Whenever you set out to accomplish something (i.e. set a goal to record one song per month), isn’t it funny how life seems to pile up hurdle after hurdle, making it seem like an even harder task than you realized??? So I got off to a good start with recording this month, laying down initial “scratch” tracks to a number of songs, to then be able to narrow down which one I wanted to dive into. But after that, things seemed to come to a big halt!
First of all, when you’re doing a DIY home recording, a lot of it is trial and error, which takes a lot of time. Also, trying to coordinate schedules with other band members, figuring out microphone configurations, experimenting with drum heads and tuning, etc, I quickly realized this is not going to be as easy breezy as I initially thought. Oh, not to mention that our house is under construction, we just hatched 7 baby chicks in our garage, and our son is playing basketball and daughter tennis!!!!
So what was my reaction to all of this?? 2 words — NOT GREAT. Haha! I can tend to over-analyze and obsess over situations, which can lead to frustration and discouragement. I kept thinking – this recording project was supposed to be a fun way for me to work on and pursue something I’m passionate about, and now it is just making me miserable. AAAAAHHH!!!
That’s when I had step back and take a BIG deep breath. I accepted the fact that there was a good chance of not finishing a song for the month of January, and I’d probably have to have this blog post simply talk about how in life we don’t always reach our goals and accomplish what we set out to do (even though Instagram makes it appear that everyone is).
And then right around this same time a good friend sent me this verse:
2 Corinthians 9:8: “God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”
It’s just what I needed to hear to reset my thinking. It reminded me that God’s grace is enough and He always provides exactly what we need to accomplish what He has called us to do. As I meditated on this truth and just let it sink in, I became more and more filled with peace and thankfulness. This renewed attitude of gratitude reminded me of a little tune I had written a while back; one that I wasn’t sure was complete or even if I’d ever do anything with. I decided to lay down a quick recording and see if there was anything there. Once it was tracked things just seemed to fall into place quickly, without the stress and frustration, and it re-energized my joy and excitement for music and recording. And then, by finishing this song quickly, it opened up some time and space to continue working on the other songs that were already started. You never know how things are going to go, but if you just keep working at it and don’t quit, you’ll eventually get where you’re going!
So, with all that said, I’m happy and thankful to release my first song of this project: “Undeserved Life”.
Special thanks to Josh Zimmer and Dakota Mason for adding to the song.
Cover photo: Allie Wilson