The Family Name

by Rusty Vining

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I would like to extend much appreciation and love to the following friends who contributed to this album: Jeffery Niemeier- for widening the height and depth of every song on this album with your beautiful violin performance, Chad Wahlbrink- for encouraging these tracks to shine and reach their full potential with your mastering skills, and Ryan Koster for his giving visual manifestation to this project with his artistic abilities, this album is for you.

My wife, my one-and-only, Kelsy for being my biggest source of encouragement and friendship, and for blessing these songs with your effortless harmonies, my love for you is ever being renewed and I love sharing the adventure of our lives together. This album is for you.

Rob McFadden, Holly McFadden, Mike Fravel, and Luke Dean for being such good friends and for being willing to loan their voices to the dream of making a communal album. You all inspire me and I’m honored to be your friend. To the Reckless Remnant Crew- Joshua Kohns, The Donahues, The Heatons, Brad Plaggemars, thank you for journeying with me into the deeper mystery of faith that our Father is calling us to. Thank you for pursuing the kingdom. Thank you for being compassionate but never letting me settle. This album is for you.

Mom and Dad- thank you for too many things to list. First thank you for pursuing God. Thank you for raising me with honesty and vulnerability. Thank you for encouraging me, for listening to songs, for abiding with my ever-changing tastes and wacky ideas. Thank you for instilling in me the confidence to believe that I can do this, and teaching me that I can’t do it on my own. I love you both. This album is for you.

My Grandmother Betty Vining- Thank you for your prayers, your support, great conversations, for playing goalie for me when I was 5 years old taking slapshots in the driveway at you, watching the same handful of movies with me over and over because I never got tired of Aladdin and the Muppets, and mostly for showing me what it means to really love someone so much that nothing is to much too give. This album is for you.

To the rest of my amazing family, all of my aunts, uncles, cousins, second cousins, people who show up to family parties- Thank you for all of your love and support over the years. This album is for you.

To 2 of my spiritual mentors who’ve challenged my thinking over the years and inspired me to dig deeper, to dive straight into the tension of truth and grace- Mirf and Nic, thank you for taking time to talk over a coffee or a beer and hear me out. I know at times I’ve been difficult to have a conversation with, but thank you for showing up, for listening, and for saying the hard things when necessary. Thank you for seeing the potential in me at times when I might not have recognized it. Thank you for pursuing God. This album is for you.

Finally to anyone who still believes, still hopes, still prays, still trusts, or at least still wants to, this album is for you. Isaiah 42:3 promises, “A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.”

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releases May 5, 2017

The Family Name was recorded in the summer and fall of 2016 by Rusty Vining in his basement.

Jeffery Niemeier performed violin on “Patchwork,” “Cold Feet,” “The World Was Light,” “Bring Us In,” and “Shelter”
Kelsy Vining sang harmony on “Patchwork,” “Cold Feet,” “The World Was Light,” and “Shelter”
Rob McFadden performed vocals on “Patchwork”
Michael Fravel performed vocals on “Cold Feet”
Luke Dean (Vagabonds) performed vocals on “The World Was Light”
Joshua Kohns (Kohns) performed vocals on “Bring us in”
Abba’s Child contains a clip of from a sermon by Brennan Manning entitled, “Abba Father”
Holly McFadden performed vocals on “Shelter”

Mastered by Chad Wahlbrink (www.chadwahlbrink.com)
Art Direction and Cover Art by Ryan Koster (insert website here)

All music and lyrics by Rusty Vining © 2016

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Track Name: Invocation
Holy, Holy, Holy, Holy, Holy, Holy
Is the Lord almighty
Track Name: Patchwork (Ft. Rob McFadden)
As steady as my hand is
As sure as is my shot
I can’t keep my heart from wanting the things I haven’t got
for as much as I love you
Feels like my heart might burst
There is nothing I can give you
You did not give me first
And all of these words
Don’t mean a thing
How can this beggar who’s barely so wn together
Be the child of a king

For all the goodness of my intentions
Despite motives both true and pure
I admit there are still some times
I forget your here
And there are words I can hardly utter
but they’re the ones I need the most
I need to grasp the hand of a father
But I’ve always thought of you as a ghost
And all of my beliefs
And all of my songs
All of these moments of brief revelation
Are the truths you’ve known all along

If it pleases my lord and king
To spare a needle and some string
On such an old and tattered thing
I’ll lye as still as i can be
And let you patch what’s left of me

If it pleases my lord and king
To spare a needle and some string
On such an old and tattered thing
I’ll lye as still as i can be
And let you patch what’s left of me
Track Name: Cold Feet (Ft. Michael Fravel)
I’VE ALWAYS HEARD THAT LIFE WAS LONG AND HARD
WHEN I’M DOWN HERE AND YOU ARE WHERE YOU ARE
I TOOK A GAMBLE AT THE END OF MY ROPE
I TOOK A CHANCE THAT THERE COULD STILL BE HOPE

THIS IS THE CRY OF A DESPERATE MAN
A DRIED UP ROOT IN A WEARY LAND
IT’S A HOME IN DISREPAIR THAT NEEDS THE BUILDER'S HAND
IT’S THE LOVERS WHO ARE PARTED
WHO KNOW THEY’LL MEET AGAIN
IT’S THE LOVERS WHO ARE PARTED
WHO KNOW THEY’LL MEET AGAIN

I SWEAR I LOVE YOU EVEN WHEN I DON’T
MY MIND KEEPS DOUBTING BUT MY HEART IT WON’T

THIS IS THE SON WHO SHAMES THE FAMILY NAME
THE CHILD AFRAID TO TOUCH THE LIONS MANE
IT’S THE SUN AND MOON THAT RISE AND FALL EVERYDAY THE SAME
IT’S THE KISS BETWEEN THE MAN AND WIFE
IT’S THE REASON THE GUESTS CAME
IT’S THE KISS BETWEEN THE MAN AND WIFE
IT’S THE REASON THE GUESTS CAME

IT’S SO EASY DOIN THE HARDEST THING
I’VE EVER DONE IN MY ENTIRE LIFE
LETTING GO JUST FEELS LIKE BEING BORN AGAIN
WITHOUT THE WEIGHT OF MY SELFISH PRIDE
ALL I ASK IS PLEASE JUST HELP MY UNBELIEF
BECAUSE I BELIEVE IT’S NOT OVER YET
LET ME HEAR YOUR WORDS
WRITE THEM ON MY HEART
BECAUSE I KNOW I WILL SOON FORGET
YAH I KNOW I WILL SOON FORGET
Track Name: The World Was Light (Ft. Luke Dean of Vagabonds)
When you came to me I said
Let me bury all my dead
Let me mourn for all I'll soon have lost
You said there's nothing here for you
Just look at all I've brought you through
You've got to lighten your load if you're carrying a cross

Oh my God I’m so small
Oh my God I’m afraid of everything

If you could stand to see the scars
I would let you have my heart
But there’s a part of you I feel like I don’t know
There’s a little boy inside
Who wants to run and hide
But he’s needing just to be held in your arms

I can hear those old church hymns
but the sound is growing faint and thin
There's so much chaos circling around my head
The world was light, I was a child
My hopes were free and running wild
I swore I wouldn't grow up but I guess I did

Oh my God
I’m so tired
Oh my God
I’m disappointed by everything

If you could stand to hear me cry
I would weep away the night
But I’m afraid to face the darkness in my soul
It’s getting easier to turn away
I see so much pain everyday
I don’t even feel it anymore

Some mornings i think i hear a song from long ago
Then in a moment it is gone
And I don’t know where it goes

When you came to me again
You were like an old familiar friend
Maybe you could set me free again
Track Name: Bring Us In (Ft. Kohns)
Bring us all in
All of us in
Bring us all in
All of us in

Stumbling’ drunk through the streets
a generation prophetic in its verse
With minds that are staggeringly free
Drowning in the emptiness of words

Exposing their bodies like pagan temples
For strangers to enter in and worship for the night
Fleeing at the sight of morning’s light

Bring us all in
All of us in
Bring us all in
All of us in

Lying restless in their beds
And burning down the wick of raw desire
Praying prayers that are cold as a tomb
And burning with the pentecostal fire

Binging and purging on joy and sadness
Peering long and hard into the mirror of the past
Believing what has been is what will last

Bring us all in
All of us in
Bring us all in
All of us in

I live in the middle of an ocean
In the middle of an island
And I’ve never seen the ocean
All I’ve ever known is dry land
It’s strange to be so busy when you know that you are dying’

A friend of mine once told me
Love follows devotion
And it’s hit me rather strangely
But I’ve entertained the notion
Maybe I’m empty of love ‘cause I’m hopelessly devoted
To proving the hypothesis there never was an ocean

But the closer that you draw to the salty ocean air
You can hear the words carried on the wind
Like a fragment of melody from a long forgotten hymn

Bring us all in
All of us in
Track Name: Shelter (Ft. Holly McFadden)
You are everything I ever wanted

And a thousand other things besides

I could go on describing you till the the breath leaves from my lungs

And never once run out of things to say

Your story is the greatest ever written

From the beginning to the end I see your love

The wonder of all wonders is I'm in the tale at all

get to be together in the end


You bring songs out of the silence in the cavern of my heart

you are my home. you burn inside my chest until I'm where you are



You are the true love I've always wanted

You found me naked sleeping with my pride

You broke the bedroom door down and shouted "my beloved"

I thank you that you would not be denied

I thank you that you would not be denied

You bring songs out of the silence in the cavern of my heart

you are my home. you burn inside my chest until I'm where you are


In the shelter of your love I am free

There's not a trace of who I used to be