Risky Songwriting: An Inseide look at the song “Be”

I was leading worship for a senior high youth event called Godstock during the time when I was writing for the project Taste And See.

The speaker was a friend of mine named Lyle Griner who works with Peer Ministry Leadership. He shared the powerful story of when his first wife passed away suddenly and his journey through that darkness. At the end of his talk, he asked me to come up and play some acoustic background music while he led the students through a time of prayer from Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God.”

He taught the students a prayer with that verse broken down into sections. He started each line with the beginning of the verse but would subtract a word each time, making it shorter and shorter until all that was left was “Be.” I was so moved by this prayer because Psalm 46:10 was a crucial verse for me when I lost my mom to a car accident when I was 14.

As he continued to teach the students the prayer, I took the music I was playing behind Lyle and sang the words of the prayer in my head. I would adjust the music to fit the words without disrupting the prayer time. In my head it was coming together.

When Lyle was done praying, I started to sing what was in my head. In songwriting this is the biggest risk you can take. First, because you have no idea how it’s going to flow. Second, because you have no idea how it will be received.

This is what I sang:

Be still and know that I am God

Be still and know that I am

Be still and know

Be still

Be

Praise be to God! It went amazing. When I began to sing the tune, I loved the words coming off of my lips. It became so important for my own heart to hear myself say those words out loud.

That was the chorus right there. After the weekend I invited Bob and Paul to help me write the verses of what became one of my favorite songs.

Be still and know that I am God

Be still and know that I am

Be still and know

Be still

Be

Though mountains fall,

the earth give way

I’ll be your refuge.

I’ll be your strength.

Be still and know that I am God.

Be still and know that I am

Be still and know

Be still

Be

Be safe

Be loved

Because I am sovereign

you are not forgotten,

of this you can be sure.

I know your hopes.

I know your fears.

Rest in My promise that I am here.

Be still and know that I am God

Be still and know that I am

Be still and know

Be still

Be

Special thanks to Lyle for blessing my life with his powerful story and journey.

Here is a link to a free ringtone for the song “Be.” Sometimes it’s good to “be” reminded that God is still God and His peace is perfect no matter who is calling. :)

Hope you’re enjoying the inseide look. :) I’m enjoying telling the stories and hearing how God has used these songs in your life.

Does Psalm 46:10 have a special meaning to you? How about the song “Be”?

Peder

“Be” Written by Peder Eide, Paul Marino, and Bob Stromberg  Copyright 2006 Ya Sure! Music (ASCAP) Van Ness Press. Inc. (ASCAP) Stream Mountain Music (BMI) All rights reserved. Used by Permission

The Writing The Song “Nothing More Nothing Less Nothing Else”

The next blogs are going to be in response to an invitation to ask how I wrote certain songs. What inspired them, where they came from, and little back story.

For me, song ideas come from anywhere. Books, sermons, my own devotional time, movies, advertisements, personal experience, almost anywhere.

The song “Nothing More Nothing Less Nothing Else” from the CD Rescue is one of my favorites. Here’s why:

When my oldest son Taylor was about 11, I did a read aloud with him called Teknon, The Champion Warrior. It’s a kids science fiction story centered on a father and son as the son comes into young manhood.

The father is a brilliant scientist and soldier/warrior who gathers fellow warriors to go and take on the evil villain who has stolen the Logos (which is a symbol for God’s Truth and Word in the story). The son is asked to come a long as test of his character and to see if he is ready to enter into manhood. Taylor and now my son Ethan both love it!

In the book, the warriors would pray to God on their adventure and they would end each pray with “Your will be done, nothing more nothing less nothing else.”

It really struck me. As a follower of Jesus, am I really ok with whatever God wants to do with me as long brings Him glory and like we pray “Thy Kingdom come Thy Will be done”? There is more to that than just trying to say the right words.

In the midst of writing the song with my friend and producer Paul Marino, I was captivated by something Pastor Bill Bohline said in Sunday morning message at our home church, Hosanna! He was telling about a conversation he had with a man named Peter Erickson from our church. Peter was sick with cancer, and Bill had asked him how he was doing. Peter’s response hit me deeply. He said, “Bill, if I die or if I live, either way I win. Either God has a plan for me here on earth or I get to be with Jesus in heaven. There is no bad outcome!”

That’s how I want to live. I don’t but I desire it and seek it. After church I went home into my basement and started to pound out the bridge from the very phrase Peter had said to Pastor Bill.

I hope you are blessed by the tune and, as always, I hope you pass this blog along to others who might find it encouraging. It’s a blessing to what we do here.

You can order or download the Rescue CD at www.PederEide.com. Click here to listen to a sample.

That’s my story of writing “Nothing More Nothing Less Nothing Else.” Now it’s your turn to tell your story about hearing it. Leave it in the comments section for me to read.

God is good all the time.

Peder

If to live is Christ and to die is gain, then teach me how to die.
If to follow You means to follow through and leave this world behind,
then let Your kingdom come. Let Your will be done.
Nothing more nothing less nothing else.
Nothing more nothing less nothing else
Do what You want with me.
Nothing more nothing less nothing else
Do what You want. (Do what You want)
If to live by faith is to run the race, then teach me how to run.
If to count the cost, to take up my cross, glorifies Your Son,
then let Your kingdom come. Let Your will be done.
Nothing more nothing less nothing else
Nothing more nothing less nothing else
Do what You want with me.
Nothing more nothing less nothing else
Do what You want. Do what You want.
If I die, if I live, either way, I win.
For I know where I stand: If it’s You, I’m in.
If I die, if I live, either way, I win.
For I know where I stand: If it’s You, I’m in.
I’m in.
Nothing more nothing less nothing else
Nothing more nothing less nothing else
Do what You want with me
Nothing more nothing less nothing else
Nothing more nothing less nothing else
Do what You want with me
Nothing more nothing less nothing else
Nothing more nothing less nothing else
Nothing more nothing less nothing else

 

Inseide the Songs

A few nights ago I sat in the kitchen with my oldest son Taylor talking about the music industry. He said “Dad, you been doing this full-time for over 16 years.” We talked about how many CDs we’ve made and especially all the songs we have written. It was a cool conversation. It also gave me an idea…

So many times I have been asked, as most songwriters are: When you write songs, does the music come first or the words?, How do you come up with the lyrics?, Who is your inspiration?, How do you know when a songs is good?, etc.

I’ve decided to answer some of those questions (and more) here on my blog. For the weeks ahead, I’ll blog about songs I have written and what was the process in writing them.

The amazing studio players on the Rescue Project

What songs have you always wanted to know about how and why we wrote them? 

Songs from Rescue, Taste and See, Perfect Surprise, and even older albums are all fair game.

I might answer you via a written blog or maybe a vlog. We will give out free ringtones and even some free full song downloads.

Pick any song you would like to know about, leave a request in the comments section, and I will bring a little behind the curtain thought as we go “inseide” the songs.

I look forward to hearing which songs you’ve always been curious about.

Grace and peace,

Peder