Traditionally, the title cut for any record has been the hardest for me to write. So much seems to weigh on the shoulders of a title cut. I always view it as sort of a summary for the rest of the album. A Cliff’s Notes, if you will. It has to paint the message of the entire record with broad strokes, leaving room for the each individual song on the record to add more specific highlights and colors.
your saying to yourself, “He’s over thinking this…” And you may be right. Well, good news is, I ditched the traditional
Here’s the crazy thing. I had begun writing these words down over and over again in my journal, “Something To Say.” Something told me that should be the title of my next record. I can’t really explain it. It just felt right. And at the time, I was thinking the significance of the title would be that after two records I still had something to say as a singer and songwriter. In reality, I had no idea that “Something To Say” was about to take on a whole new meaning in my life.
EMI bought me out of my deal at Universal. It had take about six months. I had been waiting to make another record, and finally my chance had come. I had all the songs written, the title picked, producer selected, and the schedule booked. The wheels had been set into motion. Then, in April of this year my voice felt different. Not a good kind of different. I was having trouble singing.
To say I felt helpless would be an understatement. To say I wasn’t scared about the future, would be a lie. I was both. Helpless and scared. But in the middle of my silence, I saw way too much irony for mere coincidence. There was a reason why I had jotted those words “Something To Say” down in my journal. And it took having nothing to say for me to understand what this song, and this record is really about. Before my surgery I was focused on what I had to say to the world through my words and music.
But after the surgery, I can see the pathway of a fool. Being silent, allowed me the priceless opportunity to be still, and let God do the talking. He spoke into my life and I heard him in a more real, more tangible way than I ever had before. Now I get it. It’s not about what any of us have to say. It’s about what God and His love have to say through us, and through all of our lives everyday.
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