Several months ago, I sat down to try to write a song from Titus 2. It’s usually easy for me to see how new songs could flow out of the Psalms, but this is not a
chapter I would normally pick to inspire a song. But, surprisingly, a song came. Lest you think that songwriting is completely mystical, and not work…I thought it might be fun to let you in on a little bit of the process of this song.
Here are my notes from my first writing session. Notice they are on the back of a piece of artwork one of my daughters drew for me. 🙂
And, here are the final lyrics and chords:
A few things I noticed:
- Some words and phrases (like “reverence,” “speak truth” and “love well”) made it into the final version, and even in the sections I envisioned. See the V1 C V2 B markings on the original?
- Some concepts remained, though the wording changed. For example “Pass on what we’ve been given” changed to “And we will give what we receive.”
- Some concepts got expanded. “May our lives show the glory of Your word” on the brainstorm document developed into this really cool 3-part stacking of the phrases: “May our very lives adorn Your word.” “We give you honor, we give you glory. We live Your praise. We live Your praise.” “In the darkest hour of night, may the beauty of our lives like the stars, shine like the stars…”
Check out the video below to hear what the final version sounds like! And comment below on what you notice!
Featured Song by Proskuneo
‘Adorn’ was a theme song at Revive ’17 Conference
Words and Music by Josh Davis