Clouds And Fire

by Scott Riggan

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ABOUT "CLOUDS AND FIRE"
If Carole King and Paul McCartney decided to write songs for Steely Dan, and the BeeGees were brought in to produce (but they weren't allowed to sing), it might sound something like "Clouds And Fire", the ambitious new project from Scott Riggan.

"Pop music has been kind of stagnant for awhile," observes Scott. "I know I'm not the only one who's bored with everything on the radio. I hope this CD will appeal to grown ups who worry less about how 'hip' their music is and more about whether they actually like it."

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released September 12, 2008

RECORDING CREDITS
I undertook this project with the simple hope that the music would be surprising, fun and inspiring ... but all I really did was write, arrange, sing and - most importantly - pay for it. Jason Collum, as usual, played a bunch of instruments and worked his tail off for this record. This included drums, percussion, guitar, exercise ball, keyboards, orchestra bells, engineering, editing, arranging and many other things I’m forgetting. I would have played some keyboards if it weren’t for Matt Stanfield, who is so full of pure groove that I can’t help but smile every time I listen to the stuff he played. Piano, Rhodes, Wurlitzer, Moog – he did it all with deep soul (and the occasional blip and beep). One of my favorite people, Kris Donegan, took time from his busy career in the studio and on the road to play acoustic and electric guitars. Dan Agee also played guitars, and I’m so glad to have him on my project. For strings we had Paul Nelson (cello) and Nathan Walters (keyboards). Clay Krasner’s bass playing was a pleasure, and I was glad to get him on another record (he was on my Christmas project). Tony Lucido also played bass, and the dude flat out grooves. Tyler Cain’s harmonica and Jaime Thietten’s beautiful voice elevated “I See You” into something truly special. Adding more spice to this project were Barry Green and Vinnie Ciesielski (horns) and Jim Hoke (flute). Chip Davis, Angie Primm and Annie Clements provided some lovely background vocals. We needed a little more guitar on “Hollow” and Perrin Lamb graciously stopped by to help. Dave Goetter at The Mix House engineered vocals. Jimmy Jernigan at Apollo 54 engineered and mixed (and ultimately mastered this thing). Photographer extraordinaire (and one of my China mission partners) Phil White told the story of Clouds And Fire with pictures, and Chad Werber provided the 1967 Pontiac LeMans for that photo shoot (although I didn’t get to drive it…). Mindy Wade worked her graphic artist magic and viola! we have a record!

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Scott Riggan Boise, Idaho

"A musical home run . . . perfect for personal worship - songs with a theology of abandon that call us to give all we are to God." (Worship Leader Magazine)

“For those who are tired of Christian records that sound increasingly homogenized and mass-produced, Clouds & Fire is a balm from Heaven." (Christian Musician Magazine)
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Track Name: Talk About Love
TALK ABOUT LOVE
words & music by Scott C. Riggan, Benjamin D. Bauman
(c) 2008 Red Rubber Ball (Fun Attic) (ASCAP)
from the CD "Clouds And Fire"

Let’s talk about love / I’ll tell you what I know
Let’s talk about the kind of love / You wait a lifetime for
I think it’s about time / That we talked about grace
And how one act of mercy / Changes everything
Well I’m astonished, I’m amazed / To think of all He gave
I’m falling to my knees / To think of all He did for me

Let’s talk about love – let’s talk about Jesus
Let’s talk about truth – the kind of truth that frees us
It’s all about God – it’s all about forgiveness
Let’s talk about love – let’s talk about love

Let’s talk about truth / I’ll tell you what I’ve heard
Truth is, the only thing worth talking ‘bout / Is written in the Word
Hold on to your seat / You’re in for a ride
‘Cause the truth can’t be avoided / No it cannot be denied
You can take it, you can leave it / But one day you’ll believe it
The day will come when you will see / It’s Jesus that you need
Track Name: Designer
DESIGNER
words and music by Scott C. Riggan and Benjamin D. Bauman
(c) 2008 Pleasantview Music (ASCAP)
From the CD "Clouds And Fire" on Spinning Plates Music
Track Name: Too Much For Me (How Little I Know You)
TOO MUCH FOR ME (HOW LITTLE I KNOW YOU)
words and music by Scott C. Riggan and R. Jason Collum
(c) 2008 Spinning Plates Music and Jason Technology (ASCAP)
From the CD "Clouds And Fire" on Spinning Plates Music
Track Name: Ready To Fly
READY TO FLY
words and music by Scott C. Riggan, Benjamin D. Bauman
(c) 2008 Pleasantview Music (ASCAP)
From the CD "Clouds And Fire" on Spinning Plates Music

Could anyone make a wish
For anything more than this
Whatever my past might say
I’m seeing a bright new day
And what used to be
It’s no longer haunting me
There’s nothing but clear blue skies
As far as the horizon line
Oh I have always been so tightly wound
But lately I am starting to come around

Now look at me - I’m spreading my wings
I’m ready to fly, ready to fly
Oh look at me - I’m finally free
I’m ready to fly, ready to fly

Now I’m seeing through brand new eyes
And feeling my spirits rise
There’s nothing that I should fear
‘Cause love has made its home here
Now I have felt the touch of Your loving hand
The world may not seem different, but I know I am

The weight has lifted off my shoulders
I’m reaching for the sky – I’m ready to fly…

This is the life that I have been waiting for
Love was out of my reach before You came to me
Now nothing can hold me down, I can touch the sky
My heart made up my mind and it’s clear to see
I am finally free…
Track Name: Hollow
HOLLOW
words and music by Scott C. Riggan and Benjamin D. Bauman
(c) 2008 Pleasantview Music (ASCAP)
From the CD "Clouds And Fire" on Spinning Plates Music
Track Name: You've Always Known My Name
YOU'VE ALWAYS KNOWN MY NAME
words and music by Scott C. Riggan and Benjamin D. Bauman
(c) 2008 Pleasantview Music (ASCAP)
From the CD "Clouds And Fire" on Spinning Plates Music
Track Name: I'll Go (I Will Follow)
I'LL GO (I WILL FOLLOW)
words and music by Scott C. Riggan and R. Jason Collum
(c) 2008 Spinning Plates Music and Jason Technology (ASCAP)
From the CD "Clouds And Fire" on Spinning Plates Music
Track Name: Words Fail
WORDS FAIL
words and music by Scott C. Riggan and Christopher Cooke
(c) 2008 Spinning Plates Music and Sodium Glow (ASCAP)
From the CD "Clouds And Fire" on Spinning Plates Music
Track Name: Act of Surrender (I Will Bow)
ACT OF SURRENDER (I WILL BOW)
words and music: Scott C. Riggan
(c) 2008 Spinning Plates Music
From the CD "Clouds And Fire" on Spinning Plate Music

Knees to the ground / Hands in the air
This is my act of surrender
It's more than a song / Or the words of a prayer
This is my act of surrender

And starting now
I will bow down / I will bow down
I will bow down before You
And starting now
I will bow

All that I am / All that I've been
I lay it all down / At the feet of my King

And starting now
I will bow...
Track Name: Over My Shoulder
OVER MY SHOULDER
words and music by Scott C. Riggan and Benjamin D. Bauman
(c) 2008 Pleasantview Music (ASCAP)
From the CD "Clouds And Fire" on Spinning Plates Music
Track Name: Clouds And Fire (Part Two: A Personal Exodus)
CLOUDS AND FIRE PART TWO
music by Scott C. Riggan
(c) 2008 Spinning Plates Music
From the CD "Clouds And Fire" on Spinning Plates Music
Track Name: I See You (feat. Jaime Thietten)
I SEE YOU (feat. Jaime Thietten)
words & music by Rich Mullins
(c) BMG Music Publishing/BMG Songs, Inc. (ASCAP)
from the CD "Clouds And Fire"

Lord You’re leading me
With a cloud by day
And then in the night
By the glow of a burning flame
Everywhere I go I see You

Oh You take my hand
And You wash it clean
I know the promised land
Is light years ahead of me
Everywhere I go I see You

Well the eagle flies
And the rivers run
I look through the night
And I can see the rising sun
Everywhere I go I see You

Well the grass will die
And the flowers fall
But Your Word’s alive
And it will be after all
Everywhere I go I see You