LOVE IS ALL AROUND YOU NOW

by JACK ELY

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The original lead singer of the Kingsmen, Jack Ely (pronounced e-lee), has released his most recent LP album, a modern gospel record called “Love Is All Around You Now.” The record includes thirty six minutes of spirit-filled music from one of rock ‘n roll’s most influential rockers. “Love Is All Around You Now” is free from all pretense, every lyric penned with obvious earnestness and passion for the underlying meaning and mission. Composed with the complexity and humble intellectuality that characterizes much of the music written in the nineteen-sixties, some of the tracks on “Love Is all Around…” sound like folk anthems not unlike the best of Dylan or Baez, while others sound more like psalms of praise and worship no music listener will be surprised to hear in progressive churches even thirty years from now.

The record is not-at-all without backbone, however, which should not surprise fans of Ely himself, whose fame is largely garnered from the unstoppable, legendary classic rock single, “Louie, Louie,” recorded by his original band, the Kingsmen, in 1963. The record has elements of funk, as in the fourth track, “Since the First Time I Touched His Hem” (an allusion to Biblical miracles worked by Christ when afflicted persons reached out to touch his robe), as well as elements of groove, as in the title track, “Love Is All Around…,” and there are – naturally – elements of low, low-down blues rock, as in “See the Light.”

Each track is infused with the best gospel attributes, including a chorus of impeccable female background singers, an accompanying piano tastefully played upon, and guitar work that would do well in the most hardcore jazz band, but the track that will doubtlessly turn the most heads is the closing single, “Dare Ya to Love Him,” a modern disco-techno-danceclub song that is every bit as catchy as Madonna’s latest hit, but performed with the righteousness of God well-in-mind.

All in all, the record is a comprehensive and widely varied one, but its message strays not an iota from start to finish, and if God is listening, then surely He will find in Jack Ely a perfect bard and messenger of the gospel of Jesus of Nazareth. Long live rock ‘n roll.

-S. McCauley
Staff Press Release Writer
MondoTunes

James 1:17
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

God lead me to the evolution of these songs. They are a very eclectic collection of Divinely inspired music. I am so grateful for all the wonderful people who came together to help me produce this CD. Everyone was an inspiration in their own right.

Praise be to God our heavenly father and His son, Jesus Christ for everyone involved with this project.

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released 24 September 2012

All tracks produced by Jack Ely and engineered by Spike Jones at Chelsea Studios, Nashville, TN
except "Dare Ya To Love Him" whose track was developed by Gary Lund and Jonathan Crone, but still produced by Jack Ely and engineered by Spike Jones at Chelsea Studios, Nashville, TN
and
“Love is all around you now” which was engineered by Mike Demmers at Desitrek Studios, Portland, OR
All Tracks Mastered by Jay Frigoletto at Master Suite, Brookline, NH

CONTRIBUTORS:
Jack Ely
Spike Jones
Gary Lund
Garth Justice
Bob Metke
Tony Migliore
Michael Behymer
Jonathan Crone
Susie Marshall
Christine Robbins

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Track Name: LOVE IS ALL AROUND YOU NOW
LOVE IS ALL AROUND YOU NOW
by Jack Ely
Ear Force Music A.S.C.A.P.


Love is all around you, now
Feel it in the warmth of the noonday sun
As it beats down upon your back
Makes your heart begin to run away

As I plod this dusty country road
I think about the times we had together, mhmm
Now it’s summertime, the mountains calling
Can’t for get the warmth you gave to me

Just to see a friendly smile
On a strange face
In a strange place
Makes my day
Just to have someone to talk to
In a long time
As I pass time
Along the way

I come and go, oh yes, as I darn please
Got only time to help me catch the breezes
Maybe I, yes I’ll be back some day, hey
To laugh and sing this country song your way

Livin’ on your own in the mountains and the valleys
Gives freedom
A chance to grow
Makes you realize how far away the sky is
When you reach out
And try to know, that

Love is all around you, now
Feel it in the warmth of the noonday sun
As it beats down upon your back
Makes your heart begin to run away....
Track Name: THANK YOU FATHER
THANK YOU FATHER
Written by R. G. Allen and Bob Moline
MOALCO MUSIC, A.S.C.A.P.

Thank you, Father for all you’ve given me
For the sun to warm my wintry day
Thank you, Father your love has set me free
Like the laughter of your children at play

Thank you for the gentle rain that makes the roses grow
And for the songs of joy you’ve given me to sing
For the hills that I must climb to show to you that I’m
Still worthy of the treasures that you bring
I thank you Father for every thing

Thank you, Father for all you’ve given me
For the sun to warm my wintry day
Thank you, Father your love has set me free
Like the laughter of your children at play

Thank you for the loving friends you’ve given me to share
And for the many times you’ve shown to me the way
For the Christly healing care revealed to me through prayer
I’m grateful more than words can say
I thank you, Father for every day

Thank you for the loving friends you’ve given me to share
And for the many times you’ve shown me the way
I thank you, Father for every day
Track Name: PERFECT MAN
Perfect Man
Words and Music by R. G. Allen
MOALCO MUSIC, A.S.C.A.P.

To be God’s Perfect Man is all there is to see
There’s nothing greater than His love eternally
How wonderful to know when Truth’s revealed
All fear is gone in joyous song
The Christly touch and all is healed.

To see God’s Perfect Man is mine revealed today
His light will guide my span across the narrow way
This oneness I will always share, as Mind reveals His plan
How sweet to know where ever I go, I am God’s Perfect Man

To be at one with Him in all I say and do
My pathway’s never dim, aglow with all that’s true
To cast aside all sense of pain and fear
And take my stand with Truth in hand
The Christly touch and Love is here

To see God’s Perfect Man reflecting all that’s good
No sin may enter in when Truth is understood
And peace will be when I can see the purpose of His plan
That day by day we’re finding the way to see God’s Perfect Man

And peace will be when I can see the purpose of His plan
That day by day we’re finding the way to see God’s Perfect Man
Track Name: SINCE THE FIRST TIME I TOUCHED HIS HEM
SINCE THE FIRST TIME I TOUCHED HIS HEM
Words and Music by Jack Ely © 2011
EAR FORCE MUSIC, A.S.C.A.P.


He woke me from a dream of dust
Since the first time I touched His hem
And purged me of self-righteousness
Since the first time I touched His hem

He keeps me safe in a world of greed
Since the first time I touched His hem
And gives me everything I need
Since the first time I touched His hem

Oh, praise Him
Just praise Him
Yes, praise Him for His Love
Oh, praise Him
Yes, praise Him
Thank him for His wonderful Love

He shelters me from misery and pain
Since the first time I touched His hem
And brings me in out of the rain
Since the first time I touched His hem

He cleanses me of my foolish pride
Since the first time I touched His hem
And lifts me above the worlds' wild ride
Since the first time I touched His hem

Oh, praise Him
Just praise Him
Yes, praise Him for His Love
Oh, praise Him
Yes, praise Him
Thank him for His wonderful Love

He leads me on in comfort and joy
Since the first time I touched His hem
And helps me to see sin's evil ploy
Since the first time I touched His hem

He tells me what He's all about
Since the first time I touched His hem
And shows me how to put fear out
Since the first time I touched His hem

Oh, praise Him
Just praise Him
Yes, praise Him for His Love
Oh, praise Him
Yes, praise Him
Thank him for His wonderful Love

Now I must go and sin no more
Since the first time I touched His hem
‘Cause He’s opened up the Kingdom’s door
Since the first time I touched His hem

Since the first time
Since the very first time
Since the first time I touched His hem

Since the first time
Since the very first time
Since the first time I touched His hem
Track Name: PLEASE
PLEASE
(Let Me Prove It To You)
Words and Music by Jack Ely
EAR FORCE MUSIC, A.S.C.A.P.

I sing this song, my Lord, for you
Who’s known me for my whole life through
So you will know just how I feel
I hope it shows, I love you still

CHORUS:
Lord, please let me prove it to you
I love you
Please, let me prove it to you

And every time this melody
Comes to mind, how happily
That I’ll recall the moment when
Our lives touched and the love began

CHORUS

And even though my paths in life
Might have shown some fleeting strife
Reality comes back to me
Oh can’t you see what you mean to me?

CHORUS

SOLO

Just because I find it hard
To discuss my just rewards
Doesn’t mean I won’t accept
What you’re saying, with no regrets

CHORUS

VAMP
Track Name: SEE THE LIGHT
SEE THE LIGHT
Words and Music by Jack Ely
EAR FORCE MUSIC, A.S.C.A.P.


It’s a long and lonely road
From here back to where I was
And it seemed like I went in circles
‘Till Jesus raised me from the dust

Sometimes I guess and I’m right
But again I’m wrong
Makes no sense to me
Just have to smile and go on
‘Till I see the light
Lordy help me see

I could struggle this way forever
Until I learn to give
But I’d get nowhere never
And that just aint no way to live

Sometimes I guess and I’m right
Then again I’m wrong
Makes no sense to me
Just have to smile and go on
“Till I see the light
Lordy help me see

Guide me by the hand
Take me to that promise land
So I can finally see the light
I’m down on my knees
Help me Jesus, please
Help now to see the light

Gotta see the light
Gotta see the light

Help me see the light
Gotta open up my eyes real wide
I know I’m gonna see the light
With all this love around me
I’m so blessed to be me
I know that I am part of the light

Gonna see the light
Gonna be the light
Take me by the little hand now, now
And lead me to the light
Know I’m gonna see the light
Track Name: COMIN' OF LOVE
COMIN' OF LOVE
Words and Music by Jack Ely
EAR FORCE MUSIC, A.S.C.A.P.


When you’re feelin’ down and uptight
Do what ya know you should
Don’t go out and start no fight
Just go out and chop some wood

And when you swing that axe my friend
Give it all you got
‘Cause when the fear is gone you’ll know
That hate’s on its way out

CHORUS
And when you’re really down and out
You gotta stay for the comin’
Obey for the comin’
Pray for the comin’
Hear me play for the comin’
Let’s say it, the comin’ of Love

Work is sometimes where it’s at
So what do you like to do?
It doesn’t matter anyhow
‘Cause time waits on for you

So close your eyes relax a while
It’s got to be your day, hey
The stars they brightly shown last night
And His Son came out to say

CHORUS

SOLO

Well fun is also where it’s at
So what do you like to do?
It doesn’t matter anyhow
‘Cause time, time waits on for you

Close your eyes relax a while
It’s got to be your day, hey
The stars they brightly shown last night
And His Son came out to say hey

CHORUS
Track Name: WICKED MESSENGER
WICKED MESSENGER
Words and Music by Jack Ely
EAR FORCE MUSIC, A.S.C.A.P.


I Chase a wicked messenger
Who’s ridin' through my mind
He tries to turn me on to somethin'
Just might make me blind
To what I really want from life
And what I want to do
He has me always strivin'
To find me somethin' new

I chase a wicked messenger
Who tells his tales of woe
He tries to make me feel
Just like I've been out shovelin' snow
Memories are fadin' fast
What, where did they go
The Son came out and melted
All that snow, don't ya know

There's just so many things
A cloudin’ up my mind
I feel confused and lonely
Please point the way
From the night to the day
Now I’ll say, hey!

SOLO

Was just so many things
That clouded up my mind
I felt confused and lonely
Thanks for the way
From the night to the day
Now I say, hey

I caught that wicked messenger
And kicked him out the door
He tried to turn me on
But he can make me blind no more
'Cause what I really want from life
And what I want to do is
Give Jesus everlasting love
That’s got to see me through
Yes give Jesus everlasting love
That’s got to see me through

Everlasting
Give Him Love now
Give Him everlasting love
Everlasting
Give Him love now
Give Him everlasting love
Praise Him now with
Everlasting
Give Him everlasting, everlasting love
Give Him everlasting love now
Praise Him with everlasting love
Gonna praise Him, praise Him,
praise Him, praise Him
With everlasting love
Praise Him with it
Everlasting
Give Him everlasting love
Everlasting
Praise the Lord now
Give the Lord everlasting love
Track Name: DARE YA TO LOVE HIM
THEY DARE YA
Words and Music by Jack Ely
EAR FORCE MUSIC, A.S.C.A.P.

They dare ya, dare ya, dare ya, to love Him
They dare ya, dare ya, dare ya, to love Him
Don’t let it scare ya, scare ya, scare ya, into livin’ life without the Lord

Livin’ on my own, just tryin’ to survive
Got no money but I gotta stay alive
Tried me a handfull of gimmie and a mouthful of jive
But that just got me further from His love and His life

They dare ya, dare ya, dare ya to love Him
They dare ya, dare ya, dare ya, to love Him
Don’t let them scare ya, scare ya, scare ya, into livin’ with iniquity

You say we could move to your parent’s place
I visualize your old man spittin’ in my face
Hey we’re just contenders in this here human race
Dependin’ on the Lord to keep our life in place

Well...They dare ya, dare ya, dare ya, to love Him
They dare ya, dare ya, dare ya, to love Him
Don’t let them scare ya, scare ya, scare ya, into life without the love of God

You know what He says, He says:
Just follow me, I am the way
Love your neighbor, continually pray
Let your light shine all through the day
The steep and narrow is the only way...

Follow Me

Beloved, Let us love one another
For love is of God, and everyone that loveth is born of God and knoweth God.
He that loveth not, knoweth not God, for God is love

I thought what I wanted was something new
Peace is what you’re after an’ that’s what I want too
Except for my kinda peace aint just a piece of you
‘Casue that kind it dries up quicker than mornin’ dew

They dare ya, dare ya, dare ya, to love Him
They dare ya, dare ya, dare ya, to love Him
Don’t let them scare ya, scare ya, scare ya into tryin’ to live without the Lord