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THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG
I originally planned to have release number 17 as Psalm 16. This seemed be plain wrong so we moved it to number 16.
I wrote this song when I was on holiday in Cornwall earlier this year. The great thing about the ukulele is that regardless of how many bags my wife decides to take with us and all the paraphernalia that comes with children, there’s always room for a little one as there’s little chance I could take a full-sized guitar unless we opted for the dreaded roof-rack.
The melody came first for this song. It was a soft and tender motif with the rhythm going at half of the tempo you hear now. Sensitive and tender songs come naturally to me so I sometimes have to embrace the extrovert in me and go for something upbeat. I toyed with several lyrical concepts but it was when a bit of Bible-bingo (and I’m not advocating gambling here) came into play. Graham Kendrick calls this ‘Psalm-surfing’ - you basically pick a psalm and start singing it with your own melody. As luck, or rather grace would have it, the melody I had seemed to flow very neatly with many lines from the Psalm. I chewed over the Psalm and a bible commentary, and scribbled the words down in my notepad as laptops are not welcome on family holidays in the Baker household.
One of the fun things I’ve found so far about recording the Homegrown Worship songs is that there’s a wide range of musical styles. Being independent and relatively unknown is that there are no expectations or pressures from folk in a boardroom telling you what’s going to sell. Writing and recording these songs has blessed me immensely and it’s had a positive impact on my family too. Every morning that Daddy writes a song, my eldest daughter also wants a turn (she’s only 4 bless her). Her interest in music, worship and storytelling have all grown and she’s said that she’d like me to sing backing vocals on her album when she’s bigger...Homegrown Worship has definitely started something very special in our house
Why not have a go at Psalm-surfing and send what you come up with to us at homegrownworship.com?
Andy Baker, Chief Enthusiast, Homegrown Worship
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