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A song paying honour to three carpenter's who have each inspired me in differing ways and to different degrees.
TLH then refers to Terry Lee Hale, who suggested during a masterclass on songwriting, the idea of open-tunings to stimulate new ideas. This song is a direct result of that suggestion. So thanks Terry, who was once a carpenter.
TLH also refers to Tender, Loving Hands which anyone who works with wood needs to coax from the wood, something beautiful. My Dad was a carpenter and my home, as well as those of my family are testimony to his work, and creativity. And his tenderness and love was not restricted to his woodwork, but was seen in the way he lived and treated people. He was, and indeed still is, an inspiration and encouragement to gentleess, tenderness, patience, love, & wisdom.
Tender, Loving Hands - the third carpenter to who I pay honour with this song is Jesus, who thoughout his life and death on this earth demonstrated the most completely what tenderness and love is really like. Not wishy-washy, or pathetic, but true, strong, sacrificial, and unending. He is my ultimate inspiration, not only because of what I've read concerning him, but also because of what I've experienced personnaly with him. I depend on his his grace, his love, his faithfulnes, his strength. It inspires my music, my desire to create, my desire to live, my desire to love, and my life in general. (Thankfully, as I often fail to attain the levels of my dreams and inspirations, his grace and faithfulness are always there to pick me up and take me onward.)