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This was one of the songs from the album that was the hardest to write. But I think our hard work paid off. We were on a songwriting retreat at the Shack Up Inn in Clarksdale, MS. A few days in the Delta with a few guys seeking the Heart of God & the Creativity of God all at once. This one started with Andrew Smith & Will Tucker. I sorta gave them a 'sandbox' to play in. I think the objective was to write an upbeat song for a female to lead - something like Wake by Hillsong Young & Free. Will is a monster guitar player & Andrew is effortlessly cool. Together, they started demo'ing out this groove.

When we all came to their shack where they were writing, I remember Will saying "I want to write a song for that middle school kid who feels like he is the most awkward person in the world. A song that sets that kid free - and forces him to sing & know the presence of God & His love"

This struck a chord with me... Great concept for a song. Legend has it that they had the line... "I am freeee" and then Joe Urcavich (to no surprise) came up with "Freedom never felt so good!" & then someone dropped in "I will sing..." and (tongue in cheek) like Paul to Joe's Lennon, I said "singin never felt so good!" And we all knew we had something... Me, Andrew Smith, Will Tucker, Joe Urcavich, & Andrew Walker stayed up way too late working on that *Bruno bridge... hard work... but some of the most fun I've ever had in my life. It was wild... it was like we all at once said... "STOP! STOP!" And we could hear it our heads. The finished product... Our goal (half way joking & completely serious at the same time) was to write a song better than Better Than Life.
I'll let you be the judge of that.

Pre-production was a nightmare. Will recently recalled that he went home late one night not knowing if the song would ever see the light of day... I had faith that we'd work it out. But my faith wasn't getting us very far. This one took the whole team being completely sold out to it for it to eventually become a success.

I'm most proud of the lyrical depth and theological richness of this song. Yes. A song with a sax solo that is as deep as it is wide... check out the FREE LYRICS here... I think my favorite line is:
"I can't sing louder than You sing for me."

We've led this song all over the place now... & I'm humbled to say it works. Not that it sticks in your head... or gets us a download or two... no. I mean, I've seen the loneliest of middle school kids set free in Christ's love during this song. Arm in arm with new friends... jumping up and down. Smiling from ear to ear. That's what it's all about. Inclusion. Freedom. Dancing. Being alive & feeling alive.

"FREEDOM NEVER FELT SO GOOD." - joe urcavich jr.

 

Posted by Josh Maze at 7:33 PM