Since “Sparks” was named a Finalist in the International Songwriting Competition, I’ve been getting questions from fans wanting to know more about the inspiration behind the song. Ask and you shall receive! Watch this 3-minute, makeup-less video where I share the story behind “Sparks”.
Winners in the ISC will be announced any day now, so stay tuned, and keep your fingers crossed!
Throughout his ministry, Jesus of Nazareth spoke often of humanity approaching God like little children. Children know they cannot do for themselves. They are completely dependent on their parents for everything, and implicitly believe that their parents can fulfill any need they have. These qualities slowly dissipate the older we get, and get replaced with self-sufficiency and cynicism. In these ways, Jesus’s audience was no different that you or me. We wear different clothes now and have more sophisticated means of transportation, but human beings haven’t really changed that much. When Jesus says to come to God like a little child, he is speaking to our hearts, to the little child that every one of us used to be, and on the days when we’re really honest with ourselves, still looks back at us in the mirror. That kid that still doesn’t understand why people they love die, why bad things happen, why dreams don’t come true. Everything sad is underscored by a sense of wrongness. Cynics might explain this merely as fallout from a generation sold a candy-coated version of an American Dream that doesn’t exist. But I think us kids got it right. That part inside all of us that keeps saying “This isn’t how it’s supposed to be” is RIGHT, and we know it. This ISN’T how it’s supposed to be. That is why Easter is the most glorious, joyful, hope-inspiring day in the history of the world. As the Jesus Storybook Bible so beautifully puts it, “The Resurrection means God is making all sad things come untrue“. I don’t know about you, but this is what my heart longs to believe. That the story of the world is a story of redemption. That life is hard, but hope is real. That everything sad will come untrue. My friend Nell, who lost her mom to cancer last year, summed up these sentiments on her blog Best Laid Plans this week: “Things on Earth are not as they should be, and there is brokenness all around us. Yet, God is in the business of redeeming it all. That’s what Easter is all about. It is a picture of hope”
This Holy Week, may the God of all hope fill you with joy and peace, as you trust in Him (Romans 15:13) I’ll leave you with one of my favorite Easter hymns, “Coedmor (Cododd Iesu)”, sung as only the Welsh can sing it. Happy Easter everyone
He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain. And He was was seated on the Throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new”. Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true Revelation 21:4-5
Band rehearsals for my Easter Eve concert at the Levitt Shell started this week and I am SO EXCITED Y’ALL. This is gonna be a fun night, and I’ve cooked up lots of ways for my fans to be a part of it. Here we go!
I’m giving away a VIP experience on the night of the concert to one lucky fan, including a backstage meet and greet before the show and a merch package loaded with goodies from Hiding Places and some surprises. Only one stipulation: you MUST be an e-mail list member to win. If you’re not already on the list, sign up here, then go to my VIP Giveaway page to find out how to enter and win!
Look for Myla Smith, Live at the Levitt Shell out later this year! We’re recording the Easter Eve concert, so everyone in attendance will be part of the live record! :)
Take video and photos of the concert that night and submit them to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll take your footage, stitch it all together with the live sound from the recording and make one awesomely collaborative music video! Your video can be of me and the band, of your family being goofy and enjoying the music, whatever! I’ll remind you that night, but bring your phone (or your actual camera!) and get some great shots.