Most songs I write or sing have stories or 'moments' behind them...here are some of those moments.
RIGHT THERE FOREVER - The song I wrote for Thomas while we were engaged and sang to him during our Wedding ceremony.
LORD YOU'VE BEEN GOOD - One day I was standing in the bathroom, combing my hair. The phrase "Lord, You've been good" popped into my head. I started to think of all the awesome things God had done in my life - trials included - and how good He had been to me and my family.
SILVERADO - I grew up on a small farm in Southern Minnesota and worked for neighbor farmers. We worked from sun-up to sun-down during the short months of summer, but always took time for an evening drive with the windows down to enjoy the amazing, wide-open sky. This is my summer-time song.
JUST ABOUT RIGHT - My dad had a cousin who's wife was dying of cancer. This husband and wife had become great friends to me and I enjoyed spending time with them whenever I could. As I watched them during her last days of life on this earth...I saw what God created a relationship to be. They were the inspiration for this song.
I CAN'T EVEN WALK (Without You Holding My Hand) - In 2008, my dad had a below-knee amputation on his left leg due to diabetes. After the amputation, dad spent a few months in a wheel chair until he received a prosthetic leg. He had to learn to walk again with his new leg, which was a slow process. This song has been an encouragement to our family as we are reminded we need God to continually hold our hand and guide us....
COME AWAY WITH ME - Kenny Chesney sings a song called "Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven". The song talks about putting an "extra $20 in the plate at church, one for last night and one to get me through today"...as if we can buy forgiveness for the sins we've committed. But the Bible says in Ephesians:
"For it is by GRACE you have been saved, through faith, and that not of yourselves. It is a gift of God."
This song was written in response to that song.
I MUST TELL JESUS - My parents and I were asked to sing this hymn for the funeral of a close family friend that passed away. The words have stuck with me ever since.
JACKSON - Our son Jackson was born 8 weeks early weighing in at 4 pounds. He spent 23 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in Sioux Falls, SD until he learned to eat on his own. Being a songwriter, I was constantly asked if I was going to write a song for Jackson. Finally the day came when I had time to sit again with my guitar and see what God would give me for lyrics. This is a fun song telling of Jackson's birth and how he couldn't wait to make his grand entrance into the world.
BEN'S SONG - Ben is a boy Thomas & I met in Dallas, TX in March of 2008. Ben approached me one Saturday night to say I needed to write a song about ISAIAH 35:4-6. Ben has some physical challenges that he's had to see a doctor for since birth. During one of these doctor visits, Ben was going to have another ear surgery (not his first). He was waiting in a room and noticed a picture on the wall. It was a picture of doctors gathered together, and Jesus was in the midst of them. This verse was on the bottom of that picture:
ISAIAH 35: 4-6: Say to those who are fearful-hearted: 'Be strong, do not fear....Behold, your God will come....
He will come and save you! Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened. The ears of the
deaf shall be unstopped. The lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute sing'.
I asked Ben what reading that verse meant to him. He said, "Isaiah 35:4-6 gave me peace and comfort
to know that I was going to be okay... no matter what."
THE OLD RUGGED CROSS - For years my parents have gone to the local Nursing Homes and led chapel services.
As kids we would pass out books to a room full of residents, weaving our way in and out of wheelchairs and walkers. Then mom would pull over the piano bench to stand my brothers and I up on so we could sing into the microphone on the podium while my dad played accordion beside us. It was through singing with those residents that I learned so many old hymns... and this song is one of my favorites.
WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD - I stayed with our son Jackson all 23 days while he was in the NICU weighing 4 pounds at birth.
I wasn't allowed to have a cell phone in his room, but I could have my guitar there with me... so I
would play and sing to Jackson. As I looked at my tiny, little miracle hooked up to monitors and an IV, God reminded me I still live in a 'wonderful world' and have much to be thankful for. When I sing this song, I envision myself sitting on the couch singing to tiny Jackson - staying warm in his incubator - and doctors and nurses gathering in the doorway to listen and be encouraged...
in someway, somehow.
Encouraging HOPE to all generations through music & testimony!