Hold On To Love

by Restoration Village Arts

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"With this release, Tracy Howe Wispelwey joins an elite group of musicians that includes Anais Mitchell, Ben Harper, Michael Franti, Bruce Cockburn, Ani Difranco, and Tracy Chapman: singer-songwriters who address social and spiritual issues with prophetic insight. What sets this collection apart even from that august group is the rich, sometimes-big and sometimes-frail mixture of electronica, trance, anthem, and hymn...One hopes these songs will help create a new genre."
-Brian D. McLaren, author of “A New Kind of Christianity”

“The collection is powerful in its message of peace and solidarity with the world’s poor and suffering. The Restoration Project lives up to its name as both announcing and participating in God’s reparative work in the world and drawing in the voices and stories of numerous communities and individuals Wispelwey has met in her journeys.”
-Steve Holt, writer, Sojourners Magazine & God’s Politics

"Hold On To Love is a vast work! Wispelwey spent a year studying electronic music composition at Harvard and it shows. She paints luscious soundscapes with sounds that span from South America to Africa to the Middle East."
- Aaron Strumpel, artist, aaronstrumpel.com

"Imagine Ani DiFranco doing worship backed alternately by the ambient Hammock and Middle Eastern and African instrumentalists. Tracy Howe Wispelwey's seventh album reaches that broadly, and the eclectic risks pay off with a rich, worshipful tapestry. The communal rather than individualistic heart grows from the Beatitudes and conveys a refreshingly prophetic yet humble spirit."
-Jeremy Jones, Christianity Today

“At times I've nearly thrown in the towel in hoping for Christians to produce innovative, gutsy, unique, insightful, and listenable music. ‘Hold On To Love’ is a jump forward, adding to a hopeful swell of new material - a real gift of art and contemplation.”
-Chris Haw, potter, carpenter and co-author of Jesus For President

“It's an adventurous album that journeys through struggle, yearning, hope, community & love.”
-Tim Snyder, Generate Magazine


released April 14, 2011

All songs written and performed by Tracy Howe Wispelwey, ©2011 The Restoration Project. Tracy registers her music through ASCAP and publishes through Restoration Village Music Group, all rights reserved.



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We believe artists and peacemakers organizing and acting in the rubric of liberating spiritualities will create a beautiful and just world. We support creators and art that promotes beauty and justice in the world. We host artist-activist for retreats and residencies and produce liturgy and music to support peace building movements. ... more

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Track Name: To See You
God of earth and time, music, beauty
God of every child: Christian, Muslim (citizen, immigrant)
Purify our minds, soften judgment
Bring us into light, open our eyes
To see You
Heal my heart of hate and fear
And restore me to your love
Track Name: Peacemaker
We follow the Reconciler
We bear His name and give you what he gave to us
Peace maker and healer
Jesus taught us and leads us in the world now
Track Name: Hunger and Thirst
We don’t want another empty promise
We don’t want another campaign
We want every child to live and thrive
And peace and justice here to reign

We hunger, thirst for, justice
God of love, Jesus, help us
Track Name: Call to Nonviolence
We withdraw our hands, from things that destroy, systems that oppress, from selfishness / We will walk the earth in nonviolence, the strength of peace and trust, imagination / Lifting up your love, transforming our lives / Walking in the dreams of God

Las manos retiramos, de cosas que destruyen, las sistemas que oprimen, de la avaricia / Andaremos por la tierra en la noviolencia, en la fuerza de la paz y la imaginación / Levantando tu amor, transformándo nuestras vidas / Caminamos en los sueños de Dios
Track Name: People Come Together
People come together, come together right now

Fear won’t find us when we know we’re a family

Your Spirit will be filled in the dreams of God
Track Name: Border Watcher
Border Watcher

They told me, sit on this mountain and look over there
A sprawling story in the desert with lights barely seen
Everyone wants to cross over in the night
So watch the border and make sure they stay their side
Watch the border and make sure they stay there side

Moonlit smog makes El Paso glow like a snow
Juarez wraps around it, hoping for a sip of Gold
A dirty war rages and everyday people die
So watch the border and make sure they stay their side
Watch the border and make sure they stay there side

I’ve read stories about great walls before
They never helped with peace but always marked the wars
And even this wall, built in steel cemented so deep
I know will fall when the Truth is revealed and seen
Track Name: Amahoro
Love, love love show us the way
Peace show us the way
Hope, hope, hope show us the way

Track Name: Mercy Blessed
Only goodness flows from God
Forgiving debt and redeeming wrongs
This is why we stand in love

Blessed is God’s mercy
Track Name: Sunrise
The sun rises for me to be peace
Peace breaks the fear
And it is for all
So everyone can know
It is for all
A way of peace and love

He is a way of peace and love

He is a home for every refugee
A place to rest when we are running away
He washes us when our eyes have seen death
He is our love when we have none left to give
Track Name: War Song
The only war song I know to call out of my throat
Is a cry for the dying
The only war song to sing with stomach turning
Is a cry for the dying
Let those who sow in tears reap peace
Track Name: Nazina
You have come at a time we are hungry
You have come after many wars
There are no tears left to cry
We are thirsty
Your name and ours is Nothing
But you came and you saw us breathing
You came and helped me stand
My name is Love and Life
Not Nazina
But I will forget without you
Track Name: Do Not Be Afraid
Do not be afraid to stand with the weak
You are strong in Peace
A flower piercing concrete

Do not be afraid to speak a word of Love
It is healing in the world
Forgiveness breaks a war

Do not be afraid

Trust, it makes the darkness go
Oh, the light will rise…
Track Name: Su Gran Amor
Yo he quedado como una vasija hecha pedazos
El dolor esta acabando con mis ojos
Con me alma y con mi cuerpo
Pero yo lo ví, su gran amor por mi
Seré transformada desde este momento, a partir de ahora