Here I am in a writing session with Miriam Webster at EMI Studios in Brentwood.
I am so excited to finally be writing songs for my new CD…..or whatever it will be called by the time I finish! LOL!
My method of writing has changed a bit over the years. I used to write from an “artist” standpoint instead of from a worship viewpoint. The difference is one that song is more congregational and the other is more for listening. I enjoy writing both, however, because for the passion of worship that burns in my life, I am now crafting songs that engage those who will sing along with me. My focus is to draw the congregation into worship as they sing.
The more I lead worship, the more I want to stay fresh at it. New songs, new ideas, and new melodies all work together to create new pathways for people to enter into a personal exchange with Jesus….to experience His presence in a new way….and be changed by it.
I would agree with most song writers that the “melody is king.” That’s why I like to write simply, so that anyone can understand the lyric and I want to write melodies and lines so that they can be grasped easily….even by an “unmusical” person. Hooks and fresh catchy phrases are key to the memorability of a song. I want the “take away” to be a truth bonded to a melody that sticks in a person’s heart and mind long after it is heard.
I enjoy co-writing with my husband, Carl, frequently and on occasion I write with other people. When I have a specific topic or scripture on my heart, I will devour the Word for other verses and translations that give greater expression to my thoughts. Typically, I’ll compile all those thoughts on my computer, then give a copy of it to my co-writer so that we can be working from the same page.
I usually have a “feel” in mind before we start writing ie: a ballad or a driving tempo, etc. Since I am not an accomplished piano player, I may get pieces on my own but then show them to a “real” player so they help put shape to it.
A song may take months to write…especially if I only get pieces at a time. If I do, I simply put them on the Garage Band program on my computer and revisit those ideas later. However, many times, a song in completed in one or two sessions. A session usually runs 2 – 3 hours long. Then my creative juices are spent….and I’m toast after that. LOL!
I’m so looking forward to birthing these new songs that will open the gateway of heaven for others to join me on my journey into His Presence.
Here’s a song I enjoyed writing with Carl and Ed Kerr. It’s the title cut, Pour Your Spirit Out from that “live” CD.