The Alarma Radio Special

Produced by Bruce Brown



Bruce Brown: "Daniel Amos, any discussion about this band invariably, raises eyebrows and often voices. The fact that their name incorporates those of two Old Testament prophets, adds a sense of urgency and authority to their live and recorded presentations. Our guest on the Daniel Amos Radio Special will be Terry Taylor, the bands chief songwriter and vocalist. We'll be getting an intimate insight into the audio, visual, and spiritual concepts behind the brand new Daniel Amos album Alarma

it's a brain drain overload/ laid out on the reel to reel
a warning of the afterlife/ the afterbirth and telling how we feel...

Bruce Brown: "Alarma, the title cut from the album we'll be featuring on the Daniel Amos Radio Special. When we return we'll take you to Whitefield Studios and introduce you to Terry Taylor..."

Bruce Brown: "This is Bruce Brown of Living Water Productions and I'm here today to talk to Terry Taylor, composer and singer from the group Daniel Amos..."
Terry Taylor: "Singer extraudinare."
Bruce Brown: "I wanted to say that, but I thought I'd better not."
Terry Taylor: "(Ha ha ha) yeah well, here's your money anyway."
Bruce Brown: "We're here at whitefield Studios in Santa Ana where the group has just finished Alarma, their first for the Benson company, specifically to be on Newpax Records. How was the Alarma project conceived, was that something that evolved out of songs that you've written over a number of years or did it pretty much happen in a few months or weeks time?"
Terry Taylor: "They're very personal songs that were written out of the experiences of the last three years. Usually when I write songs, songs come slow to me. Sometimes you'll be very very inspired and you'll sit down and a song will flow and it will be there, and other times you'll start a writing a song and write down a thought or an idea and it just doesn't seem to develop and you put it aside and come back to it later. But the songs for Alarma, it was like being on a roll - like (he he he) you'd call it. "
Bruce Brown: "Opening side one of Alarma is a song with some rather unusual celestrial imagery, 'Central Theme'."
Terry Taylor: "I was watching a news program and they were talking about the rings of Saturn and they were saying that the winds blow through the rings causing these vibrations that they said sound like solar screams. And that was just awesome to me, and another thing that I had read was concerning the mysteries of the moon, and one of the mysteries of the moon is that when an object strikes the moon , that it echoes like a gong. And I felt deep down inside of my heart just how incredible our Lord is. The maker of the universe and yet, him becoming man and walking among us."

central theme/ the most important thing
central theme/ the tie that binds together...

Bruce Brown: "One particular problem that is addressed on the Alarma album is the notion of somebody becoming a Christian celebrity. Is that a portion of the inside of Terry Taylor?"
Terry Taylor: "Certainly is. There's that temptation to covet and desire the mortality and at times we aspire to wanting power and greatness and recognition. We have to examine ourselves, and we have to check ourselves out and ask ourselves honestly whether or not our motivations are a pure in what we desire. So, 'Big Time-Big Deal' is addressing that issue and it's the finger's a pointing at my own heart and my own life. It is not glamorous, I count it as a privilege to be called, because I love to create. And I have the incredible privilege of doing a job that I enjoy but at the same time there's a deeper responsibility, that aspect of ministry. I hope I'm being honest when I say that if God calls me to something else, if God calls me to sweep floors at Sears, as a matter of fact He did call me to do that for a couple of years. Then I will do that - because I can only be happy doing what God has called me to do. "

beam it on the satellite/ send it through the t.v.
get it on the play list/ and preach it to the masses...

Bruce Brown: "Daniel Amos has often been criticized for taking their music to night clubs and other secular settings. As featured performers at England's Greenbelt festival, DA had the opportunity to play to over fifteen thousand people. But an experience in a small pub, near the band's hotel, convinced them of the need to relate to people in a more intimate atmosphere."
Terry Taylor: "One of the things that we did when we were in England to do the Greenbelt festival, we were all at this hotel, this is in Bedford England and the manager was very friendly and talked to us quite a bit. And we with him, and we talked in generalities about the concert and Greenbelt and what that was all about. So, the people from the hotel, including this manager, asked us if we would be in to doing a concert for the people there at the hotel. And then they approached us later with the fact that there was this pub down the street and would we mind setting up there. Well, we thought this is - this is a wonderful opportunity and we went down to the pub we sat up our equipment, Tom Howard opened up then we came on, it was just a full on evangelistic meeting, you know. And it was, we shared the songs so it was this warm intimate atmosphere. And you could just tell that these people were not only touched by the fact that we desired to do a special thing, you know. Which was really no big thing, I mean, we really enjoyed doing it. But they were also touched by something deeper, and that was they sensed the reality of Christ. They heard about Christianity, and as a matter of fact, the manager from the hotel got up after we'd got done playing (and it was not only the people from the hotel but it was just you know the normal customers in this little pub) and he got up afterwards and he says I want to thank everyone here from America for doing this special thing for us. And also for allowing us to see that Christianity is real. When he said that it blew me away because here was this festival at Greenbelt, thousands and thousands of people, and that was a wonderful experience of Christians coming from all over to see the various bands that played. But that wasn't really the greatest experience there, the greatest experience was this little pub in Bedford where these people gathered to hear the band and where a man who had heard about Christianity stood up and said that it was the first time in his life where he had felt that there was something of substance to what Christianity was all about. That is what Daniel Amos wants to do as far as playing in a club. The idea of playing in a club, first you have to be able to play the kind of music the people are going to accept and they'll say well that's professional, I like what they play. And you get yourself in the door and then your able to say something of substance concerning the Gospel and Christian message. It's a slow process but we want to gain access to the people, that's who the message is for. I don't think people have a problem with the Christian message being conveyed in a club situation. I think that's the challenge, I think that's exactly what Christ did. He took the message to the people, a lot of people would rather see Christian music in the church, that's where it should be and it shouldn't go anywhere else. I think if we have a message for the world it's going to have to be preached in the world."
Bruce Brown: "One would think that being leader and spokesman for a high visibility band like Daniel Amos requires a person to relish the limelight, but says Terry..."
Terry Taylor: "I'm basically introverted person, I - it's very hard for me to be with a lot of people and I can tend to be an isolationist, just being secure in the things that I have you know. And you begin to live a sort of pie in the sky relationship without interaction. So, 'My Room' is a call to break out of that and begin loving your neighbor as yourself."

i live/ in my room
it's warm here/ in my room...

Bruce Brown: "Terry Taylor talks about the excitement of recording the Alarma album when the Daniel Amos Radio Special continues..."

Bruce Brown: "Welcome back to the Daniel Amos Radio Special. The need to reach out to our fellow human beings is expressed throughout the Alarma album but never so poignantly as in 'Faces To The Window' which focuses on world hunger."
Terry Taylor: "It's so easy for us to say 'oh I've got to get something to eat I'm starving' you know, we have no - no concept of what that is. And I just sort of shut myself off to that for years, and years, and years. Not recognizing the needs of the world as an essentual part of Christianity, I don't think there is Christianity without action concerning our neighbor and I haven't even begun to scratch the surface on actually doing something about it in my life. But I hope to get beyond just the revelation that there are people out there that are starving, I hope to do something about it."

i go to work/ i work hard
i do come home exhausted/ i go to sleep quite early...

Bruce Brown: "There's a lot of different things going on, on the album, that listeners may not catch the first couple of time around and I suspect that a lot of that is due to your engineer Thom Roy and his becoming a coproducer with Daniel Amos and his extensive involvement with the group."
Terry Taylor: "Initually we started out it was just being produced by Daniel Amos but the further we on we really felt that Thom was part of that, and deserved that credit. The studio experience was really incredible, I mean there was a real freshness and we really wanted to capture a lot of air and a lot of breath in the arrangements and with the four piece band I think that was accomplished."
Bruce Brown: "Was the album actually cut live, as it were, in the studio? "
Terry Taylor: "Really it was, more or less, vocally - you know we did the vocals separate, which is a common thing. We were really determined that we were going to try and do one, two, three at the most takes, usually we got it the second take. And that means not every hair is in place, you know but yet that gives it the air of being live."
Bruce Brown: "Love and respect are key elements woven in to many of Alarma's lyrics. But these elements have to be exorcized in a very firm fashion, as related in the song 'Baby Game'."
Terry Taylor: "There is a point at which God doesn't tolerate man's hardness of heart and sin, it's the same with us, sometimes we just need to shake a person and say 'Hey get up and get going because you're just - all you're doing is making excuses.' If there is a place for anger, I think our anger needs to be checked by the Holy Spirit, it needs to be motivated by love and concern and a desire to see the end result in that person's life."

she was so sweet when she was innocent
now she's a crib case it's all very disgusting...

Bruce Brown: "Closing out side one of Alarma is 'Colored By' a song which asks the question 'What does God really want me to be?'
Terry Taylor: "It's basically addressing cultural Christianity as opposed to the Christianity that is talked about in the Bible and teaching our own commandments instead of those commandments that set down in the scriptures. "

you might not recognize/ the truth gets colored by
wrong things/ bad things do disguise...

Bruce Brown: "Is there really and 'Endless Summer'? Stick around for the second half of the Daniel Amos Radio Special and find out..."

Bruce Brown: "Your listening to the Daniel Amos Radio Special where we're highlighting songs from the band's new album Alarma. Although Alarma is not a concept album perse, some of the songs do have interrelating themes. As in the case of the song that opens side two, 'Through The Speakers".
Terry Taylor: "There's a relationship between 'Through The Speakers' and 'Big Time - Big Deal' and also 'My Room' and isolating ourselves just sort of sending our records out, you know. We can just stay in our studio and send out our little messages, you know. But, Christ equals the human touch and the ability to be with the people. And in concert you experience that sometimes you just feel that, you know you're just an image on the stage instead of being a part of that crowd. And that's something that you try and overcome at a concert, well it's the same thing you want to do in your records. Is not forgetting that those are human beings you're addressing out there and never forsake in your ministry touching and being with people and being an intrical part of their lives. I have a tendency not to like to do interviews because I feel you know, it's putting me in a place of like here's the guy that has the answers . And really I'm groping around like everybody else, Christian music is a baffling thing to me. It really is I - (ha ha ha) I just don't understand it but I do have an inkling of what God requires in my life, and I just want to be faithful to his calling."

you're speeding/ you're going running everywhere
can't tell you in person/ i'll tell you on the air...

Bruce Brown: "The literary style of Alarma's lyrics is largely due to Terry's respect and admiration for fantasy allegory authors such as C. S. Lewis."
Terry Taylor: " I love Lewis' Narnia Chronicles because there's not this blatant- it's not a blatant theological work. But he deals in myths and yet conveys in a very strong sense the Christian message and who Christ is. I cried reading Narnia Chronicles, I was touched deeply, I cheered when I read the Chronicles. In the subtlety was power, was an incredible power, and so I think I want to try and do the same thing lyrically."
Bruce Brown: "The first fruits of Terry's interest in this approach to writing appear in the Alarma album in the form of a short novel."
Terry Taylor: "Well it's actually the first three or four chapters of a continuing Chronicle that will appear in the next three albums that complete the Alarma Chronicles. And it's sort of a fantasy story much in the vain of C. S. Lewis and George McDonald and that sort of thing and it's a little story which really adds enlightenment to the total concept of the album."
Bruce Brown: "Ah, enlightenment to the total concept of the album, our chief reason for doing this special. Regarding the rather unusual graphics in and on the Alarma package Terry said..."
Terry Taylor: "It's not your average album cover as far as what you would pick up in your local Bible book store. We really took a lot of time to develope the concept and we really want the where package to convey what the music conveys. And I really hope that everyone who sees the album will take the time to find out what is the underlying message. "
Bruce Brown: "So you're really admonishing Christians in this album to bring their intellectual powers in to focus as well as just having a Spiritual experience."
Terry Taylor: "I believe that these are God given capacities, and it's a challenge to exercise the powers of the mind. When I get a record album I know that I like to open it up and have more than just the music that I listen to but I like to see the visual things as well and this is just going to give a lot to a person that they can really get totally involved in this album."
Bruce Brown: "If you look closely at the inside cover, everybody get their's out now and open up to the inside and you will see if you look hard enough that there is something that represents a good portion of the songs if not all the songs contained in the picture."
Terry Taylor: "It's sort of like treasure hunt."
Bruce Brown: "What is wrong with this picture?"
Terry Taylor: "What is wrong with this picture. What is wrong with this picture and what is right with this picture. And it's going to be a challenge for the person to really relate the different things that they see in the picture. Not only with the story that will be included with the album but relating the story, the picture, the outside cover, the inside cover - everything with the music itself and lyrical content. We just hope this makes it personal to those that likes to listen to music and there's an entertainment aspect involved but I believe it's a serious work and will cause people to begin to really listen to what the Lord has to say to the church today."
Bruce Brown: "'Hit Them' a song that illustrates the need for allowing God's Spirit to function in our relationships is based in part on an event which happened early in Terry's Christian experience involving his brother Randy."
Terry Taylor: "The very first time that I quote witnessed to someone which was my brother, I'd received the Lord and I was new in Christ and I just wanted to tell someone I was so excited and I went home and it was very late at night and my brother was asleep in bed and I threw open the door, turned on the light - in all this ruckus my brother woke up and he was looking at me and he was, you know been in deep sleep. And I started telling him at that time about Jesus, I really meant well but I think it just didn't really come off, you know. And he just reacted with 'Well, Terry you've finally gone over the hill.' and he laid back down and went back to sleep. Well the Lord gave Randy a dream in which we were walking together and my brother saw the Lord coming back and saw me rising up off the ground and going to be with the Lord and he remained there on the ground. And it was at a sort of evangelistic crusade in which through that dream the seed was planted in his heart, through the Holy Spirit. And there was a message that was just very pertinent to my brother's life and he gave his life to the Lord. And it was just an example of God intervening, you know. And sort of taking our little futile weak efforts."

i hit them too hard/ i hit them with the book
he had to take another look/ then i hit him with love...

Bruce Brown: "The history of Daniel Amos in a minute and fifty one seconds, when the Daniel Amos Radio Special returns..."

Bruce Brown: "We're back with Terry Taylor of Daniel Amos and more from the band's first Newpax release Alarma."
Bruce Brown: "This is a quantum leap from Shotgun Angel and perhaps a bit of a jump for a lot of people to follow you on, I wonder if you could give just a brief overview of Daniel Amos?"
Terry Taylor: "The evolvement of Daniel Amos from a county band to more of a rock band is something that has been a gradual thing for us, people come and see you at a concert and maybe they see you once a year and not even that sometimes. Four years ago they saw you sitting down in chairs, you know with acoustic guitars. And then another three years pass, we see the evolvement and it's not an overnight thing to us but to some people it's understandable that it seems as though this has been an overnight transition. Uh, we've had two albums out, the first one was just a plain old country album. Shotgun Angel was - you could begin to see the transitional thing that was happening there with a combination of country and rock and roll music. Then Horrendous Disc was in to more of a pop-ish sort of produced thing and Alarma now is just a real hard driving rock concept. So I think, you know there's been a progression in the albums and the same as far as the groups changes on stage. County music just could not accommodate the influx of ideas, and so we had to change the style in order to accommodate those ideas, and express them."
Bruce Brown: "Well there's been relatively very little change, you and Jerry and Marty at least have been together from the very beginning."
Terry Taylor: "From the very very beginning, so it's the same people involved. And yet, there are these musical changes and I think Spiritual changes reflected in the music, in the lyrics, in our own attitudes. So there's evolvement, there should be, I think there's something wrong if we just are an oldies band, you know just repeating past experiences and doing past music. We still incorporate some of the older songs but I'm excited about the new things God is doing in my life."
Bruce Brown: "On each of the past Daniel Amos projects there's been one little snippet of weirdness, on the first album there was 'Skeptic's Song' and 'Meal' on Shotgun Angel and some other things that you've done that have been sort of out in left field and now we come to 'Shedding The Mortal Coil' - (ha ha...)"
Terry Taylor: "(Ha ha ha) Well yeah I'll always have to have a bit of fun, you know. But not fun for funs sake I think one of the things we like to include on each album is just a little snippet of humor (of-huuumur). That was one of the things we picked up from Randy Stonehill of all people 'Shedding The Mortal Coil' in reference to the flesh."

it's falling off/ it's unraveling
it's come undone/ it's all over...

Bruce Brown: "On 'Endless Summer' you mention a topic that is a guess is a major past time for people who live in southern California, seeking perfect beauty, being seen in all the right places, doing all the right things, wearing the right label on your bottom, things like that..."
Terry Taylor: "Yeah, this songs an important one because what it's really saying is there is an 'Endless Summer' that exists and it's an eternal one and it's one that we will spend with Christ. but if we're looking for an eternal summer in - on this earthly plain it will be something that will elude us. We can fill ourselves up with days of laying around on the beach and surfing and partying and if were fortunate enough to be able to afford to do nothing but that. We would still sense emptiness inside, we would know that wasn't what we were really looking for that it was something else, cause the thing we were really looking for is peace with God."

surfer girls/ surfer boys
all those hoping to catch the ultimate wave...

Bruce Brown: "What's Rebel Base Productions? You'll find out when the Daniel Amos Radio Special returns..."

Bruce Brown: "This is the Daniel Amos Radio Special where we're reviewing the band's latest album Alarma. Our special guest is group spokesman Terry Taylor."
Bruce Brown: "There's a design on the back of the album cover that says Rebel Base Productions what exactly is Rebel Base is that the group or is there other people involved just besides the members of DA?"
Terry Taylor: "Really Rebel Base Productions which is a co-ownership between Daniel Amos and Tom Howard is a dream come true, and it's something that I've always wanted, I've always wanted to be involved with production. And so, with Alarma it was a group produced album along with Thom Roy, and the other members. And it is a wonderful thing because it does afford the opportunity for them also to use talents that they haven't used before. Ed being envoled in business so much he's handling the publishing end of things, Jerry I think has a gift for production and I think he'll be used in that area on down the line as Rebel Base develops. And uh, Marty is the keyboardist though he hasn't been used in the past on Daniel Amos albums, well on Alarma he plays all the keyboard parts, it uh, it just affords a lot of opportunities in every respect. To stretch ourselves and develope this thing into something that will last long after we decide it's time to quit going out on the road."
Bruce Brown: "If you've made it this far and have drawn more questions than conclusions from this special, then listen closely to Terry's thoughts on the next song 'Walls Of Doubt'."
Terry Taylor: "Here we're speaking words we're telling people you know, that Jesus is the answer. We can't make that real, the only thing that we can do, and that's the very thing that 'Walls Of Doubt' is saying that the Holy Spirit will make that real. And we're trusting if the person doesn't know Jesus and is listening to this that the Holy Spirit will begin to make Christ real in their hearts this very moment. And that's not to say that you shouldn't question because you should, it was only by questioning that I came to knowledge of who Christ is. And so be encouraged to ask the hard questions at the same time it doesn't mean that every question will be answered, but there are certain basics 'who am I?', 'where did I come from?', and 'where am I going?' and I think those can be answered. And uh, Christ is the answer for that and only the Holy Spirit can make that real."

there's that look in your eye/ i know what you're thinking
it's just like the sixties to me/ you paint it all black...

Bruce Brown: "As a final sort of post script you include the song 'Ghost Of The Heart'."
Terry Taylor: "Yeah it is - it is the p.s. of the album and it questions the whole reason for doing the album. Why did we set out to do it? Why did I write it? Was it to get out this album that everyone would say Daniel Amos is innovative, some will be saying that - some will be saying 'What's happened to Daniel Amos?' (Ha ha ha) 'Those guys are gone, you know.' It's not enough to just tell people the Gospel because we may have motives for that. Much of Christian music is for the buck , there's power of politics involved, I know we've experienced it. We know what it's all about and that's just gonna' burn right up. The treasure that will remain is a treasurethat is stored in heaven."

way back in my heart/ is the motive for this
i ask the question/ did i do it for self?...

Bruce Brown: "For those of you who's appetites have been wetted a brief word from Terry Taylor about the Alarma Chronicles Volume Two..."
Terry Taylor: "Doppleganger is the name of the next album, the ideas for that are still being formulated. And I think there will be more and more clarity as we go on, we've got four albums to embark on this - it's really a musical adventure for us. And we hope the listeners will come along on that adventure..."
Bruce Brown: "The Daniel Amos Radio Special was produced by Living Water Productions for the Benson Company, with production assistance from Whitefield Studios and our faithful typist Donna Kaywood. Daniel Amos correspondence should be addressed to D.A. Intergalactica P. O. Box 1051, Orange, California 92668.
For Living Water Productions I'm Bruce Brown."

Rod Serling: "You're now entering another dimension, a dimension not only of sound and mind, but of Spirit. All the traditional themes of Contemporary Christian Music are behind you, having been blown away by the Daniel Amos Radio Special."
Bruce Brown: "This is Bruce Brown inviting you to join us for a fascinating conversation with Daniel Amos spokesman Terry Taylor."
Terry Taylor: "A lot of people would rather see Christian music should be in the church, that's where it should be and it shouldn't go anywhere else. I think if we have a message for the world it's going to have to be preached in the world."
Bruce Brown: "In addition to talking with Terry, we'll be featuring selections from the innovative new Daniel Amos album Alarma."

alarma/ somebody's crying
alarma/ somebody's dying...

Bruce Brown: "The Daniel Amos Radio Special coming soon to this station..."