The Big Picture is the third album by contemporary Christian music artist Michael W. Smith, released in 1986. The title comes from "Pursuit of the Dream," in which it is heard a few times, but also applies to the variety of themes for young people to learn about from the songs. That track instructs on pursuing goals, and other themes include the folly of escapism ("Lamu"), sexual abstinence before marriage ("Old Enough to Know"), and maintaining a positive self image ("You're Alright"). Track 9. "Tearing Down The Wall" opens with a reverse snippet of Amy Grant's "Emmanuel".

Track listingEdit

CD release[3]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Lamu"   Smith, Kirkpatrick, Amy Grant 5:55
2. "Wired for Sound"   6:00
3. "Old Enough to Know"   4:47
4. "Pursuit of the Dream"   5:11
5. "Rocketown"   4:32
6. "Voices"   5:50
7. "The Last Letter"   4:37
8. "Goin' Thru the Motions"   4:55
9. "Tearin' Down the Wall"   3:35
10. "You're Alright"   Smith, Kirkpatrick, Chris Rodriguez 4:36
11. "Coda" (Hidden track) Smith 0:41



  • Producers – Michael W. Smith and John Potoker
  • Executive producers – Michael Blanton, Dan Harrell and Brown Bannister
  • Production coordinator – Kimberly Smith
  • Engineering and mixing – John Potoker
  • Assistant engineers – Jim Goldberger, Tim Hattfield, Nick Delre, Tony Volante, Bob Vogt, JB, Bill Heath, Mike Clute, Clark Schleicher, Ken Criblez, Keith Odell, Ed Goodreau, Rob Feaster, Jeffrey Dovener and Spencer Chrislu
  • Recorded at The Power StationMedia SoundSigma Sound and Soundtrack (New York, NY); Bullet Recording and Emerald Sound (Nashville, TN); The Bennett House and The Castle (Franklin, TN); Blue Jay Recording (Carlisle, MA)
  • Mixed at Blue Jay Recording (Carlisle, MA)
  • Mastering – Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound (New York, NY)
  • ArtDIRECTION and design – Ken Hunter and Thomas Ryan
  • Photography – Beverly Ann Moore
  • Grooming – Jody Morlock and Julie Miller Overstreet
  • Child on album cover – Christopher Copeland