I may have settled on the next set of songs to bundle and record as a collection …

Though the image below is actually of a Sunday evening sunset, it has brought to mind the brilliance and tempered power of a morning horizon. Glory and Resplendence and Increments.

at dusk
glorious glory

the brilliant quill
apple glow
sin & sovereignty
bright & morning star
the epilogue

The sun does not just pop up all at once . . . its glory is enhanced by the suspense and self-assuredness of taking its time. Confident and controlled.

What I hope to capture in this next collection of songs is something of the sunrise emerging . . . the destructive potential of a blazing rock that expresses its power through beauty and soft strength instead.

this time, I want to enjoy
{and document} the process, however messy it may be. I want to serve the Lord with gladness for the abundance of all things

. . .

I’ve been re-reading portions of Jeremy Riddle’s book, The Reset, and thinking about how much I have appreciated “songs of heartfelt simplicity” over the years . . . those that I’ve come across from other artists and worshippers, and those that I’ve written.

As much as I am personally inclined to simplicity, the bridge-less and concise songs I have written in batches of the same or similar chord-progressions have sometimes been a source of frustration and insecurity for me. In some instances, there probably is room for further lyrical or melodic development, but beyond that, it’s typically been a comparative insecurity of not measuring up to a more dynamic musicality. Ironically, the feedback that I recently received at a songwriter’s guild was that my alto was angelic and my setlist had a refreshing versatility.

The world needs what God put inside of me, and I am increasingly stoked and honored to cultivate it.

So Jesus said to them, “The light is among you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.”

John 12:35 & 36


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