The Choice

by The Artisan Thieves

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From Ryan:

During late winter of 2012, I was writing a piece of work. I was dealing with writers block and I set it aside. However, not before I posted a bit of it on Facebook. I received one comment in response. It was from none other, than Matthew Harker. As God is my witness. Matt commented with one word and one word only. "Wonderful! "
Now you can call that providence, or fate, or Divine intervention. Whatever eases your mind.
I never picked that piece up again. Until last Friday. Not being a man who is exactly attuned to the workings of higher authority, it goes without saying, that I was indeed compelled that I should finish the journey, as Matt had finished his, so to speak. I took up my ink and parchment and the words flowed forth as if they were there the entire time, just waiting, patiently, for the appropriate time.
I have been a wreck all week, wrought with anxiety. I didn't want to create something in the name of vanity or ill gotten gain. I just wanted to make a difference in someone else's life. Much like Matthew Harker did. I am a changed man for this. I am still me, just much more vigilant of the things that matter most in life. I'm so grateful to have been able to share this. Thank you, one and all! Much love.

From Jason and Art City Sound:
When Ryan called and asked if he could use the facility to record a track in Matt's honor, I knew it was the right thing to do. Little did I know what was coming at me.

Ryan has always been an artisan in his craft of writing, and this was no exception.

Recorded over the span of 3 days, we buckled down and got it done.

Thanks for listening, and for your support.

Every penny from this track will go directly to Stacy Harker and her 3 sons.

lyrics

Born of a mother, who will show you the way.
A father's hands held you, never led you astray.
Wisdom in the words, you could hear him say.
Words he lived by til his dying day.

Fear not the shadow, for the shepherd is near.
Nor wander in the darkness, when the way is unclear.
Cling, with all your might, to what is dear.
Look inside your heart, boy, I'm still here. I'm still here.

Go now son, carry the torch.
Like a beacon of light, in the eye of the storm.
The devices of time are abound, do abide by the sound, of my voice.
Steadfast, onward and upward, armed with the choice.

Honor your mama now, choose you a wife.
Celebrate every small, precious moment in life.
Don't burden yourself with the struggles and the strife.
Spread your wings now boys and learn to fly. Learn how to fly.

Go now son, you must carry the torch.
Like a beacon of light, in the eye of the storm.
The devices of time are abound, do abide by the sound, of my voice.
Steadfast, onward and upward, armed with the choice.
Steadfast, onward and upward, armed with the choice.

credits

released June 5, 2014
Credits- The Artisan Thieves

Ryan Kirkpatrick - lyrics/vocals/guitars
Jason Jones - percussion/organ/keys/production
Scott Francis - bass
Mike Smith - guitars

All rights reserved.
The Artisan Thieves 2014.
RyanBoyceMusic 2014.
Noises Off Publishing 2014.
BMI Music Group 2014.

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A song created for the sons of Matthew Harker, in his memory.

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