So, sometimes you write a song thinking it should sound a certain way. When you’re done, you like it. But what purpose does it serve? If you’re writing in hopes that others might sing it, you need to be open to the opinion of others and be willing to change everything.
Let’s look at one of my songs, “Abba Father”.
I originally wrote Abba Father in the same fingerstyle guitar approach that I write a lot of songs. I think I even played it like that one Sunday morning in church. It went something like this:
Not bad. It captured what I felt. But sometimes you have to apply a little Taylor Swift logic to your songs and write them to sound almost opposite the way the lyrics would naturally feel. I mean, listen to her songs. Ryan Adams did a good job rearranging and singing them the way the lyrics would feel if they were part of a conversation.
Back to my song …. I left it alone for a long time… years in fact.
But last year I shared it with my friend Andrew – a great musician whose opinion I respect. Andrew recommended I write it more in the style of Dustin Kensrue (whose music I love!). So I did… And this was the result:
Honestly, I love both. Every time I sing the line “I stood before my Judge in sin’s despair, then looked at Him and saw my Father there” I break up. You hear it on the recording! I’m all shaky. But that’s what the sweet, elegant truth of the grace of adoption does to me. It tears me up!