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  • SKU: 9780760128930
  • UPC: 083061052829
  • Title: Time
  • Qty Remaining Online: 2
  • Publisher: Essential Records
  • Release Date: Aug 24, 1999
  • Format: Album
  • Media: Compact Disc
  • Music Categories: Rock
  • Weight lbs: 0.22
  • Dimensions: 5.06" L x 5.54" W x 0.39" H
  • Features: Price on Product
  • Awards: 2000 Dove Awards (Winner - Rock Album)
  • Category: ROCK
  • Subject: Religious - Contemporary Christian


Third Day hangin' outRide along with the band on their 1999 Fall Tour. Mark Lee is keeping a journal and sending it to so you can read about how the guys are doing on tour.



August 24, 1999
Asheville, NC

People often ask us, "Do you guys get nervous before going onstage?" Normally I'd say, "who, Third Day, the touring machine that we are? NEVER!" but tonight I was probably as nervous as I've ever been. This was the first show of the two-week tour to promote the release of third record Time, and for all purposes, our first official show of the year. (We'd been in the studio, and other than a festival, or special event, haven't really done any concerts) Add to that the fact that half the songs we played were brand new, and that we've rearranged the places some us stand on stage, and I was basically terrified.

That said, I love the Carolinas! My fears went away after about two songs, and we had a lot of fun, both at the show and the in-store appearance afterwards. North and South Carolina played host to many Third Day shows in the early days, so we saw a lot of old friends and familiar faces. All in all, not a bad first day.


August 25, 1999
Columbia, SC

Legend has it that Columbia First Baptist Church was an early headquarters of the Confederacy, and Sherman especially wanted to burn the building down when he passed through this area on this reign of terror. When Sherman went through Columbia, he marched right up to the front steps of the church and said to an old man standing there: "Out of my way, mister! I intend to burn this place to the ground!" The old man looked right in Sherman' face and said, "Sir, you've made a mistake. Columbia First Baptist is right down the street there." Sherman followed the old man's directions- and unknowingly burnt down First Methodist instead.

Obviously, the audience tonight had better directions than ole' Sherman, because the place was packed out! And whereas last night was a good show, tonight was a great show! We had a long day because we had to get up very early to do a live radio interview, but we still had a great time tonight. Everybody seemed looser and more relaxed. Looks like this tour is gonna shape up to be a good one.


August 26, 1999
Jacksonville, FL

I've never heard God's voice audibly, but I truly believe that He speaks to us through events and other people He places in our lives. We definitely experienced that tonight through a girl named Sarah Stewart. Last fall, Sarah was involved in a serious car accident that took the life of her friend and nearly took Sarah's, leaving her in a coma for several days. When we passed through Jacksonville with the Newsboys last year, Sarah's friends and family invited us to visit Sarah in the hospital. Obviously, we expected a somber scene, and prepared to come in and cheer up Sarah's loved ones. Upon entering her room, however, we were overwhelmed with the spirit of love that was present. Sarah's family and several of her friends had rallied around her in support. We probably got more out of the experience then they did!

It had been almost a year since we last saw Sarah. Then tonight at our in-store appearance we asked if anybody had any questions for the band. Immediately a radiant young girl stood up and said, "Remember me?" It was Sarah! You couldn't tell from seeing her tonight that she had been through so much in the last year. I feel that God spoke to us through Sarah, and showed us that while concerts, albums and radio singles are good things, He has blessed us with friends, family and the precious gift of life, both now and eternal.


Third Day - Brad pulled out


Tell me a little about how and where Third Day started.

We're an Atlanta based band. Mac and Mark went to high school together and they were both in a band together. They really felt convicted to start writing music and playing music that was glorifying to God. At the time they didn't even know a Christian music industry existed, and they just started writing from their hearts. At the time Tai and David were in a band together and they had gone to school together. So one time Tai and David actually opened at a church for Third Day. They didn’t end up staying for the show, but their youth pastor stayed and later told them, hey this band needs some guys, you should think about joining them. I’m from the Midwest and I moved to Atlanta a few years ago. I met Third Day through a mutual friend and that’s how I fell into the picture.

How did you end up signing with a record label?.

The music industry has a little to do with that and God has a whole lot to do with it. Third Day was an established group in Atlanta and in Georgia. They sold more than 5,000 just on their indie release. So they were pretty well known, and God really did that. Third Day never made a call to get a gig or anything. God really opened the doors for us right from the beginning. We never sent a demo tape to music companies or anything, they really came after us.

Your second album didn't do quite as well as expected, any ideas why?

We had extremely high expectations for our second album. We were out to prove ourselves because we didn’t like being labeled as we were. But I think because of the aggressive sound of the album, the concept, it wasn’t quite what people, our fans, expected. I think they’re really strong songs but… The first album had really clear messages, but it was really spoon-fed Christianity. It was definitely the milk and the second album was really the meat. We wanted to challenge people’s faith, challenge them to find out why they believe what they believe.

So now tell me a little about the new album.

The new album Time is not an intentional step back, it's more of us finding out who we really are. We are all about writing music that feels good, music that breaths, music that is like driving with the top down and grooving. Spiritually it is a balance of both the first and the second album. We were definitely ready to make this album. We wrote more than 40 songs for it. There were so many good ones, we wanted to do a double album. The great thing is that we got to make this one the way we wanted to. We did it in Atlanta at Southern Tracks, the recording studio where many of our heroes recorded (Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, Black Crowes, etc.). And we recorded live, like so many of our heroes did, because that’s our thing, that’s what we do best. Usually when you record an album you record one part at a time, which is very sterile. This time we just did the whole thing at once. It was a blast, it couldn’t have been any funner.

Can you explain why you chose the title Time?

If you go through the lyrics, there’s an obvious theme of time, and even with some of the songs we wrote that aren’t on the album. And the meaning of the title is really two-fold, because we also feel that the time of Christs’s return is pretty soon, and its time for the church to take advantage of that. We have to not be reactive or defensive. We have to look at it as an opportunity to really challenge people through our actions and our lives.

What is your favorite song on the album?

That’s a hard one, because each day it’s different. Right now it’s “Can’t Take the Pain.” It is the epitome of a Southern rock ballad. It centers around Peter’s denial and about Him taking on the shame, and the pain on the cross. I just love the music on that song.

Did you get nervous for the street date of the new album?

It’s kind of funny, the day the album was releasing, I was almost caught off guard. I think we’re just wondering what people are going to think of it. We love the album, and we hope everyone loves it too. Right now we’re not even thinking about the mainstream popularity of the album. He taught us with the last album not to expect anything and be content with what we have. He has blessed us so much. It is such a blessing to serve with these guys and be able to do this. Music is a blessing in our lives and our friendships are a blessing.

Can you tell me a little about the personality of each member?

We really balance each other out, it’s great. The evangelist of the band is Mac. He’s the one who’s on stage, he’s the lyricist of the band. Tai is the business guy. His brain is moving at an unbelievable speed and his mouth can’t keep up. David and I share the same spiritual sensitivity. I’m kind of the prayer guy, the quiet guy. David balances us all out. He’s really the most laid back of anybody. If there’s ever an argument or disagreement, he’s all for you and he’s all for the other guy. We are all very different and we don’t come from the same background or go to the same church. We know that the most important thing is Christ and glorifying Him and loving each other.


Third Day
Third Day on a fence

"…not only one of the best Christian bands of the ‘90’s, but one of the best rock bands period."

~Billboard Magazine

It wasn't a conscious thing, they say, it was only obvious in retrospect. You finish recording a project, you get away form the studio, you live with the songs for a few weeks, and what's been swirling around in the undercurrents of your own hearts and minds – the very tensions, longings and exhalations that gave birth to the songs in the first place are suddenly laid bare and made visible. When they're finally all spread out on the table in front of you, you can at last take an objective look, determine the connections, and give them a name. For the members of Third Day, ruminating on the completion of their third record, their first for Essential Records, that name is Time.

"We just started writing songs with a notion of ‘whatever comes out, comes out’," says Mac Powell, Third Day’s sandpaper-and-grit vocalist. "But when we were done and we looked back, this diverse theme of ‘time’ just kept recurring. ‘Time’ in the sense that, as Christians, we hope the return of Christ is soon. But also ‘time’ in the sense that it’s time to be bold about our faith, to start living out the Christian walk, to be who we say we are. Scripture tells us to redeem the time, to make the most of every opportunity. In response we want to encourage Christians to begin to live like the Gospel is true."

Crafting a musical framework to undergird the urgent passion of their lyrics, Third Day intentionally gravitated toward a rootsier, looser, more "southern" feel for Time than was evidenced on their previous projects.

"On Time we finally found and capturedThird Day - Tai our sound," says Tai Anderson, the group’s bass player. "In the past we might have felt like we had something to prove, but this time we just wanted to be ourselves and make a great record. We recognize that growing up in the South has effected our musical style. What’s most natural for us is a very straightforward, what-you-see-is-what-you-get approach, as opposed to something with a lot of overdubs and productions tricks."

Opting to record in Atlanta at Southern Tracks studios (Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, Black Crowes), Third Day set up their amplifiers in a circle and recorded all of the instruments simultaneously in an effort to capture their dynamic live chemistry.

"Some of the coolest stuff we do is unplanned and off-the-cuff anyway," says Third Day drummer David Carr. "Recording the way we did opened up more space for those inspired moments to happen. Our producer, Monroe Jones (Chris Rice, Margaret Becker, Wes Cunningham), was instrumental in setting the tone. He wasn’t so much concerned with musical perfection as he was with capturing the mood of the songs and the spirit of what we were trying to do."

Blending elements of rock n’ roll, blues, country, rock-a-blilly, and gospel, Third Day sought with Time to further refine the personal, honest evocative, no frills sound that produced nine #1 singles, garnered three Dove Awards, a Grammy award nomination and career sales approaching 500,000 form their first two records.

Third Day - Mark"We’ve always just written songs from where we were as Christians in our relationship with God and with each other," observes Mark Lee, co-guitarist for Third Day along with Brad Avery. "Our first record was very blatantly about our faith but it was simple faith. Over the years we’ve grown spiritually and musically. On the second record we wanted Christians to dig beneath the surface of their faith and search for meaning. This record combines the best of both; it’s very up-front about our faith, but it’s not at all surfacey. There are lyrics that are obvious, and others you need to hear a few times and wrestle with."

Time’s melody-driven opening cut, "I’ve Always Loved You," serves as a good case-in-point. Acoustically framed and more musically subdued than typical Third Day fare, "I’ve Always Loved You" pulls listeners in with an air of tender urgency.

"It was with a measure of fear and trembling that we decided to kick the record off with that song," says Mac, "because it’s so laid back. The song is a love song from God to us. The Psalms tell us that God knew us while we were still in the womb. Romans says that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. We sometimes run from God, but God has always known and loved us, even in light of our sinfulness."

Third Day’s tendency to dwell on matters of faith and relationship with God has served to create an ever-present, underlying sense of worship in their songs that audiences have been quick to connect with.

"Worship has to come from the heart and be sincere," says David, "so we’ve been really wary about jumping on a ‘worship music’ bandwagon. On the other hand; especially in our live shows, it’s a big part of what we do and we want to make it even more so. Some of our songs we never thought of in a worship context until we began performing them live and saw people raising their hands and worshiping. It surprises us and makes us realize that what we do is sometimes more worshipful than we know."

Third Day - MacOne of the standout tracks on Time, "Your Love, Oh Lord," falls unapologetically into the worship vein. "Lyrically it’s a praise song straight from the Psalms," says Mac, "but musically it’s very different. It uses loops, two drum sets and unusual guitar tones to create a rhythmic, ethereal, universal world-beat feel."

Several of the more aggressive, forward-leaning tracks on Timesuch as "Took My Place," a song about Christ’s unfathomable sacrifice on the cross, and "Never Bow Down" ("a hard edged, line-in-the-sand proclamation"), draw from more familiar Third Day sounds musically. "Never Bow Down," while based on events in the Book of Daniel, has specific meaning for the band in light of more current events.

"It’s not something I’ve talked a lot about," says Mac, "but God has been dealing with my heart in a secret way about the persecution of the saints around the world. Here in the West persecution usually just means being ridiculed, but there are believers all over the world who face torture, imprisonment, loss of property, and even death because of their refusal to turn from Christ. "Never Bow Down" is a song that we’ve dedicated to them."

The record’s musical center emerges most clearly in the tune "Don’t Say Goodbye." Rootsy, spacious and minimalistic, this song of encouragement and challenge captures in a four-and-a-half minute span the collective personality and current sensibilities of Third Day’s respective members.

"Even up to the day we mixed this song I was terrified," says Mark, "because I didn’t think we had recorded enough tracks to pull it off. That turned out to be the beauty of it though. You hear every little part and texture coming in at just the right time. It hit the bullseye of the hybrid we wanted to create between a stripped-down southern, and a mid-American rock sound. It also hit the bullseye lyrically, because one of our goals as a band has always been to challenge Christians to dig deeper and to know what they believe and why they believe it. That’s still something we’re about."

About The Songs

The Bible says, "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you." God has known us even before the creation of time. And despite our sin and knowing all the things we were (and are still) going to do against Him, He still loved us enough to give His life away for us. He has always known and loved us.


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