The summer of 2009, I worked and lived with Hispanic migrants on a blueberry farm. Most of them had very nice vehicles, but none had homes.
In August, they moved down to the Carolinas, and I moved back to Hudsonville. I had a handful of new songs about the Christian idea of home, so I invited my parents and a bunch of friends to make a record. We shared food and made music for two days.
Music and meals help me understand life. They make me aware of time as a gift instead of a constraint.
But gatherings like these, though they seem to be the concentrate of human living, do not last. Most of the friends on this album have moved away for grad school or work or some other thing.
In a sense, maybe everyone can identify with migrant workers. People don't settle down; we move. Or if we do settle down, we age, which is an unsettling movement toward death.
So I like the book of Revelation, because it describes heaven as a great homecoming of feast and song. If Jesus unites our gatherings before death, the resurrection will be our first gathering with no foreboding of separation.
Until then, we are homesick.
Matt Elmore, February 2011
released April 1, 2011
Homemade by Matt Elmore, Andy Ferris, Sean and Leanne Harrell, John and Pam Elmore, Teri Quinn, Liz DuPont, Kris Rolls, Austin Porritt, and Zach Vinsen