It has been so encouraging to hear the feedback from folks concerning the “Stand Firm” album we released on Sunday. We actually sold out of the first batch, that was a shocker! No worries, we do have some additional copies available now and you can also get your copy on iTunes.
The first song on the project is called “Living Hope” and comes from 1 Peter 1:3-12.
This passage focuses on the salvation found in Jesus Christ. It speaks of the big picture. Yes, life is hard now, but Jesus’ mercy towards us should keep us standing firm. No matter what, we will stand firm.
It speaks of hope, mercy, resurrection, inheritance, and so many wonderful promises found in the person and work of Jesus Christ!
The melody of the song came from a chord progression I was messing around with one day. It has some unique timing and chord changes, that if done correctly, it doesn’t seem complex. We took verse 3 to serve as the chorus of the song. The next three sections each served as a unit for verse 1, verse 2, and the bridge.
The whole project was meant to utilize more organic instruments, so we wanted the first track to really show where the rest of the songs were heading. That is why we used the hammered dulcimer to take the lead at first. Throughout the song, different instruments and voices weave in and out (guitars, bells, trumpets, vocal color lines, etc.).
When I am asked what my favorite song is from the project, I think I have to say this one due to the simple complexity of it. It is complex but it doesn’t sound that way.
If you really diagram what the band and vocalists are doing throughout, it is a very systematic approach of passing the baton off to one another. I sing the majority of the song, but Angela McCall adds a verse and some great ad-libs. Peggy McHugh is adding some oohs and aahs through it that you might not even notice but adds such depth to the parts.
The song reaches this level of intensity for me at the bridge where the dulcimer begins this driving line. I have a hard time playing it and singing it sitting down. The music builds with the Scripture so, I feel like I am coming out of my chair. How can you not get excited about the resurrection of Jesus and the inheritance coming to Christians?!
In the second half of the bridge, listen for how different musicians and singers start attacking it from every angle. I love it – gets me so fired up!
There is something great to be able to sing the truths of God’s Word through music. What an honor.
You can enjoy the video above or take a preview of the songs below.