Mark Rapp on NPR

Mark Rapp on NPR

UPDATE: “Water Be Still” was featured on NPR. Listen to the interview here!

In October 2015, devastating flooding caused $12 billion in damages in South Carolina. It destroyed homes, businesses and took precious lives too early. It was a disaster which many are still recovering from. As an artist, I express and process feelings through music.

“Water Be Still” was composed the day after the torrential rainfall was easing and the news reports started pouring in revealing just how bad things were. The composition is meant to focus on the strength and love of the people of South Carolina and to all of those who came in to help. “Water Be Still” has a very brief intro that is dark and intense to represent the flooding, but it quickly turns to a song of hope and standing strong in the face of severe adversity.

The lyrics tell the tale of our shared emotions of dismay, of asking for help, finding your strength from within, through our friends and community, and coming back strong.

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Water Be Still


Water be still now please
Lord I’m not that strong
Water be still
Lord you got to help

Water be still now please
Lord I’ll carry on
Water be still
I will not give up

Water be still now please
I will rise above
Water be still
We are standing strong

Water be still now please
We are hand in hand
Water be still
We shall overcome
We shall overcome

MUSICIANS

Mark Rapp: trumpet
Amos Hoffman: guitar, oud
Glynis Martin: bass
Edwin Hamilton: drums, vocals

*SPECIAL NOTE*
This track was recorded during a very fast 1/2-day recording session as a rehearsal to prepare for an official recording and release. As life often gets in the way of plans, we have yet to make it back into the studio to make the official recording; however, I wanted share this rough cut, because the message is far more important than anything else. “We are hand in hand. We shall overcome.”

Recorded by: Jangly Records
Release date: 24 October 2015