If you like Jonathan and Melissa Helser then you probably know the extended versions of their songs are incredible. They typically go into the studio and invite God then see what happens. You can hear the experiences and journeys they’ve been through in these songs. Jonathan and Melissa are rooted in community that is in love with God in a major way. Their community is pouring their lives out to God and their worship recordings are fruit that has had a major impact on my life.
As musicians we love writing songs, but as worshipers our hearts ache for more. Our favorite part of writing songs is the way a song can become like a diving board to take us into the deeper waters. In the studio, we love the risk of leaving the record light on just a little longer and walking off the map of the written song and into the eternal moments.
In the fall of 2010, we went into “Threshing Floor Studio” with our great friend Elijah Mosely, as our producer and a group of amazing friends as our band. In the studio, we had two goals. The first was to create an album of twelve beautifully crafted songs. The second was to step off the edge of the written songs and capture a double-disc album of spontaneous moments. We titled the album of twelve songs “On the Shores,” because those songs were like standing on the edge of what happened in the studio. We titled the double disc album, “Endless Ocean, Bottomless Sea” because they are the moments that happened when we stepped off the shores and into the much more.
The songs of “On the Shores” truly became like a diving board to take us into the deep waters of “Endless Ocean, Bottomless Sea.” As you listen, may you be taken beyond the music and experience the One whose love truly is an endless ocean and a bottomless sea.
It seems like all I can see are enemies surrounding me
It seems like all I can feel are lies that you’re not real
I lift my eyes to the hills where does help come from
My help comes from the one who the made the earth and heavens
I believe you’re more real than what my eyes can see,
I believe the hills are full of a mighty angel army
God of the angel armies, you’re mighty to save
God of the angel armies, you’re worthy of our praise
God of the angel armies, you fight for us
God of the angel armies, you come down
when praises go up
you come down
when praises go up
Finally I’m starting to see things are not as they seem
Nothing can come between you’re mighty love for me
No ear has ever heard no eye has ever seen
What you have planed for those you set you’re love upon
I believe you’re greater than I could ever dream
I believe you’re coming again with a mighty angel army
You walk through the walls
You come down at the sound of my praise
You come, You come, You come
Wave after wave, wave after wave