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Faithful And True

Help us remember, you never forget
The promises made to your children

Here’s a new song folks, fresh out the box! Faithful And True is celebration of God’s faithfulness with a big chorus and a bluesy feel. It might work gospel style too. (Or polka, thrash metal or alt country. Download the chord sheet and give it a try!)

The chorus has been hanging around since 1997 and has survived a key change and several time signature changes, but the verses are a result of recent digging through the Bible (mostly Isaiah & Psalms) to see what it says about God’s trustworthiness and care, and some helpful feedback from you the readers (give yourselves a pat on the back).

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When we were children you taught us to stand
You carried us when we grew tired
And even in old age, you carry us still
Like a lamb in the arms of her shepherd


In each day of trouble, you keep us safe
Sheltering us with your presence
Why should we fear that the earth will give way?
You’ve promised to always be with us


Your love endures,
Your love endures,
Forever and ever and ever


Lord you are faithful and true
Your name is Faithful and True
Faithful in all that you do
You never leave, you never forsake us
Righteous in all of your ways
Loving to all you have made
Forever you will remain
Faithful, faithful and true


Lord keep us blameless and strong ’till the end
We are weak and the devil is ruthless
Our confidence rests in your resolute will
To complete what you started within us


Your love endures…


Help us remember, you never forget
The promises made to your children
Our names are engraved on the palms of your hands
Jesus, You will not leave us as orphans


Your love endures…

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Day 144: The Walking Cure, Going Straight & The Fear

I haven’t let you know what I’ve been up to down at Shabby Road for a couple of weeks, but that’s because I’ve been doing the same thing every night. Chipping away at the final rewrite* of Faithful And True. But here’s 3 things I’ve noticed

Walk

I was stuck on a few lines of lyrics – nearing the end of a song inevitably mean I’ve painted myself into a corner knowing exactly what I want to say but held captive by rhyme scheme and syllable count. No great solution but I find the best way is to go for a walk and mull em over. Making a bit of a list of problem lines means I can work on it on the tram (oh Nottingham Trams how I love you), buses (not so much), anywhere

How does it go?

I’m pretty strict on melody anyway but when you’re writing a worship song for a lots of people all to sing at once you have to really nail everything down. Even if you keep the lines all exactly the same length It’s so easy to sing a crotchet and two quavers in the first verse and 2 crotchets and one quaver in the next. Things migrate from the on beat to the off beat seemingly at random. This is all part of interpreting it as a singer but when you’re expecting hoping people will join in you have to be clear about the uninterpreted melody first. So what I did was write all the verses out bar by bar in manuscript form to compare. This is about as micro as you can get and it’s mind numbing work. Singing each of 4 verse and trying to work out whether the third or fourth word should be on the off beat. Or neither. Or both. Good times.

Just Do It.

for the last couple of days I’ve been doing pre-production. Or procrastination as it’s also known. I knew I was suffering from the fear of finishing when I noticed I was avoiding getting my new audio interface out of the box and loading the drivers. What’s the problem?

I’ve been working on this song for so long and in such detail that I don’t feel I know how to play it, arrange it, record it. I mean, I started this bad boy Bill Clinton was still running America and the Spice Girls were in charge of everywhere else. It’s on it’s 2nd major rewrite and I don’t want to work on it anymore*. Not cos I hate it. My love and patience for it aren’t running out. Just my objectivity.

Solution? tonight I put on my trust Nike Pegasus 25s and recorded a scratch vocals and guitar and real bass. Cos I know the demo that will result from my pathetic efforts to play this song will be a zillion times better than the non demo I’ve got in my head that no one else can ever hear.

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Day 130: Tram Songs

Another day of business/busyness

Just ended up printing the comments I got about Faithful And True (thanks Rob, Phil, Peter, Nato, Eric, Jenny & Roberta!) and then comparing them to the ideas/rewrites I’d already done.

 This happened at the tram stop, on the tram and then at another tram stop. Rock, and indeed, roll.

The good news is that pretty much everyone (including me) agrees on 3 good verse and 2 that are definitely weak. A few peeps also had interesting insights observations. So I’m gonna go back and compare the remaining verse that I like with the one everyone else likes!

Wish me luck!

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Calling Christian Cowells!

Don’t miss your chance to be praise and worship’s answer to Simon Cowell! Have a listen to my new worship song Faithful And True and let me know which verses I should keep and which verses I should ditch.

X factor or Zzzzz factor?

Help me sort the Subos from the Jedwards!

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Faithful And True – Have Your Say!

Faithful And True is a worship song I’ve been writing on and off for a looooooong time and I thought I’d try something a little different get it finished. I’ve written 7 verse and I’d like your help to whittle them down to 3 or 4. Have a listen to the song on the video then take a lool at the full lyrics below. Which verses do you think work best? Any individual lines you love (or hate)? Let me know! Hopefully I’ll be able to get it finished this month and post a proper demo.

1) When we were children you taught us to stand
And carried us when we grew tired
And even in old age, you carry us still
Like a lamb in the arms of her shepherd


2) More than a mother nursing her babe
You cannot, you will not, forget us
(For) watchful compassion and such jealous care
Burn in your heart for your children


Your Love endures,
Your love endures,
Forever and ever and ever


Lord you are faithful and true
Your name is Faithful and True
Faithful in all that you do
You never leave, you never forsake us
Righteous in all of your ways
Loving to all you have made
Forever you will remain
Faithful, faithful and true


3) You will preserve us, snatching us up
Out of the jaws of the lion
We are so weak Lord, but armed with your strength
You train our hands for each battle


4) In days of trouble, you keep us safe
Sheltering us with your presence
Why should we fear that the earth will give way
You’ve promised to always be with us


Your love endures…


5) Who can stay blameless and strong ’till the end
When assailed by the world, flesh and devil?
Our confidence rests in your resolute will
To complete the work you began in us


6) In you the needy and poor can find rest
You bear our distress as your burden
When summer sun blazes you give us shade
When hurricanes rage you’re our shelter


7) Help us remember, you never forget
The promises made to your people
Our names are engraved on the palms of your hands
You will not leave us as orphans

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