Menolan EP

by Joelle Doriani

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I wrote and recorded these 5 songs during my stay at Camp Men-O-Lan this summer.


released September 1, 2014

Thanks to the Men-O-Lan staff for encouraging me in music and in Christ.



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Joelle Doriani Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

Joelle is a jazz-influenced Electro Pop artist whose songs swing in subject matter from nervous lovers who just don’t have the courage to break the ice to alien life forms destroying the moon. Her composition skills and and love for all that is unique, quirky, and original give birth to musical concepts that are both interesting and accessible. ... more

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Track Name: You Have Searched Me
You have searched me, Lord
You know when I sit and rise,
You know what's on my mind from afar

You have searched me, Lord
You know my going out
You know my lying down; all my ways

Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens (you are there)
If I make my bed in the depths...

If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
If I settle on the side of the sea
Even there your hand will guide me, guide me

If I say the darkness will hide me
And light become nighttime around me
Darkness will not be too dark to Thee

You have searched me, Lord
Before words are on my tongue
Lord, you know every single one

You have searched me, Lord
You always hem me in
You lay your mighty hand upon me

You crafted my inmost being
You knit me in my mother's womb
I praise you for how you made me
Fearfully, wonderfully made

My frame was not hidden from you
When I was made in the secret place
When you wove me in the depths of the earth

Your eyes saw my unformed body
All my days were in your book
Before one of them had come to be

How precious to me are your thoughts, God,
How vast the sum of them
Were I to count, they'd outnumber the grains of sand

You have searched me, Lord
You have searched me, Lord
Track Name: Skipping Stones
Watching through your window
Curious eyes meet mine
I went to craft a little sign
It said, "Meet me by the pond at five"

Watched you skip a pebble
Skillfully 'cross the blue
"Let me try," I said, inspired
But I just couldn't get it right
Ya said, just do it for a while
We stayed until the morning

Living in this moment
Captivated by the earth
and recognizing our own worth
Growing up together,
seeing through each other's eyes,
knowing what we had would never die

You were ripped right from me
Woefully forced to leave
We promised we would reconvene
but that didn't really comfort me
I imagined years apart
Your absence traumatized my heart

My dear, can you hear me calling
In the trees I hear your name
Can it ever be the same
Now that we are older?
Grew up with you by my side
Are you waiting with arms open wide?

Saw a letter from you
Your handwriting caught my eye
I'm coming back, the note declared
I threw my arms up in the air
A sketch inside the envelope
showed us together, skipping stones
Track Name: Steadfast
My Heart
O God
Is steadfast
Is steadfast
I'll sing
and make music
with all my soul
with all my soul

Awake, harp and lyre,
I will awake the dawn
I'll praise you Lord
among the nations

Great is your love
It's higher
Than the heavens,
the heavens
Your faithfulness
It reaches
Up to the sky
Up to the sky

Be exalted Lord,
above the heavens
Glory of God
be over all the earth

Save us
and help us
with your right hand,
with your right hand
That those you love
Your people
May be delivered

God give us aid,
Conquer the enemy
Our attempts are vain
But with our Lord there's victory
Track Name: Here or Afar
After hours of talking with you
And thinking 'bout the things you do
I've realized this love is true
and I could spend my life with you

I'm feeling things I haven't felt,
they're deeper than "You make me melt"
(but you still make me melt...)
Are we friends or something more?
Surely someone I adore

I've never laughed so much
Or known a sweeter touch
You've got me stuck on you
Oh this is something new
Hangin' on every word you say
I wanna call you everyday
Smitten with who you are
I'll love you from here or afar

I don't know how to make any sense of this
I'm a friend to you but that's just it
Is there deeper love suppressed
That I'll hear you soon confess?

Oh I'm a soul with passion buried deep
And you're a man who sees me underneath
Have you sensed what I've inquired
Or my hesitant desire?

I've never laughed so much
Or known a sweeter touch
You've got me stuck on you
Oh this is something new
Hangin' on every word you say
I wanna call you everyday
Smitten with who you are
I'll love you from here or afar
I'll love you from here or afar