Monday, May 30, 2011

A Renewed Passion

For the past two years, I have had a burning desire to be creative.  That desire prompted me to start this blog.  I enjoy writing devotionals and writing about random thoughts that I find interesting.  For years I've wanted to write songs.  I've written a few.  One is a simple chorus called "Like A Dove".  My wife is the only person who has ever heard it.  Another, "He Holds the Key" came after a day of fasting and prayer.  I pushed it aside and it was lost in a desk drawer for three years.  When I found it, I threw it away.  I wrote one for Kim on Valentine's Day called "The One".  I sang it for a banquet at First Baptist Church in Nash, TX once.  I started one when we were adopting Ethan that I need to complete.  It is titled "Born of Our Hearts".  There is something about writing a song that causes one to bare their soul.  There is something very vulnerable about it and I suppose that is why I have kept my songs hidden.

This Christmas Kim gave me a book called The Craft of Christian Songwriting by Robert Sterling (published by Hal Leonard).  I have a chapter and half left to read.  What a great piece Mr. Sterling has written.  I can't listen to a song without analyzing the form, rhyme scheme, and use of devices like simile and metaphore.  Of course I have to give the play-by-play commentary of every song I hear on the radio.  "Listen, Kim", I exclaimed, "here is the bridge!"  Kim replied, "Can't you just listen to the song and enjoy it?"  I now find myself carrying a "hook book" with me in case a sermon has a little gem buried within its message.  I've even started practicing guitar again.  I think Kim is getting tired of hearing me practice "Forever and Ever Amen"!

I look forward to nurturing the creative seed within me.  I'm pretty raw right now.  The fun is in the journey and I'm looking forward to a new challenge.  My choir had better get ready because they will likely be my guinea pigs!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Our Latest Choir Promotion

One of our deacons challenged me to have a promotion to have me dress as Elvis for a Wednesday night choir rehearsal if we could reach 45 on any given Sunday. We came close on Easter with 43, but no cigar. I enjoyed working with Rick editing this video!