I had an electronic keyboard in my dorm room. On the desk where one would normally do homework, that is where I had by workstation. I practiced and composed a lot of music back in the day. I became inspired to write a musical, Mass parts, instrumental pieces, pop songs, and liturgical songs. One of my compositions from that era, Be Still, was later published by GIA Music.
Many things led led me to that particular piece. I was taking a course in Religious Studies called Christian Love, and one of the books we read cited Psalm 46 verse 10. I’d just finished writing a piece for flute and piano, and I liked a little turn of the flute melody, which later became the piano accompaniment into the verses of this piece. At the time I thought writing lyrics inspired from others scripture verses -and relating them to music- was clever. Though in actuality, too many scriptural references may have made it hard to find liturgical publication (it didn’t fit too easily in any one part of the Catholic Mass). The first verse is inspired by a story in the Old Testament, the second is inspired by the Emmaus story in the Gospels, the third by one of the Psalms. I thought the fourth verse, without an obvious scripture reference, was divine inspiration.
Leave behind your fears and worries
Soon you will rejoice,
You will rejoice and know/
You have no need to worry.
Imagine my surprise YEARS LATER as I drove down the freeway listening to KKIS 98.1 FM. I was groovin’ along to Chic’s “Good Times” when I heard
These are the Good Times!
Leave your fears behind.
MO-DED! I had to admit, maybe I had been inspired by this Disco song. Or maybe others. My verse was kind of a hybrid of this song and Heatwave’s
Leave your worries behind,
‘Cause rain, shine don’t mind
We’re riding on the groove line tonight.
(Sing with me, now: Ooh-ah! ooh-ah!)
You know I love you if you heard that in your head and/or sang it out loud!
So I’m writing about this now because you never know. You never know where inspiration may come from. Sometimes -lots of times- it is not where you expect it. Disco lyrics swimming around your mind two decades past the era.
But it’s all related, it comes full circle. It is your journey.
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