"For every kid who was ever told they were not good enough, a positive role model goes a long way" wasted life - do you, do you have a moment to talk about what lies ahead? sorry, i know that you’re busy, i just want to get inside your head. i don’t mean to preach, i don’t mean to push you away and i don’t want to pry, it’s just that i may have some advice. youth is wasted on the young i just feel i have to try to free you from the chains that bind you in your wasted life. i know i’ve been down that road before all one way streets only one way doors. silence, all alone within your thoughts, alll the choices made all the battles fought.
" People say we don't chose Christ, but that He chooses us, and this is very true. However have you ever felt that in order to fully commit to Christ you needed to sift through the trash and see for yourself the truth of grace?"
gospel truth -I’ve chosen to be one of them i’ve chosen to be torn apart I’ve chosen to start again I’ve chosen a different heart. I’ve taken all I used to be I’ve taken all I thought was right Doused it all in Holy flame Set the whole thing alight. In light of all I’ve seen today Maybe better if I’d thrown it all away. And all this time I feel disconnected From the lies of all that has been suggested As gospel truth by those infected As the gospel truth remains rejected All I want is to be connected To the One who on a cross perfected In whose arms I am protected now. I am protected now…. I’ve chased this one around my head Written it upon my heart Wiped it clean off again Stumbled back to the start How can you keep it all up there? How can you just walk on by? Am I broken beyond repair? No matter what I do or try? we fight the battle plan As we march Lord hand in hand help me I am just a man but what your light has clearly shown Is that I’ve never walked alone Until that day you take me home.
"Two things you will always find on my iPod, New Order and U2. This song is my tribute to those great bands. The antagonist in the song is depression"
come on - I’m on fire, a passionate flame We’ve met before can you guess, my name? I’ve been watching close since you were born When you’re fast asleep and when you’re all alone. And your Daddy died with me in his heart As the fear of the moment tore him apart. I stayed hidden until the right time came And I turned all your memories into pain I can change you in the blink of an eye I’ve made strong men weak and I’ve made weak men die I don’t care for health or wealth or fame Both Kings and rulers know my name Try to smile all the while through bright white teeth And pray to God that I stay hidden underneath. Hello summer, hello rain Wash my soul, heal my pain In the places that I can’t reach Please I need you can’t you see. Come on summer.
"This song is a straight up lament. Like with King David, life didn't always suit the path he had laid out for himself. It's a song of "why" questions, they don't get answered, but I know who knows the answer and who is in control"
sorrow/saved - each day has dawned brittle and cold, each one is a blessing i’m told, a silence insufferable when, my thoughts turn inward again, i kneel at the foot of the cross, i see your wounds deep with the loss, a burden as heavy as lead, a posture reserved for the dead, a piece of me died with you there, and not resurrected again, the part that can feel all the pain, that can stand up start walking again, that laughs when i see children play, that smiles at the start of the day, that feels the good as strong as the bad, that enjoys all the things that i have, but lord if it’s my cross to bear please give me small windows to share in the goodness you shine in my life, my friends, my children, my wife, a smalll taste of an eternity, to scatter the darkness in me, where my joy will mark me again, and i won’t be afraid it will end, the trumpet will sound out anew, a sound so pure and so true, my soul reunited once more with the piece it was missing before, until that last race is won, as battered and bruised as the son, though tears and uncertainty cling to every note of every song that i sing, hallelujah, hallelujah take my sorrow, take my pain, hallelujah, hallelujah, make my soul one again.
"Sometimes the only way to better a situation is to fight back. Life can bully you into believing you are a worthless waste of skin......when possible I like to push right back"
onyx - This time has hit me hard and mean Circumstances of the man who I was meant to be. My will was not my own Although I can’t blame any other because I should have known I went off track I lacked attack Tried to float through the white But I was way too black But I’m intact And it’s a fact Been pushed around but I pushed right back I was born into a house of love Every blessing you could dream of coming from above I grew into my honest best Though honesty depends on who you ask I guess I lost control Of mind not soul Searching for a drug that could make me whole And it’s a fact That what I’d lacked When push came to shove i pushed right back
" A song written in between racks of sobs and prayers. My sweet Brigette and her brave fight against cancer.......you've got this baby....love you"
palace (song for brigette) - I don’t want to sing this song to you my love, i don’t want to voice theses fears in my heart, always thought i’d be beside you, never thought we’d be apart, when i feel my palace crumbling when my deepest prayer is on my lips i won’t let you go this path alone my love i won’t let you lose that sparkle in your eyes we’lll fight for all we’ve built here and for the moments still for us to find if i worship the ground you walk on it’s because i worship the one who placed you here in my life as a rock to rely on in whom i’ve found all the things that i hold deari’ve never looked at you with anything but wonder i’ve never known someone whose heart was so pure when i see it shine in our childrens eyes i can pretend that everythings alright when i feel our palace strengthened by the foundation in our lives.
"Likely the largest stumbling block in trying to witness to others is to believe that you know it all and anything different is heresy. This song ends with a snippet of Martin Luther Kings speech on true freedom, when all Christians can come together under the name of Christ and love and respect reigns Jimmy is me, a regular Reformed kid growing up in a culture where anything not reformed was taboo, thank God I have seen the fault of that mindset." the truth will set me free - Jimmy, never believed in the afterlife. It seemed too easy to make it right,Never been lucky before. Jimmy, was born and raised with a set of truths,Taken for granted among the youths, Who couldn't be sure. As the days passed by, no one tried to look him in the eyes. He never understood how salvation could bring joy to his life Jimmy, tried to fit in the best he could, Doing all that they thought he should, But it didn't sink in. Jimmy, needed it to be alive, Before making it his life, Before going all in. It takes more than tradition to make it right It takes more than empty words to win the fight It takes more than a thought,, it takes everything you've got. And it's still not enough.As the days pass by, the only one who tried to look me in the eyes, And makes me understand that His master plan needs me in this life. The truth will set me free
"A retro tune recorded with my keyboard, bass and a floor mic for vocals. Still pretty catchy though...... If you listen carefully you can hear Donovan scream after the verses lol" kingdom - we both know that this could be much worse, this time it will all come down to earth, this time it feels different from the first, this time it will all come down to earth, down to earth, and the fire in our eyes will set the world a light and the fire in our hearts will set our world apart and the spirit in our soul will make our kingdom whole.
"A touching lyric given to me by a good friend who's father had just left his family. I was asked to write a song using the lyrics and this was the final out come. I always gravitate to songs that are real and so I put this one on the album" teenage 20/20 - ive traveled very far chosen many wrong roads ive seen and i’ve forgotten i’ve kept many secrets just look and you might see my bravado insecurities and listen word and tone togetherness makes me so alone so i don’t cry and so i cant’ feel so the candle inside doesn’t know all that’s real I’ve played the dance debonair worn the masks ive made i’ve built and burnt many bridges tasted the sweets forbade just look and you might see my bravado insecurities i’m not the simon i remember some friend i’d be without my self pity and so i don’t cry and so I can’t feel so the candle inside doesn’t know all that’s real hey father come back father don’t stray farther we’ve got our mother we love her so hey fahter don’t you know? i long for sleep where i’d wake up alive with happy memories i’d greet the day love the day the bright sunlight a tempered plight cookies and curiosities and my pick of happiness.