Well, I recorded this song in GarageBand on Saturday after it was brewing in me for a few weeks. Although I am far from qualified to talk about pregnancy first hand (having lived enough of it second hand has told me I don’t ever want to experience it first hand), I liken song writing to the gestation period. Something gets conceived in my heart or spirit, then after days, weeks, sometimes months, (and in a few cases, years), a song is birthed.

I was spurred on to put this track on my site, blemishes and all, by Meghan Arias, who just put up her own rough tune from GarageBand this morning (it’s amazing!). It will go through plenty of re-working once it gets in the hand of my band, and then again once it goes to tape under the watchful eye of producers, so you’ll most likely never hear it like this again. But I thought one of the privileges of following me on my website should include unreleased samples of music right in the initial phases of the creative process.

Obviously, this is a congregational worship tune, one written for my church. It stems from a growing burden that worship leaders would be true minstrels and prophets over their region, creating the indigenous declarations that the Holy Spirit has called them to. I love covering other music (insert your favorite Hillsong, Vineyard, Maranatha, Integrity, NewSong, Passion artist here); but I yearn for what the Bride has to say from those in Her small towns, city boroughs, mountain side villages, and outlying cities not mentioned on the top 20 largest in the US. Be true to what HE is calling you to write! And write it!

Or listen now:

And, as in anything, I welcome your comments: good, bad, and ugly. Who knows: you might have a fantastic idea! (Just don’t expect a royalty). πŸ˜‰



Brandon 'bdivine' · 6 Apr ’09 at 11:21 am

great tune man. i love it.
crazy chord action on the bridge.
catchy melody too.
very nice indeed.

Christopher Hopper · 6 Apr ’09 at 11:39 am

Wow, thanks a lot, Brandon. Means a lot. (I had fun with that bridge!). ch:

Mandee · 6 Apr ’09 at 11:47 am

I’m sure it’s awesome but I can’t seem to be able to download! It takes me to another page full of weird text! πŸ™

Kim Ingerson · 6 Apr ’09 at 12:02 pm

This is awesome Christopher…I agree with you about writing to declare over OUR city, OUR county, OUR nation. It’s hard to find music out there to say what we want to speak over our sphere! Can’t wait to sing this in church…thanks for sharing!

Christopher Hopper · 6 Apr ’09 at 12:11 pm

Mandee: just put up a new player for you.

Kim: thanks for your encouragement! means a lot. u guys r a blessing to serve Jesus with. ch:

Beth · 6 Apr ’09 at 12:18 pm

I know I already told you what I thought of the song, but you really convicted me with this blog. One line keeps coming back in my head.
~ Be true to what HE is calling you to write! And write it!~
He has been trying to tell me to blog again for months. I think I get it now, it doesn’t matter who reads it or who doesn’t. I just need to write for Him and Him alone.

Christopher Hopper · 6 Apr ’09 at 1:35 pm

Thanks Beth! Write, sista’! Write! ch:

Ryan Paige Howard · 6 Apr ’09 at 2:16 pm

Beautiful… I love the lyrics! Thanks, for giving us the privilege of having a free “unreleased” download of it (: to cool.
Have a wonderful day,

Meghan Arias · 6 Apr ’09 at 5:30 pm

Well done!

“There is no one else who…” love the melody there… and the chorus is so very singable!

Next time though guitar down and voice up a bit…just a bit?

Christopher Hopper · 6 Apr ’09 at 7:27 pm

Thanks Ryan: u r most welcome. blessed u feel that way! ch:

Ron Porter · 7 Apr ’09 at 10:45 pm

Awesome song Christopher! I’m excited to hear it at church with a band and 500 people singing it!! Thanks for sharing how you write songs, it’s a good lesson to not give up on a thought or idea, and also on seed, time, and harvest! Along those lines, do you take notes during the gestation period? I’m sure you have a couple dozen songs brewing at the same time, how do you keep them organized??

Keep rockin’ brother!!

Eric · 7 Apr ’09 at 11:30 pm

Love It…record it soon, God’s children need to hear it, especially in this crazzzzy world.

Love ya Brother…cafeful of those little monsters in your bed. They have the potential to lock you in a closet by accident…

mooney · 7 Apr ’09 at 11:49 pm

well, you did it. again.

Samar · 8 Apr ’09 at 8:16 am

great song! I always enjoy your music! Only problem is that it’s too short. Make it 10 minutes long and I’ll be happy haha

I especially like the double ending chords. Thanks for offering this.


DLouisa Ford · 8 Apr ’09 at 9:46 am

Wow Christopher!! Amazing song!! It blessed me sooooo much this morning! So thankful for all you do…God bless you lots today!!!

Christopher Hopper · 13 Apr ’09 at 8:06 am

Wow…thanks for the comments everyone. Just played the song for our Cluster (small group) last night, so it was nice to play it in front of some people. Appreciate all your kindness. ch:

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