Monday, August 16, 2010

Musical Monday

I've been meaning for a while to feature my dear friend Rich on a Musical Monday. Aside from being a kick-awesome friend, he's quite the amazing musician. That I get to make music with him at church and in Under Shelter is a real honor. But I'll save further gushing for an eventual Sappy Saturday post.

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So a few months ago I asked Rich to shoot me some music that he's written to peruse for a post on my blog. The next thing I know, I've got a new folder in my dropbox that is stuffed full of music! I've had time to listen to it and have been reminded again why I get so dang intimidated by him as a musician (as a person, he's just way too silly to be intimidating).

After sorting through all of it and having a hard time deciding what piece to share, I just asked him what I should share. He told me some of his favorites and I was delighted to find that one of my favorites was in that list. It's a song that he co-wrote with a friend from church and it's absolutely beautiful. It's a Christmas-y song, but still quite lovely.

This is what he shared about writing the song a couple of years ago (this is my favorite part about featuring songs of people that I know -- being able to get inside of their brain is super cool!).
At the Genesis meeting a few months ago, Trey (was) talking about ramping up for the Christmas services, and gave the prevailing theme of the incarnation of Christ. (He) suggested we use our various areas of expertise in coming up w/ stuff to be used in those services, or at least around the theme. As (he was) speaking, a melody popped into my head, which turned out to be part of the verse melody. When we broke out into groups, Amanda & I decided to work on a song, starting with that bit of melody. We grabbed a guitar and a Bible. Most of the first verse came from Isaiah 9; some of the rest of the song was inspired by Philippians 2. The process really starts out, lyrically, by outlining what you want the song to say. The song’s been through a few changes, lyrically, but the bulk has remained. Once you have a melody, you simply have to find a chord pattern that fits.
I hope you enjoy this song as much as I do. The recording, which can be found here, features Amanda Jackson on vocals and Rich Chaffins on guitar. Thanks for listening!

Child of Man

Long ago prophets told of a child 
Who would be the world's Redeemer
Fully God, fully man 
With the weight of the world upon his shoulders

Oh that he would share with us our trials
Oh that he would shed divinity
For the ones who would nail him to a tree

Born the Word
A life set up before you
Into the world
Created by your hand
Long foretold
A light has dawned among us
Son of God, sent to us, the child of man

Long before the earth was made
Your eyes beheld the awesome glory of the Father
Then on earth as a babe
All you saw was God's children hurting one another

All of our burdens were upon you
Even though you're too small to understand
Were you aware 
All along of your Father's plan?


Born the Word
A life set up before You
Into the world
Created by Your hand
Long foretold
A light has dawned among us
Son of God, sent to us, the child of man

We'll tell the whole world of your story
How your love bridged eternity
What was broken once will be made new again
By the gift you gave upon the tree

Born the Word
A life set up before You
Into the world
Created by Your hand
Long foretold
A light has dawned among us
Son of God, sent to us, the child of man
Son of God, sent to us, the child of man.
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I'm a wife to an amazing man, and mom to four incredible kids. I'm a Christian woman who sometimes struggles with doubt. I'm a musician and a writer who is sometimes afraid to play and write. I'm trying to be more authentic every day.
 
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