Firstly hello to everyone. For some time now I’ve been running the Pigsty Studio blog but recently we’ve decided to pool our resources so I’m now starting to write here instead. At some point in the not too distant future we’ll move all the old posts from there to here too.
For those of you that have read my stuff before you can safely assume that the change won’t affect my usual “tell it as it is” style including my various heretical deliberations, so lets start as we mean to go on then…
The last couple of tracks have dovetailed really nicely for me…”What the?” How does that work” I hear you ask – “One is an emotive song all passionate and moody about throwing everything away for God and being completely abandoned to him and the other is happy, bouncy and all “whoo whoo whooa!” about flowers and stuff!”
Now then I say this not in any way to knock the song we produced last month nor its author or even for that matter the content – it’s a very admirable sentiment/vision. I’ve never really been one for dramatic abandonment and some might say I’m poorer for it, but I’ve seen too many people do it and not come out the other side and so this month’s track is more my style.
It talks about the fact that we go up, we go down, have inspiration and then it all seems crap BUT through it all God is constant. Our call is to be constant, not blown this way or that. It’s great when God does amazing powerful works. I’ve been in church meetings where everyone that goes to the front seems to end up flat on their backs or when people wriggle across the floor like snakes getting deliverance but for whatever reason it’s not always like that and excuse my apparent pessimism, but I don’t think its going to be.
You’ll always get people with rose-tinted glasses who talk about “back in the day” (although if you ask my mother she’ll tell you it wasn’t that pretty back in the day either) but I liken following God to being a bit like falling in love; the first few weeks are awesome you’re over the moon, you get butterflies in your stomach at that first kiss (I do have a sloppy side too you know) and everything just looks wonderful, but then you start spending more time together and you realise that it’s not quite that simple.
You’ve got to work it out, you’ve got to put one foot in front of the other and make it work. It’s not that there’s no love or no passion any more – on the contrary love should hopefully grow over the years into a more stable foundation but somehow that fact that your spouse has left his breakfast dishes on the work surface instead of putting them in the dishwasher, and there are breadcrumbs everywhere near the toaster for the fourth time this week, and he did it all last week too is still annoying even though you love him.
So as the song says: Flowers fade, but your word remains. God calls us to follow him not just in the good time when everything is rosy and inspiring but when its hard and doesn’t make any sense and everything has faded too.
I titled this post “different but the same”….and there was method in my madness. Having said these songs are different you know what – they’re not. One might be through slightly rose-tinted glasses – “it used to be good years ago” type stuff and the other more practical “I’ll put one foot in front of the other” but I think actually behind their various phrasing they both simply say: “God I wanna make my life count.”
Enjoy….meanwhile I shall return to my burrow to try to work out how on earth I apply this my life!
P.S. Thanks to those folks who gave me some of their time to help with this track. You’re now all officially
rock reggae stars.