Take These Hands - Paul Johnson
inspirational guitars...
Featured here are my unique personal interpretations (all-instrumental, of course!) of sixteen of my favorite songs from the world of Christian music. Most of these are familiar melodies that I have grown to love over the years. All the tunes were recorded in multitrack fashion… that is, I played anywhere from two to six guitars (all acoustic) on each of them.
Variety is key here, in every respect: I have drawn these selections from a wide spectrum of genres and periods (ranging from traditional hymns to southern and black gospel to contemporary worship songs, etc…); and similarly, my renderings cover the gamut of style (utilizing motifs ranging from rock to country to classical to blues, and more).
I have sought to render this wonderful music with a clear expression of the many shades of feeling that it inspires in me (chief among which are heartfelt reverence, joy, and love for the Lord). My hope is that this CD will serve to inspire the same in you!"
- Paul Johnson

Michael Tomashefsky
On this solo effort, Johnson interprets both traditional and modern Christian works using richly layered acoustic guitars... The result is some of the sweetest music you’ll hear anytime. Johnson’s well-known virtuosity is apparent throughout, displaying a number of different picking styles ranging from Christopher Parkening to Mississippi John Hurt. By deftly combining mellow with uplifting modalities on virtually every song, Johnson inspires a warmly contemplative state of mind. On this level alone, Paul should consider his mission accomplished… I intend to keep listening-- religiously.

The sound Paul gets playing a new Martin and two ‘50s Gibsons, using Pro-Tools on his Mac—is warm but clear, and intimate… the material is extremely varied and fun to listen to. If you thought an all-instrumental CD of Christian songs would get samey, that’s a bit like saying all jazz sounds the same, or all rock. If anything, because Johnson pulls together influences from many styles, this “concept album” is that much more multidimensional… it takes not only a good arranger, but also a great guitarist, to pull that off.

Be Still My Soul
Easter Song
What a Friend We Have in Jesus
My Journey to the Sky
Take These Hands
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
Sweeter Than Honey
He´s a Friend Until the End
Just a Closer Walk with Thee
Life is Like a Mountain Railway
Unto Thee, O Lord
Living For Jesus
Lifting Our Hands
Your Name is Holy
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