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The Composer's notes on "Come Home"

Thank you for your interest in this special song. I wrote it in 1993 at a time in mylife when I had just come to understand the significance of the people of Israel, how deeply God loves them and desires for them to return to Him and the land He promised them.

We were all taught by our elementary school music teachers that minor keys are "sad" and can also express deeply felt emotions, such as "longing." The expression of longing in this piece is established from the start and positions the minor "i" chord against the major "II" in a repeated form. The following progression is no slave to key either. This song speaks to the heart of every person, Jew and non-Jew, who fears God and desires His will. Tasteful freedom is appropriate for this piece.

If you are one who has been taught that the land does not belong to the Israelis (Hebrews, Jews), you are welcome to read the contract (Bible, Torah). Specifically all of Genesis and Exodus, but also Numbers 27:17, Deuteronomy 11:12, Deuteronomy 30:1-6; and from thr Prophets (Haftorah) Isaiah 53:6, Ezekiel 36:24-28, and Joel 3:2 just to identify a few. There are many, many more. In fact, there are so many scriptural references that it is difficult for me to understand why so many preachers, priests, ministers, even some rabbis have so much trouble understanding.

Bless the Lord who is the embodiment of blessing,

Jim Wingerter


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