What Is The Sound?

Howdy do! So I will officially be finished recording my EP in exactly one week. It will be mastered on July 26th and then sent off to the presses so folks can get their paws on a copy of the brand spankin’ new record. The artwork is complete. Everything’s wrapping up quite nicely and I’m super excited for you to hear it! (August 25th is the CD release party @ Sam’s Burger Joint. The official announcement will be made next week!)

Recently I’ve had some insights and clarity about the music I write/albums I put out. They are completely autobiographical. On October 7th, 2011 my first solo record, Rearranged, was released. It was written and recorded during the most difficult season of my life. You can really hear that story told, song by song. For example…

24 – I wrote this song a few days before my 24th birthday. I realized I hadn’t accomplished any of the goals I had set in place for myself. Had a mini-freakout.

Pretend I’m Okay – This is a song about making mistakes. I had some specific mistakes in mind, which were my own fault. It’s not a very positive song, except for one line in the chorus – “I’ll be fine.” At the time I wasn’t sure if I even believed that. It was more of a personal affirmation.

Promises – This is a song about a liar who hurt me deeply, many times.

Waiting – I wrote this song when I realized, my sadness and lack of fulfillment was my own doing. MY plan wasn’t important. This song is about turning it over to God, being confident in HIS plan for my life. I was ready for true life change and that is reflected in Waiting’s lyrics.

Rearranged – Finally, the title track of the record follows the story through completion. While I’m not perfect and am always striving to be better (and experience true heart change), I finally felt like my life was put back together by the grace of God.

The Sound EP is very much a continuation of the story. God brought me through the toughest time in my life and has blessed me beyond all measure; beyond anything I deserve (you can read an abbreviated version of my testimony here). I had an intense desire to begin more directly glorifying God through my music. That is reflected in this record. As a whole, The Sound is a confession of my love of Christ.

Passenger – This tune is less than a month old. It speaks to where I currently am in my spiritual walk. My life rhythm has changed in the last few years. More and more I find myself just longing for God to show me what He has for me. I don’t want that burden. I’ll just screw up those decisions (and have in the past, more times than I’d care to admit).

Love Will Find Me – This song is dedicated to all the single people out there. It’s a very personal, autobiographical piece that hits home for me. I had begun finding myself impatient when it came to finding my long-term lady friend. But then one day after a good deal of prayer and meditation, I had a realization – God knows the person I’m supposed to be with. She’s out there RIGHT NOW living her life, perhaps feeling the same way as I am. God has known all along. He’s not going to let me miss her. And she’s going to blow my mind.

The Sound – This is a straight up praise and worship song. Funny tidbit – I am TERRIBLE at writing praise songs. At least I have been up to this point. My lyrics wind up being super cheesy and just…. blergh. Hopefully The Sound starts a new trend of praise songs I write that don’t suck!

I Do – See the writeup for Love Will Find Me. Pretty much the same story, just a little less hopeful. I wrote this tune on a down day.

I hope this writeup was enjoyable to you! It’s always fun for me to share my stories. As always, thank you for letting me into your life. I hope these songs are a blessing to you in some small way.

– M A D L I Z Z L E

PS – See below for lyrics from the new record!
Passenger
6/22/2013

Take me somewhere
A place I’ve never been before
So I can go there
And see just what You have in store
When I’m lost in You
I find myself

I’m a stranger
in a place that’s not my home
Your light will be my guide
I’ll never know
what tomorrow holds
I’m a passenger. On to the other side
I wanna go for a ride

Show me something
A Word I’ve never seen before
The hope Your love brings
I wanted less but You gave more
And I find myself
when I’m lost in You

A leap of faith
is all it takes to see

Love Will Find Me
11/12/2012

I’m okay with myself, but that’s not the issue
And I love where I am, but sometimes I miss you
A “you” that’s not there
But I won’t stop believing
that God knows just where you are
That’s relieving

I’ll be right here waiting for you
I know you’re near, but one thing is true
I won’t be looking for love
It’ll find me

I’m alright, day to day, I’m not too lonely
But feeling this way, it could be only
that I miss the girl who’s not there
And I can’t stop believing
that God knows just where she is
It’s intriguing

I’ll be right here waiting for you
I know you’re near, but one thing is true
I won’t be looking for love
It’ll find me

It’s hard to believe that you are out there somewhere
But I can’t wait for the day when you’re finally with me

I’ll be right here waiting for you
I know you’re near, but one thing is true
Love will find me
You’re out there living your life
and someday you’ll be my wife
So I won’t be looking for love
No, no
I won’t be looking for love
It’ll find me
You are out there

The Sound
3/25/2013

I live to love You, but
 then You loved me first

and died the sinner’s death 
that I deserved

I want to know you, but 
not like lines rehearsed

I’ll work to show Your love
 here on Earth

We are the redeemed

This is the sound 
of angels singing

This is the sound
 of cold hearts clinging

Hear the sound of nations bringing 
praise to You
We’re giving praise to You

We live to love You, but 
then You loved us first

and died the sinner’s death we deserved

We are the redeemed

This is the sound
 of angels singing

This is the sound 
of new hearts beating

Hear the sound of nations bringing
 praise to You

This is the sound
 of people knowing

Feeling our love 
for You is growing

Hear the sound of nations showing 
praise to You

We’re giving praise to You

We have it all

We have all of your love

You are strong

You are more than enough


I Do
4/7/2013

Every day’s the same old conversation

Wondering why I don’t meet expectations

Waiting ’round for that day of elation

when I find the one who’ll say

I do

I do

I do

The whole world around me’s come and going

Living through each day and never knowing

Pieces of my broken heart are showing

And still I want to say

I do

I do

I do

And when I think that I will never find you

I get down on my knees and start to pray
I’ll say


I do

I do

I do
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