don't know what the Voice is going to say next. I'm hoping it's something like, "Well done..."