With Donnie Skaggs at my side and a great band of seasoned session players, we forged out 5 new songs that have received good marks so far. The next day ,we were joined by 2 of the very best demo singers in Nashville, both of who I've worked with a half dozen times in the past and who I think the world of. Their efforts put the songs over the top. I can't wait to play them for you and will right away. It was a wonderful few days and I'm greatful to have had the opportunity. I really hope you'll enjoy the songs. They are are quite varied in style.
" I Surrender All I Am to You" has, I'm blessed to say, received lots of attention since being posted 10 or so days ago. 2 of you wrote and asked where the inspiration came from and why the songs seems so singer friendly. The inspiration came from an acquaintance who showed me an old hymn where my subsequent title was a line in the chorus. The hymn went in a completely different direction from my lyrics and, even though the title, or similar ones, has been written 100's of times, the words really impacted me because of my own personal experiences. It seems I struggle at times trying so hard to solve life problems myself instead of turning them over to The Lord who can do anything. It occurred to me that actually surrendering these human issues is a much stronger action on my part than merely turning it over to him. So often , my experience is to turn it over, take it back ad infinitum. I personally related much more deeply with the act of surrender. Thus, the backstory.
The easy "singability"of the chorus has a much easier answer. The chords were simple as was the melody and the chorus contains repetition. So it's pretty easy to sing along with parts of the chorus by the end of the song.
The you sincerely for the likes,tweets and questions.
I'm always happy to answer questions.
This song was the first one I have ever co-written with a Pro-writer from Nashville. He was great to work with and with a lot of help from him, we finished the song in October in about 2 1/2 hours. It usually takes me weeks or even months when working alone. I fed him the idea and some of the lines I had and marveled at his speed and expertise. He is a little more country sounding than I am used to but the story brought back memories. Hope it does for you also. Lyrics and Music co-written by Billy Dee.
I saw the phrase that became the title of this new song about a year ago. I immediately wrote it down and said I have got to write a song about that. So here is the first of the five new songs that were demoed in Nashville 10-8-13, The Cradle of Your Grace. I hope you enjoy it.
Be sure to check the featured artist on Reverbnation today. We are one of the featured artist. Reverbnation is a site hosting 3.2 million artists and who knows how many songs. Each week they feature artists based on a song that go great radio feedback. They are showcasing the uptempo country song that I wrote called Put Your Dukes Down. I am so pround but mostly, appreciative of your support. Thank You !!!
Y'all we just found out that we are #2 in all of Greenvillle County in the genre of country. This is a pretty big deal to me and is partially based on your "likes", "tweets" and general support of my music. So I thank you with all my heart for helping me achieve this level.
I am in Nashville this week having demos done of some new songs. Hope to be able to share these with all of you very soon.
Just uploaded a new song called, A Brand New Book. It basically deals with taking baby steps when entering a new relationship, especially since the last one resulted in a great deal of pain. Let me know what you think.
Having received quite a nice honor recently, I wanted to share it with those of you who have been so great about following and supporting my music.
The Nashville Songwriters Association International ( the worlds largest association for educating song writers) offers a covey of great work shops for writers. You can attend all except one simply my paying the tuition fee and showing up. Their Advanced Song Writing Forum is not that way. You have to apply,send bios, pictures, songs and answer essay questions. It's open not only To NSAI's 10,000 members but also to any other writer who wants to apply! They accept 50 people total.
I have applied each of the last 4 years to no avail. 2 weeks ago I was notified I had been accepted. You can only imagine my yelling and hopping around the room like an idiot.
The faculty consists of 8 famed writers ,all of whom have enjoyed numerous #1hits on various charts. There will be instructive sessions as well as having time to listen to and critique my songs.I hear its like a quantum leap of learning as opposed to all the baby steps I take every day.
I am so excited that I just had to brag. Hope that's ok. I'll be leaving for a week next Monday and hope I'll come home a much improved writer. Thanks for listening and again for your support. Henry
Several FB friends have asked what made me decide to write a song in the 1 st person with Jesus as the speaker; where the motivation and inspiration came from etc . It started on Easter of 2008 at church, based on a few lines from the sermon that really moved me. " forget the wafers and the wine,y'all, talk to me" was the starting point. According to that line, The Lord is a whole lot more interested in our direct conversations with him ( usually one sided) than in the practice of the sacraments, though they are fine too. Implies he wants a " personal thing", more of a friendship. I agreed. These words were the inspiration. I dashed home from church and wrote the 1st draft in an afternoon. But it was far from finished. It was originally written in the 3rd person and could have been narrated by anyone. That just didn't seem to jive. Then, several years later, I had the idea for a 1st person draft. It seemed so much more intimate this way. The song was critiqued by the Nasville Song Writers Association and was fairly well received but they said it was way too long at a little over 4 minutes. So I put it away again and when I revisited it last year, it seemed right the way it was, length issue or not. And yes, it was very difficult to try the impossible task of writing from Jesus' perspective as if I had a clue about that. But ideas from more great sermons gave me the confidence to go ahead with it. I'm glad I did. It's been received well and for that I thank you. JHG