2021 12 Song Challenge

Songs written for the 2021 12 Song Challenge.

April: Spirit Of The Holy God

The challenge for April was to write songs about the Holy Spirit.

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May: Shout Your Praises

In May we were challenged to write songs inspired by a songwriting hero. I had a few ideas, and in the end had to go with the first song I submitted, inspired by Jacob Collier. Another writer from the 12SC group called Phillip Laycock kindly played the electric piano part.

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June: Making All Things New

The June challenge was to write an ‘Ebenezer’ song about the COVID-19 pandemic, after the memorial stone reminding them how God had helped the Israelites. I found it a really tough challenge, but in the end got a song which works quite well.

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July: We Come To Meet With God

For July we were challenged to co-write with someone we hadn’t written a song with before. I had some music in 5/4 time and put a call out for a lyricist not afraid of exotic time signatures. Jonathan Pain came to the rescue, with some simple heartfelt lyrics.

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Several people thought that 5/4 would be tricky for most people to play, so we also did a version in 6/8.

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August: Maker Of The Universe

For August we were challenged to write ‘God songs’; songs of divine agency. Basically putting God at the centre, rather than ourselves. Thre was a ban on the words “I”, “we” etc. I wrote some lyrics pretty quickly, and although I didn’t like them at first after some tweaking a song emerged which is probably OK.

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Other songs

These songs were written in 2021 but not submitted for a monthly challenge.

I’ve Been Lost

This was another song written in May for the ‘Hero’ challenge, inspired by Hem.

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Peace

One more for the May ‘Hero’ challenge (it was a good month), again inspired by Jacob Collier.

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Incredible God

Written in August 2021, inspired by the huge soundscapes of a fellow 12 Song Challenger.

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