Getting Closer (Album)

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The third and final album Getting Closer  was a great way to say goodbye to this chapter in life. I was planning a career in TV Meteorology and wanted this CD to be of best effort and fun.

My senior year at BYU, I began writing and co-writing songs with Kenny Hodges.  Kenny had written many great songs with other Christian musicians and I knew his talents would add a newer feel to my music.

Once again Roger Hoffman was called upon to produce and arrange the album. We finished recording in Nov. 1989 and the project was ready by that Christmas (when I graduated from BYU).  This album would be released on CD and Cassette January 1990.

I began my TV Meteorology career that same month at WBKO TV in Bowling Green, KY and began attending WKU in pursuit of a Meteorology Degree.

Distributed by Sounds of Zion, The CD sold very well and I soon was in high demand to visit church youth groups and conferences. However, the full-time TV job, working on a Meteorology Degree, marriage, etc. slowly took over and a new chapter in life had begun.

I did continue to write songs, but never again would professionally record.  This album has great meaning to me and I have nothing but fun memories of writing and producing this CD.  When you listen, you’ll experience the fun and positive outlook I had in life at that time.

 

Track 1: Look What I Found  

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A fun way to open the album. Positive, feel-good message.  I wrote the music, Kenny the lyrics.

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Track 2: You’re My Strength  

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When the album was nearly completed, a song was “dropped” from the album and I needed to write a new song with very little time.  I sat down in the apartment front room and began reading through the scriptures for a song idea. My room mate joined me and together we searched the scriptures. Our conversation led to how all those people who saw the Savior perform all those miracles and yet, they still denied that He was the son of God!  After our scripture study discussion, my room mate said “Pete, I think you have your story for the song.”     Take a listen……

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Track 3: Without You  

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I wanted to write a song relating feelings toward the Savior, but structured the lyrics so that the listener may think of anyone who brings that comfort, love and support to him or her.  When you listen, you will think of someone in your life who has always been there for you.

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Track 4: In Your Eyes  

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A Fun, upbeat love song.  Wanda Lindstrom has an incredible voice. I was so excited that she accepted the invitation to sing with me on this.  She is also heard throughout the album doing back up vocals.

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Track 5: Song Of Love  

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Musically, I envisioned a slow-build up song that climaxes at the end with a huge sound and choir. Lyrically, a different twist, using musical metaphor in relation to how we as brothers and sisters should get along.  BTW – the choir consists of college friends who donated their time to sing on this song.  These chosen friends had great vocal talents, as heard in church, but no experience in a recording studio.  Roger and I quickly taught them the harmony parts and the result?  They were amazing. Listen for yourself.

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Track 6: One Step At a Time  

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Fun upbeat song with a simple message.  Slow down and enjoy life!!

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Track 7: Into My Life  

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My personal favorite. For two years, I had this melody in my head, a completed song (music wise) but could NOT get lyrics to come. When Kenny Hodges agreed to co-write with me on this album, I sat down at his piano, played this song and hummed the melody. The only words I had was on the chorus “You came into my life.”  Kenny listened a couple of times, then I departed to another appointment.  Two days later, Kenny called and asked if I could come to his home.  I arrived and sat down at his piano.  I’ll never forget what happened next.  He says, “Play that song of yours with no lyrics, and I will sing what I’ve written down.”  I began to play, Kenny began to sing.  As I played and listening to his lyrics, the lyrics of a personal story began to take over my emotions.  When the song ended, we were both in tears.  The song was about his conversion to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  The words just flowed.  When it came time to record the song, Kenny was present when I recorded my vocal.  Knowing the story behind the lyrics allowed me to sing with emotion. Everything on this song came together and sound wise may be the best on the CD.  The best part is, once the album was released, Kenny was able to present this song/CD to that very person who introduced him to the gospel.  Can you imagine how this person felt after hearing this song?  I think it’s time for YOU to take a listen.

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Track 8: Forever Friends  

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This is a fun song devoted to my dear college friends and room mates. Knowing this chapter in my life was about to close, this was a message to them that no matter where we are and what separates us in life, we are Forever Friends.

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Track 9: Tell Him  

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Has someone close to you passed away? When I wrote this, I thought of my grandfather, then related the lyrics to losing loved ones.  It’s very difficult to lose a parent, uncle, aunt and others, but hopefully this song shares the message that someday we will be together again.

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Track 10: Closer  

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We are not perfect, but we can try every day to make ourselves a little better.  As I say my nightly prayer, can I honestly go to the Lord knowing I’ve done good today? Am I taking those small daily steps towards Him?   Roger had the great idea of making this an acoustic guitar song, and of course Roger was correct!  Another great decision by a great producer.  Love the simple soothing sound of this song, and a great way to close out the album.

 

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Produced By: Roger Hoffman & Pete Grigsby
Arranged By: Roger Hoffman
 
Recorded & Mixed at: Rosewood Recording Company
Engineered By: Guy Randle, Peggy McAffee & Nyk Fry
 
Musicians:  Keyboards: Randy Kartchner, Tony Favero & Pete Grigsby
Guitars: Ron Saltmarsh; Drums: Kelly Wallis; Bass: Rob Honey
Sax & Flute: Arlen Card; Percussion: Kenny Hodges
 
Backup Vocals: Wanda Lindstrom, Roger Hoffman & Pete Grigsby
“Song of Love” Choir: Marianne Trottier, Jane Clayson-Johnson, Marlayna Peck-Hendricks
Kevin Kitchen, Scott Gilchrist, Erin Farley, Lori Loveday, Wanda Lindstrom, Roger Hoffman & Pete Grigsby
 
All songs written by: Pete Grigsby & Kenny Hodges