The Death of the Stickman was Jay's first commercially produced
recording now available for the first time in MP3 digital format. It was
released in 1982 as an LP , (those were the big, round, black plastic things),
and soon after as a cassette tape. These ten performance songs preceded
the days when he had begun to write congregational music and were even
earlier than the formation of The Jay Beech Band. Studio musicians included
a number of people who were working with prominent contemporary
Christian artists. The rock, folk, and jazz styles of these tunes reflect the
music of the time and some of Jay's early influences.
*NOTE - Full album download includes digital images of the front and back cover
artwork plus insert.
This song is Jay's early critique of decision-based theology in which
he emphasizes the primary importance of the actions of God in our
salvation, especially the cross of Christ.