new song.

(listening to UHF)

new song. it's about how lifeless our advice is to people, especially the person giving it. they need to stop what there doing and listen to what they are saying.

i feel that my advice is much like that. i need to take what i'm saying as advice to myself.

Learn More About Me

you think i'm the one to counsel you through your pains

like i'm the one who never lost but always gains

the truth is i'm worse than you

and this is more than true

i'm not here to counsel you,

i'm here to learn more about me.

can you stay a while and let me not listen to you

(talk about) your days and shames and how you think she looks in blue

that doesn't matter to me

i know this is not what you need

i'm not here to counsel you.

i'm here to learn more about me.

when i'm on my deathbed, think about my life

i wanna know i could've helped your wife

the truth is i know i won't

but that doesn't matter to you

you'll take me to where i belong

then i'll more about you.


morning pages 1.5.09

(listening to the album leaf, tim huges, hilsong united.)

pardon the randomness of my thoughts. this is how i go about songwriting.

today already i have been wondering about cosmetology. the schooling and mastering of cosmetics. the ability to make someone look different than they really truly do.

but where do we cross the line?

i think we are all masters of cosmetology. but not in a traditional sense of make up and hair, but in the sense of our personalities. when we fake happy. when we make every conscience attempt to assure to everyone that we are doing just fine. but when looked at in reality. we are not fine. we are lacking something. sometimes it may be neurological. sometimes it may be spiritual. sometimes it may be mental. sometimes it may be physical. but when it all comes down to it...we lack the one thing we are faking.

i feel a cosmetic happiness right now.

and i want to fix that.

when praise is no longer a task is it a habit?

when worship is no longer remembering the melody for the words on the screen is it an intrinsic trait? (what is coming next is called morning pages. it is something i do in the morning and it is when i just write what is on my heart, with my internal editor off. and i decided this morning to do it here so you can see what goes into what i write. it may seem like an incoherent mess, but this is where i start, so no judging.)

am i hopeless?
am i restless?
am i tired?
am i empty?
am i weak?
am i alone?
when does it all stop?
when does it all stop?
the hope of nations
the grace of God
the love of one
the love everyone
be my hope.
when the morning shines
and the night hides away
i will know where to find
the reason why i sing
when the evening fades
and the night begins
i will know my refuge
in the king of all days

so within the balance of life and love, where do we take in account pain? wen do we take in account the loss of a friend? when do we take in account when a friend turns away from something you know?

when life is to much to take
and love gains to little
how can i know you are real?
when cultures battle
and nations fight
how can i know you are there?


i'm ready (new song)

(listening to coldplay, the beatles)

i think intended with worship should be the readiness for God's presence. and as a worship leader i think there are a few things that you could do as a worship leader for the people to be ready to worship.

1. there should be some sort of invitation, whether it be a verbal invitation to worship by the leader, a count down on the slide show, a loud intro to a song... something should give the worshipers a call. and the way they answer is worship.

2. the worshipers should be drawn in. the words, melody line, guitar riff, piano line... something should give the worshipers a feeling of connection. and the way they respond is worship.

3. above all, the worshipers should have a implantation to want to worship from God. God should have divinely placed a wanting of a further connection with Him in the worshiper. i believe that God has placed this implantation of wanting in each and everyone of us. it just takes recognition of God, understanding what He has said to you, and understanding of worship. from the core of us, we each have the voice of God beating at the same frequency as our hearts, we just have to slow down and listen.

with all that aside, through my ideas behind the concept of worship, i have written lyrics to a new song. here it goes.

i'm ready (theme: worship the glory)

don't hide Your face from me
i'm ready
shine your light through me
i'm ready

pre ch.
to shout from the mountain tops
sing from the highest heights
for you

i'm going beyond myself
to meet you God.
to worship in the glory
of a God higher than all

reveal you love to me
i'm ready
You gave Your life for me and
i'm ready

i feel You coming
i feel You coming
i feel You coming
i know You're here.
(tyler cutforth 2008)


new years resolution

(listening to kings of leon, mewithoutyou)

this up coming year (2009) i have a few plans to make myself more proficient at my craft. my craft of songwriting and musicality. so besides the saving money, i have a whole new endeavor to try to perfect (which won't happen; perfection is a goal, not a reality) so in order to do so i have a few tasks that i'm going to ask of myself everyday.

1. morning pages:every morning when i wake up i will commit half an hour to an hour just for writing exactly how i feel. whether it comes out poetically, lyrically or just in a explanatory collection of my thoughts. no matter how i feel or the day, it will happen.

2. bible study:i will be studying the prayers of others to learn how the greatest speakers, writers, theologians, authors, philosophers, geniuses of all time would say what's on their hearts and minds.

3. mind expansion:any form of knowledge i can gain will be allotted to this, weather it be about sound, music, love, jesus, writing, anything is up for game.

4. play guitar and read what i wrote out loud:this is done so i can learn how to hear a song form within itself. sprouting from the words on the page and singing through the notes on my guitar.

newest installation that came to mind while i was writing this entry:

as mountains lean towards you
come near
give the wind your touch
shed your tears
tyler cutforth 2008


new songs

(listening to Barcelona)

so i recently took an interesting direction with life:

i decided to do an intense study at one chapter of one book in the bible

which did i choose?

Pslam 139.

as timeless as it is with the great words of King David, i came to a few realization about David. he lived a tough life, and through it all, he still praised God. after being hunted by Saul, sought after by his own son, David had a a lot to whine and complain about.

but through it all, he still praised God.

i've heard so many times that this passage is a great one to learn how to pray, and how happy it is, saying "you know me" and "i can't escape you"

but i saw it differently.

i saw it as a threefold feeling towards God (and this is my interpretation of it.

1. God is great (v. 13-16)

2. God deserves everyone's praise (v. 1-6)

3. Life is hard, and when we don't want to follow God's plan, and we try to hide from Him, he will still be there. (v. 7-12 & 17-22)

so out of these small lesson i did i wrote three songs fitting each part. granted there is some layover between the two, but it is how i feel David was feeling at the time of writing each one of these.

at least it's how i would have felt two write that.

I Will Sing (point #1)
come listen to a song
playing from heart to heart
join in with each one now
and sing

all nature cries out
for you
every heart, every soul
every life

pr ch.
while nations declare You aren't here

i will sing for You, i will live for You,
i will run to You, i will sing

everyday i pray that You will be here,
You will move me
every night i pray that You will use me
You will use me, You will use me

You are our God

Like a song (point # 2)
open skies, touch the stars
our God is here, God is ours.
open skies, touch the stars
our God is here, God is ours.

pre ch.
everyday we run away knowing
we're running away from You

our lives are like a song
and they're waiting, waiting
our lives are like a song
and they're waiting, waiting,
to be sung

sing out loud, c'mon dance with heart
our God is real, God will start
a movement in you and me
we will sing "we are free"

when we fly on the wings of the morning
when we swim to the farthest shore
we will know You are there

God Of This City (point # 3)
God, where are you? i need you now,
my broken body is crying out
i need you now
reach, my hand is reaching yours
longing for your touch and cure
i need you now

God of this city
God of this city
God of this city
Please hear me

wait, i feel your presence inside my heart
You sent Your Son and You took the dark
You are my God
Now, I feel your hand start to guide mine,
the shining love of a God divine
You are my Hope

(with God of This City i decided to take the standpoint of how i felt when i was reading the psalm. i think it adds a small portion to something that David said so well.)

tell me what you think.





a time of thanks, where/when we initialize to give thanks for our friends and families, of loved ones, and good food. but we must realize why we should give thanks in the first place.

it's not because our forefathers went and found "new land" and ate dinner with the native americans and shared why they were thankful.

but no, we can be thankful for our families ad friends, but our real reason to be thankful for is we have a God who saved us.

a God who loved us.

a God who sent his Son do die for us.

so why not just be thankful for God.

"what can i do but thank you, what can i do but give my life to you.
hallelujah, hallelujah. what can i do, but praise you, everyday make everything i say is
a hallelujah, a hallelujah, hallelujah."

paul baloche and graham kendrick got it right.

all we should do is thank God.

so be thankful for God for life, family, friends, humor, anything that you could be thankful, because he gave it to you.

"What Can I Do" (C) Paul Baloche, Graham Kendrick.

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