Friday, September 16, 2011

Ben Rector - Something Like This

I tweeted this and facebook-ed about this album Something Like This yesterday...and one day later, I still have to make sure you get this. If you don't trust my word, take a look (& listen) at what people in Nashville, Tennessee are saying about Ben Rector and the album...incredible stuff:

All kidding aside, here's a sample of the album:

Still not convinced? You can go to Ben's bandcamp page and download a free sampler of a few songs from his previous albums. That's right I said FREE. Go get it!

Hope you love it.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Big Idea

So I haven't blogged in a while.

And then today....5 POSTS!!! 4 of which are songs and lyrics that I've technically already written. So does that count? YES!!! I'm counting them!

But anyway, I've posted this songs here partially because I didn't know where else I could.

I'm rambling. Sorry.

So the Big Idea.

Lately I've felt that the church...our church...should do something...something be a blessing to our community. The thing that I felt the LORD say to do was to make a recording. So the basic idea is to make a live / acoustic / recording of these songs...which I wrote, plus 2 more covers. Next we sell the album. Then we give all the profit to the community. The target would be our local high school. Just to say that we are here and want to be a blessing to you.

If you know where I work and where we meet for church, you can probably put two and two together, but I don't want to post it here just yet.

Anyway, that's why I posted those you can practice!

My hope for this project is that the album wouldn't be the final product, but seeds that we are sowing into our community in hopes of bearing greater fruit than just music...but that lives would be affected for the better.

I need a lot of help, so if you wanna help in anyway you can, big or small, let me know. You can leave a comment, or send me a message on facebook or twitter. I think there are links to the right somewhere. Even a little note saying you're praying for this is more of a blessing than you know.

I'll post updates as more things come clear.

Thanks for reading...take care

& let your light shine.....

Song time - Be Still

wrote this song going through a rough patch in my's about trusting that even though everything seems to be crashing down around me, I need to make time to stop and realize the LORD is there and He is God.

BeStill(082311DEMO) by jaredmiyamoto

I will be still   I will wait here
For You to come O LORD
For You to come

(&) save the day, rescue me once again
speaking to me words of hope
& peace, driving away all I fear

In the valley of the shadow
I will find my strength in You


(&) take my hand, I am reaching out to You again
I have tried to make it on my own
but failed. I am weary and in need of rest

Like the prodigal I must confess
Only You can fill this emptiness, so...


In the valley of the shadow
I will find my strength in You
Like the prodigal I must confess
Only You can fill this emptiness, so...


Let your light shine.....

Song time - For You So Loved

...based off of John 3:16

  ForYouSoLoved(81111)DEMO by jaredmiyamoto

Oh God, for You so loved the world 
that You sent Your only Son to die upon the cross 
the sacrifice for all 
 That whoever would believe 
Would gain eternal life 
For our sins are washed away by the blood that flowed from Him 
Our Savior Jesus Christ 

LORD You gave everything to show 
Your great love that rescues evermore 
Forever I will praise Your holy name 
For You alone are God Savior of the world 
Worthy to be praised 

God of mercy and grace I pray forgiveness fall like rain 
as I give my life to You Holy Spirit make me new 
& wash away my shame 
And I will join the angel's song 
singing, "Holy is the LORD" Forever and always for all of my days 
I will worship You my God 

Let your light shine.....

Song time - I Love You LORD

This song is just talking to the LORD about what He has done in my life and my response to Him.

ILoveYouLord(81811DEMO) by jaredmiyamoto

I come before You LORD  For You have made my heart to see
Your unfailing love is pouring out on me
Your mercy saved my soul Your grace it makes me clean
And I'll worship You my LORD, forever I will sing

I love You LORD
and I will praise You with my whole heart
for my life is Yours
I love You LORD
may Your name be exalted
in all of the earth

to the one who's saved my soul
to the one who makes me whole
to the one who redeemed me
to the one who sets me free
to the one who reigns on high
to the one who gave His life
to the one who's always faithful
O LORD my God I'll praise You

Let your light shine.....

Song time - Holy Is the LORD

This is just a simple song that I wrote to express my heart in what some call "worship". A prayer of sorts.

HolyIsTheLord(81111)DEMO by jaredmiyamoto

We praise You God above all things 
Savior of the world The King of kings 
We bow our hearts before You now in awe 

We gather here O LORD to seek Your face 
Let Your glory fall here in this place 
As we worship You with all our hearts 

We cry out holy is the LORD 
We cry out holy is the LORD 

Let Your glory fall here in this place as we worship You 
Let Your glory fall here in this place as we worship You

Let your light shine...

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

You Were a House on Fire by Listener

I cannot tell you how much I love the Wooden Heart album by Listener. Dan Smith's lyrics are amazing. I shared a bit of what I thought about the track Wooden Heart a while back, here.

However right now, their song You Were A House On Fire is what is moving me...challenging me...helping me to see and understand the world a little better. Here's the audio.

The whole song is amazing, but the parts that really get to me is in the second verse. It reads:

We all write songs about life, we just sing them different.
you sing the words but you don't know the song
and you expect us all to sing along? how selfish.
- for me it speaks about thinking my way is the only way...that for a long time I have been "selfish"...not listening to the way others sing their songs...and because they don't sing it my way, it think it's wrong...that needs to change. basically, I need to listen better.

the lengths that we go to, to put so much distance between us is staggering
- here is pretty self explanatory. crazy how much time, $, & energy we spend to isolate ourselves from each other...and then just as much of the same trying to meet others...something is not right.

I can't decide if I should knock down your door or on it
say the word and I'll take an axe to your heart or a pin prick

- this part is just full of emotion that i don't know why, but connects with me. just the conflict he is struggling with as to how to rescue this person. should he come crashing in? or wait to be invited in?

cut right through the dark, let it spill out the contents
on our knees sorting through the remnants
pour out your hate in my hands, I'll let em slip through my fingers
- i just love the the 3rd line here. beautiful.

You can find the whole song w/ lyrics here at Listener's Bandcamp Page...and while you're there you can check out the rest of their album as well!

Also, here's a live performance of the song with a little intro to the song itself. And as you'll hear Dan say, "hope you love it."