So stand up, people…
It’s been a little while since Psalm 88 was released. So, it’s time to let you know that another song is close to completion.
The Dark Side of Love is a song inspired by Dr. J. Vernon McGee’s message of the same title. Aside from McGee’s voice reminding me of days gone by, the core of what he says is generally spot on, and this message is no exception.
The liberal preacher has chanted like a parrot. He has used shopworn cliches and tired adjectives. He has said, “God is love, God is love, God is love” until he has made it saccharin sweet; yet he has not told about the dark side of the love of God. He has watered down love, making it sickening rather than stimulating, causing it to slop over on every side like a sentimental feeling rather than an abiding concern for the object of love.
Lyrics for the Dark Side of Love take key phrases and points from Zephaniah 3. Living in a country that has traditionally been pro-Israel, we tend to forget that it can be a place of wickedness and filth.
So with that I leave you with the chorus of the song.
The whole world will be consumed
By the fire of my jealous anger
It’s a dangerous perfume
Poured out from the dark side of love
A chord of two synths is stronger than one.
Today the crisis is the earthquake in Nepal. By the time you’re reading this, there will be another one somewhere else, or perhaps a hurricane, tornado, or other natural, or man-made disaster. All of these are tragedies and signs of a planet that is not at peace.
A lot of decent and moral people, along with some not so decent, will always feel compelled to assist the helpless and hurting in these dark days. And we all should. We all should do what we can to help those in need, those in crisis. That is never in question.
However, we are not permanently saving lives by doing so. None of us can really save a life. We can merely extend life on earth. Saving a life would involve someone who is willing and worthy enough to take your place in death. Your place in eternal life, a saved life, can only come from a savior.
Today I challenged myself to produce a new track in a couple of hours. I had no lyrics, no music to start with. And then I wrote this song, based on Isaiah 53.
5 Tips for Fast Songwriting
Is there a secret to writing songs fast? Here’s how I did it at least.
- Don’t be a perfectionist
- Write within your comfort zone
- Keep it simple (stupid)
- Set a cutoff time/deadline
- Publish it before you can change your mind
That’s really it. So here you are, listening to a piece that was created within a couple of hours after work.