That day, He told me He wanted to trade my burdens for joy and pain for healing. That day, He reminded me that He had seen every tear, every disappointment, every frustration, every compulsive behavior and every panic attack. There was nowhere I had gone unloved or unseen. He told me I wasn’t annoying Him but instead, delighted Him. And of all the crazy, lavish, nonsensical, reckless things, He had taken me to Scotland to do it!
This spring, I took a crack at it! I put into words all I’ve learned about songwriting and the posture of heart required to write worship. We gathered 12 writers. We spent a few months working through a course, experimenting with teaching and deep discussion. We laughed, we cried, we grew. It was beautiful. Now, we are ready to share it.
Many times as songwriters, we believe we are supposed to fit into one of two categories: words or music. Have you heard this before? After over 1,000 co-writes, I have come to believe that I see seven types of songwriters. Seven tribes, if you will. I hope this broader view helps you to understand who you are as a writer and those you write with in greater ways. There are amazing things about every one of these types, and we need them all in the Kingdom!
Dear Brave, I would much prefer this introduction be in person, over a cup of coffee with good music playing in the background, rather than a letter I’m writing from my front porch in Ohio. However, God seems to find ways of connecting us all despite geographical divides, so I’m being obedient and believing that community pervades distance. As I write, I’m picturing you all in my mind. I’m hoping this letter finds you rested, healthy, and whole.