I Just Love This World Too Much… (Song Story #4)

“Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”
-Acts 1:11

Just like 2,000 years ago, we find ourselves in a space where we are waiting longingly for our savior. We are desperate. We are broken. And it is so against our nature to find a way to openly admit our weaknesses and needs. Sometimes we may not even recognize that we have them to begin with. I can speak from personal experience – I sometimes find myself complacent. And I sometimes find myself thinking I am completely satisfied and fulfilled by the distractions of this world.

I mean, things are great right?! Stuff! All the things! I have a car, and a house in a cool area of the city… And video games are awesome. And indie rock concerts. And Mexican food… Now please don’t get me wrong. I freaking LOVE Mexican food. And all those other things. But hear this: they could never bring me true joy. And they should not be what defines me, even though sometimes they are. I can only experience true joy in Christ Jesus and I should be totally and completely defined by my faith in Him. I am a child of God, one whose love I couldn’t earn. There is no greater love than a man lay down his life for his friends. And He pursued me unto death on a cross, so I could be reconciled to Him and have a personal relationship with Him. I love Jesus. Unabashedly and unashamedly so. Therefore, shouldn’t I be defined by the outpouring of love, service, and hospitality that flows through me as a result of my love for Jesus? With all this earthly “stuff” so readily available at my fingertips, it can be a struggle.

“King Jesus” is track 6 on the upcoming #ScatteredAlbum. It was written during Advent 2014 (actually the day after Advent 2014 ended. Dagnabbit! I had to wait a WHOLE YEAR to sing it at my church! Not really… but kinda) and is a declaration of my desperation for Jesus; an expression of my desire for Christ to return. It discusses the dichotomy in which I sometimes live my day-to-day: my hope is built on nothing less than Christ the Son, yet I sometimes just love this world too much. My prayer is that God keep my heart focused on what is right and true, and not the distractions of the flesh.

-Matt

“For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.”
-1 Corinthians 11:26

Lyrics:

My hope is built on nothing less
than Christ the Son, His holiness
Grant that I may feel Your touch
I just love this world too much

Please come soon, soon, Emmanuel
Soon, soon, King Jesus deliver us

A stranger here, I feel alone
This world of flesh is not my home
Your calling, Lord, is greater still
I’ll live by Yours, and not my will

Please come soon, soon, Emmanuel
Soon, soon, King Jesus deliver us

Yours is the kingdom
Yours is the power
Yours is the glory forever

Waiting here expectantly
Your glory shine for all to see
Faith, hope, love, and charity
So all will see Your light in me

Please come soon, soon, Emmanuel
Soon, soon, Jesus
Please come soon, soon, Emmanuel
Soon, soon, King Jesus deliver us

Scattered Single Art-Design Story

Howdy do Madler Minions! (Should that be a thing? That prolly shouldn’t become a thing…)

So this is cool. As you may have seen, the title track from our upcoming #ScatteredAlbum is being released as a single via iTunes on February 9th! The lovely and illustrious Richard Tobin (previous album credits: Matt Adler – The Sound, Matt Adler – Rearranged, and probably projects for many other artists too… Ha!) has so graciously decided to do all the artwork for this single and the upcoming full length album. I couldn’t be more excited!

He sent me his final digital cover for the upcoming single and I just love it. This morning I received a proof, along with a description of his vision when designing the artwork. Here’s what Richard had to say…

“My thoughts after hearing your song were pretty immediate. The resolving lyric ‘Why do we gather when we should be scattered?’ was especially important for me to consider when forming the art direction.

Simply put, if the white space is everything and each of the dots represents an instance of humanity, then the inner square is a visualization of the answer to your question. What is the answer? That’s up to the listener. To me, it’s a powerful lyric and I hope my interpretation is in line with what you meant when you wrote it.

Aside from that, in terms of overall vibe and aesthetic, it leans more towards the indie illustration vein (but still modern) and I think it’s more effective that way. I originally saw more of the pop vibe you referenced but everything felt too obviously tied to the examples [you provided me] and I wanted your single to stand up on its own instead of following current design trends. It just felt more natural this way. I hope you dig it!”

-Richard Tobin
http://iamrichardtobin.tumblr.com

Matt Adler Scattered Single Cover

Click here to read the full song story for the Scattered single. It’s about a topic near and dear to my heart. Peace out peeps! Mark February 9th on your calendars!

-Matt

Happy New Year! What’s In Store? #ScatteredAlbum

Greetings and salutations friends, well-wishers, and not-so-well-wishers! And happiest of new years to you all! It’s been a long time since I’ve been blogalicious, but there is a lot coming down the pike so I wanted to provide an update. Here ’tis!

Funny-new-years-resolutions-calvin-and-hobbs

I miss Calvin and Hobbes.

2015 was the best year yet. Got engaged. Pursued my calling to full-time ministry as Director of Contemporary Worship at University United Methodist in San Antonio. Began work on a new full-length album (#ScatteredAlbum ftwwww) with my best friends. Turned 30 (freaked out about this initially… then I realized the 30s are the same as your 20s except you know more stuff and are more financially stable).

2016 stands to be even better. I marry the love of my life this summer! And the new album will be completed and released, accompanied by a proverbial slew of shows. There are quite a few vertical worship songs on this album and I’m excited to play them at churches and camps around the region! There are also a lot of up-tempo tunes. Some rock-y tunes. Some technical/progressive elements. Some indie stuff. We are super pumped to play these songs live! But first things first: we will be releasing the first single from the new album within the next month. Huzzah! So keep your eyes peeled!

The illustrious David Brent (@davidbrentdrums of Madler Band lore, not The Office [UK] fame) has tracked all of his drum parts.

David Brent Drums

Bass, keys, vocals and guitars have been tracked for a few songs as well. I’d say the album is 35% done. But we are kicking things into high gear! Right now we are shooting for an April release and more specifics are forthcoming. Teaser photos, videos, audios, song stories, and other content will be posted frequently so keep checking all the standard social media outlets for the latest scoop –

http://www.facebook.com/mattadlermusic
http://www.twitter.com/mattadlermusic
http://www.instagram.com/mattadlermusic

And just for funsies, here is the latest track listing for the album:

1) The Road
2) Scattered
3) Enjoy the Silence
4) On My Way To You
5) Only You
6) King Jesus
7) Kyrie
8) Alpha and Omega
9) Wait (Psalm 62)
10) Love Like You Love Me
11) Doxology

Thank you to everyone who made 2015 so special. My hope and prayer is that each and every person reading this has a spectacular 2016, filled with joy and love. I’m excited to see what the year has in store.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
-Jeremiah 29:11-13

-Matt

“Why do we gather when we should be Scattered?” (Song Story #3)

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
-Matthew 28:19-20

I was raised in the church. Growing up as a child (heck, even into my adult years), I always thought that being a Christian meant 1) going to church and 2) being nice to people. No one had ever shared with me what a Gospel of Grace was. I had heard the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) but never really thought about what it said. I understood what it meant to be nice to people, but I didn’t really engage in true service of my neighbor, nor a true relationship with the risen Christ. And “make disciples”? Surely this was someone else’s responsibility! I mean… there has to be “a guy” for that, right?

At the end of the day, I can honestly say that much of my community at that time lived in a similar space. We would go to work/school and then reconvene each and every Sunday. We would sing a few songs and exchange a few pleasantries. Then it was back to the ol’ grindstone until seven days later, when the pattern repeated.

But we aren’t called to simply go to church. We are called to make disciples of all the nations. We are called to serve each other and truly love our neighbors as ourselves, being concerned over every facet of their well-being as we are for our own. Now don’t get me wrong, the church service is beautiful and one of my favorite things in life. And it is incredibly necessary for realignment of hearts, learning, fellowship, celebrating, offering of our gifts and time through multiple expressions of worship… but the gathering isn’t the end of it. After all, Light shines brightest in the darkest places.

I’d like to say that I’m the perfect embodiment of what we as Christians are called to be. But far from it. I strive daily, but I definitely struggle. “Scattered” is the title track of our upcoming album and is about this very thing. It is about a desire to pursue God’s will for my life, even knowing how difficult it can be. It’s a prayer that God would take me out of my comfort zone and help me lay down my own passions and pursuits for Something greater. It’s an admission that I so easily find myself with a platform only to tell my own story and enjoy my time in the spotlight, rather than redirecting eyes to Christ. I want all that I do to bring glory to God. And I want to go where He would have me to serve and be who I’m called to be – not just on Sundays, but each and every day. It’s humbling and a pure blessing that God would use each and every one of us for His kingdom. I pray that I never ever miss an opportunity.

-Matt

For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
-Galatians 5:13

Lyrics:
I want to be a light
A spark of day within the night
Not to “come and see”, but “go and be”
I want to hear Your call
Not stay the same, but give my all
to Something more than me
Why do we gather
when we should be scattered?

Take me, shape me
Bend and break me
No matter what You need
Here I am, send me

It’s not what I can do
Less of me and more of You
Complacency is easy, honestly
Help me feel out of place
To walk in the rhythms of Your grace
Be a light unto my city
Why do we gather
when we should be scattered?

Take me, shape me
Bend and break me
No matter what You need
Here I am, send me
Please use me
I choose to be Yours
However more You ask of me

I’ll tell Your story
and not my own
Let me bring glory
to You and You alone

Take me, shape me
Bend and break me
No matter what You need
Here I am, send me
Please use me
I choose to be Yours
However more You ask of me
Here I am, send me

Why do we gather
when we should be scattered?