How I Wrote A Song Using 1 Corinthians 10:23 For Lyrics

Why do you write scripture songs?

Songs based on scripture provide an easy way to learn the Bible better.  Several years ago I was leading children to sing and remember Bible verses.  What better message to instill in fresh minds and hearts than God is planning great things for your life!  Writing Bible memory songs, or scripture songs aids those wanting to achieve scripture memory.  

How can all things be lawful, or permissible? Really? Is it really that simple? Religious constraints no longer matter? Keep reading and the clarification is apparent.

Here it is: Not everything is profitable, or beneficial. Just because we have the freedom to do whatever we want we need to remember that others are impacted by our freedom. So that is our guardrail – is what I’m doing still expressing love to my neighbor?

If I’m too selfish they are harmed or impacted negatively. If I’m only thinking about myself I will miss the point. Are you with me – yes, you are free – but what you do matters.

How did you get the idea for the tune?

I wanted a cool sound, like you might hear in a cocktail lounge. You might not see that when you hear it. The chords I was looking for I wanted to sound open enough that many notes would be available for the vocal melody. I think I achieved that. The flexibility of the vocal melody suggest the idea of constraints being lifted and singing more freely. To me, ending on a major seventh chord brings it all together. Be free, but be responsible to care for others.

How I Wrote A Song using Ephesians 2:10 for Lyrics

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Why do you write scripture songs?

Songs based on scripture provide an easy way to learn the Bible better.  Several years ago I was leading children to sing and remember Bible verses.  What better message to instill in fresh minds and hearts than God is planning great things for your life!  Writing Bible memory songs, or scripture songs aids those wanting to achieve scripture memory.  

But first, how is it that God has prepared wonderful things for us to do?  How is this possible?  The answer is laced all throughout the New Testament, but for this song I landed on 2 Peter 1:3.  God has given us His divine power through His promises in the Bible.  By getting to know HIm better we discover that power to live in a way that pleases Him content with the Godliness He provides.

How did you get the idea for the tune?

In my mind I imagined the first reading of these words.  Who were they for?  How might they respond when they realized the great hope extended to them?  I picture people who would have been familiar with Jewish folk music, but at the time just remembered how a I and a V chord provide accompaniment for dance music of the day.  With that as a start the tune sort of took off in a direction of driving happiness.  Adding the Ephesians song was easy because of the notes the voice sings.  It’s an easy key change when the voice shares a common note between the two keys!

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How I Wrote A Song using Matthew 11 for Lyrics

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Why would anyone do this?

Songs based on scripture provide an easy way to learn the Bible better.  Sometimes scripture songs for worship have a more transcendent purpose helping people to focus better on God.  Writing Bible memory songs, or scripture songs aids those wanting to achieve scripture memory. 

It’s important that scripture tunes support the words being sung.  One of the best ways to do this is to speak the words naturally, as if you were talking to your friend.  Do you hear any pitch variations as your voice sounds higher or lower emphasizing some words over others?  What about rhythm?  Do you feel a 3 beat or a 4 beat common pulse?

Why these verses?

The words of Jesus have a special impact in our current world.  Whether it’s the COVID crisis, an uncertain future, fear, depression, or just plain anxiety, Jesus’ words still bring hope to us in our troubles thousands of years after they were spoken.  Consequently selecting a major key and weaving in minor chords for impact and color can calm emotions and enhance memory as the music reminds us of the words.

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How To Write Your First Blog Entry As A Musician

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Introduction

Is there anything unique about writing your first blog entry as a musician?  In many ways no. 

When you’re starting you need a good model to follow.

Let me suggest this blog post as a helpful starting place.

Find Your Passion

Identifying passion can sound a little mysterious, but it’s not really that difficult. Just ask yourself a few questions. 

If money was not an issue, how would you spend your days?  

What activity keeps you awake past your normal bedtime without you becoming tired or even noticing? 

What are people always telling you you’re good at?  Maybe they’re suggesting you start something along that topic.

Solve A Problem

Passion identified?  Great! Now, how in the world does it relate to a problem to be solved? 

Do you hear people complaining about and imagining “if only”?  Is it a problem you can solve? 

Take music – what is something people have a problem with it comes to music?  What do they have a hard time understanding? 

Music theory?  Reading music? Beginning guitar lessons?

Or maybe it’s their favorite band.

Here’s one way I’ve found to solve a problem. For memorizing Bible verses I write songs using verses for lyrics.

Do Keyword Research

Keywords are the topics covered in your blog post. SEO uses keywords to help people searching for you content to find your article.

The reason to do research before you write your first blog post is to get an idea of what people are interested in. 

Knowing this helps you write content that people are looking for.  It also improves the amount of traffic you are getting to your website. 

Some ideas to consider would include the making of your album, the history of your band, or respond to an opinion article.

These topics form the keywords of your blog posts.  Just write about one at a time.

Conclusion

There you have it – enough to write your first blog entry as a musician. Write from your passion. Solve a problem. Do keyword research.

Sources:

https://makingmusicmag.com/writing-tips-music-blogging/

https://bandzoogle.com/blog/5-musician-blog-posts-you-can-write-now

https://bloggingtips.com/music-blog-ideas/

3 Reasons Music Helps Us Improve Memory

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As long as I can remember I’ve heard people say that scriptures for memorization, or really anything relating to scripture memory was difficult to master.  Being trained as a musician, I wondered if a tune would help.  Although I’m not the first to try or introduce this, I have learned that people CAN learn and memorize scripture using songs based on scripture, or simple Bible memory songs.

I’ve included an example of one of my scripture songs for worship, a simple memory verse song, part of my daily meditations.  These scripture tunes are not really part of any scripture songs album… yet.

3 Benefits of using music to help us remember:

Minimize Your Stress…

Why is it we can’t seem to remember things without music helping us out?.  Often when studying something head on, we create our own stress.  The reason we can’t remember things is related to the stress in our lives.  Music induces a state of meditation, resulting in relaxing our brains and enhancing memory.   This process actually disengages the brain freeing it from “debris which can impede its memory function.”  

Improve our mood…

There is a part of the brain called the hippocampus.  Music can stimulate chemicals that improve our moods.  When learning something new, an enhanced mood can ease the task.

Allow you to think more clearly…

With less stress and an enhanced mood you can think more clearly.  When this occurs memory improves.

The basic theory of why music can facilitate improved memory and enhanced learning has to do with its ability to generate positive emotions.  Positive emotions generate expectation of reward while negative emotions impair memory.  This is attributed to the hippocampus which mediates both emotions and memory formation.

Perhaps you’ve heard of the Mozart Effect or the Vivaldi Effect.  Both are research studies that show when classical music, without words, memory can be stimulated to produce better test scores.  Pleasurable learning can improve test scores.  Positive mood management is real and aids us all in learning and remembering.  I use this idea to write songs that help people memorize scripture.  

How do you use music to improve your mood – or help you remember what you want to learn?

Sources:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/memory-medic/201312/does-music-help-memory

https://takelessons.com/blog/effect-of-music-on-memory-z15#:~:text=With%20that%20said%2C%20scientists%20found,which%20impede%20their%20proper%20functions.

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