Friday, July 24, 2009


Hey guys,

So I just wanted to take a moment and say a couple things.

1) I'm not dead (despite what the lack of updates might

2) I'm still really passionate about writing songs

3) I want to change this blog up a bit and make it a bit more inclusive

I think the first two are pretty self-explanatory, so what does the third one mean? It means that I think I'm going to start posting things other than just music here (i.e. what God's been teaching me, recent goings on in my life, etc.).

Honestly, part of the reason is that, with the kind of work I'm doing, I'm just not nearly as prolific writing music as I thought I'd be. After swinging a sledgehammer all day, when you sit down to play guitar your arms and hands are just dead-it's pretty sad lol.

I'll still post songs and videos whenever I feel like I have something to share, but to compensate for less of that sort of update I'll start including more things here. I figure you can worship God with more than song, so why limit a worship blog to just music? :)

So I'm leaving for Camp Ghetto Camp ( in about half an hour. We'll be spending all day tomorrow working around the camp-it's kinda like road rally with the Navs. Anyways, I'm really looking forward to it. Good times with some of the SOMA folk (the college group I'm going to here at home for those of you that don't know). I really feel like over the past year-ish God has been teaching me about work, specifically physical work and hard labor, so I'm going to be all ears this weekend.

Monday, July 13, 2009

With Everything

I heard this song for the first time at SOMA (college group) at Rocky Peak a week ago and I can't stop listening to it! This is seriously one of the most powerful songs I've heard in a long, long time. Check it:

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Not done yet, but...

So I'm not done with the song, but I thought I'd share anyways!

Here are the lyrics and chords so far

Verse 1:
G Am7 Em
Here I am again
G Am7 Em
I've fallen on my face
G Am7 Em C
And I don't know if I can stand
G Am7 Em
To pick myself back up
G Am7 Em
And march into the future
G Am7 Em C
If all I'll do is fall again
Am7 Em
But still you care for me
Am7 C
And beckon me to rise

And I am confident of this

G Am7
I know that He who began
Em C
A good work in me
Will be faithful
He'll be faithful
To complete it

And the chords are as follows



Em (it's actually closer to Em7 but whatever)

x3x033 or x32013 (I switch it up sometimes haha)

So yeah, there we go. As always, comments are appreciated!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Song Writing

I was just reading an interview with Tim Hughes (he wrote, among other songs, "Beautiful One" and "Light of the World"). When asked about what he'd pass on about songwriting, he said:

My favorite quote on song writing is by a guy called Andy Park. He says 'songs of devotion spring from a life of devotion.' I love that. If you want to grow in writing songs that will express the wonders of God, immerse yourself in God. Study His word, pursue Him daily. Only out of a relationship with God can you start to write songs that will glorify Him and bless His Church.

I love both the quote and the rest of what Tim Hughes had to say.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Where has this been all my life?

Just realized that the program I've been writing down my songs in (I'll usually just write down the lyrics, chords, and melody) does several awesome things:

1) it records audio and/or video
2) links the audio to the entry that you're currently writing in
3) puts the song into itunes on a playlist

This is going to make things SO much easier haha. And I'll have little bits and pieces of music that I'm working on on my ipod! awesome!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Chords/Lyrics-"Sing Praises (Psalm 47)"

I said I'd post the chords and lyrics, so here they are:

Sing Praises (Psalm 47)

Capo 4 (all chords relative to capo)

Intro: G/B G G/B G

Sing Praises
Em C G
Sing Praises to God

Sing Praises
Em C G
Sing Praises to our King

Em C G
For God is the King of all the earth

Em C
God rules over all the nations
God sits on His holy throne

p.s. So I tried as best as I could to get the chords to sit above where the transitions are supposed to be, but blogger is being silly and not spacing them in the post the same as I do before I publish it. So maybe i'll put up a word doc with them or something lol. But here's this for now.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Sing Praises (Psalm Forty-SEVEN)

So here's an actual song: enjoy! (and leave feedback if you have any)

Note: In the video I say that the lyrics are from Psalm 48...but it's actually from Psalm 47. I wasn't about to re-record the video just because I mixed up the reference ;)

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The Format? You mean like the band?

Unintentional Consequence of Writing Songs #6: Getting your own song(s) stuck in your head.

So I've figured out a bit more of the format that I'm gonna try to use when posting to this blog and thought I'd share to give you guys a heads up on what to expect. I think that I'll aim for one complete song per month. Now before you cry, "That's WAY too slow-i'll lose interest in a day at that pace!" (lol) let me assure you that I'll be updating much more than once per month. Some days i might put up lyrics to a song, other days I'll record what i've got so far. Maybe I'll post the inspiration behind or thoughts that resulted from a particular song. Anyways, the point is that it's gonna be eclectic :).

So here's my first few tidbits:

1) I'm pretty much done with a song that I'll put up by this weekend. That won't count for july-we'll just say it's the complete song for june.

2) I really want to write a song using Philippians 1:6-I know there's that older song based on it (heck, i was the one that played it at STP), but I kinda want one of my own. Maybe you and I could work on it together a bit, Danny? (I'm still writing it even if you're content just to watch/listen lol)

3) new guitar strings sound SOO good!

Alright, that's it for now. sayonara.