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Songwriter’s Gallery


A few years back I was doing music activities in Health Care facilities. I was working with people with head and spinal injuries in one nursing home in one wing, while working with dimentia and residents on another wing. It was hard to figure what to do with the head and spinal injury patients two times and 4 hours a week. At that time I was also composing a score for a TV Documentary and so I was documenting not only the pieces I was writing and charting but I also documented the process.

Image Banking

I began to write down images that came to mind while reading the scripts and listening to interviews. Then I would work out a rhythm scheme, a chord progression and finally a melody before regearsing my band and the recording session. Creative Process is interesting and I thought that I would try writing songs with the head and spinal injury residents at the rehab center. It worked well. Many at the time were using letter boards that I would write down their contributions. There was never a shortage of ideas.

Creative Process

Since then I have used this process in community building, for prayer and for worship. I take a topic, and I open the floor up for ideas. I have done this with pro-songwriters and art center classes as well. The response is great. Open Mic voices is like this process. Here we have a canvas, an empty page, fill it with elements and yet it is still solitary until there is feedback from another poet. I have been talking about doing a Songwriter’s Gallery by starting with this BLOG. Most of you inspire me, and give me some constructive crit and sometimes we even colloborate!

I appreciate the Hunter Bros. for launching this adventure and I love the people I have met here. I have been looking for new assignments and I think this new Blog is a great place to start. Thanks.

BT Springs

3.19.12

This generation


This generation will see things, this generation will feel things

This generation will get the things that no one understands.

 

This generation will be things, this generation will be the thing

This generation will forget about the things, that don’t matter, they understand.

 

I tell you the truth, earth will pass

I tell you the truth, but these words won’t pass away

I tell you the truth, aspects of love fragmented

I tell you the truth, run this way.

 

This generation will see things, this generation will feel things

This generation will get the things that no one understands.

 

This generation will be things, this generation will be the thing

This generation will forget about the things, that don’t matter, they understand.

 

As soon as summer comes

twigs are ripe and tender

and the leaves will bloom

in the sun

 

Before we are done

try to remember

that what you prayed in the confines of your room

He has won

 

This generation will see things, this generation will feel things

This generation will get the things that no one understands.

 

This generation will be things, this generation will be the thing

This generation will forget about the things, that don’t matter, they understand.

 

 

I tell you the truth, heaven will pass away

I tell you the truth, we can start again today

bolster your foundation

let’s sing it to the nations

because the words he said, are in red

and will never pass away.

 

This generation will see things, this generation will feel things

This generation will get the things that no one understands.

 

This generation will be things, this generation will be the thing

This generation will forget about the things, that don’t matter, they understand.

 

Do you see things?

Can you hear things?

Are you watching?

 

We can’t be everything to every one,

but we can be the one thing

that everybody needs!

 

Everybody sing it

Come on join in and bring it

the message,  the mission and His words

won’t pass away… be the one thing that everybody needs!

 

BT Springs 3.19.12

 

Matthew 24.32-35

 

 

Hunger games and fig trees


Matthew 21:21 is about a withered fig tree that gets the axe for being non productive. Sometimes I am the one who has faith enough to axe a fig tree, and other times I am the withered Fig Tree. Jesus makes another “I tell you the truth,” statement here and it is almost humorous in it’s development. In building into our lives a constant productive character we can learn a lot from what Jesus explains. I think about how many times I am the tree and how many times I follow Jesus. There’s a message in every part of this story that I hope I am not reading too much into.

As we continue in this journey on the “I tell you the truth…” verses, I want to camp out on this one for a little bit. I’m  hungry, I want food, a healthy snack would come in handy right now. I want fresh food from the Orchard. Trouble is that the tree gives no fruit, it only has leaves. How many of us are like the tree? We look healthy but we are unproductive. So Jesus makes a bold statement: “May you never bear fruit again!” That is something as a believer that I do not want to hear. ‘You’re finished, may you never write again and be effective, may you never sing and lead worship, may you never minister to my people.” ‘You look healthy but for some reason you do not bear fruit.’

What is it that bears fruit? Not our own ingenuity, Jesus explains but “prayer.” “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” I want to be judged by the content of my character and I pray today for more content of character that has me on my knees in prayer. I want that kind of belief, that kind of truth and that kind of life.

Another morning, back to the city

showered and ready to face the day.

 

Hunger warning

passing a fig tree

no fruit- only leaves

 

Here I go again

writing to make a living

and talking to my friends

Here I go again, in an orchard

saying-“May you never bear fruit again!”

 

Withered and dead

it happened so quickly

so I move along and wonder

 

If I had faith

and no doubt

I could move mountains

with what I write about

 

Here I go again

writing to make a living

and talking to my friends

Here I go again, in an orchard

“May you never bear fruit again!”

 

Too many times I linger

I think too much

and nothing happens until I let go

 

If I believe

I will recieve

whatever I ask

from you.

 

Here I go again

writing to make a living

and talking to my friends

Here I go again, in an orchard

“May you never bear fruit again!”

 

Too many times I linger

I think too much

and nothing happens until I let go

 

I tell you the truth,

with faith no doubt

I could do anything

through Jesus

 

I could write to you

with that kind of truth

and together we could move mountains!

 

Here I go again

writing to make a living

and talking to my friends

Here I go again, in an orchard

“May you never bear fruit again!”

 

Too many times I linger

I think too much

and nothing happens until I let go

 

 

BT Springs

3.14.12

Hunger games


Another morning, back to the city

showered and ready to face the day.

Hunger warning

passing a fig tree

no fruit- only leaves

Here I go again

writing to make a living

and talking to my friends

Here I go again, in an orchard

saying-“May you never bear fruit again!”

Withered and dead

it happened so quickly

so I move along and wonder

If I had faith

and no doubt

I could move mountains

with what I write about

Here I go again

writing to make a living

and talking to my friends

Here I go again, in an orchard

“May you never bear fruit again!”

Too many times I linger

I think too much

and nothing happens until I let go

If I believe

I will recieve

whatever I ask

from you.

Here I go again

writing to make a living

and talking to my friends

Here I go again, in an orchard

“May you never bear fruit again!”

Too many times I linger

I think too much

and nothing happens until I let go

I tell you the truth,

with faith no doubt

I could do anything

through Jesus

I could write to you

with that kind of truth

and together we could move mountains!

Here I go again

writing to make a living

and talking to my friends

Here I go again, in an orchard

“May you never bear fruit again!”

Too many times I linger

I think too much

and nothing happens until I let go

BT Springs

3.14.12

Forgive and forget


When I read this I think of the opportunity that I have had and have been given by someone who has forgiven me. Read Matthew 18 21-35. Higher math indeed!

The content of our character is to get this concept of higher Math in our lives. It ain’t natural! This forgiveness to infinity. We have been wronged, do we seek revenge? Or do we do what the word says? My gut tells me to get the “pound of flesh” but my Lord tells me, to forgive and forget.

This isn’t preaching, this is self conviction. The rejection of forgiveness makes you wonder if it is worth it and Christ says it is in the long run. If you are a person who wants to be judged by the content of your character as I know I want to be, you’ll start forcing yourself to forgive people. The best way is looking at the infractions that you have had and wanted to be forgiven. You longed for the spouse who divorces you to forgive that sin you committed against him or her. You hoped to go to your father and mother and reconcile your childish grudge and you couldn’t bring yourself to do it. And even in money matters, when someone has ripped you off, forgive them of the debt. Most times we can’t do it on our own time or power, Christ has to do it for you. Forgive and forget.

Grudges are the kind of thing that puts the unforgiving in chains. In the story of the king who forgave a debt, the servant turned around and threw a a guy who owed him money in debtor’s prison. When the King finds out he throws the servant who he had forgiven into debtors prison.

Jesus ends that story by saying, “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart.”
Higher Math

It’s morning time

Daylight saving

lost some sleep

from the road you’re paving for me

I’m free

Saw an old friend

turned enemy

caught his glance through the doorway

he just glares at me

He ripped me off, and I was his boss

now I’m free.

How many times must I forgive him?

I’ve forgiven him seven times.

and then you tell me that you’ve forgiven me

at least seventy-seven times.

How convenient! This equation

when I’m in this situation

make me cry, make me laugh

but this is higher math!

So I walk this old country road

back to a place and time

when I wronged a righteouss man

and committed the crime-but he looked at me

He set me free- Higher math.

And I hope you get the jist of the story

and I hope that you will understand

that I can’t stop the hurt I’ve caused

but I can claim the land. I’m coming in for a landing.

There was this King

whop had everything and gave

his subjects power. Soem object,

others repent, but the good ones invest!

So don’t turn around and curse the ground

after you’ve been forgiven of your debt.

Don’t burn the bridges or you can’t return to town

forgive and forget (that’s the hard part)

How many times must I forgive him?

I’ve forgiven him seven times.

and then you tell me that you’ve forgiven me

at least seventy-seven times.

So I’m talking to a friend I met on the road

and he is saving money and saving time.

He gives me two candelsticks and a wallet full of grace

He kisses my cheek and we share a laugh,

Yes indeed, he set me free- Higher math.

BT Springs 3.13.12

Explaining Triology


Nobody read the BLOGS anymore, but I was stuck on 29, so I guess going thirty I can explain myself. I have had people ask me what TRIOLOGY means and it is simple enough but when you think about the three prong aspects of studying God and His plan for us, it comes down to THEOLOGY.Triology is pronounced TRY-ology and not Tree-ology! But here is an explanation of the TRI-ology method of studying God:

1. Biblical Theology

Biblical Theology is just what it says, learning about God by reading and studying God breathed and inspired Word. When we study Biblical Theology we believe that God is telling us the truth and we take Him at His word.

2. Systematic Theology

Remember the scientific method from the labs you did in school? You know the “best information, rinse and repeat until proven otherwise.” It starts with hypothesis and becomes a theory when testing out for a long period of time and eventually it either becomes law or not. Through the years our relationship with God is systematic not so much “religious.”

3. Evangelical Theology

Finally we go Evangelical on you. You relate to friends and neighbors, you have a message to deliver not only by your mouth and writings, but moreover the way you live your life. Evidence starts climbing by character building, being correctable, challenge-able and compelled tyo change.

If you are reading this- thanks. If you have any questions or comments let me know.

BT Springs 3.12.12

Have you ever seen a good man gone bad?

Meets the Son of Man and goes away sad.

Cause he couldn’t give up on all the things he had

to get a set of keys!

 

Have you ever seen a woman lose her faith?

It sticks in her head, goes past the heart

and to her waist, well that’s a tragic story

but just you wait, the human tragedy.

 

It’s so hard for a rich man

and a wealthy woman,

so hard for a layman to understand.

 

So hard for a city boy

and hard for  a sophisticate

to reach a place that  they might undertand

the keys to the Kingdom.

 

Have you ever seen a child at play

the imagination beckons and they mold a lump of clay

they save a place for you and by the end of the day

you are engaged.

 

Have you ever seen a couple when they pray?

they get past the laundry list and and mean just what they say.

they bring it to the throne of God and are thankful for the give and take

and then we turn the page!

 

We are cautious and unamused

we are listless, lost and confused

and all we need to be is open and used

by God’s right hand!

 

We are angry about to blow a fuse

We are stoic and broken up in twos

We can’t walk a mile in their shoes

We are islands until we understand

to follow His plan. And He has a plan for us.

 

Have you ever seen a politician wash his hands-

to the kind of truth that was standing right in front of him.

The kind of truth that follows the leader of the band,

He who holds the keys, calling out to all, to you and to me,

He who holds the keys to the Kingdom.

 

The blues ain’t nothing but a good man, feeling bad.

 

BT Springs 3.10.12