Various Artists

Women At The Well

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Producer/songwriter Kenneth Cope gleaned a wonderful assortment of songs centering on women and Christ in this beautiful reader's theater concept album. The result is a touching collection of vocal music accompanied by a script drawing from the New Testament verses, and an album that became a favorite with LDS women. The songs were composed by a variety of women, including Hilary Weeks, Julie de Azevedo, Vickey Pahnke and Randy Kartchner. Kenneth Cope lent his pen to several of the pieces as well. The songs touch on such familiar topics as the woman he met at the well in Samaria, the woman who touched his garments for a healing miracle, the raising of Lazarus and more. All 12 songs are moving, but perhaps the most touching of all is the song Hilary Weeks wrote based on John 10:16. Titled "He Came for Me," the song relates one woman's awe that Jesus loved her enough to visit her from Heaven in order to uplift her. The song introduction includes a haunting descant performed on an Andean-type flute. The song builds momentum and leads to the narrator's awestruck chorus: He had come/King of all kings/Ruler of worlds/For His other sheep/I felt His hands/I touched His feet/And I'll forever rejoice/He came for me.

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