This song is where I remind myself when I’m freaking out…That the results of whatever is going on isn’t up to me. It isn’t about what I CAN do. Or what I CANNOT do. My faith is small. Like a mustard seed. But His power is what matters!!!!!
“Crazy” was written by Willie Nelson and made famous by Patsy Cline. This is a smooth jazz arrangement with saxophone and piano, I enjoyed recording this song so much! I don’t know why. It kinda speaks to me about the things in life we pursue that give us pleasure, for a while, but in the end bring us pain. I guess it’s the angst in the song that truly appeals to me.
I think Willie Nelson’s writing here is absolutely incredible. Speaking deep to the matter of loneliness. Sometimes even loneliness we cause ourselves by looking in the wrong direction for fulfillment, maybe. Or loneliness that is unavoidable because of someone else’s lack of dedication to a goal or relationship.
But for sure, it is a song sung blue – that gives us comfort somehow.
So happy to be releasing this new EP compilation of Worship Songs!
“What Wondrous Love is This”
Is about the wonder of Christ laying aside His heavenly crown to come and bring us up to his heavenly home; by sacrificing his life for us so that we could live with him there. Because He was resurrected it makes it possible for us too, to cheat death, and live forever in Heaven, where we will sing for all eternity.
“Near the Cross”
A beautiful old song about how much we need redemption, and the wealth of nourishment that knowing the living Christ, provides our souls. It reminds us that all of history from beginning to end is climaxed at the Crucifixion. That the payment for our sin was complete – on that Cross.
“He Was Wounded”
“He was wounded for our transgression”.
We recognize in our time, that everything comes with a price. Such is the redemption of our souls from the penalty of sin. None of us is without sin. But Christ still loved us so that he became like us. Human. Frail. Vulnerable. He entered into our world, suffered as we suffer, enduring indignity, untold pain and loss to purchase our freedom from death. A romantic notion, you think. Listen to this music and then your heart.
“Alleluia” The Easter version
An awesome inspiring response to the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ. A beautiful video of worship by new Indie female vocal artist Ti Maria. Produced by The Door Music Company, accompanied by The Door Ensemble. Arrangement and lyrics by Tina Steele Penn.
“In the Garden”
This version brings a modern look at this old hymn written in 1917. The story is that while the writer meditating on John 20, the scripture comes to life for him. He sees Mary and John and Peter at the empty tomb, because Jesus is resurrected and left. Mary turning and leaving through the garden, sees Jesus and recognizes him. The hymn is the writer expressing the joy of that.
“Softly and Tenderly” – When I was very little, I learned this old time Gospel song “Softly and Tenderly, from my grandparents. My grandad led the singing in the little white church down the road. In between the phrases he would sing the next phrase. So they learned it by “Rote”.
“Be Still My Soul”
This song by new female vocalist Ti Maria reminds us that everything is going to be well for us, as we trust in our Maker for each moment. Caring for us. Watching over us. Protecting us. Delivering us. Produced by The Door Music Company
An old favorite song of fans of Seventies Rock band The Eagles and, and Country music fans of Linda Ronstadt has been made new again by new female Indie vocalist Ti Maria, Produced by The Door Music Company. Arrangement written by Tina Steele Penn, recorded and mastered at Grammy Award winning GAT3 Productions by Engineer Wade Starnes.
Release on Spotify May 2, 2022, All other streaming services will follow.
The song lyric was written by Horatio Gates Spafford. Set to music by Philip Bliss.
This hymn expresses Spafford’s faith in the most grievous moments of his life. . After he had endured tremendous suffering – he sat down and penned these thoughts. He places his entire faith for the future in the work that Christ accomplished on the cross- offering redemption from sin for us all, and rejoicing in Christ’s promised return, bringing the dead in Christ with him.
It seems sentimental. But not to the billions who have known Jesus the Christ, His power, and His presence in their lives. Horatio Gates Spafford exemplifies this power. Power to encourage, lift us up, and console us in our darkest days. His life experience is very similar to that of the The Ancient – Job – 2200 BC Who, after he had suffered unimaginable loss and pain still said of his God – “Though He slay me, yet, will I trust Him!”
Because he had known the goodness of God. He could trust in that goodness – no matter how dark the days. “It is Well With My Soul” is considered the most comforting hymn of all time – consoling those who have suffered much.
Our world is turning upside down. It is so frightening we can hardly think. All we know is we must trust that God loves us and is watching over us in spite of all the evil around us! That in the end – He will bring us home!
You are not alone! You are loved!!! My heart is breaking with yours!
To Make You Feel My Love – There is nothing that I would not do!
Fear floods our lives! There is not hope, Evil attends every aimless thought. Shadows reach out to us, There is no place of safety.
Where can we go, how can we stand, We are so all alone, Who will help us, save us, we are drowning.
Into the Darkness He came dispelling all our fear! Into of our world shines His Light.
There is only one hope. The Prince of Peace.
I hope you are not alone. I hope your family is not at risk. But if you are look for help from above. Mankind can only do so much. But God can reach where mankind cannot! Can protect where people cannot! LOOK UP!
“You have laid aside your glory to bring us up to you!”
My heart is breaking for those in our world who are suffering! I cannot help you. I am only a person who sings. Far away from you. But I PRAY this finds you and encourages you. I have EVERY faith that JESUS loves you, and is watching over you, and will come to you, and hold you while you are in fear. Simply pray and ask Him! I cannot come to you. But Jesus can! He can comfort you, And hold you. Give you courage. And give you peace.
Faith is hard. Believing is hard. Trust is hard. But if you are in a place of suffering and no one is coming to help you, then think about trusting Jesus. He will not fail you!
Be Still My Soul -> This song says it all. That He holds us. And will bring us home in joy! So we can be still, and trust.
From Ti Maria: When I was very little, I learned this old Gospel song from my grandparents. My grandad led the singing in the little white church down the road. In between the phrases he would sing the next phrase. So they learned it by “Rote”.
A simpler time it was. There was a piano, An old country upright. A few Gospel song books, but no “Hymnals”. There were wooden pews, and no cushions. No overheads. No sound system. Two little, tiny rooms were added on for “Sunday School Rooms”
Strange as it is, my parents took me to the church in town every Sunday of my early and later childhood days. But it is the music in this little chapel that hangs in my memory. People sang from the heart, in all earnestness. Not automatically fulfilling their congregational duties like in the town church. And you could feel the Spirit of God hovering close in over this little group who sang in such earnestness.
They all lived close to the land. They had lived through The Great Depression, and World War Two. They knew challenge, going without and the daily struggle for food.
They also knew blessing. An extra chicken for Sunday Lunch and for “Dinner on the Grounds”. The long primitive tables laden with fried chicken, backed beans full of fatback, country ham and biscuits, green beans again with fatback, slaw, potato salad, deviled eggs, Pimento and cheese sandwiches. Chocolate layer cake, coconut layer cake, pecan pie, and chess pie. And before every meal, regular as clockwork they thanked the Lord for his provision for their needs.
This was no different from my grandmother’s table. NO ONE would ever go hungry at Etta’s house! I could add at length to the list above and then more. But even if you arrived between meals, you could be sure of getting a piece of cake, sugar cookies, or a fresh hot roll, or fresh biscuit and butter, and jelly, and honey, and molasses…
And a steaming cup of coffee. Any minute of any day. There was always a pot simmering on the back of the woodstove – ready for making coffee.
Yes, she worked HARD in her kitchen, with her piggies and chicks and milking the cows. Putting up apples, peaches, corn, shelling beans, canning green beans, tomatoes, sauerkraut and pickles. AND making sure my grandad had all the fuel he needed for all he did to keep the farm and crops producing.
They were both up every day at 4:30. While she cooked the days breads and started the bacon, sausage and eggs, he was out the door feeding all the animals, BEFORE he sat down and had his chicory and breakfast. Then the day would commence with real work. After the lunch, that Grandma spent all morning preparing, was eaten by one and all who just happened to come by at lunchtime, and all the dishes washed, leftovers stored away, floors swept and mopped, Grandma would lay down on the sofa just long enough to watch “As the World Turns”. Grandpa was back out the door to work in the fields, or repair the tractor, or the shed, or the truck, or the fences…
He would come in just in time to eat a bit of supper – a snack pulled together. Sometimes with fresh food for tomorrow in hand. And then they would sit quietly by the fire and chat, who came by that day. What was the latest news they heard, What came in the mail? And took a glance at numbers in their separate accounts till they stirred the fire down for the night.
On Saturday nights when they would go out in the neighborhood for Gospel sings, or Bridal Showers, or Baby Showers. And my earliest childhood memories of Saturday nights when sometimes it was Richard and Etta’s house everyone came to and brought their guitars and banjos. Grandad would pound out the keys on the old upright, my uncles playing guitars, and everybody would sing southern gospel and Elvis’ new song, till late in the night. Etta made popcorn in the fireplace over the fire. – And I would go to sleep with the old gospel songs ringing in my ears.
It was some years ago they quit singing it in churches. It was too much like a folk song. I spent hours in the woods in Tennessee, as a child, singing this song. And I love this arrangement written by Tina Steele Penn and played by The Door Ensemble,
My grandfather, Richard, was a traveling music teacher. He went from church to church and taught “Shaped-Note” music singing. Shaped note music was how early Americans, who were often illiterate, learned to read and sing that close country harmony we loved so much – back in the day.
My grandfather told the story of going to a music convention of one of the denominations (that he taught the churches to sing in) “Up in Nashville” and how there was a big controversy about leaving it out of the hymnbook because it didn’t have the “Son of God’s name in it. 🙂
Aren’t people funny. It is included in this album as a Historic gospel “folk” love song.
I once heard Michael Card tell the story of his travels in the 1990’s in China. He said he spoke to a man who had been a political prisoner for “Religious” reasons. How he was never left alone to pray or sing. He wasn’t allowed. He was watched night and day and never allowed to even be in the dark, as the guards had to be able to see him. But one day he was assigned to cleaning out the cesspool. Which to us would be a giant open septic tank. When he worked, he was left completely alone. Michael Card said, “I asked him, what did you do then” and he answered I sang….
Ti Maria performs “Georgia” a new and spectacular version of a very old favorite. This version is from her album “Fear of Falling”. Produced by The Door Music Company – “Georgia” is due to be released on all major streaming services by February 1st, 2022. But you can listen to it here – now!!! This arrangement is written by Tina Steele Penn of The Door Music Company.
It is just a coincidence that I am releasing this now! :))
Truth is I have been singing this FOREVER! But I have been enjoying watching the Bulldogs fight their arch nemesis several times over the last few years, which just makes this all the more SWEET!!! (Alas – Alabama fans don’t be mad – I still Love Alabama, Tennessee, Florida State and Clemson! Wow I just made a LOT of people mad!!!)
I hope you enjoy this song as much as I love singing it!!! Oh, and I love the band interlude!!!
And now, less than two weeks away is the online release of “Fear of Falling”
I have enjoyed working on this album SO MUCH over the last three years! It has some of my most favorite old standards, old POP songs, an original by Tina Steele Penn of The Door Music Company, and a couple of Gospel favorites!!!
Please consider supporting me in my dream of becoming an Internationally Renowned Vocalist! This once seemed so um… unattainable. And to now be pursuing this in “Retirement” perhaps even more so… But it is happening, and you can be part of it!!!! Here
Have you noticed how so many vocal artists are now selling stuff that isn’t music???
It used to be that fans would buy albums in a record store or a big box retailer. But no more. Not much anyway. The only way for an artist to sell their products is to tour. Put out the cd’s, flash drives, and maybe even vinyl for fans to grab up on their way to the door.
But you say, streaming services…
Pay virtually nothing. Yeah. Again. The musician does not get paid. <Sigh>
That is WHY you see so many musicians selling “Merch” and creating a Patreon account. So they can continue making music instead of, you know, other stuff.
That being said, I, Ti Maria, am working as hard as I can to get my music out as fast as I can onto the steaming services where you can hear it! I hope you LOVE it! I am so very thankful to be able to even do this and would love it if you would like to share in this endeavor. If so, click here!
In celebration of the New Year Ti Maria is releasing her new single – The Prayer!
******* “The Prayer” by Ti Maria is now live on all major streaming services and on YouTube! ******
I am so excited to finally be releasing this song that I have loved SO long!
It means so much to me and speaks to me on so many levels and directions!
Special thanks to Susan and Glenn Tabor at GAT3 Productions for helping make this happen on such short notice! AND to Engineer – Wade Starnes for being the very understanding and patient guy that he is with my, er, um,… process.
Now you are probably asking welllllll…. when????
I will be doing the pre-release on Spotify etc, hopefully around the 13th or 14 of January 2022. Because we only finished in the studio – today!!! But we have to give it time to “Populate” though the World Wide Web!!!
But. You, my friend, can get a preview…. here!
Keep an eye out on your favorite streaming services for the release!
Thanks for listening to my MUSIC!!!
And since you are here..
Please consider supporting me in my dream of becoming an Internationally Renowned Vocalist! This once seemed so um… unattainable. And to now be pursuing this in “Retirement” perhaps even more so.
It is happening, and you can be part of it!!!! Here
Well it is almost that time again!!! The shopping! The decorations! The food! And Jesus!
The Celebration of the Incarnation! Each year at this time we are sooooo busy! Getting ready for the big celebration. We celebrate the Nativity and Advent and the coming of JOY! We celebrate the time that the Essence of LOVE came into our world!
I have to say we always celebrate the most with Christmas Music!!!!
Hmmmm… Who? Barbara Streisand, Karen Carpenter, Joan Baez, Roberta Flack, Helen Reddy, and Bernadette Peters. Art Garfunkel and Paul Simon, James Taylor. John Denver, David Gates. Early on, Nancy Wilson, Elvis. Yeah all the oldies. So yes, a weird mix. But the goal is a STRONG rich – emotive – sound. Heavily influenced by my church background!
I do spend a lot of time in my studio. But today is not one of those exciting days where I’m in the music and the music is lifting me higher and higher as i sing and truly enjoy myself.
No this day is one of those nuts and bolts kind of days. Mixing. (NOT MY FAVORITE). But it’s just like anything else, There’s the fun, exhilarating, exciting, inspiring part of the vision, and then there’s the work. The building, drudgery, exhausting, repetition adinfinitum kind of work. So that being said…