Sunday, June 26, 2011

Glass Harp: Look In The Sky

Before Phil Keaggy became a well known artist in Contemporary Christian circles, he was the lead guitarist of a power trio from Northeast Ohio named Glass Harp. Glass Harp recorded three albums for American Decca, but never received much critical acclaim while the band functioned as a unit.

Keaggy’s new found fame as a solo artist in the mid 1970s brought a revival of his work with drummer John Sferra and bassist Daniel Pecchio as Glass Harp. “Look in the Sky” is from the band’s 1970 self-titled first album.

The band supported many well known acts in concert and had the reputation as being a jam band. Today’s selection shows how a song which probably could have been recorded in four minutes was extended to eight with solos from Keaggy.

As always, Keaggy is spectacular on the guitar and this is no exception. The Christian based lyrics of “Look in the Sky” is just a prelude of other songs that would come from Keaggy’s pen during his later career when he devoted himself to Christian rock.


And if you hear the wind blow,
The breeze can catch your eye,
And if you feel the sunlight straight from the sky,
Yeah, look in the sky you're under,
So many good things there lie ahead.
Yeah, look in the sky with wonder,
And hear what I said.

Your days will be filled with gladness
And many more things to come your way,
Away from the noise and madness,
All you have to do is pray.

And thank the Lord for everything,
But more than that,
Believe in His word.
And you will find peace and happiness,
Right out your front door.

Well, you need to be yourself,
And you need your self-keeping.
You need to be yourself,
So stop your weary weeping.

Some people, somewhere in this town around
Don't know what's right and what's wrong,
Are they lonely?

Stopping everywhere, doesn't have a care
Can't see the light, and they dare.
Are they lonely, they're lonely.

You looked in the sky with wonder,
And you can rest your head and sleep.
Wake up to the lightning and thunder,
You don't have to weep.

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