Mission 1226 – a writer's blog

where I occasionally share about inspiration, songwriting, screenwriting and my faith journey…

the mission

12 months, 26 new songs… mission1226… 

I’ll share seeds of songs — what’s happening, what’s inspiring me, what I’m thinking about or struggling with and what’s settling into my bones… I’ll share early drafts of lyrics for songs-in-process, and when a new song is finished, I’ll share the completed lyrics and an mp3 of the song…

One nudge for this mission was “Julie & Julia”. Read the book, saw the movie and loved the concept of tossing down a challenge and sharing about the process — pinnacles and pitfalls alike. Love the notion of blogging. I won’t lie: it scares me a little — such exposure — but I’m probably more of an open book than I care to admit. Still, sharing something as personal as songs I write is .. well, it’s stepping off the ledge for me… but I believe it’s exactly what I’m supposed to be doing.

Why? Consider the other nudges… First, this amazing book called “WIDE AWAKE” by Erwin Raphael McManus. Life-changing. Provoking. Inspirational. One flip through my copy and you’ll see highlighting, underlining, notes in the margins — it’s, like Erwin says, a “beautiful mess”. The pages sport so many stars and asterisks, I can’t possibly choose one Erwin quote from all the others as the biggest nudge. So here’s just one of his many nudges: “A God-inspired dream isn’t just an opportunity; it is a calling. .. If you choose to dream with your eyes open, you will eventually start creating. Jesus warns us that we don’t want to be found empty-handed. We all have something to bring to the table.” 

My something, I believe, is songwriting.

I’m not an artist — you’ll discover quick enough my singing is pitchy and my guitar-playing basic. But I’m not on this mission as an artist; I’m on this mission as a songwriter,  a wordsmith whose words happen to be pouring out in song…

One final nudge to share: Matthew 5:13 about “salt”.  When I read the notes in my study Bible, I couldn’t help thinking about this songwriting challenge… Can my words/music/stories affect and inspire others?? Is this the means by which I reach out to others through faith?  Erwin nudges to dream and to dream BIG. Well, my dream with a little d is that by sharing my songs through this blog, I’ll entertain/inspire/impact as many folks as visit — hundreds? I don’t know. My BIG dream with a big D is that just maybe these songs will someday draw the attention of “artisits” who I can work with to share these songs on an even bigger stage and maybe — just maybe — entertain/inspire/impact thousands.

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