The Vigil (1999)

The Vigil, based on the Psalms, grants the listener an intimate and unusual look into Nevue's personal prayer life. While his piano music has always been spiritual in nature, The Vigil seems especially focused.

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Album Liner Notes by David Nevue...

The Vigil represents a collage of prayerful moments from my past. It is for me a worship album in the most intimate sense; a call to my Lord and an expression of my heart in earnest, my soul in despair, and my joy in grace. It is without a doubt my most personal work.

Conceptually, The Vigil takes place during one sleepless night. The album begins in the moments just before midnight an ends at daybreak the next morning.

This is my Vigil, my night of sleeplessness and song. Stay up and pray with me awhile.

12 am
I lie here,
endlessly awake,
watching the clock and
waiting for sleep.

My mind is restless,
My heart heavy with grief.
Sleep is nowhere near.

Outside my window
dark clouds gather.
A midnight rain
downs the fall leaves and
drowns the sounds of my sorrow.

Be merciful to me, O LORD, for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and my body with grief. (Psalm 31:9)

I rise from bed
and resign myself to
the long night ahead.
I find my shoes, grab my umbrella
and take my troubles out into the storm.

I stand alone, out
under the downpour,
and let the rain fall like stars into my eyes.
The cool, damp air refreshes me,
washes me clean.

Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. (Psalm 86:11)

I walk
past dark houses,
down roads never traveled during daylight.
I have no destination other than
time spent alone in prayer.

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit to sustain me. (Psalm 51:10-12)

My heart-cry fills the empty spaces
between night’s seasons
but the night returns no answers.

2 am
Back home,
I light a trio of candles.
The warm glow chases the
shadows to the four corners
of the room.

I sit down at the piano
and pour out my heart in G minor.
For an hour the world around me disappears.
There is only me, my instrument,
and the lonely flicker of candlelight.

I cried out to God to help; I cried out to God to hear me. When I was in distress, I sought the Lord; at night I stretched out untiring hands and my soul refused to be comforted. I remembered you, O God, and I groaned; I mused, and my spirit grew faint. You kept my eyes from closing; I was too troubled to speak. I remembered my songs in the night. My heart mused and my spirit inquired. (Psalm 77:1-6)

I spend the remaining hours
of the night searching the scriptures.
The Lord meets me here
in this dark hour.
He has my full attention.

4 am
My head grows heavy with
the song of sleep.
My thoughts drift between
prayer and nothingness.
My concentration wanes.

Lord, strengthen me.
Forgive my weakness.
My heart yearns only for you.

Give ear to my work, O LORD, consider my sighing. Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray. In the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation. (Psalm 5:1-3)

Morning approaches.
My Lord - my strength and shield
preserves me. I have met the darkness,
but not alone.

I love you, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold (Psalm 18:1-2)

My faith is strengthened.
There is surety.
I know who it is I serve.

To the faithful you show yourself faithful, to the blameless you show yourself blameless, to the pure you show yourself pure, but to the crooked you show yourself shrewd. You save the humble but bring low those whose eyes are haughty. You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light. (Psalm 18:25-28)

6 am Back outside
the rain has stopped,
the sky is clear.
Early morning twilight
brings new strength.
The darkness passes and I
wait for the glory of the coming sun.

Hope returns.

Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. (Psalm 25:4-5)

Album Reviews...

Industry Reviews...

"This is David Nevue's fourth solo piano album, and it is his most spiritual and personal work. I also think it is by far his best. The Vigil chronicles the passage of a sleepless night, starting at about midnight and ending with the following dawn. Although there is a restless turbulence in many of the songs, there is also a sense of introspection and of a coming peace. The pieces were inspired by events in Nevue's spiritual life, and are heavily influenced by The Psalms. Nevue calls The Vigil "a worship album in the most intimate sense; a call to my Lord and an expression of my heart in earnest, my soul in despair, and my joy in grace." With or without the religious context, the music is so heartfelt and sincere that not a note seems out of place. In listening to as many piano albums as I do, it is easy to lose track or which is which, but this one stands out in its grace and honesty. "Watching the Clock" is a favorite, and was an experiment in frequent time signature changes. This can result in real rhythmic chaos, but David succeeds in creating a sense of restlessness and slight unease with otherwise gently flowing broken chords. "A Midnight Rain" is a gorgeous musical depiction of a late-night rainstorm - cool and aloof, and yet compelling. "Psalm 77" is almost wrenching in its expression of one of the most mournful of the Psalms - a soul alone in the darkest of moments. "Lullaby" is much lighter, but is again just too beautiful for words; the gentle, rolling arpeggios are indeed an invitation to sleep in peace. From here, the pieces get lighter and more optimistic as daybreak approaches. This is an exceptionally fine solo piano album, and I highly recommend it!"

- Kathy Parsons, Solo Piano Publications

Customer Comments...

Hauntingly Beautiful!
Listening to this CD by David Nevue has really showed me what great instrumental music is all about. The Vigil is cunning in a way, with a pulse of its own. It has depth and coy eeriness. I believe this is David Nevue's best CD ever and would strongly recommend people to listen to this CD. Restless Piano melodies drives this breathtaking experience.

Could be used as Program Music for a film or movie!
"Watching the Clock" has a program music element suitable for independent film. Even though the music is Absolute Music, I tend to conjur many images. What a talent he has!

Wonderful CD
David Nevue brings the piano to life while putting the listener at ease. The tranquil strokes on the piano keys leave the audience wondering when it was they drifted to sleep due to the total relaxation this cd instills. A wonderful CD to buy for light mood music while company is over, praying or quiet times, or for simply listening to in order to relax.

Lyrical, Thematic, Evocative of Emotion, Life Affirming...
This was my first solo piano CD, and I love it. The writing is varied and accessible. It has dramatic peaks, and comfortable valleys. The emotion that went into this work is palpable and real, and you will feel it too. My favorite track is number 11 - it has an AMAZING surprise in the middle... Buy this CD. You won't regret it!

One of my favorites!
David Nevue's music is truly a gift. This beautiful song gives one a feeling of tranquility and relaxation. This is one of my favorites.

The Vigil is wondrously inspiring
The piano weaves it's soothing, relaxing keyboard melodies into my soul and gives me peace and comfort. The Vigil will easily become my night-time lullaby favorite.

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Do you ever just need to relax or unwind? The Vigil is the perfect Cd for you. I would also highly recommend it as a gift. I know we all need to relax at times and this CD fits the bill for doing so. I have at least nine of David's Cds and just found his website where I can get the other Cd's that are not listed on Amazon. I intend to own them all. My husband loves them as much as I do too.

The entire CD is fantastic! However, "The Vigil," the song is my all time favorite song!!! It is soooo beautitul it brings me to tears every time!!!!

Bought it for my wife for a Christmas gift and she loves, Loves, LOVES it! We listened to it and the pieces are tremendous and heartfelt. Excellent pieces of music to have and enjoy - much unique, and those that are not are very interesting interpretations of standards. Well done, and good to have.

Contemplative, calm, peaceful piano songs. Good for the mind, body, and spirit to "settle in" and mediate/pray and to "settle down" and rejuvenate.

I originally purchased The Vigil as a gift for my brother; however, curiosity got the better of me, so I just had to hear the CD for myself. Well, as it turned out, I liked it so much that I ended up buying one for myself. David Nevue's music has both a soothing and spiritual effect on the listener. If I had to name a "favorite track", I'd say #7 - "Chasing Shadows"; however, without hesitation, I can also say the entire album is a winner. "Once upon a time", I studied the piano, and after hearing The Vigil, it inspired me to want to start playing again. It's been a long time since I've felt this way. Music should be an "inspiration", and I give the artist full marks for the wonderful album he has put together here. So make "a wise decision"! Get yourself a copy of The Vigil today!

From the first notes of track #1 be prepared to be drawn in for an emotional rollercoaster unlike any other! I've been a long time fan of David's since I found him ...and probably will be until he stops making music altogether. I cannot recommend the current 3 albums enough that Amazon has listed and his 3 other albums previous to The Vigil (The Tower, While The Trees Sleep, The Last Waking Moment) and 1 more after Postcards From Germany (O Come Emmanuel; A Christmas Celebration)! Get them any way you can and prepare to wear out your CD player 'til the CDs can play no more! David, thank you for making your wonderful music available to amazon. Continue to bless the world (both Christian and non-Christian alike) for many, MANY more years! God Bless! :)

David Nevue's piano works on this CD are intensely spiritual and helped me to connect more deeply with my soul and life purpose. Thank you, David, for this incredible gift you are sharing with the listeners.

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