Linnea Good

Linnea Good

 Summerland, British Columbia, CAN
BandChristianAdult Contemporary

Linnea's music of faith is in a folk vein - a contemporary beat with thoughtful, heartfelt and spiritual themes. She, drummer-spouse David Jonsson and bassist Bruce Harding form Linnea Good and Good Company, touring much of the year as a trio. Their last album earned them 3 major Canadian awards.

Biography

Linnea Good - Her Story
Linnea Good is standing on the deck of her Summerland home, gazing at the field of sheep below the yard and the mountains of Naramata on the far side of Lake Okanagan. Life in the small town is not new to her, but for this Christian singer-songwriter, the valley has become a place of balance against the fast pace of life on the road. Married to percussionist David Jonsson, Linnea has 3 children (Patrick born '97, Nicole '98 and Isaac 02), a tour itinerary that carries the whole family and music team to all corner of their country, much of the year, ten albums and following of much devoted fans in most every English-speaking community in Canada, into the US, Australia and New Zealand. The singer-songwriter has come a long way from her Maritime roots. Born in Boston, she was raised in Fredricton, NB, on Canada's east coast, the oldest of 5 children born to Patricia and Frank Good. Music was a big part of our home life; Linnea's father is an infamous local singer. "We were put to bed on Gilbert and Sullivan choruses." she says. "Mom could never figure out why we weren't able to sleep after lullaby time with Dad!" At 12, Linnea was invited to sing in the local Anglican cathedral choir and her future in music was sealed. "I just walked into the church and joined the choir at an age when other kids were leaving the church!" she laughs. A move to Vancouver on the west coast and a new community helped her clarify what she was suppose to be doing with her life. She began work in a local United Church, leading youth and music. "I did not set out to become a musician," she says of that time. "I had considered - and rejected - it actually. I had really "important" things that I thought I was suppose to be doing and for awhile there, music just seemed less than serious." However, music got serious when she was asked to make a collection of herself singing and found that it sold. "It was a cassette of the first 10 songs I had ever written since high school. The artwork was illegible, the production was what you might call shoestring, and the songs were breathless! But people loved it. It started my career definitely." While based at a downtown Vancouver church, she saw her music make it's way all over Canada and into the US and in the Southern Hemisphere. With sales towards 35,000 units, her albums are considered platinum in church circles. Her hymns are included in numerous denominational hymnbooks and song resources. Because of her ecumenical appeal, indeed, she has been called the "contemporary musical voice of the emerging church of Canada". David Jonsson came into her life when she was seeking a drummer for album #5 - just as her previous marriage was ending. They were married in 2001 - a partnership that equally shares the responsibilities of home, family and road touring. "It is a soul-lock" she says. A move to the small town of Summerland BC late in 2000, gave the Jonsson-Goods some of the space that they needed to enjoy family life and launch more solidly into the music world. At a neighbouring Westbank United Church, Linnea found herself animating, composing, conducting and reflecting on the Christian tradition in a new and profound way. The congregation supported her outreach ministry of musical touring - even when she and family and team went on a 6 week tour of Australia and New Zealand in 2004. Linnea inaugurated her popular music e-subscription group Psalm-body's Prayin', to enable music leaders to have immediate access to choral, hymn and service music. The universes of church and children's music converged with her album "Swimmin Like a Bird" in 2004. The CD garnered three major Canadian award nominations for outstanding Children's Album at the (national) Shai Faith Music Awards, Western Canada Music Awards and the Canadian Independent Artists (Indie) Awards. The awards were a further affirmation as her status of one of Canada's most significant children's performer of faith music. The last couple of years have seen an astonishing output of original material from Linnea Good, as well as focus on educating the church on how to express it's collective soul in song. Linnea collaborated with well-known clinical psychologist-author Dr. Nancy Reeves on a book for 6 -10 year olds on the ways in which God speaks with children - Adventures of the God Detectives (publ Woodlake Books, fall 2006). The year 2006 is also the one in which Linnea and Good Company team embarked on their largest tour to date - a full circle of the United States from September through December. In that journey Linnea, David and their 3 children balanced professional touring with visiting and family adventuring. In their 106 days of touring they travelled a distance of 28,598 kms (or 17,771 miles); they gave 27 concerts, led in 22 worships, facilitated 9 workshops - connecting with 10 denominations. "David and I look back on this tour and laugh. Through the whole time not one

Lyrics

Rain on Snow

Written By: Linnea Good

There sits an eagle's nest above in these branches
Now that it's winter, all is bare, you can see
The branches wheel about and dance in the wind's edge
It makes you wonder how secure it can really be
Yesterday it was cold and not like here;
The snow was shouting and our breath hung in stars
And now this eagle nest above in these branches,
Upon this bare tree.

Rain on snow
Rain on snow
Rain on snow

I tried to tell you once but you wouldn't listen
Or maybe someone was trying to tell me
Guilt is a load, I often move its position,
I changed the subject and you bought an SUV
So, maybe those who denied there was a problem
And made a living saying just what we'd hear
And fill the blanks in on this Quiz for the Planet
And add their pensions' share in
Rain on snow...

There sits an eagle's nest above in these branches
The rain has tapered and the wind takes its place
The branches wheel about and dance in the wind's edge
And yet the nest above it seems to be braced.
O God please tell me the wisdom of creation
Can rise above this gasping mess we have made
At winter's edge, I'll be the eagle returning
Upon the wings of grace

Rain on snow
Rain on snow
Rain on snow
Rain on snow

It Would've Been Enough

Written By: Linnea Good

It would've been enough to eat a peach from a tree
To hear the small, sweet voice of the chickadee
A cat sand-bathing on a front walkway

It would've been enough to shovel sidewalk snow
To hear the sorrow rise under a violin bow
A wood fire burning in a twilight glow
It would've been enough.

It would've been enough to drink fresh water
It would've been enough to have one friend
It would've been enough to smell fresh baking
Just to be
Just to be
Just to be....

It would've been enough, old jeans to wear
To have a cup to tea waiting by a comfy chair
The dawn's first murmur and the evening's prayer
It would've been enough.

It would've been enough to drink tap water
It would've been enough to have one friend
It would've been enough to hear folks laughing
Just to be
Just to be
Just to be

It would've been enough. And this is true
That still my life burst open when it gave me you
And if I could sing thank-you till the day was through
It could never be enough.

And I'll be singing thank-you till the day is new
'Cause it would've been
Enough

Discography

Since: A Word to Begin With - 1988 Linnea has produced 9 more albums, There is a Time - 1990, Stickpeople - 1992, Sometimes Christmas - 1994, Sunday Session - 1996, I Know You - 1996, Greatest of These - 1998, Crazy Faith - 1999, Swimmin Like a Bird - 2003 and Momentary Saints - 2008

Set List

For Adult/All Ages, set list:

Stand on the Rock (PS 95) LGood
Who Am I? unknown
Cast Your Net on the Other Side LGood
Three Tenors LGood
It Would Have Been Enough LGood
Blessed Are Those Lgood
Don't Let Your Father Go Alone to the Dump LGood
Let the Children Come to Me LGood
Rain on Snow LGood
It's a Wonder LGood
Rivers of Memory LGood
Patience LGood
I am Becoming Peace LGood
Closing Medley: Old tyme Gospel Medley Come O Fount PD, What a Friend we Have in Jesus PD, Leaning on the Everlasting Arms Showalter, Guide Me O PD adapt LGood, I'll Fly Away A.Brumley
Encore:
All Through the Night, Living in the Light, How Then Shall I Live LGood, Lucky Me LGood, Greatest of These LGood, I am Amazing approx 2 hours with a 15 minute break in between.

For Children's Concerts:

Yo Yo Yo Yo You (Len Udow), Leader Don't Allow PD adapted by LGood, Howdja DO That LGood, Man with the 28 Names, LGood, Ten in the Bed PD adapt LGood, Ol Joe Clarke PD, Blanche the Skipper LGood DJonss