Longest Night

Each Winter Solstice, our church holds a service for those who might be struggling with the holidays. This year it feels like something all of us can relate to in some way or another. This song is for all of us, this year.

Longest Night 12/21/2017

Folks are singing joy to the world,

But I just can’t seem to sing along.

Each time I try to see the light, each silent night seems, oh so long.

The cold of the bleak midwinter enters into my body and soul.

Everyone is holding on to candy canes, but it feels like I’ve got a fistful of coal. 

I’ve listened to the angels we have heard on high, but I still feel so low.

Why can’t I feel that same peace on Earth everybody else seems to know.

I’m so far down, I can hardly find the energy to pray

For a little less darkness with each passing day.

But maybe with the sun, some hope will arise with a little more levity and light

If I can make it through the longest night.

Little Slice of Heaven

I first started writing this song in Austin, Texas while attending a friend’s wedding. It was an incredible wedding complete with a dance off during the reception (I think I came in second).

This song pulls in a lot of pieces from all over my life. And while American🇺🇸 Thanksgiving and Canadian🇨🇦 (real) Thanksgiving happen in different months, they are both wonderful celebrations of all that we share. I hope you enjoy this, and if you do, please feel free to share. After all, today is a day for sharing.

Happy Thanksgiving

I can still remember grandma’s house at thanksgiving
With all the folks who made our lives worth living
We had Turkey, potatoes, gravy, and dressing
And all dug in soon as grandpa gave the blessing

With our plates piled high and our friends held tight
Our family knew how to do the holidays right
It felt even better as every single second went by
It’s almost like a little slice of heaven snuck away from the sky

And when I met my girl my life got even better
And I thank The Good Lord for the moment that I met her
And when she took me home on that night in November
I knew that it would be a thanksgiving to remember

We arrived to the scene of a new mother and a child
We both looked at them and simultaneously smiled
And I knew that I was blind to a blessing if I
Couldn’t see that
It’s almost like a little slice of heaven snuck away from the sky

It’s almost like a little slice of heaven snuck away
Showing us what life is gonna be like on the day
When we finally see that place where the angels fly
It’s almost like a little slice of heaven snuck away from the sky

And that got me thinking of that thanksgiving day
When we couldn’t go home so we decided to stay
And celebrate the life that we were making together
And went for a walk in the warm fall weather

We could still hear the birds as they sang in the trees
And river laughed with us as it waited for the freeze
And the two of us strolled along and let out a sigh
Thinkin’
It’s almost like a little slice of heaven snuck away from the sky

I can almost imagine God looking around
And wondering what his kingdom is doing on the ground
With the grateful sinners and and the people they love
Who decide to take a moment to thank The Lord above

For the food on the table and the clothes on their back
And the people who always keep them on the right track
Even when grace and patience is in short supply
It’s almost like a little slice of heaven snuck away from the sky

It’s been a hard year with a lot of close calls
But a daddy picks his boy up whenever he falls
And I’ve ten tears of joy for every one of sadness I cry
Because
It’s almost like a little slice of heaven snuck away from the sky

Each Other’s Arms Again

Social distancing is hard. But this is how we protect each other. Hopefully, it won’t be too long before we can all be together. Until then, we dream of being in each other’s arms again.

Social Distance Sing

We all have reasons to practice social distancing.
Maybe your work depends on you staying healthy.
Maybe someone in your life has a compromised immune system.
Maybe you just understand that this is the most important thing we can all do right now.

Either way, this situation can be isolating, and difficult, and many of us still want to connect. That is what this project is all about. 

I want to hear from all of you about this experience. It could be about how difficult it is to explain all of this to your kids. It could be the much needed little moments of humor you serendipitously find. It could be tackling a project that you have had on the back burner for too long.

Tell me how this experience has been for you and I will use your responses in several songs over the next few weeks. Or, feel free to add a verse or a couple of lines to one of the songs that I am working on right now (I will post drafts shortly). If you want to sing it and post a video, even better.

Here are a few questions to help get you started.
Why are you practicing social distancing?
What are some of the things you are thankful for right now?
What are you looking forward to when this is all over?

Feel free to post in the comments, or send me a message with your reflection.
Sing alone together 
Because we still wonder whether
The music we can make will be healing.

Sing about the world without
The harmony that we can bring
Voices break the silence
Because of the science of social distancing.

Fix it Forward

Fix it forward is about to donate it’s 200th car, this Thursday. They have helped women escaping abusive relationships, parents who need to get their kids to preschool, and so many others who need help to get their life moving in the right direction. Thank you to everyone who is working to make a difference through this important organization!

Lunch Aid

I can’t speak from experience about going hungry. I’ve never really reflected on that as much as I have over the last few weeks. I am grateful for all the resources that our communities, churches, and schools provide to address this problem, but it feels like we are still failing.

School lunches are provided at a reasonable price, and some students have access to reduced price, or even free lunches. However, there are some who still are unable to cover that cost. And when that happens, they either go hungry, or go into debt.

Lunch Aid is benefit concert to address this problem and raise money to eliminate the lunch debt owed by students in Fargo. When I heard about this benefit, I felt like I needed to know more and find a way to help.

But helping isn’t just throwing money at a problem and hoping that it doesn’t return. Helping means looking at what we can do to support these students in every way possible so they grow up knowing this is a city that has their back. Because these are all our children.

See you all on September 15th, 4-7pm at Sanctuary.