Walk in the Light
Other Side of the Window - the stories behind the songs
Other Side of the Window is about my journey of hope, healing and restoration. In April of 2013, I was officially diagnosed with C-PTSD. I had lived with this for years but did not know what was “wrong” with me. As I sat in my first therapist's office, he asked me what I wanted my life to look like. I glanced out his window. There were kids playing on the grass under a tree. I said, "That. I want that...what I see on the other side of the window — laughing, playing, living and loving life."
I am happy to say that I am now on the other side of the window. Each step continues to bring something new. I have learned to trust the process. I pray that this music speaks to your heart and soul. May you find encouragement and feel the light and love with which every note, word and thought has been created.
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All songs written by Deb McGregor (BMI Deborah McGregor Pfleger), except for public domain songs Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee, O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus, I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say, and On the Loose, which was written by the Girl Scout Camp Counselor "Lefty" in 1969 at Glen Spey. Deb's son, Ryan Pfleger, was a cowriter on Restoration.
Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
"The JOY of the Lord fills my heart and soul"
Other Side of the Window
"Freedom is there,
on the other side of the window"
When I started therapy I felt like my life was falling apart. I was sitting in the therapist’s office and he asked me what I wanted in my life. I glanced out his window where I saw kids playing on the grass under a tree. I said-that-I want that-what I see on the other side of the window-laughing, playing, living and loving life. Day after day, week after week, I strived for what I saw that day on the other side of the window. It took work-hard work. There have been obstacles and struggles. There were so many people who took my hand, supported me, encouraged me and believed in me. Now I realize…I have made it to the other side of the window.
"Our lives are but a reflection of life's journey.
What do you see reflected in your journey?"
I sat down at the piano one day and this song was in my head. Literally-the whole thing. It was if the Holy Spirit went whish through my body and came out of my fingers. I started playing it at church services, funerals, weddings-anywhere because people requested it all the time. It is actually the reason this CD started coming to fruition because so many people wanted me to record this song. It went through several name changes and landed with “Reflection” because it feels like when I play it I am reflecting God’s presence and His love being reflected in me. As you listen, you will hear reflection and as you close your eyes, you may visualize reflection. I like to think of this song as God reflecting His unconditional love for us in music.
Do Dogs Go to Heaven
"I hope dogs go to heaven,
'cause I miss them here"
One of the things I often hear kids talk about is whether or not dogs go to heaven. I know they do. When our family dog Aspen was living, he was awesome. The kids on the block loved him. He could chase a tennis ball like no other Golden Retriever I’d ever seen. When he died our entire family went into mourning. We wept and grieved for our family member. My family has had new dogs enter our lives and we love them all. The song is really based on living with Aspen but is dedicated to all dogs. I LOVE dogs and I am confident that when I go to Heaven one day, the dogs will be wagging their tails, tennis ball in mouth and then the going around in circles with excitement will start. Yes, dogs go to Heaven but I miss several of them here.
"To be restored,fully restored, by the gift of God's grace and mercy,
is one of the most incredible things on this Earth"
One day my son sat down at the piano and started playing a few notes in a sequence. I jumped up and went to the piano. I told him it was good and to keep going. He said that was all he heard. I asked him if I could finish the song. He told me to go for it. The more the notes and movements came together, I felt as if it represented the restoration of my heart and soul. There were moments when it was slow and deeper and then light and fast and yet each component held so much feeling and power. The more I played it, each part of the music felt like it built on and restored the previous part. This was my journey—different parts, different movements, different depths and each part building on the next. It is hope and healing of my heart and soul. It is my restoration.
On the Loose
"I've only got a moment and a whole world yet to see,
I'll be looking for tomorrow on the loose"
This is not my original song but the story is important to tell and acknowledge. First of all, I have credited “Lefty”, a camp counselor who wrote this in 1969. After an extensive search using resources from the Girl Scout office, we were not able to track down the “official” person who should be receiving credit. This song has been sung at MANY campfires across the world. I was introduced to the song at a campfire during one of my Girl Scout adventures. Pat Phelps and I would often harmonize with each other as she played her guitar on our Missouri River canoeing adventure trips. It was sung around campfires at Camp Scoutana or on the ocean beach when I biked 515 miles down Highway 1 in California. MILLIONS have sung this song. I had to put it on the album. It had so much meaning for me growing up and in many ways, more meaning today. I want to live life out ON THE LOOSE. I want to explore. I want to travel. There are so many people to meet and so many people to see. Will I meet you out on the loose?
Sing A Song of Praise
"I will sing a song of praise for You,
You are my God,
You are my Savior,
I will give You praise"
One of the things I have always enjoyed is praising the Lord. This instrumental version of the song is all about praising the Lord-giving Him thanks and acknowledging Him in all that I do. There have been moments where I felt down. I felt alone and yet, I always tried to find at least one thing to Praise GOD for because He likes our praise. When I am in Kenya, our praise and worship time goes at least a good 30–40 minutes before we even start sharing the message. It sets the tone. It opens our heart. The Lord’s presence is felt. It is an honor and privilege to sing a song of praise to the Lord.
O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus
"To experience the profound and unconditional love of Jesus,
is beautiful and extraordinary"
You Can Count On Me
"Even in your darkest hour I will bring you peace,
You can count on Me"
This song came out of one of my “darkest hours”. I didn’t know whom I could trust or where I could turn and yet, I felt the presence of the Lord around me and at one point He whispered to me, you can count on me. I knew He would be with me no matter what. I later realized that He also counts on me to do His will and be obedient to His call on my life. As much as I can count on Him, He can count on me.
I heard the Voice of Jesus Say
"He speaks to me,
I hear His voice,
He leads me to fulfillment and joy"
The CD " Other Side of the Window," was produced by Deb McGregor and Lance Benson. Engineered and recorded by Troy Foss with assistance from Ben Aube at Supple Studios, Bemidji, MN; St. Philips Church, Bemidji, MN; and Millrose Music, New York. Mixed by Troy Foss and Lance Benson at Supple Studios, Bemidji, MN. Mastered at Sage Audio in Nashville, TN. Duplication by Disc Makers. Photography by Trish Barthorpe, Photography by Trish. Album artwork by Samantha Nienow, Red Zest Design. Hair and makeup by Stacy Pittman, independent stylist.