welcome to part one of my new songwriting series. some people have asked me to write a few blogs detailing the spiritual and technical/practical aspects of good songwriting. so here is my feeble attempt to do so.
“man, that song just spoke to me”
“everytime i hear that song i just weep”
“that song is literally where i’m at right now”
what do all of these quotes have in common?
the first thing to understand when writing a song is to remember…the world and/or church does not need another song. this world is overflowing and stuffed with people’s two cents sung to music. creativity is good and all…but in the end, it’s all forgotten and non-impactful (new word!).
what the world and church needs right now is a revelation from God. i mean what is the point of writing a song out of my soul? am i really that smart? do i really have something to say that will help people in whatever situation (theft, divorce, abuse, calamity, worry, etc) they find themselves in? what are my words worth anyway? what the earth (both world and church) needs is a word from God! they need to hear who God says He is, what God says He is like and what God says we are to do with that knowledge. the earth needs answer…not opinions. the earth needs truth, not just stories.
i’m sorry Lord for the thing i’ve made it…
that’s a line from the song “heart of worship”, a church song written by matt redman. out of a personal place of revelation, he wrote a corporate song bringing the church face to face with the truth that, compared to who God is, WE DO NOT WORSHIP CORRECTLY. wow! and that song has changed the face of the modern worship movement.
so i encourage all songwriters to get alone with God and let Him teach you a truth of His kingdom (it may not feel good…lol) and then pick up your guitar (or whatever you have) and start writing. we will cover other spiritual and practical issues in coming blogs…but i believe that if you write ANYTHING out of the place of revelation…it will always impact someone…which is something more than what any of the 10,000 songs last year, that were forgotten, did.