I love words. Books, poems, short stories, song lyrics . . . I love them all. I’ve been a voracious reader for the vast majority of my life and have even dabbled in a bit of poetry and fiction writing. No big career aspirations, just a creative outlet. And, as the occasional songwriter, I’ve crafted a few lyrics in my adult years.
When you take my love of music and combine with my love of a well-crafted turn of phrase, something magical happens. Song lyrics can leave me breathless, remind that I’m not alone in this weird journey we call life, or serve as a gentle nudge of conviction.
In my own songwriting, the lyrics are always a reflection of a moment. Maybe I was learning a lesson or struggling through a challenge. On occasion, a specific scripture passage as spun around in my brain to the point that I was inspired to write. Whatever the motivation, each and every song reflects a piece of my own personal faith journey.
I’m hoping to make this “words and music” feature a regular feature on this website. The focus will be on the lyrics of others that I have been inspired by. It’s been my experience that the creative expression of truth sometimes has a longer-lasting impact than any lecture or sermon ever could.
In his song titled “Hello, My Name Is”, Matthew West gives us this powerful reminder of our identity in the song’s chorus –
These are the voices,
these are the lies
And I have believed them,
for the very last time.
Hello, my name is child of the one true king
I’ve been saved, I’ve been changed, and I have been set free
Amazing grace is the song I sing
Hello, my name is child of the one true king.
It’s one of those songs I cannot help but turn up and sing along at the top of my lungs!