Monday Mentor Songwriter Appreciation

For this week’s Monday Mentor post, I decided to pay homage to a few of my favorite songwriters. I didn’t mention the singers’ names or the song titles because I wanted to focus only on the craft, the writers’ abilities to tap our emotions through their carefully chosen tools of diction, imagery, juxtaposition, metaphor, simile, personification. I admire their art.

Songwriters are amazing artists. The masters of the craft can take a story and lay it out before us in three minutes. When they mix their lyrics with the right music, they make art that moves us to laugh, dream, think, sing and love.

I am always inspired by quotes and lyrics. What is your favorite song lyric? Why is it so powerful? What special meaning does it have for you?

The Indian summer both of us laughing

Hackberry trees and fireflies flashing

So many holes in the soles of our shoes

You don’t choose life, life chooses you

Floatin’ on a raft we built from scrap wood

Mosquito scratching felt so good

And I’ve never seen eyes your color of blue

You don’t choose love, love chooses you ~ Rodney Clawson

 I’d change it if I could, but I’m really not that strong

I might be understood if I knew where I belong

I might fly beyond this room

And kiss the cheek of the moon ~ Wayne Kirkpatrick

If I could reach the stars I’d pull one down for you
Shine it on my heart so you could see the truth
That this love I have inside is everything it seems
But for now I find it’s only in my dreams ~ Gordon Kennedy, Wayne Kirkpatrick, Tommy Sims

 But every time you hold me

You take away some lonely

Everytime you love me

The further away I get from the edge ~ Pete Sallis

Questioning those in powerful position
Running to those who called His name
(But) Nobody knew His secret ambition
Was to give His life away ~ Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Wayne Kirkpatrick

Oh, it seemed like a holy place, protected by amazing grace
And we would sing right out loud, the things we could not say
We thought we could change this world with words like “love” and “freedom”
We were part of the lonely crowd inside the sad café ~ Don Henley, J.D. Souther, Joe Walsh, Glenn Frey

Would I know by sight if I met you in the street
Clandestined collision by shuffling feet
I’ve only seen your face on museum walls
But your everpresent eyes don’t miss the sparrow’s fall. ~ Justin Vigeant

In open fields of wild flowers, she breathes the air and flies away
She thanks her Jesus for the daises and the roses in no simple language
Someday she’ll understand the meaning of it all ~ Matt Bronleewe, Dan Haseltine, Charlie Lowell, Steve Mason

You’ll see mountains and the valleys

And the rivers far down below

Oh the high road might get lonely

But it’s the only way to go ~ Pete Sallis

And I don’t know how it gets better than this

You take my hand and drag me headfirst, fearless

I don’t know why but with you I’d dance

In a storm in my best dress, fearless ~ Hillery Lindsey, Liz Rose, Taylor Swift

 Desperado, why don’t you come to your senses

You been out ridin’ fences for so long now.

Oh, you’re a hard one, I know that you got your reasons

These things that are pleasin’ you can hurt you somehow ~ Don Henley, Glenn Frey

Just to know, just to know that you love me gives me hope to carry on
What can this world do to me? No, no
Just to know, just to know that you’re with me
On all these roads I traveled on
When all I have is gone, I confess my dependence on you ~ Jamie Slocum

I run from hate, I run from prejudice
I run from pessimists, but I run too late
I run my life or is it running me, run from my past
I run too fast or too slow it seems
When lies become the truth
That’s when I run to you ~ Tom Douglas, David Wesley Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott

 And now I’m singing my songs

Standing up on a big and bright stage, yeah

And I do my dance while the music plays

But when the music stops

Am I doing the walk? ~ Steven Curtis Chapman

Even when you’re gone,
Somehow you come along just like
A flower pokin’ through the sidewalk crack
And just like that
You steal away the rain, and just like that
You make me smile like the sun, fall out of bed
Sing like a bird, dizzy in my head
Spin like a record, crazy on a Sunday night ~ Jeremy Bose, Blair Daly, J. Harding, Matthew Shafer

8 thoughts on “Monday Mentor Songwriter Appreciation

  1. Imagine the moment the sun came shining through, imagine that ray of sunshine as you…..make believe the sun is your own lucky star, and then understand the kind of gift you are…..the gift you are, all the joy love can bring….the gift you are, the gift of you. These lyrics are from one of my favorite songs and the reason why is because this is my son to me.

  2. “Come on, can’t I dream for one day
    There’s nothing that can’t be done
    But how long should it take somebody
    Before they can be someone?

    “‘Cause I know there’s got to be another level
    Somewhere closer to the other side
    And I’m feeling like it’s now or never
    Can I break the spell of the typical?”

    –Mutemath, “Typical”

    It’s the story of me in a nutshell. I have these aspirations to become something greater that are paired with this unnecessary urge to hurry up for it to get here. I feel like if I don’t do something big now, I won’t do something big ever.

    Working on God’s time can often be frustrating, but I’m learning to deal with it. Patience.

  3. “They’re finding me out,
    I’m having my doubts,
    I’m losing the best of me.
    Dressed up as myself, to live in the shadow, of who I’m supposed to be.

    We’re all part of the same, sick little games,
    And I need a get-away (get away)
    I’m wasting my days, I throw them away,
    Losing it all on these sick little games.”
    Sick Little Games–All Time Low

    Being the perfectionist I am, I feel as though I never live up to my potential. Sometimes, I believe I get dressed and run on auto pilot through no fault of no one’s but my own. So, this just speaks to me since I play mind games with myself without even meaning to.

  4. “When I need hope and inspiration
    You’re always strong when I’m tired and weak
    I could search this whole world over
    You’d still be everything that I need

    “You’re my bread when I’m hungry
    You’re my shelter from troubled winds
    You’re my anchor in life’s ocean
    But most of all, you’re my best friend”
    You’re My Best Friend – Don Williams

    This is one of my favorite love songs! I get teary-eyed when I hear Don Williams’ voice singing these expressions of abiding love. “You’re my shelter from troubled winds” is my favorite line. : )

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