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Father God (Song & Story)

by on Dec.03, 2010, under Life, Music

The day Robbie Seay and I sat down at his church(Ecclesia) in Houston to write this song, he was dealing with a situation which involved some friends of his, an orphan from Haiti, the press, and a Congressman’s private plane. (much more important than our song)  In short, a family from Ecclesia adopted a boy named Ronel from Haiti and was trying to get him home.  Ronel and his new father, who traveled to Port Au Prince to pick him up, were held back because of “red tape” on the U.S. side.  If I remember correctly, they had to sleep on the floor of Haiti’s U.S. Embassy  for over a week.  So as we were writing this song, Robbie had to take many calls and answer numerous texts in his effort to do everything he could to help get these guys back to Houston, which included attempts to charter private planes to go pick them up.

In retrospect, it’s amazing to me that any cohesive lyrics, much less a whole song was written that day.  As we were wrapping it up, Robbie received one more call letting him know that Ronel and his dad had been given the green light and were finally on their way to Houston International.  We jumped in the car and met a couple hundred people from Ecclesia and members of the press at the airport.  When the H-town/Haitian duo came into view, the crowd began to cheer and celebrate as Ronel was united with the rest of his new family. The picture below doesn’t do it justice, but I’ll never forget the look on Ronel’s face.  The words that come to mind are relief, safe, rescue, secure, and loved.

As I watched all this unfold, I was struck by all the similarities of God’s story of rescue for us.  “Father God” is a song written to be sung by the Church(the adopted) in response to our Father’s great love.  (Phil.2 and Eph.2)

If you’re interested in learning how to play “Father God,” the chord chart can be found by clicking on the “Chord Charts/Videos” link on the menu above.

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You Rescued Me (song & story)

by on Oct.18, 2010, under Life, Music

Singer/songwriter/producer, Andy Osenga, and I wrote this together at his studio in Nashville.  It’s one of those songs that when we were in the middle of writing it, we got a “this is going to be a cool tune” kind of vibe in the air.  I remember liking it right away because it was refreshing to write something that was different from a lot of songs I write.(melodically and lyrically)  Songs have a way coming to life in the writing process so we just tried to get out of the way and let it breathe.

If you read my last post, I mentioned that 2 Samuel 22 was a chapter in Scripture that spoke deeply to me over the past couple years throughout my recovery and healing.  This chapter in 2 Samuel is a song that David sang about a traumatic experience in his life so reading it was kind of like an old friend counseling, leading, reminding, and walking with me through mine.  Needless to say, this chapter highly influenced the song as it gave us a blueprint for the lyrical structure and story.  Here’s the progression as we saw it:

1. The day of disaster (vs. 5-6)
2. David cries out to God (vs. 7)
3. God’s epic reaction which reveals His heart for us in times of trial and disaster (vs. 8-16)
4. God’s rescue (vs. 17-19)
5. David’s restoration (vs. 18-20)
6. Declaration of God’s faithfulness (vs. 29-51)

There are songs that you write just to write a song and then there are songs that come from the soul.  This one is of the later.  Tell us what you think.  Leave a comment.  Feel free to share your story of rescue.  Share it with a friend.  Be reminded of God’s faithfulness and encouraged that He is still and will always be mighty to rescue and save.

If you’re interested in learning how to play “You Rescued Me,” the chord chart can be found by clicking on the “Chord Charts/Videos” link on the menu above.

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