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.