My Songs in the Night

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Aaron’s first solo album, is a collection of songs that have helped sustain him and his family through some of their darkest nights. From the loss of two babies, the murder of his sister, and his recent diagnoses with type one diabetes, these songs have brought strength, comfort, and hope to their lives.

When tragedy strikes, you can sink in the mire or find a solid place to stand. These songs help you realize that though your circumstances may seem hopeless, there is a Rock. There is a Comfort. There is a Hope. God is sovereign, and He is working in the darkness. His plans for you are great, and whether you are on the mountain top or in the deepest valley, God is still good, and you can still say, “It is well with my soul.” If you want help to higher ground, this album is for you!

Four of the tracts are accompanied by Aaron on the piano and six were orchestrated by his former student, (now good friend and colleague) Carter Elkins. In their first collaboration, Carter’s epic orchestrations join with Aaron’s uplifting vocals to create an inspiring musical experience.

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The Story of “My Songs In the Night”

1. In Times Like These – Words and Music by Ruth Caye Jones

 

2. Come Unto Me – Words and Music by Aaron W. Baker

Aaron wrote this song in 2008 after his sister had been murdered. He was in Ghana, West Africa, with Laura, Jonathan and a group of young people.

It was a hot and humid day as they travel from village to village gathering groups and sharing the gospel. On some of the longer stretches between towns the group would try to catch up on sleep. Aaron was having trouble sleeping, so he would hold the baby. As he quietly sat, looking out at the red, rugged landscape he began to miss his sister. At the same time he was also dreading the upcoming murder trial. He was hurting and tired and began to pray. As he talked to the Lord, he realized that the three things he needed most were comfort, rest and healing. He formulated the simple text in his mind and began to quietly sing it to Jonathan. “Come unto me, and I will give you comfort. Come unto me, and I will give you rest. Come unto me, and I will give you healing, Oh, Come unto me, and I your soul will bless.”

After he had sung the first verse the Lord spoke to Him. He said, “You want these things, but what you need is Me. I Am your Comfort, I Am your Rest. I Am your Healer. Aaron then gratefully sang the second verse. “Come unto me, and I will be your Comfort. Come unto me, and I will be your Rest. Come unto me, and I will be your Healer, Oh, Come unto me, and I your soul will bless.”

When he got back to the Joy of Peace Hotel that evening in Nsawam, he scribbled the words and music onto scrap paper.

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Aaron and Jonathan in a Ghanaian, mud hut, the day he wrote “Come Unto Me.”

3. God On the Mountain – Words and Music by Tracy Dartt

Two of Aaron’s greatest lifelong supporters of his music have been his grandparents James and Rose Bissell.

When Aaron was a little boy Rose had a stoke and became legally blind. Every time he would visit her in Arkansas, he would sing God On the Mountain. If he didn’t volunteer to do it, she would make sure he did. He always felt like it was a way that he could encourage her to trust God, even though she couldn’t see.

In 2010, James suffered a massive stroke. When Aaron made it to the hospital late that night he found his grandfather unable to move or talk. Seeing this strong man, who had been so active, in this condition, Aaron didn’t know what to say. Communicating the best way he knew, he held his grandfathers hand, and sang the words to this beloved song.

On November 21, 2014, James went home to be with the Lord. This song is dedicated to James “Paw Paw” and Rose “Nannie” Bissell.

 

4. In All Things God Works For Our Good – Lloyd Larson

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Jeremiah 29:11

 

5. God Leads Us Along – Words and Music by G.A. Young

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Aaron grew up hearing Grandma and Grandpa (David and Ola Baker) singing many songs, but one of his favorites was God Leads Us Along. As a small child, he heard them sing it so many times that he called it, “Grandpa and Grandma’s song.” One of his earliest memories is of asking his parents to play “Grandpa and Grandma’s Song” on a recording they had.

The day Aaron’s sister was killed he heard it sung and it took on a new and powerful meaning. When he heard the line, “some through great sorrows,” he realized that he was living the text. Though he was experiencing “great sorrows,” God was giving him a song, and He would lead Him through.

Grandma and Grandpa went home to be with the Lord in December of 2014, within two weeks of each other. This song is dedicated to their memory.

 

6. His Eye Is On the Sparrow – Words by Mrs. C.D. Martin/Music by Charles H. Gabriel

 

7. It Is Well With My Soul – Words by Horatio G. Spafford/Music by Philip P. Bliss

It was one of those REALLY bad days! Aaron and Laura had only been married for five months and were excited to be expecting their first child. It was February 21, and they were about to see their baby on the ultrasound for the first time. But the rejoicing ended as the doctor informed them that the baby had died. They were devastated to say the least. When they got to the car Laura was crying. Aaron didn’t know how to comfort her. All he could do was pray. All he could think to say was what Job had said when his children died. He bowed his head and said, “Lord, you gave, and Lord, you have taken away, but we bless your name.” When he started the vehicle, a CD began to play. The words they heard sung were, “When peace like a river attendeth my way, When sorrows like sea billows roll, Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say, It is well, it is well with my soul.”

Two years later when Aaron’s sister was murdered, this song ministered to their hearts again as they sang it with their church family only a few hours after finding out about her death.

 

8. God’s Been Good – Words and Music by Belinda Lee Smith and Sue C. Smith

“Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.” Psalm 73:1

The most difficult passage on this album was a line from God’s Been Good, “…though I’ve had my share of hard times, I wouldn’t change them if I could.” We usually want to change the bad things in our lives, but true peace comes when we accept the difficult things, and understand that in God’s abundant love and goodness, He gives us much more than we deserve.

 

9. I’m Amazed – Words and Music by Steve Amerson and Cary Schmidt

 

10. Lead Me Gently Home – Words and Music by Will L. Thompson

 

The Making of “My Songs in the Night”—Behind the Scenes:

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6 Responses to “My Songs in the Night”

  1. Son how can I ever express how blessed we are to have been blessed by having three wonderful children that love The Lord. My heart rejoices in your love for The Lord and your service to Him. I am so greatful that you chose to serve Him. I do pray as each day passes you grow in the Lord more and more. We are also very blessed to have such wonderful daughters in law and grandchildren. I pray this is just the beginning of such wonderful music! I love you very much. Your music is always such a blessing to me! I thank The Lord he has given you such talent and that you still find great comfort in the midst of these storms. Only The Lord can give us such peace!!

  2. I’ve known Aaron practically my whole life. My mom and I always found comfort in the Baker family when they sang, in good times and in bad. Aaron’s music has been such a blessing to me personally, especially in this past year when my mom died. I am so blessed to have a recording as an encouragement to me. It is absolutely wonderful! A must buy for sure!!!

  3. Aaron Baker: my friend.

  4. Aaron and Laura, it’s been ages since I met you (Aaron) and your sister at Sound Found. It’s been so long since I ran into Christa at the airport when she was (weeks?) away from getting married. And now and then news of your lives or ministry cross my path. My heart rejoiced as you found Laura, and cried in stunned grief when Christa died. This is the first I heard of the diabetes. Thank you for loving Christ and trusting His faithfulness. Thank the Lord for sending you songs in the night. You all encourage my heart!

  5. P.S. Are you still selling this album? I must be missing the link to listen to tracks or purchase…

  6. What a blessing! Thank you for keeping on keeping on even when times are tough! Miss your family! Praying for you!
    Someone mentioned not seeing the link.
    Here’s one:
    http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/aaronwbaker

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