Behind the scenes It might be erroneous to advertise that I can give a full behind-the-scenes tour of the writing of this song, as frankly it has been a couple of years since its genesis, and I can’t remember much of how it started. I don’t know which part was the first idea to come. … More Behind the songwriting process for ‘Spring Rain’ (with lyric video)
I’m excited to be able to share another song video to showcase some of what’s coming on the album I’m currently working on. This one’s called ‘Rejoice My Soul’ and is taken straight from Philippians 4. As I say in the video below, I love writing songs straight from Scripture as it makes for good … More New Song taster – ‘Rejoice My Soul’
Here’s a little taster of what’s coming up on the new album I’m making (which you can support right now through Kickstarter – until 21 September 2018). I enjoyed writing this song and filming the video – I hope you enjoy watching it!
Some friends of mine just did a thing. I was pleased to be one of the Kickstarter backers for Songs for Sundays, a new project from Resound Worship, and it arrived in the post today! Headed up by Joel Payne – who I’ve known since my days as a student in York (he led the worship … More Songs for Sundays – new album from Resound Worship
I’ve just finished Writing Better Lyrics. Let me try that again: I’ve just finished reading the book entitled Writing Better Lyrics by Pat Pattison. This book has already cropped up once or twice on the blog. It was recommended to me (and a room full of other starry-eyed songwriters) by Graham Kendrick – the father of modern worship … More Writing Better Lyrics, by Pat Pattison – book review
Poetry has always been the means by which human beings have creatively expressed that which is outside ordinary everyday speech. ‘Poetry’ in this sense encompasses poetry as we know it, but also plays, songs, and even some forms of prose; anything which seeks to use metaphors and similes, symbolism and imagery, hyperbole, creative contrast, rhyme, … More Theology and Poetry
I’m reading Pat Pattison’s wonderful book, Writing Better Lyrics. One of the many, many great things about this book is its inclusion of useful exercises to do as you go along. I have devotedly set aside a notebook for the purpose; it lives with this book, getting pig-eared and dog-chewed as I read and re-read … More Lyric writing: A window on a coffee shop
Dear readers. Please feel free to interact in the comments or via my Facebook page when I post this there. I was just looking at the song ‘Anchor’ by Bethel Music. I was singing it through just to ‘try it out’, see how it felt and whether it was useable in church. I’ve heard it … More Quick post: Clumsy Worship Lyrics
This morning at 7.30am we proudly took delivery of the hard copies of my new EP, “Where I Am Free”. I recorded the EP during the Summer of ’14 and blogged about it at the time. It’s always exciting to release a fresh set of songs after the loving process of recording, mixing and mastering … More New EP release just around the corner!
Since Dan Lank and I announced that we’ve written a new song for Christmas, we’ve had hundreds of listens through our Bandcamp page, with lots of great feedback from friends, family and strangers! I’m pleased to say that the song is now also available to buy on iTunes for the princely sum of £0.79 (English … More New Xmas song now available on iTunes and YouTube!