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There Is Room

By Jonathon Roberts John 14:1–4

"There Is Room" was composed by Jonathon Roberts as a tribute to the composer's piano teacher, integrating his favorite verse of John 14:1-4 with themes from the classical works they studied together.

This album is part of the Spark+Echo Band's video album In the Clocktower.

Words and Music
Jonathon Roberts
Jonathon Roberts, piano, voice; Emily Clare Zempel, clarinet
Recording and mixing
J Scott Hinkley
Michael Markham
Christopher Colbert
Clocktower Lofts, Bronx, New York


John 14:1–4

1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so , I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. 4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.

Jonathon Roberts

Jonathon Roberts

From the Artist

This song was written for Gustav Abrahamson, my piano teacher and most steady musical influence throughout childhood and high school. Just about any piano skills and good habits I’ve held on to through the years are thanks to Gus. The song quotes two of our favorite pieces we worked on together, Chopin’s “Raindrop” Prelude Op. 28, No. 15, and Grieg’s Nocturne Op. 54, No. 4. This spring, after hearing a Spark & Echo concert, Gus said something like, “You know Jonathon, my other star pupils have composed and dedicated major works to me over the years, for wind ensembles and so on…” He continued, “Just so you know, my favorite verse has always been ‘In my father’s house are many rooms…I am going there to prepare a place for you…I will come back to take you to be with me where I am…’ because of the promise to us.” That is quite a promise. Gus this song is for you; you taught me how to play the piano, and I’m forever grateful.


Jonathon Roberts is a composer and sound designer for games, film, theatre, and ensembles. His style grew out of classical and jazz training, and evolved through quality life adventures: touring the country in an RV with a one person theater piece on the Apostle Paul, living in Brooklyn with an improv music ensemble, performing in a downtown NYC absurdist comedy band, and a long stint writing music for the renowned slot machine company, High 5 Games. He has released four albums including the latest, Cities a song cycle personifying biblical cities. He created the popular podcast/web series ComposerDad Vs. Bible, in which ComposerDad accepts intense compositional challenges from a mysterious Bible while out with his kids. He frequently collaborates on music and theater projects with his wife, actor Emily Clare Zempel. They live in Beacon, NY, with their two boys and a tangled box of electrical cords.


Most Sparks for John
Emily Clare Zempel

Emily Clare Zempel


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