Although I am not an overly religious man, anyone who knows me will tell you that my faith is a big part of who I am.  In many ways it is the foundation upon which my life is built or perhaps better yet... the glasses that I choose to see the world through.

I think we all have our own "world view". Our own set of beliefs that help us make sense of why we are here? What our purpose or calling is?

There are many that would argue that this "faith" of mine is blind and that I am a fool who follows aimlessly without question...

But that really isn't the case... In fact, this song is exactly that - it is a question. It is me asking not only "Is there anybody out there?" -but more importantly "Do You care"

There is a neat quote out there that says basically "...in moments of weakness an Atheist will struggle with the notion of belief and a Believer will doubt."

I'm not really sure that it makes us "weak" to question... I think it simply makes us human.

So here's the situation. I do question. I do have my moments of doubt... that moment where like the psalmist David I raise my voice and cry out to the sky and beg...  "Hey are You really there... are You listening?"

What I find in those moments - when I doubt, when I question, when I shout - what I find is that if I listen, there is eventually an answer.  Yah... it may take a while for me to hear it, but it does eventually come.

And what is the answer? 

It is this... "Yes.. I'm here. Yes.. I care."

... and it is in that answer that I take comfort and refuge.

To quote a great U2 song (based on Psalms 40) "I waited patiently on the Lord - He inclined and heard my cry. He brought me up out of the miry pit... out of the miry clay - and I will sing, sing a new song... I will sing... sing a new song"

To question is not weakness. It's simply being human.

Is there anybody listening? My experience is - YES!

NOTE: With this song I finally got to do something that I have been longing to do musically for a really long time. I got to sit down and write a "rock symphony". Sure, it's only for a slight moment that it appears near the end of the tune... but man was this ever fun to write and lay down. Again, great string players with both Christine and Andrea.


IS THERE ANYBODY LISTENING?

Words & Music by Michael Bannerman

Hope where have you gone?

Tell me, where you every really here at all?

'Cause right now I'm finding it hard to remember Your face.

It's not that I'm afraid to be alone.

It's just that I'm alone and I'm afraid...

And I sure could use a friend.

Time - Why do You hide from me?

Did I always think You'd bring me more?

'Cause right now whatever You've got...

It's not enough

It's not that I would want for You to go

It's just that I want You to stand still

For a little while

IS ANYBODY OUT THERE?

COULD YOU LET ME KNOW YOU'RE LISTENING?

IF THERE'S ANYBODY OUT THERE

WOULD YOU LET ME KNOW YOU HEAR ME SCREAM?

CAUSE I NEED TO KNOW YOU'RE THERE

BUT EVEN MORE THAN THAT, I NEED TO KNOW

YOU CARE

Love - What have I done to You?

Was it something that I said?

'Cause right now you're breaking my heart and you're crushing my soul.

It's not that I'm too man enough to cry

It's just that I cry because I'm a man

That's all I am

(Chorus)

Hope - Where have You gone?