The One Where I Share Some Music Or Whatever….

We're thinking about getting the band back together....

They did this themselves. We’re thinking about getting the band back together…. 

Most people who have only known me since I moved to Nashville don’t know this, but I actually moved here for music. I expected there to be someone at the Tennessee state line who was handing out record contracts…. but all I found was some construction. In Michigan, if you told someone that you write songs, they would not let you leave their house until you played at least one song…. In Nashville, if you tell someone that you are a songwriter, you can expect them to say something along the lines of “I will literally pay you $20 NOT to play me a song.” Long story short, in addition to my mad blogging skillz, I’m kind of a musician–Even though I don’t really write anymore. Writing music, for me, takes a whole lot of time and solitude…. And those two things are hard to come by with three kids and two jobs. Anyway, I won’t submit you to any of the stuff I actually sang on, but I wanted to share an instrumental I wrote to what I consider one of the best hymns ever written: “This Is My Father’s World”

So here is what I want you to do: I want you to push play on the track (that I just learned how to embed), and then I want you to read the lyrics as you listen to the music. Even if you’re reading this in Nashville…. Don’t worry, I don’t want anything from you, and I don’t have any industry connections for you either. The words of this song are so good. And so true. And in the midst of all the garbage around us, it’s good to be reminded every once in a while of some goodness and truth. Enjoy!

This is my Father’s world 
and to my listening ears
all nature sings, and round me rings
the music of the spheres. 
This is my Father’s world 
I rest me in the thought
of rocks and trees, of skies and seas
his hand the wonders wrought.

This is my Father’s world
the birds their carols raise
The morning light, the lily white
declare their Maker’s praise.
This is my Father’s world
He shines in all that’s fair
In the rustling grass I hear Him pass
He speaks to me everywhere.

This is my Father’s world 
O let me ne’er forget
that though the wrong seems oft so strong 
God is the ruler yet.
This is my Father’s world 
why should my heart be sad?
The Lord is King; let the heavens ring!

God Reigns; let the earth be glad!

The Lord is King… let the heavens ring 
God reigns… let the earth be glad!

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13 Responses to The One Where I Share Some Music Or Whatever….

  1. heidijw says:

    This is beautiful! Reminds of when you used to drag me into Calvin’s practice rooms and play your latest masterpieces — sign me up if you cut a CD of hymns like this!

  2. Jo Karen ! says:

    I am not familiar with this hymn, but your music is beautiful. Did you also play it? I am in awe.

  3. Joan Tuls says:

    Chris, your Bible teacher Art, and I really apprecated this!

  4. Catherine Kanen says:

    Thank you so much for the music and the reminder! I really needed that this morning. Please keep on doing what you do so well! -Cath

  5. Carolyn Johnson says:

    Fun fact (or actually, ‘boring science fact’, but I still want to show off that I know it): the line, “and round me rings the music of the spheres” is referring to the Aristotelian system’s view of the cosmos that spherical Earth is at the center of, and inside concentric crystalline spheres that people believed they could hear sing- kind of like when you run your finger ’round the rim of a wine glass. Read about this craziness on Wikipedia; but isn’t it wild that this song’s so old that it was sung back when people believed we were essentially on that bad TV show, ‘Under the Dome’.

  6. OK, you made me laugh, but then I decided you have the kernel of a music business as described. Sure, you go door-to-door and offer to take $20 not to play them a song and take your guitar to various bars and offer not to play for $50. Totally do-able and maybe even efficient. But,yeah, that wouldn’t meet your desire to share the music inside with other people. And, especially, if you write songs, you want to share those with others. I understand. I do. Peace and blessings, Bob

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