Meaning Behind the Songs: What Is Above
The dictionary gives several definitions for hope. 1: a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. 2: a feeling of trust. 3: want something to happen or be the case.
The world is broken, and many people are suffering. I am for some reason fortunate enough to be born in a place and time where I do not have to live with the day-to-day difficulties so many individuals have through time and still do today. But hope is something aspirational. It is the force that drives us to seek better days, not just for ourselves, but for our neighbors, strangers, and children. A child-like view of hope is infectious, the way they can see the world, which is why I used light instruments and the glockenspiel.
Since becoming a husband, and especially becoming a father, I have learned much more about love than I ever thought possible. It is almost a cliche, but this scripture is one I hold onto.
“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
The music from this track signifies both the beautiful and difficult parts of love. I hope the changing harmonies help you navigate through the different characteristics of love.
The world, however broken, is still amazing in so many ways. A sun setting over the hills, the depth and beauty of my wife’s eyes, the rise and fall of my son’s chest as he sleeps. The vastness of the universe, subatomic particles that behave so erratically they seem to defy physics. I have always enjoyed reading the end of Job, where God asks Job who is more knowledgeable. It always reminds me of how small I am in this world, and yet how I can still make a small but important difference.
“Have you ever commanded the morning to appear and caused the dawn to rise in the east? Have you made daylight spread to the ends of the earth, to bring an end to the night’s wickedness? As the light approaches, the earth takes shape like clay pressed beneath a seal; it is robed in brilliant colors. The light disturbs the wicked and stops the arm that is raised in violence”
“Be still, and know that I am God”. Something I do not do enough of.
“is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see”.
Faith is very similar to hope for me. I guess they way that I differentiate them is that hope is the aspiration, but faith is the day-to-day dedication that things will change. Very difficult in the moment, but one day the faith will come to fruition, and there will be joy. This is true for any form of justice in the past, and continues to be important to this day. Faith is also wonderful in a child’s eye, the way they can think the world should be better, which is why I also used glockenspiel i this track.