John Van Deusen Unveils Video From 'Every Power Wide Awake' Album

May 16 2018

Washington based artist John Van Deusen has unveiled a lyric video to his song 'None Other' taken from his recent album '(I Am) Origami Pt. 2 - Every Power Wide Awake'.

'Every Power Wide Awake' is at it's core, a collection of self recorded songs that reflect John's personal prayer life. "Almost every morning, before my wife Annababe wakes up, I sit alone with black coffee and my Bible; reading and praying", he explains.

"These are the most precious moments of my day. This is when I feel most receptive to the voice of God. This is when I feel truly awake; open to the deeper things of the world, hovering above my busy, self-propelled lifestyle. It’s a kind of heaven.

The title of this album comes from the Christian devotional classic ‘My Utmost For His Highest’, by Oswald Chambers. The entry for January 14th reads, “The quiet passionate insistence of His “Follow Me” was spoken to men (and women) with every power wide awake.” After reading it, this sentence wouldn’t leave my head for the rest of the week. I rolled it over in my mind like a smooth stone in my hand. I wanted to be wide awake. To cut the religious nonsense, get to the essence of true life and move on from my selfish existence; every part of myself electrocuted by God’s love and light. I wanted to live a life for Jesus; I still do. These songs grew out of that heart desire.

Getting the songs out of my head and in to the world was a lengthy process. I won’t bore you with all of the details. However, some of them seem important, if I’m to contextualize the “feel” of the album. First of all, ‘EPWA’ was written and recorded all over the world. The songs were composed and written every where from Anacortes to Nuremberg and Seoul to Chicago.

The bulk of the music was recorded in a cabin on Orcas Island in October of 2015. I had the opportunity to stay alone at the house for the whole month thanks to the overwhelming generosity and support of the Thomas family.

Every Power Wide Awake didn’t come together quickly; it took over two years of piecing things together like a jigsaw puzzle. During this time I battled my insecurities and fears about openly professing my faith in Jesus to my listener base. So, here is this album; full of songs: some loud, some quiet. Often hectic and immature; just like my prayers in the morning. All of them straight from my messy inner sanctuary in to your headphones or speakers."

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