Garlands for Ashes

by Cambodia

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Garlands for Ashes tells the story of a community of children in Phnom Penh rescued from unimaginable situations, who are nurtured back to life, given hope and an artistic voice. On this CD and DVD they perform dances and compose songs of life based on the wonderful traditions of their land.

In the 1970’s, during the devastating years of the Pol Pot dictatorship, the beautiful traditions of Cambodia’s artistic community were systematically silenced. In the people’s struggle to survive starvation and brutality in the killing fields, their suppressed creative story lay dormant. Today, the arts are flourishing again, ornate costumed dancers tell their story through intricate hand movements and Khmer music floods the airwaves.

Included in this package is a DVD which will take you to see the very heart of the Cambodian Christian Arts community so you can experience in video and pictures, sounds, songs and dances, the Khmer people of Cambodia.

Proceeds from this product will directly support the CCAM community.


released November 21, 2011

A Voices from the Nations production
Recorded on location in Phnom Penh and Prassat, Cambodia
Recorded, edited and produced by Martin Neil
CD tracks 3 8 9 10 13 and DVD orchestra tracks recorded at Trans World Radio studios
Tracks 1 2 4 5 6 7 11 12 14 recorded by Sophun Ty at CCAMS
Mixed by Daniel Weeks for WeeksWeeksWeeks
Mastered by Dave Aston at Digital Audio

Photography Rebekah Neil. Archive photos by Gioia Michelotti
Video recording on location Jerry Curd
DVD editing and production Jerry Curd and Nicholas Warren Hungry Earth productions
Cover Design Andy Colthart for J’Harts

Special thanks to Gioia Michelotti and Noren Vann Kim.
To all singers, musicians and dancers at CCAM
Guest singers Sok Vouny and Diep Pisith
Sophun and Reaksmay Ty
Mom Somoeun and Yoeung Veasna at Trans World Radio
Teachers of traditional Cambodian orchestra Ke Kin and Proeng Pruon
The Long family for their wonderful hospitality in Prassat.

We would also like to offer our sincere thanks to all those who have supported us in so many ways and made this project a reality, you know who you are.
Thanks to More church, Amarillo TX, Trust Greenbelt, Meinrad.CC ,
Rosemary Burke, John and Jenny Cooper, Steve and Mary Weeks Chris and Linda Mitchell,
our friends at the Northumbria Community,
and Mike Spratt at Wigwam, thanks for lending us the microphones.

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Track Name: Dedication song
Oh Lord, please take my hands
To use for Your work

Oh Lord, please take my feet
To walk with You side by side

Oh Lord, please take my gifts
That I offer from my heart

Please take my abilities
Given with joy for Your purpose

Oh Lord, please take my voice
To sing Your blessings

Please take my lips
To speak about Your glory.
Track Name: Called to be a priest forever
Praise the Father for sending His Son
To come to earth to save us from sin;
By His death, and resurrection in 3 days,
His plan was perfectly fulfilled.

Hallelujah! I know for sure
That He saved my soul and freed me from sin;
Now I have hope and a grateful heart,
Offering my life to Him with joy.

He’s calling me, what a beautiful sound,
A sweet invitation, filled with love;
His Word is so gentle as He draws near to me.

So I’ve decided to serve Him
As a faithful priest
Through the five art forms,
Beautiful offerings to please Him forever.
Track Name: Garlands instead of Ashes
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
Because the Lord has anointed me
To bring good news to the afflicted;
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to captives,
And freedom to prisoners;

To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord,
And the day of vengeance of our God;
Giving to all those who mourn
Garlands instead of ashes;
To comfort those who are suffering—
In place of ashes, giving garlands.

To grant those who mourn in Zion,
The oil of gladness instead of mourning,
The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting,
So they will be called oaks of righteousness;
They will be called the planting of the Lord,
That He may be glorified.
Track Name: Jonah song
Jonah, Jonah, Oh Jonah!
Go to the city of Nineveh.
Take My Word to them,
And tell them to stop sinning.
Jonah, Jonah, Oh Jonah!
Go to the city of Nineveh.

Oh no, Oh no, I’ll not go!
I’ll catch a boat and go far away.
Your work does not please me,
So I will run and hide from You.
Oh no, Oh no, I’ll not go!
I’ll catch a boat and go far away.

Lord, Lord, Oh Lord!
The fish swallowed me! Please help me!
The waves are so strong they woke me up.
I know I’m wrong. Please forgive me.
Lord, Lord, Oh Lord!
The fish swallowed me! Please help me!

Jonah, Jonah, Oh Jonah!
Go to the city of Nineveh.
Take My Word to them,
And tell them to stop sinning.
Lord, Lord, Oh Lord!
I’m going! I’m on my way!
Track Name: Word of God
I depend on the Word of God
That makes my soul alive.
I’ve decided to follow Him,
Who leads me forward, no turning back.

If the earth and the sky pass away,
The Word of God never changes;
It counsels and encourages me
To trust only in His Word.
Track Name: Dew of Life
The bud appears as the dew drops on the flower stem;
The aroma stimulates, the sight excites,
But with the day’s heat, the flower wilts and the perfume fades away,
And the moist, soft appearance becomes dry and brittle.

Human life is often like that flower,
The heart keeps changing, never receiving the truth,
Trying so hard to embrace a world that is not stable,
Producing a life that has no meaning.

Only Jesus is the Living God;
Only He can save you from despair;
He is the Heavenly Dew making your life fresh;
He is the wonderful gift from heaven.

So therefore only Jesus is the Dew of Life,
Sprinkled upon you to revive you from death.
Your life in Him will never wilt or disappoint,
Because life in Him has meaning forever.
Track Name: Psalm 150
Come everyone, stand up and praise the Lord!
Come to play instruments to praise the powerful God!
Raise your voices and dance!

Shake your timbrels,
Make them sound,
Sing out loud and dance
To the beautiful song.

Brothers and sisters, don’t delay.
Stop seeking after the world
And praise the Lord!

Raise your hands and worship the Highest God,
For He is the Lord.

His power, nothing can compare.
Believe in Him and have hope.

With smiling faces and happy hearts,
Keep shaking your timbrels
To proclaim good news to sinners.