Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Jody Stevens, valet/songwriter

So, I work with this guy here in Nashville. His name is Jody Stevens. Like every valet in Nashville (well, maybe except for me), he is interested in getting into the music business. For the most part, Jody is looking mostly to make it as a songwriter. He can be a somewhat goofy guy, definitely one of the most entertaining guys at our hotel. But unlike most of our guys, Jody actually has the industry in his vains. His dad, Jeff Stevens, has around 10 #1 music hits on the country charts, not to mentions other hits that didn't make it to the top. So, he knows what's the standard of great.
I was actually pretty surprised by the strong lyrical content of the song I Didn't Hear You. I told Jody a day or two after I heard this song on his myspace, "Man, I wish I would have written that!" As you may know, I am considered somewhat of a hopeless romantic, so this song fit my style pretty well, even if it is country sounding.

As for the song itself, it is a very telling song. Actually, for many guys, this song rings true to some point in their life. How many times are guys accused of not listening. Or listening, but not hearing?! This song, of course, is set in the romantic setting of the guy who had a girl, didn't really listen to her needs, then after losing her, realizes his mistake. I think the song tells a powerful story, easily fitting the country-romantic, lost-love song genre. Put this songs in the hands of a Keith Urban or another country star, give it a studio recording, and this is easily a top 10 hit on the Country Charts.

To check out Jody's Soundclick site to listen to this song and others, click here:


I Didn't Hear You, by Jody Stevens

I Didn't Hear You

Another day and a bunch of words I didn't hear
I heard you talking, but it went right out the other ear
I should've been listening and hanging on every word
I can't say you didn't warn me or didn't try to make it work

What didn't I hear?
What did you say?
Why did you have to walk away?
And leave me alone
I should have known
I should have told you I loved you
Told you I cared
That I cherished the moments
That we shared
Cause you would have heard me
But I didn't hear you

Another night sleepless, wondering what I missed
How could I have let go of a love like this?
It sure is awful quiet, barely even a stir
I'm sitting here trying to fill in the missing words


I don't know what I missed
But I know what I do
And I just want to tell you
Baby I'm missing you


-Jody Stevens

Thursday, May 24, 2007

new poem, rather simple

Now I lay me down to sleep
Praying the Lord will keep my soul,
Renew my spirit and make me whole
And when I wake
Restore my light
Give it strength to shine so bright
Give satisfaction to my heart
And a steady focus to my eyes

With new light comes new day
For tomorrow, you are there
You are already there


Sunday, May 20, 2007

Come to Jesus, my opinion

The song below is a song that you MUST hear if you never have! Honestly, there is not too much you can say about the song, it's pretty self-explainatory. What's amazing is how he (Chris Rice) is able to, beautifully and simply, put together one song that basically shows the whole story of a Christian's walk. Because of that, the song applies and speaks to EVERYONE who knows the Lord. There isn't a Christian who hasn't been through at least one of those parts of the walk. So now matter where you are in your walk, you are in one of these parts. The rush of emotion that I get from this song is unlike any other.
I saw Chris Rice live at The Rutledge here in Nashville. Apparently everyone else (except my table) was there to see Nathan Lee. Lee actually played this song, saying that he was "jealous" of Chris Rice for being able to write such a song. I'm just thankful he wrote it!

Come to Jesus lyrics

Weak and wounded sinner
Lost and left to die
O, raise your head, for love is passing by
Come to Jesus
Come to Jesus
Come to Jesus and live

Now your burden's lifted
And carried far away
And precious blood has washed away the stain, so
Sing to Jesus
Sing to Jesus
Sing to Jesus and live

And like a newborn baby
Don't be afraid to crawl
And remember when you walk
Sometimes we fall...so
Fall on Jesus
Fall on Jesus
Fall on Jesus and live

Sometimes the way is lonely
And steep and filled with pain
So if your sky is dark and pours the rain, then
Cry to Jesus
Cry to Jesus
Cry to Jesus and live

O, and when the love spills over
And music fills the night
And when you can't contain your joy inside, then
Dance for Jesus
Dance for Jesus
Dance for Jesus and live

And with your final heartbeat
Kiss the world goodbye
Then go in peace, and laugh on Glory's side, and
Fly to Jesus
Fly to Jesus
Fly to Jesus and live
Fly to Jesus
Fly to Jesus
Fly to Jesus and live

-by Chris Rice


Lyrical Intelligence

So, starting this week, I am planning on posting some lyrics of different artists' songs and giving my opinion on them. Just something to do, but if you're interested, keep your eyes open for it. I think the idea came from my last post about the Chris Rice song, so maybe we'll start with that one. I may even post some of my lyrics, though I won't give my opinion on them. One is already up under the Chris Rice song.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Chris Rice, Come to Jesus

So, the affects of music on people have been know to be rather powerful. This isn't breaking news or anything, but when it happens to you, sometimes you still get surprised. Today, while taking my shower, I was listening to some music. Singing along with Jeremy Camp (an octave down, obviously) is a pretty good way to start your day. Then Chris Rice's song "Come to Jesus" came on. As soon as it started playing, I felt the emotion inside me, which isn't unusual because it's a powerful song. But when it got to the "Cry to Jesus" part, I just lost it. There I was in the shower balling my eyes out. I kinda laughed afterwards because I felt like a pansy. But I think it was just a simple reminder of how powerful music can be, especially if you are really listening. If you haven't ever heard this song, make sure to look it up (or download it legally on iTunes).


Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Where did you go?

I taste your tears on my lips
I hear your voice echo in my head
I feel the touch of your hand
Oh, where did you go,
Where did you go?

I see the smile on your face
And I see my reflection in your eyes
Your Shadow hovers next to me
Oh, where did you go,
Where did you go?

Can you feel how I feel
When I touch your face
Can you see you I see
When I brush your hair

Where did you go?

Did you hear my voice on the phone
Did you feel the pain in my heart
Did my touch affect you in any way
Oh, where did you go,
Where did you go?

Did you see me on my knees
Did you see the look in my eyes
My presence is fading
Oh, where did you go,
Where did you go?

Can you feel how I feel
When I touch your face
Can you see how I see
When I brush your hair

Did you believe me
When I said I'd try
Did you believe
When I said I'm an idiot

Where did you go?
I'm right here, all alone.