But, he had challenged me, and nothing motivates me like trying to live up to an agreement made to a friend. The result was a song that I really like (and Neven really liked to, and was impressed with) that just dug like a shovel right into my guts at the time. It is not complicated musically, as one might expect, and the song depends on the vocals for color and interest.
Here are the lyrics:
This song speaks to me where I am right now. To serve Christ, we must make conscious choices for Him. This song goes through my mind, for example, when I wake in the morning and have to climb out of my warm bed in order to pray instead of sleep some more. Simple example, but most of our decisions to die to ourselves are of this order.Can you tell me what you do to crack an eggDo you tap-tap-tap that thing just a little bitOh no, no, noBut you can’t lose controlYou can’t smash it with your fistYou gotta make the break deliberateUh huh huhMake the break deliberateUh huh huhMake the break deliberateMake the break deliberateNow you see I’ve got a heart that’s like an eggWhat it holds down deep inside I gotta give if I will liveOh yeah yeah yeahWhy do I resist the hand that comes to bring me lifeI gotta make the break deliberate (etc)I trust youI trust YouI trust YouSo in my life I choose to lay it all on the lineI will die with you so that my heart can truly liveUh yeah yeah yeahTaken blessed broken given now to feed a hungry world
My friend Joe Zamberlan stepped in to play the piano for me as my own keyboard skills might be enough to create the music, but not to play it without lots of stops and starts. The whole song was rehearsed and recorded all on January 4. Finally, after six months of recording, I have gotten to the point where I can sing a song the way I mean for it to sound in just one or two takes. I think in reality I'm just about ready now to start recording!