September 2, 2013 in general

Song a Week #17 – “How Long?”

Hello there!! We’ve had a crazy summer — crazier than we expected — and in the midst of TONS of transition and travel and such, the songwriting sort of fell by the wayside.

It was good to take some time off, though, and recharge – the well was running a bit dry. It’s full again now! I’ve got four new songs ready for you, and several more in the works — I’ll attempt to get back on the Sunday night posting schedule that I originally intended.

The new song is posted below, but first, the story: I was wanting to try something different, and was inspired by the show “Nashville” and a couple of old-school Emmylou Harris songs — I really wanted to write a spiritual. I happened upon a website chock full of public domain hymns and spirituals from the 1800s, and the words to one of them jumped off the page.

I adapted the first verse from the original and then wrote a chorus and a couple of verses of my own. I’m excited about how it turned out — and can’t wait to record it in the studio.

Lyrics:

Why the clouds hang heavy and it looks like rain
Oh Savior, how long?
When the sun’s drawing water from every vein
Oh Jesus, how long?

Oh Lord, how long
Are the troubles I have seen
Oh Lord, cast your eye on me
Oh Lord, how long
Sweet mercy visit me

When my body is aching and my bones are worn
Oh Savior, how long?
I’ll remember the promise of my reward
Oh Jesus, how long?

On that day when I meet you on the golden shore
Oh Savior, how long?
When the time comes for knocking on Heaven’s door
Oh Jesus, how long?

May 4, 2013 in God, music, Song-a-week challenge, spirituality, Videos, Writing

Song a Week #16 – “Hallelujah”

April 30, 2013 in music, Song-a-week challenge, Videos, Writing

Song-a-Week #15 – “As Long As The Water Seeks The Moon”

April 10, 2013 in music, Song-a-week challenge, Videos, Writing

Song-a-Week #14 – “Caveman”

April 9, 2013 in God, music, Song-a-week challenge, spirituality, Videos, Writing

Song-a-Week #13 – “Let Us Return” (Hosea 6)

March 27, 2013 in music, Song-a-week challenge, Videos, Writing

Song-A-Week #12 – Hold On Love

Looping cello courtesy of MainStage – first time out of the gate with their livelooper. It’s clunky, but it worked (after 12,203 takes!)

March 18, 2013 in music, Song-a-week challenge, Videos, Writing

Song A Week – Week 11 – “Poison”

March 12, 2013 in music, Song-a-week challenge, Videos, Writing

Song A Week – Week 10 – “Little Wings”

This was one of those songs that took on a life of its own. I never set out to write a song like this, but the lyrics just happened, and as I wrote, I realized I was writing for the people in my life right now who are dealing with the heavy stuff of life. I see your posts on Facebook and hear your stories firsthand as you recount the pain you’re under – you, dear friends, who have lost loved ones this year…you who can’t seem to pull yourself out of the depression you’ve been under for too long…you, dear ones, who are facing the end of a marriage…you who are struggling with family drama that never ends…the sweet faces of the kids living with cancer that we get to work with every summer….without being overly dramatic, this song is meant as a word of encouragement. Your pain is not wasted. God sees you. You will get through this….you will fly again. Take heart.

Lyrics:

Little wings have you heard
The blue sky song of the birds
Soon you’ll sing with the jay
Feathers wide you’ll find your way

And fly away from here
And fly away from here

Paper wings are you torn
Fragile heart from the storm
Safe and light the wooded floor
Evergreen shelter warm
Make your home until the dawn
Till time and season give you song

And fly away from here
And fly away from here

Golden wings brave and wild
Face the blue undefiled
Darkest cloud or blackest night
Take the winds, make the climb

And fly away from here
And fly away from here

March 4, 2013 in music, Song-a-week challenge, Videos, Writing

Song A Week – Week 9 – “Sing Over Me”

This week completely got away from me. I ran around all week, and before I knew it, it was Friday, and I didn’t even have the seedling of a song. I wasn’t sure it would happen this week, but I managed to find an hour Friday afternoon to squeeze in a little time with my guitar.

David showed me a chord progression idea he had come up with in an alternate tuning, and so I messed around with it a little. Opened up my notebook and picked up a pen, and in five minutes, the lyrics were there. Then the melody. It literally took 10 minutes from start to finish to write this song! Crazy, right?

Then, this afternoon, when I started setting up to record it, I decided to experiment with a looping background vocal part, and it became one of those magical pieces that fit the song perfectly and took it to the next level.

Anyway, here it is – my “insta-song!”

I am seriously grateful for the power of the Sunday deadline and the accountability you guys provide – I’d never have written this if I didn’t have the pressure to keep my word and get something done this week! Thanks for listening, thanks for sharing it with your friends, and thanks for your encouragement! :)

February 26, 2013 in music, Song-a-week challenge, Videos, Writing

Song A Week – Weeks 7 & 8

Hey all!!!

A double post today to catch up – I’ve been sick with some sort of evil bug that wiped me out for two weeks and stole my voice (I sounded like Adele on crack – not a good combo), so while I wrote the songs on schedule, I missed my posting deadline.

Here are the two songs!

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