I've had people ask for the lyrics. I don't usually do this, but sharing the message is my priority on this song. So here they are:
When darkness veiled the sky the day that Jesus died
In agony upon the bitter cross
They took His body down and laid it in a tomb
His friends believed that everything was lost.
But when the third day came, the darkness turned to light
For Mary heard her name and saw the living Christ.
To set the captives free
To ransom you and me
To bind up every broken heart
To conquer death and sin.
To bring us home again.
I'm more excited to share this song than any I've ever written. In fact, I decided not to wait for the video this time. A video is still coming, but for now, you can just listen to the song through a simple audio play here.
The reason I write songs is to share my belief that we are children of a living, loving God; that Jesus is the Christ, and He really is risen; and that He has made a way to reclaim each one of us. This is the greatest hope in all the world.
I want to share that hope with as many people as possible, so I'm giving the mp3 away. You can download the mp3 here.
And lastly, I need to thank the following people for helping get the song out there:
John, who is always supportive, and who NEVER says "It's perfect." Except on this song.
My son, Gary, who helped me think through the most important things to say, and the order to say them in.
My sister, Linda, who always takes time to give good feedback (and keeps me from putting any truly 'horrific' lines in the song) :)
These insanely talented singers: Kristen Bodine Scott, Hallie Cahoon, and members of the One Voice Children's Choir.
My friend, Daniel Blomberg, for arranging everything and creating the track. (Also insanely talented. Seriously.)
I hope you enjoy RISEN, and that you'll share it -- especially when the video comes out on April 1st.
Wishing you all a beautiful and sweet Easter season,
Four weeks to serve. One perfect example. I love this Christmas tradition, sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It's an effort to remind us to give as Jesus gave, one person at a time.
Download a free #lighttheworld calendar here.
Share how you're lighting the world by commenting below -- and if you have a picture to send with it, I would love that! (send it separately to shawna(at)shawnaedwardsmusic(dot)com and I'll add it to the blog.) When I see your comment, I'll send you whichever you want -- an mp3 or the sheet music of "He is the Gift."
I'll be sharing how our family is lighting the world in the next few blog posts.
A songbook. Finally!
A real, get-it-in-the-mail, place-it-on-your-piano, open-it-and-play songbook. I'm super excited about it. I've decided to put a CD in the back. But you will also be able to get all the music on iTunes.
AND I just wrote a new Christmas song.
I am busy making the video today, and will have it up by tomorrow so you can hear it. Super excited about this song -- sung by the amazing Megan Sackett. (with a little children's choir in the background toward the end.)
See you tomorrow!
I wrote a song about 3 years ago for the local mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But it's actually a song for everybody with a desire to serve and help and teach and be an emissary for God.
It's call "SEND ME", and I'm excited to finally make it available on my website next week. With solo and SATB versions. Watch for it on Thursday, October 18th.
Here's a sneak peak of the lyrics:
All of the courage I can summon / Each drop of faith that I can bring / All that I have to give, I offer it to thee / Here I am, Lord / Send me.
Also, I've written a new song called "MY OWN SUPERHERO," inspired by Emotional Superpowers, a global effort to teach hope and resilience to children everywhere. Though it's not my usual faith-based song, I hope you'll sing it and teach it and share it with as many children as you can. We all need to believe that when we need a superhero, we can be one!
See you next week!