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So Long Self

Posted: April 27, 2016 in Faith, Music, Uncategorized
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I think I’ve shared the lyrics to this song before, but this is my song of the day. I’ve loved the lyrics to “So Long Self” by MercyMe from the first moment I heard it, but it seems to resonate particularly strongly with me today. (more…)

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How can we sing…

Posted: December 4, 2015 in Faith, Music
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I’m listening to Christmas music. Fitting, given the season. The song “Mary Did You Know” comes on. It’s being sung by a group whose members are not followers of Christ. I find myself asking how they can sing this song with such passion and seeming conviction and not be brought to their knees.

One reason I gave up acting was how much it took out of me. I was a method actor. Each part, each piece was exhausting. I essentially became the character. Parts of these characters continued to live on in me. It became increasingly difficult to play characters which were much divergent from my own personality and values. Either I was dry and unconvincing or their world views became part of my own for a time.

A similar thing occurs in music. Music affects me very deeply. God has used music more than any other thing to convict me of sin, call me to repentance, and encourage me in my faith. I have great trouble singing a song I cannot agree with. This is true even of my own music. Songs I wrote in my past, when I was younger and more foolish, I have a very difficult time playing even on my own in a “blast from the past” rehearsal.

I do not become upset when I hear faith oriented Christmas music sung by unbelievers. I don’t care of a functional atheist, Buddhist, Jew, secular humanist, etc. records a Christmas album and sings about the birth of Jesus. It’s simply that I don’t understand how they can remain unaltered by the message.

Supersitious

Posted: March 13, 2015 in Music

Today is Friday the 13th. Not that I care much. In fact I didn’t even realize it until the cashier said something about it. In honor of the day, however, I decided to post the lyrics to an unrecorded song titled “Superstitious” which I wrote two decades ago. (more…)

Capture Me Again

Posted: January 14, 2015 in Faith, Music

Song lyrics which have impacted me today.

Staring in silence, I see the page
But my heart is in another place
The music plays, the voices sing
Oh, but what does a song really mean?
It’s so sad but so true
It’s just another moment missed with You

Oh, capture me again
Revive what seems so dim
Restore whole first love’s fire
My heart’s desire

So ill equipped, the words of a prayer
But they dissolve into the thin air
I see the pain within her eyes
I give a smile as I quickly pass by
It’s so sad but so true
It’s just another moment missed with You

Oh, capture me again
Revive what seems so dim
Restore whole first love’s fire
My heart’s desire

I see the beauty of Your goodness
But I settle for something much less
Your gentle whisper, Your presence so sweet
Will I walk away or sit at Your feet?
Oh Jesus, please break through
I don’t wanna miss this moment with You

Oh, capture me again
Revive what seems so dim
Restore whole first love’s fire
My heart’s desire
Capture me again
Capture me again

“Capture Me Again” by Joel Engle

The Best Thing

Posted: November 11, 2014 in Music

Today’s song lyric post is dedicated to my awesome wife. She is (apart of salvation of course) the best thing that has ever happened to me. I love her and cherish her so much.

Following are the lyrics to “The Best Thing” by Reliant K off their 2007 “Five Score And Seven Years Ago” album. At the bottom (under the lyrics) is a link to the video on Vimeo.

It’s been a year
Filled with problems
But now you’re here
Almost as if to solve them
And I can’t live in a world without you now

All my life
I’ve been searching for you
How did I survive
In this world before you
Cause I don’t wanna live another day without you now

This is the best thing
The best thing that could be happening
And I think you would agree
The best thing is that it’s
Happening to you and me

All I’m gonna have
Is all that you can give me
And I’ll give right back
Everything I have in me
Cause nothing ever felt as right
As this does right now

I’ll go back to before we met
Try and erase the past
Try harder to forget cause
Nothing will ever be as good as here and now

Cause when I looked into your eyes
And you dared to stare right back
You should’ve said “Nice to meet you, I’m your other half”

And this is the best thing
The best thing that could be happening
And I think you would agree
The best thing is that it’s happening
This is the best thing (the best thing)
The best thing that could be happening (the best thing)
And I think you would agree (whoooaaa whooaa)
The best thing is that it’s
Happening to you and me

Always knew
I’d find someone
I never dreamt
It’d be like this
You’ve surpassed
All that I’ve hoped for (and ever wished)
And I’m tryin’
So hard
With all my heart and mind
To make your life
As good as you’ve made mine

This is the best thing (the best thing)
The best thing that could be happening (the best thing)
And I think you would agree (whooaaa)
The best thing is that it’s happening to you and me

The best thing is that it’s happening to you and me
The best thing is that it’s happening to you and me

(The best thing) The best thing that could be happening
(The best thing) I think you would agree
The best thing is that it’s happening to you and me

Watch the video of the song here: http://vimeo.com/6491327

Beautiful Lord

Posted: November 10, 2014 in Faith, Music

The following are the lyrics to the song “Beautiful Lord” by Leeland. These lyrics have impressed themselves upon me lately and brought me to place of worship and adoration of my God and Savior.

When the storm is raging all around me
You are the peace that calms
My troubled sea
And when the cares of this world
Darken my day
You are the light that shines
And shows me the way

Oh, the beauty of Your majesty
On the cross You showed Your love for me!

Beautiful Lord
Awesome and mighty
I’m captured by this love I see
Beautiful Lord
Tender and holy
Your mercy brings me to my knees
It’s Your mercy that has made me free
Beautiful Lord

When my sin is all that I can see
Your grace remains the shelter that I seek
And when my weakness is all I can give
Your gentle Spirit gives me strength again
And oh, the beauty of Your majesty
On the cross You showed Your love for me

And I am lifted by Your love to sing!
It’s Your mercy that has made me free!

You’re beautiful, my Lord
You’re beautiful, my Lord

Confusion: Relevant or Relative

Posted: November 8, 2014 in Faith, Life, Music

I’m confused by something. Over the last month I’ve several instances of Leonard Cohen’s song “Hallelujah” almost like a worship song. There are too many covers of the song, and even more versions of the song (oddly enough) than covers. At least one appears on godvine.com website. At the end of another rendition one can hear one of the vocalists saying “Thank you, Jesus” at the end … but the songs lyrics have nothing to do with Jesus … at all.

Now, I love the song, personally. I have several different covers of it in my iTunes playlists and most of them have five stars (oddly enough Cohen’s own version is not one them – one of those weird situations where someone else performs a writer’s song better than the writer himself, in my opinion). Nor am I opposed to Christians singing “secular” music. At least half of my own compositions have nothing to do with faith or Christ or church (and I’ll confess that a few would need an “explicit” label if they were ever produced).

Maybe I’m completely off base but it seems to me that the Christian sub-culture hears a soulful utterance of the word “Hallelujah” and goes bonkers, treating it as some sort of worship song. The song (which, again, I enjoy very much) seems to be a passionate, sensuous, almost sexual song about relationships, love, heartache, betrayal, etc. All the muck of life which makes for great art.

When I hear or see a cover of the song in which the anguish of the content can be heard in the voice and seen in the artist’s expression I am moved and appreciate the longing and pain of the moment. But when the vocal tone is worshipful and expressions rapturous as though the artists were leading a worship set in church, something in my gut twists.

I’m confused by this and I wonder if this is another example of the loss of biblical understanding, orthodoxy and truth in the Western church’s teaching and preaching.

To completely steal a line from one of my favorite films: “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”