Players on the Album:

Deva Yoder-vocals, background vocals, acoustic guitar, piano, rhodes keyboard, percussion
Brian Yoder-drums
Eric Webb-bass
Dan Craig-electric guitar and background vocals on Stormchasers
Matt Kingham-cello
John Hyde-banjo
Aaron Pott-accordion
Paul Ijames-piano on Drinking Song and Say What You Want​​​

Photos by Amy K. Wright

Stormchasers was recorded at Launchpad Studios in Golden, Colorado. Sound engineered by Caleb Thomke, mixed and mastered by Mike Flack. Produced by Deva Yoder and Mike Flack. All songs written by Deva Yoder. Copyright 2016

Stormchasers, the song, was written during a season of rain in Colorado. Looking at the heavy clouds, I knew I was going to write a song that day, as if the clouds were about to shower it down. I had been brooding about how many of my friends go off and pursue their music careers while I stay home and be the mom, wishing I could join them. The lyrics are about sitting back and watching the adventure-seekers and wanting to take part. 

Say What You Want came unexpectedly. I understood what it was about only after it was written. It's about a woman trying to escape from domestic abuse, finding shelter and then dealing with the aftermath of judgement from her peers. 

Vantablack is about the technological revolution. I stumbled upon a video explaining what Vantablack is, which is a substance grown in a lab in nano tubes. I was intrigued how technology can grow such a substance, and began to see it as a metaphor for the age we live in and compared it to the way Noah must have felt when he exited the arc into a world completely unknown from the one he left. Sometimes I feel very lost, as he must have, in this lightning fast age of technology. 

Known By A Song. I was having an animated discussion with a friend about the song Africa by Toto. I said to him, "Why is that song so good?" He replied, "It's like I've always known it!" This line stayed with me for a few days as I pondered how someone could have always known a song before they heard it. Perhaps the song knew us first? The end of the song is a tribute to Toto's opus.

Drinking Song. I've never been an alcoholic per se, but on the way to my piano one morning I had a strong urge to drink. The words formed very solidly in my mind, "If I'm gonna stop drinking, then I'd better learn to pray." More than overcoming addiction, the song is about overcoming the bondage of the American culture and nationalism of the Christian church; about looking for God outside of religion. 

Sacred Heart took several weeks to write as I played with the chord progression, patiently waiting for the song to come. I had had a gold charm bracelet that belonged to my grandmother worked on by a jeweler and he had removed a sacred heart charm. I was wearing the charm for the first time around my neck as I sat down to the piano and put words to the frustration I was having in my own crisis of faith. 

The Message was written as I waited for a phone call from California. My maternal grandmother had been in hospice and I knew the impending call to tell me she had passed on was coming soon. 

Peace was a song I wrote as an anniversary present for my husband. It's not just about the love we've worked on and earned through the years, but love weathering storms and eventually, the apocolypse, and how we both are saviors to eachother at different seasons of life. 

Space For You was written as an anthemic love song, referencing the Giving Tree by the departed (and in my eyes, canonized) Shel Silverstien.

Damaged Goods is a bonus track recorded at home on my phone.  I had gone to a barbecue where I heard someone ranting about how he never wanted to see Jennifer Aniston in a bikini because "she's damaged goods."  "We're all damaged goods," I responded, trying to hide my annoyance. After the barbecue, I bought myself a bikini and wrote this song.